Getting involved as a PASS Leader


As a PASS Leader, you will run weekly sessions with your co-leader, helping your group of first-year students (or in some cases, second years). You'll be facilitating in these sessions, which means that you'll be helping your Attendees to understand material they've already been taught. As well as this, you'll be offering extra-curricular advice, giving pastoral support and helping with personal issues such as finding a house or accessing support at the university - or even just telling them your favourite coffee shops in town!

We offer the opportunity to support others as a PASS Leader to those who study with a degree which has a PASS scheme.

So that you are fully equipped and supported in your role, we provide 3 compulsory training sessions which you must complete before you run your first session - more information on these can be found below.

Recruitment for the 2023/24 academic year is now closed - keep an eye out for news on recruitment for next academic year, coming soon!

By becoming a Leader you will see many benefits through the skills you acquire, the connections you make and the person you become.

From speaking to Leaders, below is a list of some of the benefits that they have got out of their role:

  • You’ll find it enjoyable and meet many other students with similar interests. This will help you form a community within your degree.
  • There will be ongoing opportunities (paid work, volunteering and management) which are only available to Leaders.
  • As a Leader you will have a chance to help develop your scheme alongside other students and staff. You will also play a vital part in relaying the first year experience back to the Staff members.  This will be very rewarding and insightful.
  • You will gain a lot of soft skills which employers look for through planning, organising, time management and liaising with students and staff.  You can also get involved in event management, and advertising and promoting your scheme if you are active.
  • ‘PASS Leading’ will also be on your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) which will help you stand out to employers when you graduate.

A typical week being a PASS Leader should require no more than 3 hours a week. One hour for organising your session with you Co-Leader, one hour delivering it and one hour attending a debrief.

Your Role and Our Expectations

As a PASS Leader, you will be one of the first points of contact for first-year students within your discipline. You will play a key role in helping first-year students adjust to university life by sharing your experiences, offering advice and directing them to relevant services and support. Planning and running weekly PASS sessions with your Attendees and keeping contact between sessions is also an important part of your role. It is important to note that your role will involve facilitated learning and not teaching your Attendees.

To fully prepare you for your role, you will be required to attend 3 Training sessions before your first meeting with your Attendees. The training is designed to provide you with the necessary skills and materials which you will need to be an effective PASS Leader. Firstly, the Intro to PASS online module, then a PASS in Practice session, and a Meet Your Scheme session. The final session is scheme specific and it is run by the Student Coordinators, Staff Coordinators and the Lead Contact Officer. It aims to help you to think about events that your scheme can run to benefit your mentees.  

PASS Leaders are also expected to attend Debriefs with their scheme. These sessions provide a chance to network with fellow PASS Leaders, exchange good practice and provide feedback to your coordination team (Student Coordinators, Staff Coordinators and your Lead Contact Officer).  


Being a PASS Leader

You will have certain tasks that you need to complete to ensure the effective running of your scheme, but this is paired with the freedom to be creative and inventive. Indeed, some of the most successful PASS Leaders to date have been those who have really put in time and effort into thinking up new and interesting ways to enhance the experience of students on their course.

PASS Leaders are key to maintain the ‘discipline-owned and student-led’ nature of your PASS scheme. Working closely with the Staff Coordinators, Student Coordinators and the Student Engagement team, PASS Leaders help to ensure the smooth running, maintenance and development of your scheme.

Support in Your Role

During your time as a PASS Leader, you will be fully supported by your Student Coordinators, Staff Coordinators and your Student Engagement Intern. It is therefore essential that you maintain regular contact with them through email and by attending Debriefs.

Additionally, over the course of the academic year, PASS Leaders are provided with numerous opportunities for additional workshops and development activities which are advertised exclusively to students involved in Peer Support. 

What training is required of a student wishing to be a PASS Leader?

There are three training sessions which you must complete to be a PASS Leader, the first two Intro to PASS (1.5 hours) and PASS in Practise (6 hours) are mixed discipline and are which is led by a Student Engagement (Peer Support) Intern, these also have a short Blackboard course you must complete for each. Following this is a two hour session called "PASS in Your Discipline" which is led by a Student Engagement (Peer Support) Intern and your student coordinators. Staff coordinators will also be in attendance at the PASS in Your Discipline session. All of these training sessions are compulsory for students wishing to become PASS Leaders for their scheme.

Can any of our PASS Leaders continue in their role if they so wish and do they have to complete training again?

Of course, any PASS Leader can return to their role. They will not need to complete the first two training sessions (Intro to PASS or PASS in Practise) again but they will need to attend "PASS in your Discipline", which is run by a Student Engagement (Peer Support) Intern and the scheme's Staff & Student Coordinators towards the end of Semester 2/ September.


Our scheme has students who would like to be PASS Leaders that are on placements in industry or abroad. What happens here?

This is absolutely fine. They will need to commit to completing their training as soon as they can upon returning in September. Training must be completed before they are allocated a group of Attendees.

Does training have to be completed in a certain order or by a certain time?

Yes. Students must complete training in this order: Intro to PASS (face to face), Intro to PASS (online content), PASS in Practise (face to face), PASS in Practise (online content) then PASS in Your Discipline. The vast majority of PASS Leaders will be trained before the summer. Any students on placements will be trained during "catch-up" sessions in September.

Can we recruit more/fewer PASS Leaders than we have had in previous years?

Of course. The number of PASS Leaders a scheme needs to have is dependent on the size of your first-year cohort. We recommend a minimum of 2 PASS Leaders per group of 6-15 first year students. The Student Engagement (Peer Support) Interns are always happy to advise you on this.

In order to become a trained PASS Leader, you must complete:

1. Intro to PASS (Blackboard Online Unit)

    • 5 modules each ending with a short quiz.
    • Must complete all 5 quizzes to be able to book on to the next stage of training.

2. PASS in Practice (In-Person Training session)

    • 5 hr in-person Training session.

3. Meet your Scheme: The Year Setup

    • Meet your fellow Leaders, your Student Coordinators, and your Staff support.
    • Set expectations for the new academic year. 


The training period starts from early March with Intro to PASS going live. PASS in Practice sessions will follow, running to the end of June. Finally, Meet your Scheme: The Year Setup will be arranged by your schemes in September.

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