Tim Knowlson

Peer Support Programme Lead, University of Oxford

Tim Knowlson

Dr Tim Knowlson is a registered and chartered Counselling Psychologist. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Tim has been working in psychology since 2006. Tim has worked in UK Higher Education as a Counselling Psychologist for over 10 years at the University of Oxford, King’s College London and University of Surrey. Tim has also worked within the National Health Service (NHS).


Tim’s current role is at the University of Oxford Student Welfare and Support Services as Peer Support Programme Lead where he manages a small team of psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists as trainers and supervisors to deliver Peer Support Training and Supervision to 36 colleges, 5 departments and 1 division. The Programme provides 552 hours of training to over 260 students per year, and supervision to over 400 students per year. The Peer Support Programme provides a complementary level of support to holistic welfare support at the University of Oxford. The Peer Support Programme fits in with the Universities United Kingdom (UUK) and Student Minds ‘whole institution approach to mental health’. Since its launch, it has been embraced by University of Oxford reviews as an integral part of its welfare provision.


Tim is passionate about university student mental health. He has successfully bid and project-managed a £60,000 fund from Office for Students and Research England, increasing access to Peer Support training for postgraduate research students and reaching hard to access students in STEM subjects to bolster postgraduate mental health. Tim has also won an IT Innovation Fund of £25,000 budget, designing and project managing a mobile website dedicated to reducing exam panic for Oxford students and delivering a successful project which has gone live and is being used by students. The project won an OxTalent Award 2017 (out of 87 entries).


Tim is a clinical supervisor, a research supervisor and published author. He is currently involved in a project at the University of Roehampton investigating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and adolescent mental health. Tim lectures and enjoys facilitating workshops on mental health to various audiences including psychology doctoral programmes.