We are now recruiting PASS Leaders for 2019-20

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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 European Centre for PASS Centre at Lund University supports a 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 2019/2020 academic year, PASS runs in the following subject areas:

  • Biosciences
  • Business (inc Economics)
  • Criminology
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Psychology

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"

Brilliant for developing new skills that are great for a CV. Helped massively with building my confidence!” 


What do PASS Leaders do?

PASS is based in a number of academic subjects across the University. PASS Leaders work in pairs to facilitate weekly study sessions for less experienced students.

  • Support less experienced students
  • Design learning activities to encourage student interaction
  • Use facilitation skills to help students find the answer themselves
  • Work with other PASS Leaders in subject area
  • Share your own study experiences
  • Use PASS techniques to get students talking
  • Do not teach – instead PASS Leaders use facilitation