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PASS - Peer Assisted Study Support at QMUL

PASS is a course-based mentoring scheme, run for students by students. It gives first-years the opportunity to discuss study-related problems and get general advice from higher-year undergraduates in their subject. The scheme is firmly established at Queen Mary with 14 departments/schools running regular sessions.

Why 'peer' mentoring?

There is no barrier, student to student. Each subject mentor has a very useful perspective to offer the mentees. PASS is a valuable and complementary addition to the wide range of more formal teaching and support offered to students.

  • Mentor presentation training and Certificate Ceremony, 2015/16
  • Mentor presentation training and Certificate Ceremony, 2015/16 te Ceremony
  • Mentor presentation training and Certificate Ceremony, 2015/16
  • Mentor presentation training and Certificate Ceremony, 2015/16
  • Mentor presentation training and Certificate Ceremony, 2015/16
  • Mentor presentation training and Certificate Ceremony, 2015/16
  • Mentor presentation training and Certificate Ceremony, 2015/16
  • Mentor presentation training and Certificate Ceremony, 2015/16
  • Mentor presentation training and Certificate Ceremony, 2015/16

Photos in the slideshow above are from the 2017 PASS certificate ceremony which recognises the hard work of students organisers and mentors. 

PASS contacts in each school/department 

 

Science and Engineering Foundation

Science and Engineering Foundation Students are welcome to join PASS sessions in their Academic School for study support.

The sessions will be held on QMplus and the times for individual Schools can be found below:

SBCS Foundation Year PASS sessions: Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2464

Student Organiser: Hady George, h.george@qmul.ac.uk

SEMS Foundation Year PASS sessions: Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=13389

Student Organiser: Sushang Limbu, s.limbu@se18.qmul.ac.uk 

Physics Foundation Year PASS Sessions: Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=13374

Student Organiser: Habibah Khanom, h.khanom@se18.qmul.ac.uk

Maths Foundation Year PASS sessions: Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=13418

Student Organiser: Hannah Cresswell, h.cresswell@se18.qmul.ac.uk

Please contact the corresponding Student Organiser respective of which Academic School your Foundation Programme falls under for any further information.

 

General enquiries

Fathea Khanum, Peer Mentoring and Transition Coordinator: f.khanum@qmul.ac.uk

Biological and Chemical Sciences

Student organiser:

  • Hady George - h.george@se18.qmul.ac.uk

SBCS PASS sessions will be held on QMplus for Semester 1 from week 3 onwards, please find link and session times below:

Link: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2464

 Time: 

Mondays, 2pm-3pm

Wednesdays, 12pm-1pm


 

Business and Management

Student organisers

  • Naveena Dhera: n.dhera@hss19.qmul.ac.uk 

SBM PASS session details for 2020-21 will follow shortly. 

Dentistry

Student organisers

  • Aniraj Sapra: a.sapra@smd18.qmul.ac.uk
  • Simran Dogra: s.dogra@smd18.qmul.ac.uk

 Dentistry PASS session details for 2020-21 will follow shortly. 

Drama

Student organisers

Drama PASS sessions will be held on QMplus for Semester 1 from Week 3 onwards, please find QMplus link and session times below:

Link: 

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=13404#section-0

Time: Every fortnightly Tuesday, 4pm-5pm

Economics and Finance

Student organiser

  • Mara Rodriguez: m.rodriguezrodriguez@hss18.qmul.ac.uk

SEF PASS sessions will be held on QMplus for Semester 1. Session details are as follows:

Link: 

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=13415

 Time: Fridays, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Student organisers

  • Harshil Chordia: h.chordia@se18.qmul.ac.uk

 EECS PASS session details for 2020-21 to follow shortly. 

Engineering and Materials Science

Student organisers

  • Sushang Limbu: s.limbu@se18.qmul.ac.uk       

SEMS PASS sessions will be held on QMplus for Semester 1. Sessions details are as follows:

Link: 

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=13389

Time: Monday, 11am-12pm & Wednesday, 1pm-2pm

English

Student organisers

  • Masuma Sultana: m.sultana@hss18.qmul.ac.uk

PASS English sessions will be held on QMplus for Semester 1. Session details are as follows:

Link: 

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=13405

Time: Fortnightly sessions every other Wednesday, 3pm-4pm

Geography

Student organiser

  • Kayleen Owusu-Boateng: k.owusu-boateng@hss18.qmul.ac.uk

Geography PASS sessions will be held on QMplus for semester 1. Session details are as follows: 

