Conflict with fellow students can be positive! At university you will interact with other students either on campus, online, in social or academic settings. If managed well conflict can encourage engaging discussions, help create new ideas and promote innovation. However, it is quite common for conflict to be managed poorly.

Here are some students talking about conflict they have experienced with other students at university.

When conflict is poorly managed it can be stressful for all involved. Some typical kinds of student-student conflict are:

  • Relationship conflicts
  • Feeling bullied by other students
  • Personality clashes
  • Difficulties working together
  • Conflict in group work

Anna is experiencing a conflict with her classmate Jessie. Let’s take a look at what is going on from Anna’s perspective.

Let’s follow Anna's example as she experiences and manages conflict with her classmate.