Mentoring and supporting students

Mentoring students

In the 2020-21 academic year, we will be offering two new programmes to support students.


  • Helps students define their career and/or personal development goals and areas for development, enhances confidence, and provides contacts that will enable them to progress their career.
  • Mentors are usually more senior and experienced within a similar professional discipline.

Student buddy-system

  • Helps build social and professional relationships for friendship, advice, emotional support, and wellbeing.
  • Buddies are not necessarily experienced in the same discipline, relationships are formed around shared experiences and interests.


This programme is open to all LSHTM students and alumni, with students connecting with mentors via our online community. Mentors will volunteer their time, committing to at least three 45 minute (face-to-face, telephone, or video calling) meetings with their mentee throughout the academic year.

If you would like to take part, please sign up to LSHTM Connect

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Class of 2020 – Class of 2021 buddy system

Studying for a degree during a global pandemic is challenging. Following requests from students, we are piloting a buddy system to match 2020 graduates with current students to provide each other with networking opportunities, mutual support, and friendship during this difficult time.

The programme is open to all London-based and distance learning students and is managed via our online alumni community. Please register on LSHTM Connect and join the Student Buddies 2020/21 group to find your buddy.