Peer Support

What is Peer Support?

The Peer Support Programme was developed in recognition of the essential role students play in supporting and encouraging one another on a day-to-day basis throughout their time at university. Students are likely to look to each other first for help in thinking through issues and for emotional support, but there are times when this can leave friends feeling out of their depth, unsure how best to help but anxious about seeking advice for fear of betraying trust.

The Programme seeks to better equip students for this role, enabling them to feel more confident in supporting their peers and more aware of the professional support networks available to them. Since its launch it has been embraced by an Oxford University review as an integral part of it’s welfare provision.

Who are peer supporters?

In college we have an esteemed team of six peer supporters, please get in touch if there is anything on your mind:

We have all received training in communicating sensitively, maintain confidentiality, respect boundaries and recognise when and how to encourage referral to professional support services.

All of us are undergraduate students who have formally applied for the role and have been selected by the Peer Support Panel in their college or department in consultation with a professional Peer Support trainer and the college’s Senior Common Room (SCR) and abide by a Code of Practice.

How can peer support help?

Peer support offers an easily accessible and relatively informal opportunity to talk through issues which may be concerning you. Often it can help simply to get things off your chest or to know that someone is genuinely willing to listen and take time to understand what’s on your mind. Sometimes just talking things through is enough; sometimes it may lead you to seek more professional help.

It is important to emphasise that peer supporters are not counsellors and, where appropriate, they may encourage you to seek more formal support through college welfare, your GP or the University Counselling Service.

Last edited by Anastasia Drokova
18th Sep 2015