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How to become a Senior PAL Leader

In your final year of study? Already been a PAL Leader? Why not enhance your employability skills by becoming a Senior PAL Leader.

What is a Senior PAL Leader?

A Senior PAL Leader is usually a Level 3 or 4 student who has previously been a PAL Leader.

After initial training, Senior PAL Leaders will be expected to:

  • support PAL Leaders through session observation, feedback and coaching sessions, face-to-face, though email and online
  • act as a link between PAL Leaders and the PAL Office
  • monitor attendance in PAL sessions
  • assist in PAL Leader training and recruitment sessions
  • hold PAL Leader debriefs and workshops as required
  • gather PAL Leaders' evaluation information
  • input data on the PAL database
  • maintain a professional attitude on issues such as confidentiality, marks, standards and student complaints.


Some of the benefits of the PAL undergraduate internship are:

  • on-the-job training
  • valuable addition to your CV
  • an opportunity to develop and enhance employability skills
  • networking and contacts
  • a responsible role which will help you develop your coaching and mentoring skills
  • ILM Level 3 Mentoring award
  • a certificate of achievement
  • count PAL as one of the three activities that will qualify you for the Futures Award
  • have PAL feature on your HEAR record.


Senior PAL Leaders will have the following responsibilities:

  • assist the PAL Office and PAL Leaders in promoting PAL within faculties and departments, as well as to first year students
  • to work with staff and students in identified disciplines/programmes to introduce and implement PAL
  • assist with the recruitment and selection of PAL Leaders
  • motivate, encourage and support current PAL Leaders
  • observe weekly PAL sessions and assist with the organisation and facilitation of leader debriefs
  • assist with the evaluation of PAL
  • organise and co-deliver relevant presentations and workshops
  • deliver training sessions.


You will be assigned a group of PAL Leaders at the start of the year, and you will be expected to set up meetings and observations based on your availability. The 'bulk' of your work will be carried out in the first semester so that in the second semester you can fully concentrate on your studies.

All applicants must:

  • have had experience as a PAL Leader
  • be currently enrolled on a course at UWE Bristol
  • attend a one-day training session. For dates, please contact
  • be able to commit between 3-10 hours per week (Semester 1)
  • have an interest in HE Teaching and Learning, in particular Student Development and Peer Support
  • possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to relate to staff and students
  • have a positive and flexible approach to work
  • possess good IT skills, including Microsoft word, PowerPoint, email and Internet
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to work upon initiative and ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • be energetic, enthusiastic and highly motivated.


A thorough training programme will be delivered. Training sessions will cover topics such as giving feedback and observing sessions, amongst others. The skills developed are transferable to numerous future careers.

Training will take place in April/May on Frenchay Campus (room to be advised).

How to apply

For further information about the role, please see the Senior PAL Leader role description.

If you would like to apply, please complete the PAL application form.


The PAL office operates an open-door policy so you can speak to someone when it suits you.

If you would like to contact the PAL office via email, please do so via

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