Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Peer Support

Peer support schemes and projects enable students to provide academic and social support for each other during their studies. In partnership with the University of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) offers guidance, support and resources for staff and students involved in establishing and maintaining peer support initiatives.

There are several peer support initiatives active in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, details of which can be found below. 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 Benjamin Bateman

Lecturer in Post-1900 British Literature

  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details

Address

Street

Room 2.24
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:

Dr Sarah Tribout-Joseph

Lecturer

  • French section
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details

Address

Street

Room 3.42
50 George Square

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH8 9LH

 

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:

Fumiko Narumi-Munro

Language Instructor in Japanese

  • Japanese Studies
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details

Address

Street

Room 2.23
19 George Square

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH8 9LD

 

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