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PASS – Peer Assisted Study Support

PASS is a subject-based mentoring scheme, run for first-year students by higher-year undergraduates.

What is the PASS scheme? 

PASS is an internationally renowned academic mentoring programme. Second and third year students run the PASS scheme as Student Mentors and Student Organisers within their Academic Schools. They run sessions to discuss study-related problems with first year students in a friendly, informal setting. PASS aims to help first years successfully transition and settle into university.

For those looking to acquire experience, PASS will allow you to gain experience in areas such as organisation, events management, publicity and tailored communication. PASS might also be useful for students who are exploring their career options, allowing you to determine strengths and passions. 

The scheme itself is very well recognised by employers and has supported many graduates stand out in their applications and interviews post-graduation.

We are currently recruiting for PASS Mentors (voluntary position) and PASS Student Organiser (paid position) for the 2022/23 Academic Year. Please see the following information on each position, how to apply and closing dates. 

How will being a PASS mentor or PASS Student Organiser help me progress in my degree and career journey? 

Being a PASS Mentor/Student Organiser is proven to have significant academic and professional development for those involved.  

Mentors have an opportunity to consolidate past study content and form a larger academic community of Mentors, attendees and Academic Coordinators.  Teamwork is a significant take away from the role; Mentors form positive relationships and regularly collaborate with colleagues to both develop and deliver sessions.

Working with diverse student groups enables Mentors to further develop their soft skills, including negotiation, facilitation and general communication techniques as part of their role. Research shows those who Mentor often note improvements in self-esteem and self-confidence. 

In addition to the academic and skills development experienced by Mentors and Organisers in PASS, this activity will also go on your HEAR!

PASS Mentors (voluntary)

PASS Mentors are voluntary positions open to students commencing 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate studies. Whilst the position is voluntary, a small £40 bursary is available annually for those who complete training and undertake the required number of sessions.  


Most schools run either 1 or 2 sessions for an hour per week. Student Mentors are expected to run a 1-hour session each week per semester, commencing week 2. 

There will be a 1 day in person training session and a half day virtual training session, held in mid-late September.  

Applications for PASS mentors are now open. Please find the role profile and application link below: 

Role description: PASS Mentor Role Description [PDF 368KB]

PASS mentor application form

The deadline for all mentor applications is 13 August 2022.

PASS Student Organisers (paid)

Student organisers are the pivot of the whole scheme as they are the main contact point for all the staff and students involved in PASS. Student Organisers lead and manage their team of mentors, organise the time and delivery of sessions and oversee the publicity of the scheme in their department.


More commitment is expected of organisers. Typically, Organisers provide at least 15 hours of support to their School/Institute PASS scheme per semester.

If successful, Organisers will need to attend core mentor training and student organiser training.

Applications for PASS Student Organisers are now closed for all Schools, but Maths, Drama, Physics and SLLF. If you are a student from these Schools and would like to apply for the role, please do so via the following link. Please find the role profile and application link below: 

Role description: PASS Student Organiser Job Profile [PDF 863KB]

PASS student organiser extended application form 

The deadline for the extended Student Organiser applications from the above Schools mentioned is 13th August 2022.

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