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Peer leaders as partners in Higher Education


Fuglsang, S and West, H and Skalicky, J and Warr Pedersen, K, Peer leaders as partners in Higher Education, Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Conference, 2-5 December 2018, Melbourne, Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]


The principles underpinning the University of Tasmania’s Retention and Success Strategy promote a whole of student lifecycle approach, that is proactive and developmental, as well as encouraging connectedness. The strategy also recognises that it is a whole of university responsibility to support student retention and success. The Student Experience peer-led programs are intentionally developed and delivered to provide holistic support to students throughout their university lifecycle. Each program nurtures a specific aspect of university life, whether it be social networks, well-being, academic skills or career development. Through the recruitment, training and ongoing professional development of our student leaders, the University works in partnership with our students leaders to support their peers’ wellbeing, transition experience, and academic success.

Student leaders are valued partners who bring insight to their roles and the delivery of our programs and services through their lived experience. The programs themselves are collaborative in nature, modelling and engendering a sense of community. Student participants in the programs are valued as partners, creating a powerful interplay between student, leader, and the broader University community. The continuous improvement of the design and delivery of our programs and services is informed by our student partners. Through the leaders’ actions, evaluations, observations and reflections, the programs continue to enhance the student University experience. This presentation shares how the individual programs work together, and work in partnership with the University, to support student wellbeing, transition and success.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:peer leaders, higher education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fuglsang, S (Ms Sally Fuglsang)
UTAS Author:West, H (Ms Hollie West)
UTAS Author:Skalicky, J (Associate Professor Jane Skalicky)
UTAS Author:Warr Pedersen, K (Ms Kristin Warr)
ID Code:129220
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:ED Student Life and Enrichment
Deposited On:2018-11-16
Last Modified:2018-11-23

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