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Peerpod is your go-to podcast for all the insider knowledge on how to navigate uni life.
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Hosted by our very own Peer Learning Advisors, the podcast is all about increasing a deeper sense of connectivity and belonging at Uni via a bi-monthly topical podcast.

We’ll be sharing stories, providing advice, and answering all the questions you have about Uni.

The Peer Learning Advisors aka PLAs are all experienced students. They're available for a chat, can refer students to services or can offer tips on everything from finding the best coffee on campus, overcoming isolation or using tech.

Drop in for a chat with our PLAs at ThinkSpace, Bosch Commons, the Quarter or Camden Commons. Check PLA locations and hours here

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Episode 17 - Mental wellbeing: Smashing the stigma

October is all about smashing the stigma surrounding Mental Health!

Peer Pod Episode 17 brings to you Susanna Scarparo Pro Vice Chancellor Student Life, updating us on all that the university is designing and redesigning to cater to the mental wellbeing of our student family here at the University of Sydney, Susanna is passionate about catering to student needs from the very moment they step into university life, and so Susanna along with her team are working to create a single entry point that would provide students with a program to cater to their mental wellbeing without hesitation. What more could we ask for at this time when the pandemic has increased mental health issues within the student community? Support from the University to smash the stigma and work together as a family looking after each other is the agenda we are headed towards. Our second speaker for this episode is Lachlan, who is one of us- a Usyd student! He is part of the Batyr program, a mental health program designed to help students smash the stigma and spread awareness about mental health. Lachlan is inspiring in his devotion to help other students work together and break the barriers around mental health and address their needs, especially now.

We are hopeful that this episode will help us all begin the much needed conversation to smash the stigma surrounding mental health!

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Episode 16 - Keeping it fair: academic integrity

From using the wrong citation style to hiring someone to write your essay, Lucy and Colette give us a tour of the academic integrity rainbow; how students find themselves in hot water, what happens once you are, and how to avoid it all together – especially in the current climate. We’re also reminded that if you do find yourself in trouble, the academic integrity team are primarily here to help and make sure we understand how to give credit to the authors whose work we rely on for our own.

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Episode 15 - Disability Inclusion

2020 has served up a bunch of extra hurdles, as part of Disability Inclusion week, we speak with Jack and Max about Disability Support Services; what they can do to assist with invisible disabilities and the positive impacts reaching out can have on your studies. To alleviate some of the stress and anxiety COVID has introduced into your life – get involved in Disability Inclusion week. The team will be posting tech tips on university socials and hosting academic / staff / student discussions on the perks and pitfalls of online learning.

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Episode 14 - The Student Charter

2020 saw the introduction of the Student Charter at the University of Sydney – bringing about the beginning of a new relationship between students and the University. PeerPod newbie Tom, gets the run down on the document from two figures instrumental in its establishment; Associate Professor Peter McCallum and former student representative Clare Birch. We talk; community, maintaining Sydney’s larrikin culture, the shifting needs in our communal spaces and cheeky examples of where students have already called on the charter to defuse sticky situations. We also cover the need to knows: what is the document and where am I going to find it.

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Episode 13 - Self-iso = Self-discovery

While lockdown sure ain’t no mountain yoga retreat – here at PeerPod we are still attempting to rediscover ourselves in lockdown. Join your host Life Coach Leyla, and guests Insightful Iyat and Meaningful Melly on a journey into the mind, body, spirit? No? okay, just join us for our introspective and at times existential discussion about how lockdown has shaped us and our tips on how to overcome the many mental challenges.

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Episode 12 - The future student

Student life has taken on a science fiction feel to it lately with our university experience confined to tech world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, your host Life Coach Leyla is joined by Gameboy Juan and Forecaster Jesse for a round table discussion about our student experience coping with WFH and whether we feel that student life as we know it will be changed forever! Did somebody say robots?(ooOOo ominous).

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Episode 11 - Healthy eating on a budget

"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are" - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1826)
"The man is what she/he eats" - Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach (1836)
"Eat healthily, even when you are hangry" - Anika and Alisar (2020)

Did you know that you can eat healthily even if you are a student on a budget? And it does not even take too long to prepare a healthy meal. Two birds with a stone. Well guys, this means there are no more excuses for none of us! PhD candidate at Sydney University and dietitian Anika Rouf (Twitter @anika_rouf, Linkedin) and Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Alisar Kanjrawi are our PeerPod guests in this brilliant episode devoted to food and nutrition. Their conversation is all about the importance of healthy eating and how easy(and tasty!) it is.

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Episode 10 - You can ask for Help!

Need help?? – Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. In today’s episode your host Leyla is joined in the studio by student guests: David, Jordyn, and Arkady, discussing the subtle art of asking for help at University, and the most helpful resources available to you to assist your studies and give you that academic edge! So tune in, we think you’ll find it very helpful!

