Peer Assisted Study Sessions leaders are trained to help first-year students learn more effectively through planned activities and discussion.
We are looking for PASS leaders with the following qualities:
- satisfactory performance in the first year of their course
- good communication and interpersonal skills
- good organisational and planning skills
- a non-judgemental, enthusiastic, reliable and approachable manner
- empathy with the first-year experience
- an interest in people and how they learn
Your job as a PASS leader does not involve answering academic questions, re-teaching material or taking the place of a lecturer.
What are the benefits of being a PASS leader?
- develop personal skills such as leadership, teamworking and coaching skills
- revise and practise your subject and gain a deeper understanding of it
- gain valuable experience to enhance your CV
- attend PASS conferences and training, and share experiences with student Leaders from other institutions
Who can be a PASS leader and how can I get involved?
The deadline for applications to work as a PASS leader is 25th April 2016 and we are no longer accepting applications.
What are PASS leaders expected to do?
- attend two training days in June and September
- run weekly PASS forums (one hour) between October and May
- attend debriefs and top-up training as appropriate
- run PASS forums in teams of two leaders
- promote PASS in a variety of ways, eg via subject societies, speaking at first-year lectures, displaying posters
- maintain a professional attitude on issues such as confidentiality, marks and complaints
- maintain contact with your PASS leader partner and the PASS staff team
Further development opportunities for PASS leaders
As a PASS leader, you can get involved in a variety of additional development opportunities during your employment. Previous Leaders have attended PASS conferences:
- The UK and Ireland PASS/PALS Leader Conference at the University of Plymouth
- Joint conferences between the Universities of Bristol and Bath and the University of the West of England where Leaders took part in development opportunities, reflected on their work and developed new skills as leaders. See the PASS/PAL Leader Exchange Conference 2013 report (PDF, 643kB).
- The 2014 UK and Ireland PASS/PAL Leader Conference in Edinburgh was co-hosted by the Edinburgh University Students’ Association and three PASS leaders attended to represent the University.
- The National PASS/PAL Leader Conference in Bath in November 2015
The next conference will be in November 2016
Departments running PASS
In 2016-17, PASS is running in these departments:
Arts Faculty, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Chemistry, Law and Physics.