PASS leaders

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 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.

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