At the heart of peer learning / peer-led 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 receiving support:
- Are given the opportunity to talk with students who have recently gone through the same transitions as they are currently experiencing.
- Are offered a safe space to ask “silly questions”.
- Often develop increased academic confidence.
- Gain a greater sense of belonging and community.
Students providing support:
- Are given the chance to support another student and enrich their university experience.
- Gain perspective on how their confidence and knowledge has grown over their time at university.
- Develop their interpersonal skills.
- Gain experience that can be used towards Hallam Award applications
Introducing new peer-led learning initiatives requires time and commitment from staff but should also bring a number of benefits as well:
- Supported students gain increased confidence and sense of community.
- Student satisfaction
- Reduced workload in terms of initial enquires
- Increased feedback via student leaders
To the university
As well as the direct benefits to students and staff, peer-led learning also supports a number of key university performance indicators.
Outcomes: Our students are confident, worldready 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