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Episode 9 - Consent Matters!

Disclaimer! This episode is about sex and consent. If you have been victim of rape and family violence, please refer to Rape and Domestic Violence Australia - or call NSW Rape Crisis at 1800424017

If you feel threatened, dial 000 to seek help.

Roses are red Violets are blue You should ask for consent And I should too.

Well guys, it might not be the most exciting poem you've ever read, but here it is: yes means yes, no means no.
Let's break a taboo: asking for consent does not kill the mood. Find a way to ask it, and make sure you do it all the time. If you don't want to give your consent, don't give it. If you gave your consent before, but now you changed your mind, that's ok. You don't owe anything to anyone. It is always your right to chose whether you want to be involved in a sexual relationship.

This episode is all about mutual respect in sex and relationships (including everything from one night stands to casual dating or commited relationships). It's important that all parties involved understand the importance of consent. You would not want someone to be forced into having sex with you, as much as you wouldn't force them into having tea (if it's still unclear, please refer to this video).

In cases of emergency or urgent medical attention is required, please attend to your local hospital’s emergency department or call emergency services on 000 immediately.

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Episode 8 - Welcome to Uni 2020

Welcome to PeerPod podcast 2020! We are Peer Learning Advisors and postgraduate students at The University of Sydney helping peers navigate through Uni life.

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Episode 7 - The ‘F’ Word

You have just refreshed your uni portal so many times, but the truth is there and it makes you feel lost, and scared, and lost again: you've failed that exam. Guess what? We have too. PLAs are postgraduate students (coursework and research) who also have failed their exams, so here we are to share some tips on how to cope with failure and, even better, how to get the best from this experience. Listen to the wise words that our life-coaches Leyla, Juan and Lady Sarah share with us. Don't forget to send all your love and requests to

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Episode 6 - Transitioning into the Postgraduate World

Thinking about extending your study experience and maybe considering a postgraduate career at Sydney Uni? Leyla, Mel and Rengen share some advice, tips and their personal experience with us! In this episode, they discuss the importance of dedication, networking and mental health. Don't miss it!
Write us at and remember you can find us, Peer Learning Advisor, at The Quarter (postgrad coursework only), Bosch, Dentistry, Camden, ThinkSpace.

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Episode 5 - Resilience

What being resilient really means? And how can we cope with failures during our most stressful times? Our Peer Learning Advisors Leyla, Sayan and Betta reunited in our ThinkSpace One Button Recording Studio to discuss how to move on after a failure. In this episode Betta talks about her personal failures and Sayan and Leyla share some precious advice to help understand how failures make us stronger and braver. Feel free to write us at

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Episode 4 - Stepping up your study habits

It's Wellness Week guys, and we're trying to do our best to keep a healthy life style. When everyone seems to say that work-life balance is the key for a successful study experience, we often think "yeah, whatever, you wouldn't say it if you knew about all my deadlines". But with a little bit of an effort, we can make it happen :) In this episode, Leyla, Sayan and Betta share tips on how to improve your study life and how to cope with an overwhelming study load. Do you want to share your tips too? Write to us at

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Episode 3 - Degree and career directions

Have you wondered how students make their choice when it comes to choose their degree and career path? In episode 3 our life-coach Leyla, Lucy and Sayan discuss the importance of transferable skills, having multiple plans, open-minded attitude and how to face future with a positive attitude.

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If you have a topic you would like us to cover or if you want to be our guest, write to us at

Episode 2 – Finding new friends

In this episode our life-coach Leyla, Sayan and Lucy discuss a number of potential ways to find new friend at Uni or outside Uni. Whether you are an International or domestic student, you might find some useful tips to apply in social contexts and making new friends.

Find out about Sydney University Library events such a Coffee and Croissants, Speed Meet and Chats and much, much more.

Coffee and Croissants are held bi-month (during semester) at Bosch Commons and The Quarter and monthly at Nursing Library, The Consevatorium of Music and Health Sciences Library.

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Do you have any tips on how to find friends too? Email us at

Episode 1 - Starting the semester off right

This week the POD is upgrading your University experience with tips on how to start your semester right, and stay right! Here in Episode 1 we are all about gearing ourselves up to plan our semesters, talking strategies, feels, healthy student advice, and that it’s never too late to bounce back, start over, and be a better student at any point along the way. Join your POD for this episode: your trusty host Life Coach Leyla, joined this week by Sayan the Go Getter, and Betta, she’s not just good she’s better! as they share their pro-tips and take you on a romantic-comedy-high-action journey of self-discovery towards making you even better than you were last semester.

Do you have a question for the podcast? Email us!