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Peer Support Leader Guide: Employment Information

This guide is designed for our Peer Support Leaders to contain all the information they require to carry out their role, including key contacts, the process for the observations and how to claim their pay.

Employment Information

Employment Process During Training

At the Peer Support Leader training, you will have filled in employment documents, had your Right to Work (passport, etc.) photocopied and signed your appointment letter. This ensures you are on the BU payroll system ready for your first pay claim.

You cannot start work until employment documents are completed and your Right to Work has been verified.

You will receive an email from (BU’s Part-Time Hourly Paid Department) confirming you are able to start work - it is vital that you do not start work unless you have received this email.

If you have not received the email before the start of induction week, please notify both the Central PAL Team and your PAL Academic Course Contact.

What is my Right to Work?

As an employer, we have a responsibility to prevent illegal working in the UK. It is a criminal offence for us to employ someone who is not entitled to work in the UK, therefore Right to Work checks must be carried out BEFORE any new employee starts work.

Please see a list of acceptable Right to Work documents below;

  • Passport (expired passports are acceptable for EU/EEA citizens only)
  • Full Birth Certificate (containing a parent’s name) alongside Proof of National Insurance Number (e.g.p45, payslip) UK/Irish citizens only
  • EU Identity Card/Document– EU/EEA citizens only
  • Tier 4 Biometric Resident Card (required for all Tier 4 students)

We can only accept original documentation (no photocopies, scanned versions or photos) and the failure to bring in one of the above documents to the training session may result in a delay to your start date.

What do I need to complete?

You will need to complete the following paper forms as part of your employment pack:

  • HESA form
  • Payroll details form
  • Starter Checklist
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders form

You may be contacted by PTHP about any missing fields in these forms. Please ensure you have checked your emails for this.

You will also need to complete the online heath questionnaire before you can begin work as a PAL Leader. You will have been reminded about this when you signed up to the PAL Leader training. Please find this in the box below.

Online Health Questionnaire

In order for the University to support you in your new role, we need to ask a few questions in relation to your health and wellbeing. 

Please complete our Occupational Health Pre-Employment Questionnaire by clicking on the link here which will open up a separate process. It may feel like you are providing personal information again, but that is because once submitted, the form is only accessible to our Occupational Health Team, not Human Resources. 

Any information you provide remains confidential and is only shared where we may seek additional recommendations from occupational health experts about how to best provide any support or reasonable adjustments for you. Should you have any questions about the completion of the Occupational Health Pre-Employment Questionnaire, please direct them to

Please note, your appointment is subject to medical clearance and is a key part of the recruitment process. Your start date with BU is reliant on receipt of your completed questionnaire.

Employment FAQs