Enhancing the Student Experience

Peer Support Project

Peer Support started at Edinburgh as a joint venture between EUSA and the University of Edinburgh in 2012/13 and is an established strand of the Student Experience Project.

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The Peer Support Project has had a significant and measurable positive impact on the student experience and the wider Institution as evidenced by levels of engagement, quantitative data and qualitative feedback. The Project has also gained a great deal of external recognition, receiving a variety of awards and is renowned across the sector as a best practice model.

Project models

The Project aims to build a sense of community, belonging and partnership within the student body, improving and enhancing the overall student experience. There are 6 main models we use to do this, with many sub-schemes developed around the local students’ needs:

  • Peer-Assisted Learning (academic)
  • Mentoring (academic)
  • House System (social and pastoral)
  • Autonomous Learning Groups (academic)
  • Befriending (pastoral)
  • Families system (social)

Current developments

We have been developing these Projects over the last 2 academic years and we now have 60 Peer Support Projects run by 500 Student Volunteers with 33% of our undergraduate population involved across the university (amounting to over 7500 Students). We are also the Convener of the Scottish Peer Support Network, which the Project established in August 2014. This Network brings together students and practitioners working in 12 Higher Education Institutions across Scotland to share practice, ideas and solutions.

Read the Peer Support Staff Guide

The Peer Support Staff Guide includes information, resources and frequently asked questions about the Project.