Developing a Postgraduate Community: the Peer Learning Approach

Christopher Fleming; Adolfo Martins

 1 University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED; Christopher.Fleming@uwtsd.ac.uk

2 University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED; A.Martins@uwtsd.ac.uk

5th May 2017

Abstract

There are many difficulties associated with postgraduate research in an HE environment, some of which are all too often neglected. These include: feelings of isolation, ‘imposter syndrome’, finding a research/work/life balance, and dealing with the jump between taught and research degrees. There are some skills that are simply not taught, and/or some issues that researchers may feel uncomfortable discussing with academic staff. 

This paper will demonstrate a working model of the peer learning method within the Postgraduate Research Group. It will be given by a group of PhD students who are an active part of this community based on Lampeter Campus, and we shall briefly discuss the history, methods, and aims of the group. In doing so, we wish to draw attention to the PG activity happening within UWTSD and ways in which postgraduate students can utilise the peer learning model to aid their development. Furthermore, we seek to demonstrate the achievements of postgraduate students within the group, in order to alleviate the effects of the dreaded ‘imposter syndrome’. By giving this paper, we hope to summarise our progress to date and to discuss ways in which to improve and expand the model we have developed.