What does PAL involve?
PAL schemes are co-curricular and aim to work as a partnership between students and staff. Most involve:
- Student 'PAL Leaders' running regular (timetabled) small group sessions, facilitating group discussion and tasks
- Students set the agenda for sessions, although staff can offer suggested activities or ideas
- Sessions focus on academic aspects such as programme content and study skills and can also offer social interaction
- PAL Leaders are not expected to teach, but to facilitate first years to search for their own solutions
- Full training and ongoing support is provided to the student PAL Leaders
- All schemes are evaluated annually and PAL Leaders, students and staff can be involved in shaping how the scheme develops
- Successful PAL Leaders receive acknowledgment through certification at the end of the scheme and the role should appear on their new HEAR transcript.
- Unique learning environment – student centred and student only time
- Co-participatory – group learning, discussion, exchange of ideas and mutual support
- Academic support and social learning and support
- Offers students a personalise, safe and informal space to work through materials, ideas and questions together
All PAL schemes are coordinated centrally by the Student Experience & Success Team, in partnership with the Department/programme. The team can design a scheme to best suit a particular programme and will then recruit and train PAL Leaders, supporting them and staff throughout the scheme.