What is PASS?

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

PASS is a student-led initiative where issues relating to course material and student life can be discussed in a friendly, informal environment with peers and trained student facilitators.

PASS provides an opportunity to make new friends whilst studying in small group sessions with approximately 10-15 students and 2 student leaders. It’s a safe place to ask questions and improve your confidence in your studies.

PASS runs in 29 countries and more than 1500 institutions worldwide; in other universities regular attendees of PASS have shown better knowledge and understanding of course material and have improved their grades by 10 - 20%, that's up to a full grade boundary!


The History of PASS

PASS derives from an American model called 'Supplemental Instruction' (SI) which originated at the University of Kansas-City, Missouri in the 70's. SI was adapted by Jenny Wallace at Kingston University in the 90's and given a set of '21 Principles' underpinning the scheme. The University of Manchester, who have been running PASS for over 15 years now, are the National Centre for PASS Supervisor Training and the National Benchmark for Excellence.

The University of Brighton started running PASS in 2009/10 and work closely with the national network of PASS supervisors and staff have received the certified Supervisor Training.

PASS currently runs across seven departments at the University of Brighton including:

  • School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences;
  • School of Applied Social Sciences;
  • School of Sport and Service Management;
  • Brighton Business School;
  • School of Humanities;
  • School of Health Professions;
  • School of Environment and Technology.

I found the PASS sessions very useful and insightful; having past students of the same course leading the sessions was particularly beneficial

1st year Social Policy student, PASS attendee