Peer Support offers an accessible and informal opportunity to talk through issues which may be concerning you. It can help simply to get things off your chest and know that someone is willing to listen and take time to understand what’s on your mind.
All Peer Supporters are trained to listen effectively, communicate sensitively, maintain confidentiality, respect boundaries, and recognise when and how to refer to professional support services. Peer Supporters attend ongoing fortnightly supervision through the University Counselling Service to consolidate their training. All Peer Supporters abide by a Code of Practice.
You can talk with a Peer Supporter about anything that is troubling you. Common issues include stress, anxiety, uncertainty about the future, homesickness, and family or relationship problems.
If you would like to talk with a Peer Supporter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email will be replied to within 24 hours. Peer Supporters will be present at most social welfare events in College so feel free to approach them directly.
Peer Supporters 2021-22
I’m a first year DPhil student at Kellogg. I grew up in London and came to Oxford to study an undergraduate degree in history in 2014, after which I spent a year in London working in public relations. I then returned to Oxford for a master’s in history at Kellogg, where I am now completing my DPhil. I am well-versed in the stresses of life at Oxford, whether these be the pressures of exams and submissions, the lingering effects of imposter syndrome, or simply the difficulty of finding your feet in a new social environment. When these pressures became too much, I have relied on the support of those around me in the college community, and have often informally supported friends and colleagues experiencing these very problems. The peer support programme has been a fantastic way to build upon these experiences, as it has given me the tools to provide suitable support to those who need it. Whether you need to talk through a problem (big or small), or want to be pointed to more formal ways to get support, myself and the peer support team are here to help.
Yousef Khalifa Aleghfeli
Before pursuing a DPhil in Education at Oxford, I worked in various international education systems. Working in education taught me the importance of having a strong relationship between emotional wellbeing and academic learning. The Peer Support system interested me from the first time I heard about it. As an international student, I find the diverse backgrounds and intersectional experiences of my Kellogg peers a unique resource that can help us learn and cope during our time here. I see peer support as a tool to help use these shared experiences to create a stable and supportive environment for all.
Deborah Yan Xu
I come from China and have been working at the University for a few years. I am currently studying for a master’s in Taxation. Being a Peer Supporter is a great opportunity for me to be part of the Kellogg community. The Peer Support system is amazing, and I have learned a lot; sometimes we just someone to listen and empathise. I look forward to meeting you.
Hi, I am Brian Micheni and I am your academic officer in the Middle Common Room (MCR) and a trained Peer Supporter in college. I am reading for a DPhil in Education. Having also done my master’s at Oxford, I understand that things can get overwhelming, and you might sometimes feel homesick or stressed from academic or non-academic issues, among other things. Please feel free to reach out if you have any issues that you want to talk through. In addition, you don’t need to be in a crisis to talk to me. I am also here for the chats and rants over coffee or a walk.