What is PASS?

By: Florian Forster

“Where am I and what exactly am I doing here?” – the first weeks at University can be a little overwhelming, but thankfully we have great systems in place to ease you in. The Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS) is one of them and here’s how it works!


PASS was introduced as a Supplementary Instruction (SI) in the early seventies in the US to support students in notoriously tough courses and has since spread around the world. It is an approach to learning by brainstorming with different students. To get the ball rolling, each session is led by two PASS leaders who introduce the day’s topic to a group of students.

Personally, the scheme is extremely beneficial as it allows the students to share their

thoughts on a given topic and act  as a first point of contact at university to find friends as well as support.

The leaders also benefit from the experience as they undergo professional leadership Pic3courses and have a chance to put their skills into practice at the weekly sessions. The scheme is run by a handful of coordinators in each school who set agendas, supply resources and keep improving the scheme.

The scheme also allows leaders to bring new ideas to the table, which ensures we’re always innovative with the programme. Recently, I worked with my peers on a student guide to course selection for the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science.

This just shows that schemes like PASS are not just beneficial to the students, but also to their leaders. PASS has taught me to not be afraid of taking up new projects, , making the most of the time at University and meeting new and interesting people.

Come along and get involved!




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