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What is PAL?

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a student-to-student support scheme aimed to support students with their transition to University and contribute to the wider student experience.

PAL involves more experienced students who are trained as facilitators to provide academic and technical support to students primarily in lower years.

The scheme provides opportunities for students to consolidate their own understanding of the discipline within a safe and collaborative environment. PAL Leaders support sessions to ensure learners make the most of their time together.

PAL sessions are usually offered at programme or module level. We also offer PAL within certain technical areas.

In addition to our main PAL support, primarily aimed at Foundation and Level 1 students, we also offer PAL mentoring for UWE Cares students and Resilient U workshops for all students across the University.

UWE Cares PAL Mentoring

PAL Leaders provide one-to-one mentoring support to UWE Cares students to help them make the most of the many opportunities UWE Bristol offers. PAL mentors are there to listen, can signpost to a range of services and be a point of contact throughout the year.

Mentoring meetings are usually confidential.

Resilient U workshops

PAL Leaders are trained as resilience workshop facilitators in order to deliver regular sessions which promote a proactive approach to building the confidence students need to succeed at university. These interactive workshops are open to students across the University, and are bookable via InfoHub.

For additional information about the concept of resilience and the content of these workshops, please visit the developing resilience guidance from our Wellbeing service.

Get involved

If you are a student who would like to receive support via PAL, please read our more detailed guidance on the types of support available.

If you are interested in providing support and guidance to students, please read our information on how to become a PAL Leader.

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