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PAL Central: Apply to be a PAL Leader

An online hub of guidance and resources for our PAL Leaders and their Level 4 students.

Interested in being a PAL Leader for 24-25?

Expressions of interest are now open:


Before sending your application, please carefully read through the information and guidance on this page:

  • How to apply
  • Job description and expectations of the PAL Leader role
    • Please note: Currently the job description is in draft form and may be subject to change
  • Requirements for becoming a PAL Leader (information on compliancy, providing Right to Work documentation, Tier 4 students, and working outside of the UK).
  • What are the benefits of being a PAL Leader?

For the (many) benefits of being a PAL Leader, please see here:

How to apply

To apply to be a PAL Leader, you need to follow these steps:

1) Read through the job description to ensure you understand the role and what is being asked of you. Please note that the role can change slightly from year to year so don't base your expectations of the role on your own experiences of PAL.

2) Ensure you read the 'requirements' box on this page, and make any arrangements you may need to have your right to work ready to provide.

3) Complete the application form using the link above. We will forward your application to your Academic Course Contact at the shortlisting stage for them to make a decision.

4) You will be notified on the outcome of your application in the coming months.

5) If successful, provide your documentation and Right to Work - you'll receive an email with everything that is required. Please ensure you check your student email address on a daily basis, including over the summer, for emails and respond with the necessary documentation as soon as possible to avoid delays.


Requirements for becoming a PAL Leader

Before you can carry out the Facilitation Course or any type of PAL work, you need to be made compliant to start work.

It is considered an employment breach if you undertake any type of work (including paid training) before you are made compliant.

Once you have been offered the PAL role, please check your student email address daily in order to commence the onboarding process as soon as possible.

Onboarding will involve providing your Right to Work documents and completing the employment documents that you will be emailed.


Your Right to Work must be one of the following documents:

· If you are a British or Irish citizen, we can accept a Birth Certificate or Passport (this can be expired). Birth Certificates must be provided alongside proof of National Insurance Number (e.g.NI Letter, P45, P60 or Payslip). You will be required to provide your original documents in person and for this to be verified by an employee of BU.

· If you are an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen and have received a status under the EU Settlement Scheme, we will be able to conduct an online right to work check and verify your photo via an online video call – please provide permission and share your code.

· If you have a visa (Biometric Residence Permit or Biometric Residence Card) we will be able to conduct an online right to work check and verify your photo via an online video call – please provide permission and share your code


If you are a British or Irish citizen not currently in possession of your Right to Work document, please arrange to get this as soon as possible to avoid delays to your employment and training.

Please note: we cannot accept driving licenses as a form of Right to Work documentation.

Working overseas

HR's Part-Time-Hourly-Paid [PTHP] have advised that BU cannot employ any students/staff who will be overseas during their PAL Leader contract. This is due to reasons such as tax, pension implications, insurance, and employment legislation. 

In the unplanned event that an employed student finds themselves overseas and unable to return to the UK during their contract period, this will need to be flagged with the Central PAL Team. HR have also advised that each case will be reviewed on its own independent circumstances, so please flag any concerns with us so that they can be investigated if needed.

PTHP will verify your location during your employment processing, however please get in touch with and your PAL Academic Course Contact if you have any questions.

PAL Leader Testimonials

Why should you apply for the PAL Leader role?

Kiah-Jay, PAL Leader for TV Production, shares her experiences of the PAL Leader role

Hazel, who ran PAL for Archaeology and Anthropology, talks about the benefits of the PAL Leader role and why you should apply!

What support is available?

We offer a range of support to our PAL Leaders including:

  • The PAL Central online guidance to assist with anything you need to know about being a PAL Leader including session ideas, facilitation techniques, signposting and getting paid
  • A structured PAL Leader Facilitation Course facilitated by the PAL Tutor Team consisting of online modules and a face to face/virtual group session to prepare you for the role


  •  A designated PAL Academic Course contact for programme specific queries related to PAL
  • Our buddying scheme - 'PEN PAL' - an opt in initiative where you'll be buddied with another PAL Leader to support, share ideas and inspire one another.
  • Open door policy and 1-2-1 appointments on request with the Central PAL Team should you need to discuss anything - just drop us an email to schedule one in

Tier 4 - Home Office Guidance

With regards to Right to Work documentation for Tier 4 students, the following guidance provided to us by the Part Time Hourly Paid Team applies: 

For a Tier 4 student, we now only require their Biometric Resident Permit (NOT A PASSPORT); 

  • A current Biometric Immigration Document (Biometric Residence Permit) issued by the Home Office to the holder which indicates that the named person can currently stay in the UK on a Tier 4 Visa. 

  • If you have a Biometric Residence Permit, Biometric Residence Card or status under the EU Settlement Scheme we will be able to conduct an online right to work checking service whilst on the video call – please give permission and share your code  

After your document has been verified via video call you will not be required to have your document verified again until, if applicable, it expires. 

The only exception to this is where they do not have a biometric resident card but their Visa is actually within their Passport, as an ‘endorsement’. 

  • A current passport endorsed to show that the holder is allowed to stay in the UK on a Tier 4 Visa. 

TIER 4  

If you are a Tier 4 international student, the Right to Work documents you need to provide for PTHP will be different. You can find more guidance here