IOE Student Helpdesk


IOE Peer Support Scheme

Take advantage of a mentorship scheme led by our alumni and experienced students.

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What is the Peer Support Scheme?

This is a mentoring scheme designed to support new students through their academic journeys in university and to settle in the IOE community.

By joining this scheme, you will receive 1-1 support on the different challenges you may face being a new student at UCL. You will be paired with a peer supporter who will meet with you to discuss any academic, career, or personal concerns.

Your supporter will be an IOE alumnus or senior student who have walked the walk themselves, and can give you the best insight on how to approach these difficulties. We provided them with training and resources, so that you receive the support you deserve.

We understand you may feel uncomfortable going to programme staff for help. Connected with the Peer Support Team, you can always turn to a friendly face as your first point of contact.

Why should I join?

  • Receive 1-1 support throughout the academic year
  • Gain tips and advice from IOE alumni or senior students
  • Connect with other students during group sessions 
  • Develop skills through a series of academic, career and personal development workshops

How to join

The Peer Support Scheme is open to new students studying at the IOE, including postgraduate, ITE and research students. You will have the option of meeting your peer supporter face-to-face or online.

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Student Testimonials

"The feeling that I have someone to support me if I need anything is so helpful when living outside my home country."

"Knowing there is someone there for me to reach out to helps me [...] address the feelings of isolation."

"It has helped me make use of [...] the resources we have as students, that I didn't know of. Through my mentor, I learned about the Academic Writing Centre as well as how we can get support if we are feeling low."

"I understand better how to manage assignments and adjust to studying at UCL."