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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 (found attached to this box) and send to your Placement PAL Main Contact

4) Await confirmation from your Placement PAL Main Contact on the outcome of your application.

5) If successful, provide your documentation to the Part Time Hourly Paid Team who will contact you with everything that is required.

6) Complete the mandatory online Facilitation Course modules and sign up to attend one of the face to face Facilitation Courses. 

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 review your student email address daily in order to commence the onboarding process as soon as possible. Please note that onboarding will take place between June and August. 

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 Skype 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  

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

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 THEIR 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. 

What are the benefits to being a PAL Leader?

There are lots of benefits that come with being a PAL Leader - including being paid for your contributions, fantastic support, a chance to build and improve skills and gaining experience that can contribute towards awards. Find out more about the benefits we offer to our Placement PAL Leaders here.

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 structured Placement PAL Leader Facilitation Course facilitated by the Central PAL Team consisting of online modules and a face to face session to prepare you for the role

- Weekly debriefs throughout semester 1 to assist with any struggles, share practice and network with other PAL Leaders

- 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.