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Peer leaders(From left) Stephen Tanfield, Caleb Knoll, Kylie Mitchell, Matt Deroon.

Peer Leaders recognised for contribution to campus life

Over 70 students were recognised for their contribution to campus life by the Ballarat Peer Leadership Network recently and presented with certificates. 

Shannon Thompson, ACU Psychologist, established the Peer Leadership Network in 2008 which aims to provide first year students with support in the transition from high school to university and moving away from home. 

"The network really enables students to provide practical advice and to recognise peers who are experiencing difficulties with self confidence, work pressures, social isolation and schooling deadlines," said Shannon.

"Our Peer Leaders really advocate the benefits of student services and assist in breaking down barriers so that students can access supports sooner rather than latter," she said.

Kylie Mitchell, third year Bachelor of Education student, said that becoming a peer leader was a fantastic opportunity.

"Being a Peer Leader has allowed me to gain additional skills in relating to others in an empathetic manner and has really strengthened my social networks on campus," said Kylie.