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The Student Peer Leader Network is a chance for you to contribute to the University community by co-creating and delivering activities that enable personal development, employability, and feeling of connection and belonging among students.
About the Network
The Student Peer Leader Network:
- fosters student-to-student support
- creates activities to enable student connection and transition
- coordinates and delivers workplace readiness advising and workshops
- facilitates professional skills development
What are Peer Leaders?
Peer Leaders are students who are selected to work on University-led initiatives because they demonstrate a commitment to community values.
Peer Leaders work alongside staff to enhance the student experience by delivering events and activities tailored for the student community.
Previous events and activities run by Peer Leaders have included:
A six-week program designed to help students become more familiar with Australian culture and academic life and gain confidence communicating in English, while making friends with other students through fun, peer-led activities.
Weekly advising at the Careers & Employability Studio where students receive help developing their resume, sourcing jobs and internships, and preparing for interviews, with additional support and resources for international student work rights.
Mock assessment centre
Workshops for students to practice and engage in simulated Assessment Centre activities, designed to help students gain firsthand experience on commonly assessed tasks including tips on what assessors look for during the recruitment process.
A celebration of student leadership on campus where students engage in a variety of on-campus events, embracing and conveying the values and importance of student leadership.
Peer Leaders are actively engaged in University of Melbourne Mental Health Day and R U OK? Day campaigns, raising student awareness about mental health and promoting engagement with the relevant services and support channels available.
Partnerships and collaboration
Pro-active partnering with student leaders across campus to deliver targeted skill development presentations and workshops that appeal to their club members on topics such as networking, creating your elevator pitch and storytelling.
How can I become a Peer Leader?
Recruitment of Peer Leaders usually takes place twice a year - in January/February and June/July - prior to the start of each semester. Check back here around those times, or keep an eye on Careers Online for advertisement of Peer Leader roles.
In order to be considered you must:
- be currently enrolled as a University of Melbourne student (domestic or international) and remain enrolled and be available for a full calendar year.
- Undergraduate students: You must have completed one and a half years of study.
- Graduate coursework students: You are eligible from the commencement of study.
- be able to commit to 10 hours per week for the fixed term period (12 months).
As part of the University of Melbourne’s commitment to diversity and social inclusion, students who have demonstrated social, educational or financial disadvantage are strongly encouraged to apply.
"The Student Peer Leader role was a great experience for me. Being a Peer Leader gave me the opportunity to develop myself personally and professionally. I had the autonomy and responsibility to run my own projects, but always had the support and guidance of staff and other Peer Leaders whenever I needed it. I am now more confident and will take everything I have learned to my future roles."
Yau Chung Low, Master of Biomedical Science
Join us on Facebook
The Student Peer Leader Network Facebook group is a platform for sharing advice on leadership, volunteering and employability. Join now to receive updates and opportunities from the student community.