USQ Fraser Coast executive manager Brett Langabeer (left) welcomes this year's Meet-Up leaders.
USQ Fraser Coast executive manager Brett Langabeer (left) welcomes this year's Meet-Up leaders. Jocelyn Watts

USQ peer support group sets new record

UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland Fraser Coast's peer support program Meet-Up has registered its largest number of leaders this year.

Program co-ordinator and lecturer Lindy Kimmins said 18 student leaders participated in the recent Meet-Up Leader Training and Development Day, the most ever at USQ's campuses in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

The university has offered peer support in various forms since 1995.

"The training day was modelled on the philosophy of Meet-Up, which is 'for students, by students'," Ms Kimmins said.

"Those attending the session included one migrant and two indigenous leaders who will support Meet-Up for Success and Murri Meet-Up throughout 2015."

USQ Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas said the Meet-Up program gave students great opportunities to learn from their counterparts.

"It's a win-win situation for our Meet-Up leaders and students, enhancing the graduates' employability skills in communication, leadership, team work and problem solving," Professor Thomas said.

USQ Fraser Coast executive manager Brett Langabeer said the new student leaders appreciated the opportunity to engage with the former leaders and learn from their advice and insights.

"Positive feedback from students proved the Meet-Up initiative benefited participants, particularly with their personal growth and development as peer mentors," he said.

Meet-Up is offered in a number of models: Course-based Meet-Up; Murri Meet-Up for Indigenous students; Meet-Up for Success for migrant and refugee students; and Meet-Up Student Community (MUSC) which offers all USQ students the opportunity to engage with a student peer.

Meet-Up sessions are also offered in the residential colleges.

For Meet-Up details, visit http://www.usq.edu.au/learningcentre/peer-support.