Peer Relations: an Integrated Roadmap to Student Success

Aine McKillop, Roisin Curran, Avril Honan, Grainne Dooher

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Peer support has developed a strong sense of belonging at Ulster University and has provided the underpinning evidence to develop a roadmap of best practice to consider when embedding peer support activities. The following principles apply: peer relations must involve meaningful interactions that will help fellow students share learning and may involve formalised student-led student groups from Year 1; peer relation activities should develop knowledge, confidence and identity; a sense of community is created when social integration is facilitated within and outside of the academic sphere and can be promoted through induction and student organised social events; peer relations fosters a collegiate environment and campus community and develops students academically and socially; and peer activities should be discipline owned and relevant to interests and future goals within the academic sphere.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhat works? Student retention and success change programme: Final conference 2017
PublisherHigher Education Academy
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 12 May 2017


  • peer support
  • peer relations
  • retention


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