Link: 

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=7913

Time: Fridays, 10.30am-11.30am 

 

History

Student organisers

  • Si Ru Chen: s.r.chen@hss18.qmul.ac.uk

History PASS sessions will be held on QMplus for Semester 1. Session details are as follows:

Link: 

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=13416

Time: Wednesday, 1pm-2pm

Languages, Linguistics and Film

Student organiser

  • Ciara Briggs: c.briggs@hss18.qmul.ac.uk

SLLF PASS sessions will be held on QMplus for Semester 1. Session details are as follows: 

Link: 

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=13530

 Time: Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm

Mathematical Sciences

Student organisers

  • Hannah Cresswell: h.cresswell@se18.qmul.ac.uk

Maths PASS mentoring sessions will be held on QMplus for semester 1. Session details are as follows: 

Link:

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=13418

Time: Wednesday, 2pm-3pm

 

Physics and Astronomy

Student organisers

  • Habibah Khanom:h.khanom@se18.qmul.ac.uk

SPA PASS sessions will be held on QMplus for Semester 1. Session details are as follows: 

Link: 

https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=13374

Time: Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm 

Politics and International Relations

Student organiser

  • Sahil Karra: s.karra@hss19.qmul.ac.uk

SPIR PASS session details for 2020-21 will follow shortly. 

Who is involved in PASS?

Volunteer mentors are the most important part of PASS. Without them, the scheme could not run. They can offer first-years something staff members cannot – recent experience of being a first-year in the mentees’ own school or departments. 

Hours 

Mentors in each department give varying amounts of time, it is a flexible scheme. Mentors who commit to more than 3 sessions per semester are accredited through HEAR.

Who can be a mentor?

Mentors are second and third-year volunteers chosen or approved by their school or department. Most mentors are motivated by wanting to give new students the help they wished they had had at the same stage. Through mentoring, students increase their own academic and social confidence and gain useful experience and key employability skills. 

What is the key skill of a PASS mentor?

Mentors are there to help mentees come to their own conclusions and solutions, not to supply answers. 

How can you become a mentor? 

We are currently recruiting mentors for Geography. Please conact pass-scheme@qmul.ac.uk if you are intersted in mentoring. All other mentor applications re-open in 2020.

Make a note of the academic coordinator's email address for your school, it is listed on this web page. For more information about the role see the careers jobs and work experience web page. Please note: compulsory training sessions are held at the start of each new academic year.

Mentees are the first-year (and sometimes second year) students who attend PASS sessions. All students are welcome, no one is judged as struggling because they come along – they may want to get ahead for the following year or just enjoy talking to other students about their subject.

How do I know if it’s useful to come to PASS sessions?

Go along to a session and find out. There’s no requirement to be there on the dot or to come more often than you want to. You will get friendly, informal advice in a relaxed environment from people who understand your situation.

I understand my feedback much better after going through it. I know how to improve now
PASS Mentee 2015

Student organisers are at the pivot of the whole scheme as they are the main contact point for all the staff and students involved in PASS. They lead their team to publicise and plan the scheme in their department and are often experienced mentors.

Hours 

More commitment is expected of organisers, they have paperwork to complete and sessions to organise. 

How do you become a Student Organiser? 

Contact the current organiser in your department (details on this web page) find out when the sessions run and go along to find out more. Each department recruits their mentors and student organisers differently but usually, this is finalised by the summer. Please click on the student organiser profiles below to find out more about the role. 

I just wanted to say a big thank you for everything that PASS has meant to me these past few years. The new SOs are really perfect for the job. I couldn't be more proud of them and the whole team and of the sense of community that PASS has built within our course.
Previous Student Organiser from Dentistry

Every school or departmental PASS scheme has an interested and involved academic to liaise with the student organisers on course matters and logistical issues. Some academic coordinators work with an administrative or support colleague who is also a key contact for the mentor team.

 

 

The Student Recruitment and Widening Participation team are responsible for overseeing and managing the PASS scheme. If you would like to contact a member of the team regarding PASS, please email pass-scheme@qmul.ac.uk.

Find out more about PASS

Click on the student profile links below to find out more about PASS from students Joe and Chelsey who have attended sessions as mentees, become mentors and then worked as student organisers. 

Alternatively, hear what students think of the scheme on our PASS video.