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What types of PAL are there?

PAL Leaders specialise in offering support for students in specific areas, such as their course, presentation techniques, and emotional resilience. This support helps new students to further their understanding of academic practices, adjust to university life and also aids their academic development.

PAL is available on all campuses, although specific services may vary. Please view upcoming PAL events, or contact pal@uwe.ac.uk for more details.

If you are interested in becoming a PAL Leader, learn more about the role.

Academic PAL support

PAL Leaders are trained to facilitate weekly academic study support sessions and assist students in lower years with their transition to university life.

Sessions are timetabled and intended to offer a safe and friendly place to help students improve study skills and to deepen their understanding of the course subject.

PAL Leaders structure the sessions based on material covered in lectures and seminars and will also plan their sessions around students' particular requests.

Academic Success PAL

The role of the Academic Success PAL Leaders is to run regular workshops on skills which are needed by all students who wish to maximise their academic success.

Workshops include:

  • presentation skills
  • essay writing tips
  • time/event management
  • SAGE workshops (applicable to students studying on accounting programmes).

If you would like help to develop your skills in any of these areas and attend a session in the library, please book on to a session.

Student Life PAL

The transition into university life can bring its own pressures, some of which are not academic in nature, but can affect student success all the same. This role is to offer students support with this transition into university life. PAL Leaders are available on Frenchay, Glenside, and City campuses.

Emotional resilience workshops

PAL Leaders offer emotional resilience workshops throughout the year. PAL Leaders will deliver regular specialist workshops designed to support and improve students' mental wealth.

Like all other aspects, our mental wealth needs investment and management. One of the best ways to improve mental wealth is by improving emotional resilience skills.

View and book workshops

One-to-one support

Student Life PAL also offer one-to-one sessions to students who need a friendly and informed person to talk to. PAL Leaders are there to:

  • provide practical advice on being a student at UWE Bristol
  • answer questions and advise students about academic culture at UWE Bristol
  • signpost students to other services where appropriate
  • enable students to ask the kinds of questions they might be afraid to ask staff.

Direct Entry workshops

PAL Leaders will also run workshops at the start of term for all direct entry International students. The aim of the sessions are to help students settle in to UWE Bristol and university life. Sessions will include: an introduction to UWE Bristol services and the Students' Union, UWE Bristol online systems, and how to get involved and explore.

Students will then be signposted to relevant study skills workshops, to further support their transition into university life.

Career PAL

Career PAL leaders are there to support students in improving their employability skills, with sessions available on Frenchay Campus

In one-to-one appointments the Careers PAL leader will focus on the following topics:

  • CV, cover letter and application reviews, following the CV checklist
  • document proof-reading (careers documents): spelling, grammar, sentence structure and general presentation
  • helping students to navigate InfoHub and other online career resources
  • providing advice on further support/appointments and making bookings
  • support with the creation/improvement of LinkedIn profiles
  • promoting and advising on the UWE Bristol Futures Award.

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Technical PAL

Technical PAL Leaders provide peer-to-peer support in the making areas across Bower Ashton Studios. They work closely with technical staff in order to coach and facilitate learning in these areas with a focus on technical skills and processes. PAL Leaders support the students by helping them to develop their capability to reflect on what they are doing, problem solve and give them the tools to progress with their work by themselves.

  • Fabrication (woodwork, metalwork, ceramics, enamel, casting, laser, tech lab)
  • The Print Centre (screen printing, etching, lithography)
  • The Materials Library
  • The EPI Centre (extra support during Photoshop and Illustrator workshops.  This support will soon extend to the Arnolfini (our satellite location) where Graphic Design and Drawing and Print programmes are based)  
  • Journalism Editing Suite (extra support during workshops eg video editing)
  • Fashion (specifically, digital embroidery support)
  • The Drawing Centre (life drawing sessions)
  • Interior Design.

PAL Coaching

All Level 2 Nursing and Midwifery (NAM) students are trained to become PAL Coaches, who are matched with a Level 1 Nursing and Midwifery student (PAL Coachee). The fundamental aim of PAL Coaching is to provide academic and pastoral support to first years. Second year students also benefit from being able to develop their coaching and mentoring skills; extremely important within the health professions. This support lasts for a minimum of one academic year, and takes place on both Glenside and Gloucester Campuses.

As opposed to the PAL Leader role, which is extra-curricular, PAL Coaching is built into Nursing and Midwifery programmes and is therefore mandatory.

If you are an academic and would like to find out more about the training and matching process with Nursing and Midwifery, please contact us.

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