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What is PASS?

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are a well-established and internationally recognised means of helping first year students’ transition into University life. PASS provides a fun environment where attendees can make new friends, build confidence, raise expectations and improve grades. Since its inception in 1973 PASS has been offered in over 1,500 institutions worldwide across 29 countries.

The scheme involves higher level students (PASS Leaders) who are trained to provide safe and inclusive environments to facilitate interactive study sessions with first year students. The Leaders work in pairs to create and prepare activities, lead sessions, promote discussion, organise group work and share their own experiences. The sessions take place once a week and are fun, friendly, and non-remedial.

Being actively part of PASS means that you will come into contact with some of the most engaged, dedicated and creative students at the University, all looking to give their time to help others. Sessions are designed so attendees are comfortable to ask questions and gain in confidence. It also endorses cross year engagement and allows first years to utilise second and third year students for information regarding course content and university life.

PASS is proven to improve academic performance and achievement, with our research indicating that regular PASS attendees’ grades are on average 10-20% higher than non-attendees. PASS also provides an additional mechanism for communication and feedback between students and teaching staff, where issues or concerns can be raised and addressed. PASS does not replace any normal class contact time, and is an additional opportunity to practice the skills you need to succeed.