Ms Jo Lewis

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About me

As Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Manager, I manage and lead on the operation and development of the two distinct strands of UWE's PAL Scheme:

- Academic PAL at programme level aimed at Foundation and Year 1 students (normally timetabled)

- PAL Workshops (Resilience PAL, Learning Hub PAL and Espresso Science PAL; open to all students).

PAL supports the student experience in terms of transition, academic wellbeing, progression and programme identity, providing an opportunity for peer interaction and fostering a greater sense of community. Timetabled PAL sessions, normally facilitated by Year 2 and 3 students (trained PAL Leaders), provide opportunities for Foundation and Year 1 students to gain a deeper understanding of course content and expectations; collaborate with other students; boost their study habits and get involved in wider University activities.

The PAL Leaders create a scaffolded, collaborative and inclusive learning environment which allows for confidence building and development of self-efficacy. Activity and interactivity is enabled through role modelling and use of facilitation and mentoring techniques to ensure students make the most of their time together.

The PAL Team (part of Library, Careers and Inclusivity, specifically Learning Services) works in partnership with staff across the University, in particular the PAL Coordinators within the Schools. To find out more about our peer-led support and how you can champion it, please view the Peer Assisted Learning guide on the Staff Intranet.

To find out what PAL schemes are running in your College or School, contact your local PAL Coordinator, or the PAL Team.

I have a keen interest in supporting students at key transition points by encouraging them to engage with co-curricular opportunities which encourage cooperative learning and promote increased cohesion of the student group. I also take a strong interest in staff development and encouraging reflection, peer review and sharing of learning.



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