What is PAL?
PAL is an award-winning*, free, student-led initiative that supports undergraduates at university. The video below gives a short overview.
The key to PAL is that it is run by students, for students. PAL Officers (usually postgraduate students) supervise PAL Mentors (usually second and third year undergraduates) who support students in the years below.
PAL Mentors meet with their mentees in small groups to offer course specific academic guidance and more general pastoral support. PAL Mentors provide a structured and confidential, but also relaxed, creative and fun environment for students to share knowledge, concerns, and ask questions. Hear from PAL Officers & Mentors in the video below.
*PAL won Support Service of the Year at the UEASU Transforming Education Awards 2019.
PAL is for all undergraduates in UEA schools that take part.
PAL schemes currently run in:
Chemistry (Year 1 only)
Chemistry (Lights, Atoms and Molecules, CHE-4202Y)
Physics (Electromagnetism, Optics, Relativity & Quantum Mechanics (PHY-4001Y)
Economics (Year 1 and Year 2)
Year 1 (Mathematics for Economists, ECO-4003A)
Year 2 (Intermediate Micro-Economics, ECO-5007A)
Education (Year 2 only)
Year 2 (Research & Learning from Experience, EDUB5002Y)
Faculty of the Arts and Humanities (Foundation Year, Year 1 & 2)
HUM Reading & Writing Café for students from all schools (within HUM) and programmes of study (Foundation Year, Year 1 & 2). For more information, see: www.facebook.com/groups/UEAHumCafe.
Health Sciences (Year 1 only)
Paramedic Science (Foundations of Paramedic Practice, HSCP4041Y).
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy (Human Sciences, HSC4042Y)
Speech & Language Therapy (Foundations, HSC-4023A)
International Development (Foundation Year and Year 1)
Year 1 (Introduction to Development Studies, DEV-4001A/DEV-4006A, Optional Modules in Sem 2)
International Development Foundation Year
Norwich Medical School (Foundation Year and Year 1)
Year 1 (The Human Life Cycle, MEDA4002A; and Locomotion, MEDA4001B)
Foundation Year (Introduction to Issues in Healthcare, MED-3002Y)
Pharmacy (Year 1 only)
Pharmacy (Preparing to become a Pharmacy Professional, PHA-4010Y)
Pharmacology (Introduction to Drug Delivery and Pharmacokinetics, PHAP40077)
Psychology (Year 1 and Year 2)
Leminar Workshop Series (PSY5A1A1)
PAL is continually expanding, and is available to all schools interested in incorporating peer-learning into their programmes. If you are a member of staff or student interested in bringing PAL to your school, please email email@example.com.
Recruitment of PAL Mentors and Officers for 2020/21 will start in February 2020. Look at our PAL recruitment page for more information.
Research across many universities has consistently shown that participating in peer-learning is valuable for mentees, with peer-learning increasing their confidence, understanding of course requirements, assessment literacy and sense of belonging (among other outcomes).
Read the PAL evaluations reports below: