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?

We begin recruiting PASS leaders for 2021/22 in February 2021. Please ensure that your course is detailed in the job description and that you will be eligible for 2021/22 before applying.

What are PASS leaders expected to do?

  • complete full training
  • run weekly or bi-weekly PASS forums (one hour) between October and May
  • attend debriefs and top-up training as appropriate
  • run PASS sessions with a partner
  • 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:

  • Joint conferences between Universities in the South West of England where Leaders take part in development opportunities, reflect on their work and develop new skills as leaders. See the PASS/PAL South West Conference Newsletter, Southampton. (Southampton newsletter (PDF, 1,605kB).
  • The 2017 National PASS/PAL Leader Conference in Cork was co-hosted by the Cork Institute of Technology, and two PASS leaders from Bristol attended to represent the University. See our 2017 National PASS/PAL Leader Conference Newsletter. (Cork newsletter (PDF, 1,309kB)


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Become a PASS Leader

Applications for the role of PASS Leader are now closed for working in 2021/22.

We do not expect to be recruiting for the role again until February 2022, this will be for working in the academic year 2022/23.  The role will be advertised via the University of Bristol Careers Services jobs page at that time.

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