Peer Support Scheme

The process of having someone really listening to me was not only incredibly liberating, it was empowering. It inspired me to overcome the worries I had and to want to help others through theirs. The gift of listening is indescribably valuable.

UPDATED INFORMATION IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 ADVICE: JULY 2020

Peer Supporters are available online and we would urge you to contact them to talk over any difficulties or anxieties you are having, which may of course be heightened at this strange and unprecedented time. You will find a list of available peer supporters below.

If you have any other queries, please contact Susie Ward, Peer Support Co-ordinator by email: s.ward@lse.ac.uk. Susie works Monday-Thursday at LSE and will respond to your email by the next working day.

Who are the peer supporters and how do I contact them?

The current group of Peer Supporters completed their 30 hour training programme in 2020 and will receive ongoing training and supervision throughout the academic year with the LSE Student Counselling Service.The following students are available to offer support over the summer:

Bhavisha Badiani

B.Badiani@lse.ac.uk

Fatima Bee

F.Bee@lse.ac.uk

Hannah Braidwood

H.J.Braidwood@lse.ac.uk

Taizy Chiang

T.Chiang1@lse.ac.uk

Sean Chou

S.Chou1@lse.ac.uk

Tara Constantine

T.L.Constantine@lse.ac.uk

Isaac Haruna (PhD)

I.Haruna@lse.ac.uk

Isolde Hegemann

I.H.Hegemann@lse.ac.uk

Rahul Karri

R.Karri@lse.ac.uk

Komil Kuvandikov

K.Kuvandikov@lse.ac.uk

Claudia Lee

C.Lee43@lse.ac.uk

Michelle Ma

M.Ma8@lse.ac.uk

Jack Murphy

J.R.Murphy@lse.ac.uk

Daa Nurgaliyeva

a.nurgaliyeva@lse.ac.uk

Joe Qureshi

J.I.Qureshi@lse.ac.uk

Yusuf Rafique (MSc)

Y.Rafique@lse.ac.uk

Ruiyao Ren

R.Ren2@lse.ac.uk

Liam Selsby

L.J.Selsby@lse.ac.uk

Maciej Srzek

M.J.Skrzek@lse.ac.uk

Sophia Tuwebti

S.M.Tuwebti@lse.ac.uk

Ross Twinn

r.twinn@lse.ac.uk

Maria Ventura (PhD)

M.Ventura@lse.ac.uk

Abigail Williams

A.Williams13@lse.ac.uk

Xinyi Xu (PhD)

X.Xu46@lse.ac.uk

For biographical details see list of all Peer Supporters with some information about them and their email addresses.

This list may be further updated as other peer supporters confirm they have finished travelling and are available to offer support.

All Peer Supporters can be contacted by any student regardless of their year of study, whether they are living in a hall of residence or in private accommodation. Peer Support is not specifically a buddy system for freshers, anyone can contact a peer supporter to talk over anything they wish, in confidence.

Any LSE student can contact any Peer Supporter. 

About the scheme

LSE wants your studying and working environment to be welcoming and inclusive. However we realise that, at times, this environment can be challenging.

At these times it can be useful to speak to somebody who has been through something similar and the LSE Peer Support Scheme seeks to be reflective of the diversity of the LSE student body as a whole:

  • Supporters from different ethnic, cultural, national and religious backgrounds
  • Disabled and non-disabled supporters
  • Supporters from LGBT+ backgrounds
  • Supporters from different age groups and different genders
  • Supporters with experience of caring responsibilities.

Watch a video about the Peer Support Scheme on Youtube.

Peer Support is a proven, successful programme which runs at many universities in the UK and the US. It provides students with a confidential space to talk and be listened to. It can sometimes be hard to talk to friends and family about certain issues, therefore the Peer Support Scheme provides a crucial service for students to talk to other students about anything they are worried about.

Peer Supporters are not counsellors, nor can they provide you with solutions to your problems. However they have been specifically selected and trained in listening, questioning and responding skills so they can help other students to reach their own solutions. It can make a huge difference to talk to someone who is non-judgemental, impartial and outside of your situation.

What can Peer Supporters help me with?

Peer Supporters are available and happy to listen to anything you are finding difficult. 

These are some of the issues that Peer Supporters have supported their fellow students with:

Family                             Alcohol, drugs or eating problems
Cultural differences Homesickness or loneliness
Peer pressure Stress or trouble with sleeping
Exam anxiety Worries about the future or employment
Financial concerns Supporting a friend who is experiencing difficulty
Your course/the workload                      Sex, sexual health, contraception or pregnancy
Friends and relationships Self harm or suicidal thoughts

Peer Supporters can also signpost you to other services in the School where you can get more specialist help and support.

How can I become a Peer Supporter?

Applications to become a Peer Supporter in the 2021/22 academic year will open in January 2021. Applicants are interviewed during April/May and training takes place during the late Summer/early Michelmas term.

The scheme is open to undergraduates and MRes/PhD students and 2 year Masters students. 

You can access further information on recruitment here.

Watch a video about how to become a Peer Supporter on YouTube.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email s.ward@lse.ac.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

What does confidentiality mean?

Everything you talk about to a Peer Supporter is kept between you and them. All the Peer Supporters have signed a document to this effect. They regularly reflect with the Scheme's coordinator, and may discuss issues that have arisen but will keep your identity confidential.

However in certain situations for the safety of the person seeking help, the wider community and the Peer Supporter, they may need to disclose certain information and will inform you of this whenever necessary.

In such circumstances, breaking confidentiality does not mean that what you have shared becomes public knowledge. A Peer Supporter will only tell the relevant person/s with regard to maintaining safety i.e. a Warden or LSE counsellors.

Peer Supporters will never share anything you have told them with their friends.

Will talking to a Peer Supporter really help me

Talking to a Peer Supporter is not guaranteed to help, however 'a problem shared is a problem halved'.

Peer support schemes have been successful here and at other universities as they allow an informal, confidential and student-led method of support. Hopefully, Peer Supporters enable a student to feel more at ease than in a formal setting. They can possibly relate to a fellow student in a more successful manner than a professional who is no longer a student.

Who supports the Peer Supporters?

The Peer Supporters attend a reflective meeting with an LSE Student Counsellor every two weeks. In this way, the Peer Supporters can learn more and talk about what difficulties, pressures or issues they themselves might have.

What if the Peer Supporter doesn’t understand and can’t help me?

If you find that talking to the Peer Supporter has not provided the level of support and help you desired, there are other services designed to help you at LSE and in the wider community. The Peer Supporter is trained and will be happy to signpost you to a suitable method of support. The LSE Counselling service provides more formal help and there is a 20-minute drop-in slot available every afternoon at the Student Counselling Service. It may also be helpful to contact a GP in London. A list of other external resources is available here.   

Can I choose which Peer Supporter I contact?

Yes. Find out more about the Peer Supporters by reading their biographies. This list also contains their individual contact details. There might be some Peer Supporters based in your hall of residence, however any LSE students can contact any Peer Supporter. Just drop them an email with your contact details so they can get back to you.

Is my problem too small and irrelevant?

No. No problem is too small. Peer Supporters are there to help you with any worry, concern or issue.  A Peer Supporter also understands that what may seem small to some may be a big concern for others.

Can I use Peer Support to get help for my friend?

We are trained to support the person in front of us. We can listen to your worries regarding someone else and if you feel they are in danger or are a danger to others its important to encourage that friend to contact the Student Counselling Service or their GP.

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