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Placement PAL Central: Apply to be a Placement PAL Leader

This is a guide for Placement PAL Leaders.


Apply to be a Placement PAL Leader

Are you interested in applying for the role of Placement PAL Leader for your department? Find out more on this page about the benefits of the PAL role and details of how to apply!

How to apply

To apply to be a Placement 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 Placement 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 for your faculty:

4) Await confirmation on the outcome of your application.

5) If successful, provide complete and return any employment documentation sent to you as soon as possible, and arrange a verification call for your Right to Work.

6) Complete the mandatory Placement PAL Facilitation Course training (more details will be provided once you have submitted your employment documentation.

Requirements for becoming a PAL Leader

Unless you are already undertaking a Part Time Hourly Paid Role at BU (e.g. Student Ambassador), you will need to complete ALL of the below steps to complete the onboarding process and receive your Appointment Letter. 

IMPORTANT: You must not carry out ANY training or work before receiving your Appointment Letter. 

If you are already undertaking a Part Time Hourly Paid role at BU, please email to confirm which role you are undertaking before following any further steps.

1. Ensure that all the employment forms received by the PAL Team are completed in full including:

- Occupational Health Questionnaire 

Payroll Details Form 

- PTHP Personal Details (HESA) Form  

- Criminal Record Declaration Form 

If you have any questions about any of the above forms, please email us at 


2. Right to Work Documentation 


For British citizens: 


  • Please submit a scanned copy or a photo of your original Right to Work* document via email. Please ensure the image is clear to be processed. 
    • * We can accept a British or Irish Passport (this can be expired) as a form of Right to Work 
    • *We can also accept a UK Birth Certificate together with an official document that includes your National Insurance Number (e.g. pay slip, government document) 
    • You can find further guidance on UK Right to Work evidence here - Immigration Regulations Guidance 
  • A brief video call will be then arranged with a member of the Central PAL Team where you will be asked to hold up the original document to the camera to be checked against the digital copy that was sent earlier. You must have the original document (passport, birth certificate etc.) physically with you for the call. 
  • The Central PAL Team are planning to organise some in-person drop-in sessions for Leaders to bring their Right to Work (passport etc.) onto campus for verification if this would be more convenient. Please keep an eye on your emails for details of in-person drop ins. 

For EU, EEA or Swiss Citizens that have received a status under the EU Settlement Scheme OR if you have a Biometric Residence Permit or Biometric Residence Card: 

  • Please contact the PAL Team to confirm which category you sit within - we will then contact the Part Time Hourly Paid (PTHP) Team about completing your Right to Work verification. 
    •  They will be able to provide more information and conduct an online right to work check to verify your photo via a video call 


3. Returning your employment forms to us 

Right to Work (UK only) and completed employment forms (ALL Leaders) should be securely returned via email to 

When using email to send information there is a risk that this information could be intercepted. As these forms contain sensitive, financial or personal information, we would recommend you encrypt the data to minimise the risk of misuse. If you encrypt your data, please ensure you share your password in a separate email.


4. Next steps

Once you have provided all employment documents, these will be processed and you will be confirmed as compliant to start work and receive your appointment letter. It is crucial that you return your employment documents and arrange your right to work verification as soon as possible to ensure you can begin your training.

What support is available?

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

- The Placement PAL Central online guidance to assist with anything you need to know about being a Placement PAL Leader including session ideas, facilitation techniques, signposting and getting paid

- A Placement PAL Leader Facilitation Course facilitated by the Central PAL Team and your Placement PAL Main Contact consisting of online modules and a bespoke session to prepare you for the role

- A designated Placement PAL Main Contact for programme specific queries related to PAL

- The PAL blog - updated frequently to keep all of 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.