Published 1 December 2023
The Inaugural UNSW Peer Learning Festival provided an energising and collaborative environment for students and staff to celebrate all things peer support at UNSW.
The UNSW Peer Learning Festival showcased the broad range of peer programs that support our students, providing a forum for student leaders to network and learn more about peer-support programs at UNSW and to undertake professional development.
Participants represented the breadth of peer-learning programs at UNSW, including Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) programs and peer-mentoring programs coordinated by clubs and societies, faculties and central portfolios.
Attendees were very engaged throughout, with many continuing to connect and network right up until the close of the day’s proceedings. “I enjoyed interacting with mentors from different programs, learning about their experiences and understanding how to use experience from these programs in interviews,” said one participant.
The role of peer mentors
The festival was opened by Professor Alex Steel, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience, who spoke about the importance for the university to support peer-to-peer conversations and the value of these programs for both mentors and mentees.
UNSW Alumna Kerry-Anne Johnston, Founder and Director of the Bayard Foundation and Chair of Jaycar Electronics, gave an inspiring keynote address, reflecting on her own experiences and the learnings from these.
Kerry-Anne highlighted the importance of mentoring through all levels of education and professional life. “Mentoring [being a mentor and a mentee] in the programs that you are doing here at university will put you in good stead [for your future professional careers].”