New Students, PAL is here to support you!

This year we've launched an all new Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme. Peer Assisted Learning is where a PAL Leader (a student in year 2+) supports students in their first year, and foundation years, within their discipline by aiding their transition to university and academic study, find out more from one of our PAL leaders in this video:

How to get involved

To get involved with PAL all you need to do is join the Teams site below:

To join one of the groups

  1. Open the Teams app and sign in: with your University email address: [studentnumber], and your usual Uni password.
  2. Click Teams on the left side of the app
  3. Click 'Join or create a team' at the bottom of your teams list
  4. Go to 'Join a team with the code', and paste or type the code in the 'Enter code' box
  5. Click 'Join'

College of Arts Humanities and Education

College of Business Law and Social Sciences

College of Science and Engineering

College of Health, Psychology & Social Care

Here you will find your PAL Leader who you can ask a question to about any aspect of University Life and any support you may need with your academic studies, such as:

  • Where do I find…?
  • How do you use…?
  • And any tips for….?
  • Or specific questions about your academic studies...

They are there to help you settle into university life and be a friendly channel of support to help you and signpost you where needed.

We strongly advise joining this scheme as it has so many benefits:

  • Advice and tips from students who have been in your position
  • Support from a peer, (so you can feel confident in asking any question relating to your studies)
  • Tips and tricks to help you adjust to university life quicker
  • Help to cement your understanding of the support available at derby
  • Help you to meet new people in your discipline and develop your sense of community here at Derby

If you have any other questions about PAL do not hesitate to get in touch with the Union of Students via

Why being a PAL leader will make you student out from the crowd? 

Other than being apaid position&you gain lots of other benefits from being a PAL Leader. Such as:

  • Developing your transferable skills
  • Work experience for your CV (where we can give you a reference)
  • Gaining practical skills in coaching and developing others
  • The role will go on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) upon graduating

How to become a PAL leader 

If you are interested in being a PAL Leader for your Discipline email and look out for any other communication via SEA and the Derby Union Website!