Leadership and mentoring

Find out how you can take on a leading role making things happen on campus for other students, or give your support and advice to others to help them succeed.


Campus Coaches

Campus Coaches offer first–year students a two week programme at the beginning of Trimester 1 to help them settle into life at Victoria. They show their group around campus, share tips on being successful at university and point out support that’s available on campus. Coaches must have completed one year of study and apply by early September. They must also be available for training in mid–February. Victoria Plus approved, VILP for international students only.

Disability Services Vic Volunteer Team Leaders

Team Leaders lead and develop note-takers to ensure students with impairments receive an effective note-taking service. Team Leaders need to be effective coordinators, have excellent communication skills, creativity to problem solve and use their initiative.

The role requires a commitment of at least two hours a week plus attendance at fortnightly meetings. Additional time will be required when running training, assisting at events or resolving problems. Training, supervision and koha are provided. Applications are taken in October for the following year. Victoria Plus approved, VILP for international students only.

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) Leaders

PASS leaders facilitate voluntary study sessions in selected 100- and 200-level courses in FCA, FHSS, LAWS, PSYC and CHEM. Leaders do not tutor, rather they facilitate active learning, fostering a supportive environment for members to work together to identify and meet their own learning needs. The role requires on average one 50-minute session per week plus four hours’ training. You need to be achieving B+ or higher to apply. These roles are Victoria Plus approved.

Applications are taken in February and June each year.

Residential Assistants

Halls of Residence employ 65 senior students in part-time, live-in positions to provide leadership and support to their residents. Recruitment is in August for the following February—November. Hours vary from 8–20 hours per week. Victoria Plus approved.

Club Executives

Executive positions provide leadership and oversee the overall workings of the club. They perform most of the management tasks, and act as spokespeople for their club. There are a number of roles: President, Secretary, Treasurer and Council Representative. Victoria Plus approved, VILP for international students and specific clubs.

Victoria International Leadership Programme

If you're interested in other countries and cultures, and keen to kickstart an internationally focused career, VILP is an ideal way to get involved at Victoria.

Victoria Plus Programme

This programme is the first of its kind in New Zealand. It sits alongside your degree and helps develop leadership, social responsibility and employability skills.


Pasifika Student Success mentoring programme

This programme helps empower Pasifika students to do well in their academic study. Mentors offer their free time to provide support, academic guidance and be a friend to other students. The role requires one hour a week/fortnight, for a year. These roles are Victoria Plus and VILP approved (for international students only).

Māori and Pacific Island Law Mentoring Programme

This programme supports all Māori and Pacific students studying law by providing additional tutorials, mentoring support and study skills sessions. Being a mentor involves meeting with one or two students on a casual basis, usually once a week for an hour. Mentors are recruited at the beginning of each trimester. These roles are approved for Victoria Plus and VILP.

Phone +64-4-463 6305 for more information.

Peer writers

Peer writers are usually postgraduates who provide individual assistance to develop and advance student academic writing skills. They are proficient in grammar, style, structure and referencing styles, can listen to student concerns and provide constructive suggestions. This is a paid position and training is provided. Postgraduates are recruited in February each year. Peer writers work up to eight hours per week during Trimesters 1 and 2. Peer writers are Victoria Plus approved.

Āwhina mentoring programme

Āwhina is an on-campus whānau for Māori students to work together to share knowledge, achieve academic success, and build strong communities and leaders.

Alumni as Mentors Programme

Alumni as Mentors Programme connects penultimate and final year students with Victoria University alumni who are experienced mentors in their workforce. You will learn from an experienced mentor in a one-to-one mentoring relationship focused on identifying and enhancing your employability skills, developing valuable networks and transitioning into the workplace.