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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.

Apply to be a PAL Leader

Interested in being a PAL Leader for 22-23?

We are still recruiting for some programmes!


If you are interested in applying for the role of PAL Leader, please follow the link below and fill out the form. We will be in touch soon.

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
  • 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?

Apply now! 

Applications for this academic year are now closed.

If you have any enquiries about whether your course is still recruiting please email

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 to the Part Time Hourly Paid Team who will contact you with everything that is required. Please ensure you check your student email address on a daily basis, including over the summer, for emails from the PTHP Team and respond with the necessary documentation as soon as possible to avoid delays.


1. PAL Leader completes online application to apply for the role

2.  At the shortlisting stage, Central PAL Team share applications for each programme with the Academic Course Contact (ACC) for the programme for them to select the successful PAL Leaders

3.The applicant will be notified on the outcome of their application

If successful:

4. PAL Leader responds to the Central PAL Team to confirm acceptance of the role

5. Once confirmed, Central PAL Team passes on details of successful applicants to the Part Time Hourly Paid (PTHP) Team to action the employment process

6. PTHP will contact the PAL Leader with employment documents to complete and to arrange for verification of Right to Work

7. PAL Leader completes all necessary employment documentation and arranges Right to Work verification with PTHP as soon as possible

8. PTHP will process all employment documentation and confirm compliance to start work by issuing a confirmation email and appointment letter for PAL Leader to accept

9. Once compliant to start, Central PAL Team will invite the PAL Leader to complete the mandatory PAL Facilitation Course

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 the Part Time Hourly Paid (PTHP) Team will send you via your student email address. 


A scanned copy of your Right to Work document will need to be provided to the Part Time Hourly Paid Team via email, which must then be verified via a brief Teams callPlease note that once the BU campus re-opens, you will be required to provide your original Right to Work document in person and for this to be verified by an employee of BU.


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

- Your passport  


- Your FULL birth certificate AND an official document with your national insurance number 


- EU National Identity card 


Please make sure you make arrangements to provide these as soon as you receive confirmation that you have successfully been recruited as a PAL Leader as this will enable you to book onto one of our PAL Leader Facilitation Courses. 


TIER 4  

Please see the information in the box titled 'Tier 4 - Home Office Guidance' if you are a Tier 4 student applying to be a PAL Leader.

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.

What our PAL Leaders think of their PAL experience ?

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
  • The PAL blog - updated frequently to keep our PAL Leaders in the loop!
  • 1-2-1 appointments with the Central PAL Team should you need to discuss anything - just drop us an email to schedule one in

Hear from Hazel!

Former PAL Leader Hazel talks about the many benefits of being a PAL Leader.

Please click the image above to view the video.

For more information about the benefits of being a PAL Leader, please see here:

Hear what our students receiving PAL had to say!

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