University of Bolton PASS students and staff volunteers recognised

Picture shows (from left), Shelly Guo, Academic PASS Coordinator; Nitasha Afzal and Josh Cox, PASS Leaders, receiving their awards from Richard Thomas, Assistant Vice Chancellor, with (far right) Julia Hewitt, Volunteering Coordinator and PASS Supervisor

Students and staff from the University of Bolton have been recognised for their work delivering Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS).

They were presented with certificates by Richard Thomas, the university’s Assistant Vice Chancellor, for their work on the scheme supporting students on the BA (Hons) Business Management course, which was described as “outstanding”.

Student PASS Leaders Jennifer Daly, Josh Cox and Nitasha Afzal received certificates, Amazon vouchers and a UoB notebook. The scheme’s Academic PASS Coordinator Shelly Guo also received a certificate.

PASS was launched at the university three years ago, aimed at helping students to study together in the most challenging modules. PASS Leaders undergo two days of intensive training to enable them to deliver the sessions effectively to students.

In the past academic year, there were 18 separate schemes at the university, with 53 student volunteer PASS Leaders. Each scheme has an academic member of staff as a coordinator.

Other recipients of certificates for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to PASS this year are Student PASS Leader Likando Sakajila, Academic Staff Coordinator Brian Williamson (engineering courses) and Maddi Faith, a student who has been working with PASS for two years and has taken a significant role this year as the first Student PASS Coordinator.

Julia Hewitt, Volunteering Coordinator and PASS Supervisor, said: “The award recipients delivered outstanding results and we want to use their scheme as best practice to build on moving forward.

“The PASS scheme is very important and I must stress that the students who take part are not given the answers, they are supported and guided so that they can understand how to study in the most effective way to get where they need to be.

“PASS has been proven to help with student retention, as those who take part in the study sessions sometimes find it easier to get information from other students rather than members of staff.

“We felt it was important that those who have given up so much of their time throughout the year to take part in PASS were acknowledged. We plan to get more students to participate.”