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Specialist Peer Mentor Program

The Specialist Peer Mentor Program – SPEERMENT – connects students on the autism spectrum (mentee) with a peer mentor who is a current UTAS student. The program aims to provide support to mentees to enhance their student experience through assistance with managing studies and connecting with other students. Mentors and mentees meet for an hour a week and discussions can include topics such as time management, organising and keeping on track with assessment tasks.

“I have learnt so much about myself as a mentoring figure, and about ASD in general. Both of which will be invaluable in my future career as a psychologist.” – Ben, Mentor and Psychology student
“Having a Speerment mentor can help you get the confusing admin type work out of the way so you can focus on your study. It's so helpful to have someone to bounce ideas off and to ground you when you're feeling stressed.” – Annie, Mentee

Join SPEERMENT as a mentor

Currently there are 23 peer mentors across the state supporting 25 students on the autism spectrum. For more information, contact Debbie Hindle the Project Coordinator on Debbie.Hindle@utas.edu.au

SPEERMENT mentors are students who:

  • Have skills in organising and managing their own studies;
  • Are familiar with the university systems and processes for students;
  • Have good communication skills;
  • Have a caring and supportive approach;
  • Are motivated to help others achieve success;
  • Have training and ongoing support in supporting students on the Autism Spectrum.

What we provide mentees – students on the spectrum – help to:

  • Manage and meet study requirements;
  • Understand the university processes;
  • Become a more confident student;
  • Support with achieving goals;
  • Meet with academic staff and other UTAS services when required;
  • Get involved with activities on campus;

Mentors can gain valuable skills for their future including: insight and experience in the impact of autism spectrum disorder on studies; motivational coaching and reflective practice techniques; strategies to build high-trust relationships; and authentic leadership skills.

As the SPEERMENT positions attract a great deal of interest we strongly encourage applicants to visit the Career Peers prior to applying for assistance with their resume, addressing the selection criteria and developing strong interview skills.

Join SPEERMENT as a mentee

Currently there are 23 peer mentors across the state supporting 25 students on the autism spectrum. For more information, contact Debbie Hindle the Project Coordinator on Debbie.Hindle@utas.edu.au


Your SPEERMENT mentor will be a student from the University of Tasmania who:

  • Has skills in organising and managing their own studies;
  • Are familiar with the university systems and processes for students;
  • Have good communication skills;
  • Have a caring and supportive approach;
  • Are motivated to help you achieve success;
  • Have training and ongoing support in supporting students on the Autism Spectrum.