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Peer Support Community: National schemes

Peer learning and peer mentoring schemes are well established at institutions across the UK. There are too many to name individually so a random selection of some well established schemes at institutions are listed below. It is perhaps worth mentioning one common scheme, called Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). PASS originated in the US in the 1970s, where it is called Supplemental Instruction (SI). PASS is now an internationally established scheme, which has national training centres in different countries. A key peer learning network has also been developed for practitioners of peer learning, called the International Academic Peer Learning Network.

University of Manchester

The University of Manchester has a very successful Peer Support system. Since 2015, it has 35 Peer Mentoring schemes with 850 Leaders and 30 PASS schemes with 900 leaders.

University of Bath

Peer Support at the University of Bath has grown over the past few years. They currently have over 850 students volunteering as Peer Mentors and Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) running in 22 subject areas with 80 students volunteering as PAL Leaders.

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh have over 60 peer support projects across the University. They work in partnership with over 90 members of staff, 500 volunteer Student Leaders and 33% of the undergraduate population.