Student Peer Supporters are available at participating colleges and departments to talk with you informally about anything that is concerning you. They have formally applied for this role and have been selected by the Peer Support Panel in consultation with a professional Peer Support trainer and the college’s Senior Common Room (SCR). They have received training to enable them to listen effectively, communicate sensitively, maintain confidentiality, respect boundaries and recognise when and how to encourage referral to professional support services. They receive ongoing fortnightly support and supervision through the University Counselling Service, and abide by a Code of Practice.

How Peer Support can help

Peer Support offers an easily accessible and relatively informal opportunity to talk through issues which may be concerning you. Often it can help simply to get things off your chest or to know that someone is genuinely willing to listen and take time to understand what’s on your mind. Sometimes just talking things through is enough; sometimes it may lead you to seek more professional help.


Who are the Peer supporters?

Laurence Bialy
3rd year, Classics (Welfare Rep)

Lily Russell-Jones
3rd year, English (Welfare Rep)

Sophie White
3rd year, E&M

Marina Hackett
2nd year, German

Tim Lee
4th year, Engineering

Antonia Ruddle
2nd year, PPE

Peer support exchange programme

Peer Support Alliance

The Turl Street Colleges; Exeter, Lincoln and Jesus, have agreed to take part in a peer support exchange. This means students at these colleges can speak to peer supporters at other colleges as well as their own to chat to a fresh face away from home about any issues they may be having.

Exeter College Welfare + Peer Support Team

George Oyebode
2nd year, Classics (Welfare Rep)

Kyra Birkett
2nd Year, Chemistry (Welfare Rep)

Lincoln College Welfare + Peer Support Team

Sophie Davies
Welfare Rep

Noah Turner
Welfare Rep