At the heart of peer learning is the opportunity to create connection between students and foster a sense of community and belonging. Whether the primary focus of support is academic or pastoral, the benefits are inextricably entwined.
Students who engage with peer learning:
- Gain a deeper understanding of a subject through explaining and discussing ideas/concepts with other students.
- Develop their interpersonal skills (listening, questioning, negotiating, problem solving, decision making).
- Learn more about their own strengths and weaknesses.
- Are given the opportunity to become more globally minded by working with students they may not have otherwise.
Staff benefit as they see the students they work with become more confident, self-aware and critical in their approach to tasks.
To the university
As well as the direct benefits to students and staff, peer learning also supports a number of key university performance indicators.
Outcomes: Our students are confident, world-ready citizens with the skills, capabilities and knowledge to thrive after graduation.
Emotional Intelligence, Responsibility, Adaptability, Confidence, Credibility, Creativity, Curiosity, Globally minded. Read more on the Highly Skilled Employment resource: Graduate Attributes section.
National Student Survey (NSS)
- Q. 21 – I feel part of a community of staff and students.
- Q. 22 I have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of my course.
- Read more on the NSS and other evaluation methods on our Academic Essentials: Support for course and module design and delivery overview.
Teaching Excellence Framework
- Learning environment: the effectiveness of resources and activities which support learning and improvement retention, progression and attainment.
- Outcomes and learning gain: the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals, in particular students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Read more on the National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) – Teaching Excellence website.
UK Professional Standards Framework
- A4 – Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance.
- K3 – How students learn, both generally and within their subject/disciple area(s).
- Read more on The UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education: 2011