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PAL
University of Bedfordshire
University Square
Luton
Bedfordshire
LU1 3JU

E: pal@beds.ac.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will I need to commit to PAL?

As a PAL Leader, you will usually be assigned one PAL group of around 20 first year students. You will have to spend 1 hour per week in class with your group running the PAL session. In addition, you will need to work with your fellow PAL Leader(s) to plan for your sessions and reflect on them each week. We recommend that PAL Leaders should allow around an hour a week to do this. You will also need to be in touch with your ACC (email or in person) to update them each week on attendance and on how things are going.

When will I be notified if I've been successful?

Assuming that you successfully meet the PAL Leader criteria, have attended one of the PAL recruitment events, and have a reference from an academic in your department you will be emailed the outcome.  We will then make sure you have dates of the September training and get you onto the PAL Leader BREO site, so you are in the loop and are linked into the PAL university community.

I need stationery/printing/photocopies for my PAL session, where do I get this from?

We will not expect you to fund this sort of thing. We will make sure you are fully equipped to undertake the PAL Leader role. Details about resources and bits of PAL Leader kit will be covered in the September training.

Do I need to monitor attendance?

As a PAL Leader, you will be assigned a PAL group to co-facilitate with one or two other PAL Leaders. For each PAL session you will be required to take a register. You will be given access to an electronic register. Taking the register is vital. We need to know attendance as part of our monitoring and evaluation of the PAL scheme. PAL is also a scheduled session on the timetable, and students should be attending. PAL is not an optional/drop in; it is part of the course.

Do I need to see my ACC every week?

As a PAL Leader, your most important member of staff is your ACC. They are the ones who will communicate with you each week to see how things are going. They can also give you a steer on potential topics to discuss, and make sure you know what students have done/will be doing in class, and give you copies of assignments. In the first few weeks they will see you and your fellow PAL Leaders every week to offer support. It is important that during the term you feedback to your ACC on how PAL is going, and to feedback on any queries or problems that your students have.

I won't be able to run my PAL session, what should I do?

As a PAL Leader, you sign up and agree to facilitate your PAL group every week for Terms 1 and 2. PAL is timetabled for 1st year students, so it is a requirement that PAL sessions are led by PAL Leaders every week. However, occasionally you might have a pressing appointment that you simply cannot miss. If you know you in advance that your PAL session is going to clash with something important, then you must let your fellow PAL Leader(s) know ASAP. You must also email pal@beds.ac.uk and let your ACC know. You might be able to swap with another PAL Leader. What you must not do it just not turn up. That would be unprofessional and unfair to your students and your fellow PAL Leaders. Just let us know and we will help you.

I'm sick/missed my bus/had an unforeseen emergency, who do I need to contact?

As a PAL Leader, you sign up and agree to facilitate your PAL group every week for Terms 1 and 2. PAL is timetabled for 1st year students, so it is a requirement that PAL sessions are led by PAL Leaders every week. However, we all get sick, or have a crisis from time to time. If you can't make a PAL session then you must let your fellow PAL Leader(s) know ASAP. You must also email pal@beds.ac.uk and your ACC.

Will there be follow-up training sessions?

Yes. After the initial training event in September that all PAL Leaders must attend. Without this training no student is allowed to facilitate PAL sessions. It would not be fair on you, or on your students if you were thrown in at the deep end and asked to facilitate sessions without having had this training.

After this initial training PAL Leaders are required to attend workshops as part of the specially designed PAL Leader CPD programme in Term 1. All of this ongoing training and development is vital to help you grow in confidence and to be able to be the best PAL Leader that you can be.

Will I be given feedback on my sessions?

Yes. We don't just give you a bit of training and leave you to it! For our quality assurance purposes and for your own development, we ensure that every PAL session is observed during the first 10 weeks of Term 1. It is an informal observation, and focuses on supporting you and your development. We look after our PAL Leaders through their tenure to ensure they are properly supported. Your ACC is the main staff contact person that you have. They will be in regular touch with you to see how you are getting on.

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