What is PASS?

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) is an established initiative within the University, supported by the Skills Team. PASS involves higher year student volunteers working in pairs with small groups of first year students in weekly timetabled sessions.  PASS is derived from Supplemental Instruction (SI) which was developed in 1973 at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, US. PASS is an internationally recognised scheme and has been proven to be successful in many institutions and disciplines. The SI model was adapted for UK higher education institutions in the early 1990s. The  PASS National Centre at the University of Manchester supports a national network of institutions that run PASS, including the University of Hull.

PASS is not designed to replace interactions between staff and students. PASS sessions are always based on existing materials, so that the student leaders are not put in a position where they feel that they need to teach.  PASS has been developed to enhance the student experience by helping students to develop their academic skills whilst fostering a sense of community.

PASS is discipline based and is usually attached to a challenging first year module. The leaders don’t re-teach material; they help first year students work together using facilitation strategies specifically designed for PASS. In the 2016/2017 academic year, PASS runs in the following eight subject areas:

  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Business
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Biosciences
  • Nursing

How do I become a PASS Leader?

We have now completed recruitment for the 2016/17 academic year but if you are interested in becoming a leader in 2017/18 then please email us at  We will register your interest and get in touch as soon as we have arranged the next taster sessions.

What do students say about PASS?

Here is what our students say about our PASS programme:

"PASS has made me feel welcome in the University in the first three weeks"

"The PASS leaders were helpful and easy to approach"

"PASS is very helpful and removes a lot of anxiety about exams"

"The PASS leaders were a good influence to do well on the course"

"PASS helps you gain a better understanding of the subject"

PASS is a highly successful programme which has been operating in UK institutions for 20 years. To find out about other UK PASS programmes, visit the website for the National Centre at the University of Manchester.

To see how PASS can benefit you, find the appropriate heading.