Peer Support is all about students supporting other students.

Peer Support is comprised of Peer Mentoring and Peer Assisted Learning. Our Peer Learning and Peer Mentor schemes aim to create student-led, confidential and informal spaces for students to get academic and social support from each other and more experienced student volunteers. All schemes are driven by the needs of the students. Whether you are looking for a peer mentor to support with the transition to life and work at Bath or study support, our volunteers are here for you.

Feeling homesick or lonely? Stressed about exams? Just need someone to chat to? Your peer mentor is on hand to listen to you and offer the support you need as you navigate your first year at university or prepare for placement. If you would like some additional study support and to meet more people on your course, check your timetable to see if a PAL session is available to you.

The SU supports staff and students with Peer Support schemes, coordinating recruitment, as well as delivering training and providing resources. We also offer ongoing support and training for our peer mentors and PAL. Peer Support schemes are student led and are run within your department.

Peer Mentors

As soon as you start University, all new students will have a departmental Peer Mentor. Your peer mentor will support you with the transition to university and act as a point of contact throughout the year. You may also have the opportunity to have a Placement Mentor if you are preparing to go on placement. Find out more.

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

On some courses you may find a PAL session on your timetable. PAL sessions are study groups which are run by trained PAL Leaders who have previously studied your unit or programme.. PAL provides an informal space for all students to ask questions, discuss lecture material, develop study skills and get to know other students on your course. Find out more.

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Lizzy

Setting up a new scheme

If you are a student at the University or a member of staff wishing to set up peer support scheme please speak contact Annika Theilgaard, Peer Support Coordinator by emailing PeerSupport@bath.ac.uk. We are able to support projects with recruitment, training, on-going support and evaluation.

Meet a Mentor
Michael

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Annika Theilgaard, Peer Support Coordinator

Annika is responsible for setting up, maintaining and evaluating Peer Mentoring and PAL schemes across the University. She works with key members of staff in academic departments to ensure schemes run successfully. She is responsible for recruiting, training and providing on-going support for Peer Mentors and PAL Leaders.

Laura McLachlan, Peer Support Administrator

Laura provides administrative support for the area. This includes supporting recruitment and training. Laura assists with supporting Peer Mentors and PAL Leaders and can deal with any general inquiry relating to Peer Support.

Kate Campbell, Peer Support Administrator

Kate also provides administrative support for the area. This includes supporting recruitment and training. Kate assists with supporting Peer Mentors and PAL Leaders and can deal with any general inquiry relating to Peer Support.