Thank you for coming! – The “Long Night of Studying”

The “Long Night of Studying” took place some days ago and we are happy to announce that it was a great success! The number of visitors exceeded our expectations, as did the great demand to participate in our workshops (even the late-night ones), and the healthy brownies, cookies and smoothies provided by the canteen played their part in motivating our hardworking students. At this point, we would like to thank you for your participation and your positive feedback! A big thank you also goes to the students of Sabine Fichtinger who took the idea and turned it into an event. 

We hope that you seized the opportunity to study and even had some fun while doing so!

The “Long Night of Studying” on June 18

Examination week is approaching but you just can’t seem to focus at home because your roommates are too loud and you still need to binge-watch the latest TV series on Netflix? 

In that case, join our “Long Night of Studying” on June 18 from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am. 

True to the motto “A problem shared is a problem halved”, we invite all students of the St. Pölten UAS to study together at the university. 

Whether you need to finish a paper, study for exams or do a group project – the Long Night of Studying is the place to do it. In addition, you’ll have the unique opportunity to participate in workshops on different topics ranging from time management and study techniques to movement exercises prepared by our physiotherapy students. 

You certainly need a lot of energy to work hard. The canteen provides food and snacks until 11:00 pm including nutritional tips regarding “brainfood”. Coffee is sponsored by the Alumni and Career Centre of the St. Pölten UAS. 

Everything you need to know about the Long Night of Studying at a glance: 

When? June 18 from 7:00 pm

Where? St. Pölten UAS

What to expect:

  • Creative rooms  
  • Relaxation rooms
  • Workshops:
  • Relaxation techniques in physiotherapy
  • Study techniques
  • Nutritional tips  
  • Library 
  • Drinks & snacks 
  • Lottery 

We count on your participation (spread the word!) and are looking forward to a shared study experience!  

Don’t forget: a problem shared is a problem halved! 

Completion of the Second Round of Peer Training 

On June 4, another group of students successfully completed their peer counselling training. The final seminar, under the supervision of Elisabeth Weber-Schigutt, Michael Delorette and Andrea Pilgerstorfer, was ended with a case study followed by a discussion and reflection. 

We are thrilled to announce that 14 new peers are ready to take up counselling.  

Green Light for Second Round of Peer Counselling Training

The second round of “Peer Counselling Training” already started on April 24 under the supervision of Elisabeth Weber Schigutt. Over the next couple of weeks, 14 students will be equipped with the necessary know-how to act as peer counsellors at the St. Pölten UAS.

The training concludes with a final seminar in which students work on a possible case. The purpose of this final exercise is to help the students put their acquired knowledge into practice and prepare them for their future counselling activities.

After reflecting on the case in a professional manner and thus successfully completing the course, the students receive a certificate confirming their training. 

What is particularly positive is that the new group of aspiring peer counsellors consists of members from different study programmes (e.g. Media Technology, Healthcare and Nursing, Digital Healthcare, and Rail Technology and Mobility).

We are ready – First round of Peer Training Completed

After successful completion of their peer training, the first peers have taken up work in the summer semester of 2019. The peers are here to offer support to their fellow students and to help solve emerging problems in a low-threshold, fast and confidential manner.

One key element of the training was to specify the tasks as well as the limits of peer counselling, thus teaching the participants to decide when professional help is needed and to act quickly on their impulses. Since it is crucial to know your own limits and capabilities if you want to help others, the training does not only focus on counselling-specific conversation skills and stress management but also on self-reflection.

The training was concluded with a final seminar. As a final task, students had to present a case and reflect upon it in a professional manner.

With the beginning of the counselling sessions, the campaign “Speak Out!” was also launched. The objective of the campaign was to convey relevant values and show that “We are ready!”.

Peer Gruppe 2019

Peers4You chooses winning logo

On Monday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 30, the winners of the Peers4You logo competition were chosen. Barbara Mann, a Digital Design student in the master’s degree programme impressed with her design and won an oeticket voucher worth 100 €. The second and third places were awarded to Paul Jakob and Jakob Higer who won a 50 € Thalia voucher and a voucher for our canteen worth 30 €, respectively.

In total, 26 designs were submitted to the logo competition. The large number of excellent designs made it difficult for the jury to choose a winner. The Peers4You team would like to thank all of the participants for the numerous submissions and congratulate the winners once again.

1st place: Barbara Mann

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2nd place: Paul Jakob

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3rd place: Jakob Higer

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Because 1st Impressions Count

Peers present the project in form of short presentations

In the beginning of December, the interdisciplinary project “Peers4You” was launched with short 5-minute pitch presentations held by students of the departments Social Work and Media & Communication Consulting. Both the counselling peers and the PR peers from the study programmes MMK, MIS, BMT, MMM and BSO visited students in different stages of their studies of the six departments of the St. Pölten UAS between the 3rd and 14th of December 2018. Altogether, the project “Peers4You” was presented to 26 student groups after consultation with the respective Academic Directors.

The objective of the pitch was to, on the one hand, introduce the project to the student body and, on the other hand, encourage creative minds to participate in the logo competition of “Peers4You”. The pitch offered a general overview of the project, explained the benefits for students and showed how to contact a counselling peer.

True to the motto “Speak out!”, peer counsellors should lend a helping hand and offer professional counselling in the future. In addition to informing e-mails, display ads and posters, the pitch provided a good opportunity to motivate students for the submission of logo designs. Therefore, students of all departments had the chance to participate in the contest.

In total, 26 logos were submitted by students with different study backgrounds. This shows that the competition was a first huge success for our Peers4You project. The pitch presentations also paved the way for the establishment of a first personal contact between students and peer counsellors. Project leader Martin Hochreiter agrees: “The presentations were an essential first step in introducing the project to the students. The personal presence of peer counsellors in the student groups emphasises once more that trust and personal guidance are of the utmost importance in the Peers4You concept.”