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Brunel University London - PAL Leader

Details of the Charity:

Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) provides students with the opportunity to work together to develop their independent learning skills and solve any queries that might arise during their studies. Sessions are led by PAL leaders, who are student volunteers in a higher year.

PAL leaders work in pairs to run activities that are creative in nature and encourage a collaborative approach to learning and problem solving.

PAL leaders are trained by the ASK team before the start of the year and are further supported by an Academic Coordinator in their department. 

From 2020/21 PAL will be university wide and we have the opportunity to recruit over 200 students to work within this programme.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

PAL leaders work in pairs to plan and facilitate sessions for first year students. PAL sessions are informal and of a workshop style devised to be fun and interactive to encourage group work and discussions.

PAL leaders report that being a PAL leader is fun and rewarding in a variety of ways, and enjoy the challenges it can present.

The role includes:

  • Attending PAL training where you will develop the skills you need to not only run successful PAL sessions but that are also useful for future employment 
  • Leading first year students on a fortnightly basis for one hour
  • Planning your sessions using a range of interactive activities suitable for small group learning
  • Attending debrief sessions led by Senior PAL Leaders and Academic Coordinators
  • Communicating and marketing your sessions with first year students to promote attendance and aid session planning


Skills Required:

  • Commitment to volunteering
  • Enthusiasm for supporting others
  • Good Communication skills
  • Basic facilitation skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Friendliness and approachability
  • Leadership & teamwork
  • Planning
  • Subject knowledge
  • Current first year students (to be 2nd years) predominantly

Additional Benefits:

  • Your hours worked contribute to the Brunel Volunteers Award and the Brunel+ Award which will be added to your HEAR
  • Develop and demonstrate employability skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication and time management 
  • Have an opportunity to share your own experiences with students and give back
  • Have fun
  • Free PAL Leader hoody and other gifts
  • End of year party
  • Opportunity to apply to become a paid Senior PAL Leader
  • Meet people from your course
  • Interested? Apply below:
    Please note '*' denotes mandatory fields
  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?