Centre for Academic Practice

Past Projects

Peer Support Directory

  • Examples of Peer Assisted Learning / Support from across campus
  • Completed

This resource was originally designed for use by both staff and students, and it promotes the idea that students are particularly well positioned to support other students, while themselves gaining invaluable experience which can contribute towards their employability.

Loughborough University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy sets out to “support student ‘buddying’ schemes in academic departments” as one of the institution’s strategic objectives, while the Loughborough Student Charter advocates that students undertake to “foster a supportive student learning community by, for example, participating fully in group learning activities and acting as learning facilitators for fellow students”.

This peer support resource was initially developed in conjunction with the Mathematics Education Centre and as an output from the Enhancing Student Engagement project. The decision to appoint a Peer Support Coordinator in LSU from summer 2014 was informed, at least in part, by the following University discussion papers:

  • PQ10-P45 Peer Assisted Learning at Loughborough (tabled 18 October 2010, co-authored with Moira Petrie) – paper available here (Learn access required)
  • LTC13-P32 Peer Support at Loughborough (tabled 6 June 2013) – paper available here
  • QEASC14-P8 Practices in peer support: exploring alternative approaches to enhance the student experience (tabled 3 March 2014) – paper available here

This project was funded through the Loughborough University Development Trust. The Trust exists to support the University in giving students an outstanding quality of educational experience. It raises funds from former students and other friends of the University. Their generosity has made this support possible.

Further information about the Peer Support network is available on the LSU website at https://www.lsu.co.uk/onyourside/voice/peersupport/