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26 Nov 2014

Become a PhD Support Peer – apply by 30 November

A new PhD Peer Support Network is starting in January 2015, and the team behind the initiative is looking for volunteers to help drive it forward.

The PhD Peer Support Network will be an informal weekly lunchtime drop-in so that PhD students from across the University can meet and get to know one another. The sessions will enable students to share experiences about their PhD study or just provide them with valuable time away to relax and reflect.

The Network’s coordinators are looking to recruit a core group of PhD students to act as mentors and provide support for other PhD students at the drop-in sessions.

As a PhD Support Peer you’ll receive training and support from the Students’ Union, in partnership with the University’s Student Services and the Graduate School, which can go towards the skills training requirements of your PhD.

The training will ensure you know about the services on campus that you may need to direct students to. You will also be able to share your own experiences to support other students in the group.

This is a great opportunity to develop your personal skills, help to grow a new initiative from its inception and build a stronger PhD community at Loughborough.

You’ll need to undertake a one hour training session and then be available for an hour a week. If there are lots of volunteers, you may only be needed for an hour every two weeks.

If you are interested in becoming a PhD Support Peer, fill in the short expression of interest questions below and return via email to Sammy Davis, Peer Support Coordinator, E: by 30 November

  1. Please tell us why you are applying to this role (max 200 words)
  2. Describe briefly one idea that you would suggest to grow the network moving forward (max 200 words)
  3. What three things would you say to someone considering applying for a PhD in your area (max 200 words)?

If you have any questions or would like more information please do not hesitate to contact one of the PhD Coordinators for the Network – Andrew Rowe ( ) and Jordan Dawson (