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Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

Peer-assisted Learning (PAL) is a well-established model of student-to-student learning that offers a wide range of potential benefits to students, including in the areas of employability, transition, and retention and success.

For Level 1 Students

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Are you striving to be successful at University?

PAL sessions are an excellent support mechanism to help you understand your course material in more detail and thus, giving you a better opportunity to improve your grades.

  • Achieve higher levels of confidence
  • Help with your transition in to University
  • Work with more experienced students

PAL sessions are 1 hour long and are either weekly or fornightly depending on your department. Sessions are led by trained PAL leaders who are students from a higher year. Using their experience, leaders plan creative and educational sessions to help support level 1 students with issues they are having from lectures, assignments and projects, and exams.

Level 1 students with PAL are emailed details of their PAL sessions to their Brunel email address. If you are cannot find details of your PAL sessions, please contact PAL@brunel.ac.uk

Departments with PAL

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business School
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Economics and Finance
  • Maths
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Politics and History
  • Psychology

Being a leader

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Are you thinking about challenging yourself next year?

We're looking for committed students, who have good communication skills and basic facilitation skills to become our next group of leaders in 2017/18.

  • Increase your employability and develop your skills
  • Valuable CV experience
  • A HEAR accredited activity

PAL leaders receive full training at the start of the year to gain the skills to confidently lead and manage a group of level 1 students throughout the year. By becoming a leader, you are part of a core group recognised by your department and will receive excellent support and professional development in debrief sessions.

Apply to be a leader for 2017/18

Recruitment for the 2017/18 academic year is now open. If you would like to apply to be a PAL leader, starting in September, please complete the application form (either Online or Word format) and submit before the deadline. Full details of the role can be found below in the PAL leader Job Description.

You can only be a leader if your department has a PAL scheme. If you are unsure, please check this before applying.

If you would like to find out more information about becoming a leader in your department, please contact PAL@brunel.ac.uk

For Academics

PAL supports rather than replaces core learning for level 1 students. Its student centred approach creates a confidential and safe environment to support transition in to the University. Students work together to solve any problems they may have around academic content whilst sharing study skills to create more independent learners.


PAL is centrally managed through the ASK Academic Skills team. This includes training, facilitating debriefs, observation of sessions, attendance monitoring and evaluation. Every department has an academic coordinator who is responsible for timetabling PAL sessions, recruitment, attending debrief sessions and promoting PAL.


If you are interested in setting up a PAL scheme in your department, please email PAL@brunel.ac.uk  

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 PAL Videos

Find out more about attending your PAL sessions and becoming a PAL leader by watching our PAL videos.

What is PAL?

Come to PAL


Be a PAL leader