Your involvement as a Peer Leader will be recognised on your HEAR
Peer Leaders are eligible for The Exeter Award, and in some cases, the Exeter Leader's Award
Benefits for Peer Leaders / Mentors
In addition to Peer Support being incredibly beneficial for mentees, the scheme also offers the students who volunteer as Peer Leaders / Mentors a number of key benefits:
Enhances your Academic Performance
Mentoring students in your area of study consolidates your own subject knowledge from previous years resulting in a more well-rounded understanding going forward. It is often said that you fully understand something when you can help others to understand it, and Peer Support gives you the opportunity to recap on your previous course content and demonstrate this.
Improves your Employability & Develops Strong Transferable Skills
Through planning, organising and leading sessions with mentees, you will gain excellent experiences to put on your CV and talk about at interviews. Employers are very interested in students who can show that they have leadership skills, can communicate confidently, can use their initiative and work in a team; all of which are skills that being a Peer Leader/Mentor will help you to develop (and many more!). Peer Leaders/Mentors are also eligible for The Exeter Award which will help you stand out from the crowd when looking for a graduate role.
Training and Development
To equip and support you for your role as a Peer Leader/Mentor, you will receive an ongoing Training and Development Programme designed to give you the skills you need and to help you reflect on your experience. You will also have regular meetings with the Peer Programme Organiser(s) for ongoing support and to allow you to feedback on any issues.
Rewards and Recognition
You’re involvement as a Peer Leader/Mentor will be recognised on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report). This is an enhanced academic transcript that contains detailed information about your learning and achievements which, along with your degree certificate, will support applications for employment and further study.
Towards the end of the academic year, Peer Leaders/Mentors are also invited to an annual Peer Leader Celebration Event, where their achievements are awarded and recognised.
(To have your involvement recognised on your HEAR and to fulfil your role as a Peer Leader/Mentor, you must complete the Training and Development Programme - This is so we can verify your involvement).
Peer Leaders, Geography
Peer Leaders, Psychology
Peer Leader, Maths
- How To Guide: Be a Peer Leader
- Watch video clips of other leaders/mentors talking about their Peer Programme
- 'Find Someone Who...' Exercise
- Boundaries and Relationships
- Redirecting questions
- Active Listening Practice
- Bloom's Taxonomy: giving structure to learning processes
- Teaching vs Facilitation: Breaking the Dependency Cycle
- Finding Support Services at the University