At PAL sessions, you can come together with other students on your course to revise course materials, practise vital skills and improve your confidence. Sessions take place weekly and are led by trained PAL Leaders who are in the year above who know what it’s like to tackle the difficult parts of your course and make it through the other side.

PAL is a supportive and confidential space to focus on parts of the course that everyone struggles with and ask the questions you don’t want to ask your lecturer. Your attendance is never shared with staff in your department.

PAL stands for Peer Assisted Learning and isn’t exclusive to Bath – thousands of students attend PAL sessions around the world every week. At the University of Bath, we work closely with the European Centre for SI-PASS.

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Do I have PAL on my course?

PAL currently runs in a number of departments for 1st or 2nd-year students. All PAL sessions are timetabled, so you can check your timetable to find out when your session is. We also have a list of the PAL schemes we support.

If your department doesn’t have a PAL scheme but you think it should, you can speak to the Peer Support team to discuss your ideas.

PAL for learning a language

You can also attend PAL sessions to help if you are learning a language. These sessions are led by PAL Leaders who are native speakers of a language, who run informal and fun activities to give you opportunities to practice speaking and listening in your new language. 

Find out more about Language PAL

How do I become a PAL Leader?

Becoming a PAL Leader is likely to be one of the most rewarding experiences during your time at University. Working closely with other PAL Leaders, you will plan and deliver weekly study sessions to support your fellow students and develop valuable skills employers look for.

Find out more about becoming a PAL Leader