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Placement PAL Central: Apply to be a Placement PAL Leader

This is a guide for Placement PAL Leaders.


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 the employment documentation sent to you as soon as possible, and attend a Right to Work verification - details will be provided.

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 


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.


3. Returning your employment forms to us 

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.