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PASS/PAL: introduction

Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) and Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) are schemes within the university where more experienced students in a school or discipline support their peers by running weekly sessions focusing on different topics from their courses.

On these pages you can find out more information about these schemes as well as resources to help you run PASS/PAL sessions. 

Timeline to follow here...

These resources can be found in the form of a timeline created by and for PASS/PAL Student Leaders across the university to help you plan sessions throughout the academic year. You can use them as a source of inspiration and to help you think creatively about your sessions. Feel free to mix and match and throw in your own ideas about what would work best for your group and how you can tailor them to your specific course. (Bear in mind that these resources could be used at any point during the year and you can choose which are most relevant.)

To get started have a look at the 'Planning a session' and 'Checklists' documents, which will explain a little more about how to use these resources.

You can also use the Contact section to get in touch with staff and students at the university who can provide more information and will try to answer questions you may have.

What is PASS/PAL?

PASS and PAL are synonymous terms for a scheme which encourages peers to support one another in their learning, the focus being primarily on educational support rather than pastoral support which aims to be addressed by the University's the Peer Mentoring scheme. 

PASS/PAL and similar Peer Education schemes run at different universities across the UK, and originally grew from the Supplemental Instruction model used widely across North American education institutions. A good starting point for more information about this is from the PASS national website hosted by the University of Manchester.

Benefits of PASS/PAL

PASS/PAL schemes have benefits for the students who attend sessions, PASS/PAL Leaders and to the courses and schools which host them. There are a large number of reported benefits, including improved academic confidence and performance i.e. participating students tend to feel that they are better able to ask questions about their course material and that their understanding of the material improves. Documented evidence of these and other benefits are reported and available from this Higher Education Academy report.