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Engineering & the Environment Peer Advisors News

Published: 26 October 2011
FEE Peer Advisors

The Faculty of Engineering and the Environment Peer Advisors are six weeks into their posts. They have already initiated many activities to support Masters students in the faculty including academic and social support.

Enhancing Academic Support

Phil and Fazil, the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment Peer Advisor, have been working closely with Joy Moloney, Senior Education Development Fellow and the Faculty Academic Liaison Librarians to organise a referencing workshop on the 26th of October. This will help Masters students better understand the concept of referencing and familiarise them with the specific referencing protocols used in the Faculty. The workshop, delivered by subject specialist Academic Liaison Librarians, will be followed by practice sessions that the students can book directly with the Librarians.

On the 20th of October Phil gave a presentation on his self-proposed MSc project to the new Masters students  explaining some of the challenges of self proposing a project and how he has overcome these. Around 100 students attended (mostly from Sustainable Energy Technologies) alongside Phil's supervisor Dr Ponce de Leon Carlos and the corporate project sponsor Dr Dennis Doerffell that at the end of the presentation responded to some of the questions from students interested in research project opportunities with Reap Systems Southampton.

Enabling a Masters Students Community

The Peer Advisors have set up a Facebook page for the Faculty Masters students to be used as a platform for informal communication with the students. So far 37% of the Masters students in the faculty have registered and are increasingly using the page. A one day trip to a local heritage site is also being planned to give students the opportunity to get to know better their peers and discover some of the regional heritage attractions.

Weekly coffee meetings where the students can meet their classmates informally and discuss social and academic issues have been set up for Civil Engineering students with the support of the Programme Coordinator. The Peer Advisors are looking to offer this opportunity to other programmes in the Faculty where there is a demand for this.

Contact Sarah Rogers for more information on the scheme.

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