Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Peer Support

Peer Support is where students help each other academically and socially, with guidance and resources from the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) in partnership with the University.

There are several peer support initiatives in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

If you have any questions about any of the schemes, or wish to discuss the possibility of organising a peer support event or establishing a new scheme in your subject area, please contact the School Senior Leader, Angelos Theocharis (angelos.theocharis@ed.ac.uk).

Chinese Studies

Who is it for?

Any student taking a Chinese single or joint honours degree.

What's it all about?

The Chinese Studies Peer Support Group aims to build a sense of community for students of Chinese,  help students with study skills through advice and mentoring, provide pastoral support for those in need, and share experiences from the Year Abroad and useful advice for lower year students. The Peer Support Group takes the lead in organising events and initiatives that support the social and academic life of students within Chinese Studies at the University of Edinburgh, such as drop-in study sessions, Year Abroad information sessions, and socials.

You can visit the Chinese Studies Peer Support Group Facebook page or EUSA profile to learn more.

Contacts:

You can contact the Chinese Studies Peer Support Group organiser at chinesepeersupport@ed.ac.uk.

The staff contact for Chinese Studies Peer Support is:

Dr Christopher Rosenmeier

Lecturer

  • Chinese Studies
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details

Address

Street

Room 4.15
50 George Square

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH8 9LH

 

English Literature

Who is it for?

Any student taking English or Scottish Literature.

What's it all about?

LitPALS (English Literature Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme) entails fortnightly study group sessions led by second-, third- or fourth-year students, focussed on specific study skills topics or themes. It aims to create a safe and welcoming space in which undergraduates can discuss and develop strategies for navigating university life.

LitPALS Student Leaders undergo training with EUSA, and maintain an active Facebook page to document their endeavours. You can visit the English Literature department website or the LitPALS EUSA profile learn more, or contact Dr Dermot Cavanagh for more information.

Contact:

You can contact the LitPALS organiser at LitPALS@ed.ac.uk.

The staff contact for LitPALS is:

Dr Keith Hughes

Lecturer

  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details

Address

Street

Room 2.42
50 George Square

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH8 9LH

 

French and Francophone Studies

Who is it for?

Anyone studying French.

What’s it all about?

The French Peer Support group consists of a group of 4th year French students, keen to share their combined experiences to help French students have a fantastic and happy time at uni! Join their Facebook page to discuss life as a French UofE student, improve your French conversation skills, meet up before your essay is due to discuss your ideas, and learn how to stay really on top of things!

Contact:

You can contact the French Peer Support Group organiser at frenchpeersupport@ed.ac.uk.

The staff contact for French Peer Support is:

Audrey Debard

Teaching Fellow

  • School of Literature, Languages and Cultures
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • French and Francophone Studies
Contact details

Japanese Studies

Who is it for?

Any student taking a Japanese single or joint honours degree.

What's it all about?

The Japanese Studies Peer Support Group provides a space to exchange experiences from learning languages, getting the most out of your time at the University of Edinburgh, and learning more about your year abroad. The Group organises socials and holds a weekly Kaiwa (conversation) Café for Japanese Studies students and exchange students. For more information see the Japanese Studies Peer Support EUSA profile. You are welcome to contact Fumiko Narumi-Munro or the student organising committee via the Facebook page.

Contact:

You can contact the Japanese Studies Peer Support Group organiser at japanesepeersupport@ed.ac.uk.

The staff contact for Japanese Studies Peer Support is:

Akihiko Shimizu

Language Assistant in Japanese

Contact details

Russian Studies

Who is it for?

Anyone studying Russian.

What’s it all about?

The Russian Peer Support Group aims to provide a supportive network for all students studying Russian, so that they can get the most out of their time at university.  We hold events to encourage rapport between students of different year groups, as well as providing help with study, useful advice on any subject for lower years and sharing experiences with Russian study. 

To find out more, please visit the Russian Peer Support Facebook page!

Contact

russianpeersupport@ed.ac.uk

Staff contact

(Tentatively)

https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/rose-france

 

Spanish Studies

Who is it for?

Anyone studying Spanish.

What’s it all about?

The Spanish Peer Support group will lead fortnightly sessions run by students ranging from second-fourth years. We aim to provide support for Spanish students by running sessions on how to study Spanish autonomously and provide options to get involved in Hispanic culture! Given the circumstances, we are very aware of the worries and questions that students may have regarding their Year Abroad and settling in. The group will organise social and information-based sessions, but we want to hear YOUR voice and suggestions in order to provide the best support possible!

Join our Facebook page to learn more about Spanish Peer Support and become part of a fantastic community!

Contact:

splaspeersupport@ed.ac.uk

Staff contact:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/carlos-soler-montes

General contacts and links for Peer Assisted Learning:

 

Angelos Theocharis

School Senior Leader (Peer Support)

  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details

Rohanie Campbell-Thakoordin

EUSA Peer Support Coordinator

  • Edinburgh University Students' Association

Contact details

Related links

Visit the Students' Association Peer Support pages 

Read our interview with former School Senior Leader, Danielle Howarth