To support peer and peer-led learning, click on one of the following headings to access range of resources.
The Peer Learning Project 2017 was set up to draw together the range of peer learning and mentoring schemes for students that operate within the Cathedrals Group of Universities. The purpose was to examine good practice wherever it exists and to examine the commonalities and unique features across the group. Out of this project was the Peer Learning and Mentoring Scheme Toolkit.
Peer-led Learning Initiative Rationale
Before embarking on any peer-led learning work it is important to consider the rationale for intervention as well as considering participation, selection/allocation, support and accountability. The Rationale form will help you capture these initial thoughts and provide you with a base to review and evaluate from.
Student Partnership and Peer Learning
University of Edinburgh, Institute for Academic Development: a practical guide to scaling up student-staff partnership in higher education.
Peer Learning – Teach Meet: successes and challenges
On 10th July 2019, colleagues came together to take part in peer and peer-led learning discussions and share their experiences. Take a look at our Infographic – summary of the day and the following presentations and posters:
- Creating cultures of belonging: Journeys into, and through, HE – Dr Zoe Baker
- Peer Coaching in Higher Education: A case study of exemplary practice to demonstrate the impact on student grades – Dr Jill Andreanoff
- Peer Assisted Learning (PAL): Bsc Mathematics – Dr Claire Cornock
- Enabling and facilitating online learning through peer communication and collaboration – Cath Holborn
- Transitioning to Higher Education: The impact of Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) for students with non-traditional qualifications – Dr Leanne Ingram
- How do we evaluate the impact of peer learning on participants? – discussion paper and poster
- How do we keep student volunteers motivated? – discussion paper and poster
- How do we help staff to recognise the value of peer learning? – discussion paper and poster
- How do we address the issue of attainment gaps using peer learning? – discussion paper and poster
- How do we ensure students at a distance/on placement/commute are able to participate? – discussion paper and poster
- “I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I have learnt so much about peer learning and how this can benefit students at my institution .Thank you for organising this event. It was lovely to meet staff from SHU and other institutions.”
- “I really liked the short, sharp presentations and the variety of speakers (academic staff, skills professionals etc). It was a great way to come together with other people passionate about peer learning to hear more about what’s going on at other institutions and how I might relate that personally to my own context. Thank you!”
- “I genuinely thought the layout of the day was spot on…Well done on a very successful event!”
Questions to consider when introducing new support
- Why are you looking to introduce support? Why now?
- Do you/your team have the time to commit to supporting a peer-led learning scheme/event?
- Is there anyone who can provide you with administrative support (emails/ room bookings etc)?
- When will support start and end?
- How will you recruit student leaders?
- What training will student leaders need and when will this take place?
- When will you meet/communicate with student leaders to brief them on what is expected of them?
- How will you match student leaders with participants?
- How will you keep in touch with student leaders to ensure they feel supported?
- How and when will you evaluate the support?
- How will you celebrate/recognise the contribution of students?
Ask the Experts – Toolkit
Ask the Experts involves training pairs of students who have been through a particular experience or transition (i.e. starting university or going on placement), to deliver a one-off workshop to students going through, or preparing for, the same experience or transition. All staff leave the room for these workshops which allows the student leaders to share their valuable lived experience candidly and creates a safe space for students to ask questions.
The approach and toolkit was created at Sheffield Hallam University by Nick Russell. We hope you are able to use it with your students to provide timely student-led support and to understand the student experience better! If you download the toolkit we would be extremely grateful if you can take a moment to complete our toolkit registration form to help us see where interest for the model is coming from.
There are 3 different parts to the toolkit:
Watch our video for more details.
If you have any questions about the toolkit we would love to hear from you – please email Nick Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assessed group work and student study groups
Visit The Skills Centre LibGuides for more guidance and information on these topics. We have also recently developed a new e-module on group work which students can self enrol on or tutors can requests students be batch enrolled and covers a range of important tools and techniques to help students succeed with group work.
When icebreakers work well they have a profoundly positive impact on the rapport of a group and help to create an engaged and active learning environment. View our guide to successfully running icebreakers.
- LearnHigher: Working with others (suite of resources)
- Carnegie Mellon University: Using group projects effectively (suite of resources)
- University of Leicester: Successful group projects
- 16 Personalities – Free personality profile test to allow students to understand themselves better and what their strengths and weaknesses might be when working with others. (Similar to MyersBriggs)
- NHS Improvement – A guide on how to use De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats in order to decide on a course of action or if groups are struggling to progress due to entrenched differences of opinion.
- Skills You Need: Guide to Tuckman (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Mourning)
Information for students being mentored
Student Mentor Training Resources and supporting documents
- Mentor training presentation
- Mentor Briefing video
- Resource – Reflection
- Resource -Task Planner
- Resource – Decision Balance
- Recruiting Student Mentors
- Mentoring Agreement
- Matching Form – Student applying for a Mentor
- Matching Form – Mentor
- Evaluating Mentoring
- Oxford University: Guidance on setting up a mentoring scheme
- University of Glasgow: Mentoring Toolkit
- NHS: Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education: Resources for mentors
- Keele University: Mentoring: Tools and templates (suite of resources)
- University of Reading: Running a mentoring scheme (suite of resources)
Training and leader resources
- PAL Training Presentation
- PALs Leader Briefing video
- Benefits of PALs
- Ice Breakers
- Dealing with Different Behaviours
- Facilitation techniques
- Task Planner
- Attendance Register
Resources for staff
- PAL Leader Recruitment Text
- Debrief Register
- Observation sheet – blank
- Observation sheet – example
- Bournemouth University: Introducing and developing PASS
Reading Lists Online
Take a look at the range of recommended reading lists online to support your course/module in all aspects of peer learning.