Leading a faculty-wide peer support programme for widening participation students: Impact on the personal and professional development of an undergraduate intern.

Jaden Allan*, Rick Hayman, Stephany Veuger, Regina Mendes

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Peer support within the university education sector is well recognised for positively impacting upon student retention, progression, and academic attainment metrics (Davies and Allan, 2014; Keenan, 2014; Foy and Keane, 2018).
In academic year 2021-2022, a year-long undergraduate student intern was appointed. The project ran as a series of 60-minute workshops every month across five departments (Applied Sciences. Nursing, Midwifery & Health. Psychology. Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing. Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation) within the institution.

The unique aspect of this study was the specific focus on qualitatively examining Regina’s experience of leading the project and the consequent impact it has had upon her academic, personal and professional development.
Interview data was interpreted using the POWER Reflective Framework for Students-as-Partners Practices and Processes (Smith and Verwoord, 2020).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPALS (Peer Assisted Learning)/SI-PASS The Leader Experience Conference Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
Publication statusIn preparation - 5 Jun 2023
EventPALS/SI-PASS: The Leader Experience Conference. Queen Margaret University. Edinburgh.: PALS/SI-PASS: The Leader Experience Conference - Queen Margaret University. , Edinburgh., United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Jun 20236 Jun 2023


ConferencePALS/SI-PASS: The Leader Experience Conference. Queen Margaret University. Edinburgh.
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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