Benefits of PASS
You can gain HEAR Recognition for attending PASS sessions.
There have been numerous studies both in the UK and internationally to research the impact of PASS/SI on participants. A range of benefits have been identified including:
The impact of PASS/SI on student attainment
A number of studies have investigated the link between attendance at PASS sessions and increased academic attainment. For example, the study by Carey and Fostier (2007) aimed to use a control group to investigate the impact of PASS on academic attainment for a group of 480 1st year Bioscience students at The University of Manchester. It was found that there was a strong correlation between regular attendance at PASS (4+ sessions) and higher attainment on the module. They also identified a significantly lower failure rate among students who had attended PASS in comparison to those students in the control group where PASS was not offered.
The PASS Team are undertaking evaluation of the PASS schemes currently in operation and will be reporting on this at the end of the 2016/17 academic year.
What have past PASS participants said?
Research shows that PASS Leaders benefit greatly from their experience as a leader - their confidence grows, key skills are strengthened, and their own academic understanding is deepened. PASS Leaders at Sheffield have reported developing confidence across numerous skill areas, including:
PASS Leaders often reflect on the benefits of re-visiting earlier academic materials through PASS - consolidating their own knowledge alongside supporting the PASS participants.
All PASS Leaders are invited to take part in a Reflection Workshop delivered by the University Careers Service - this workshop enables the participants to critically reflect upon their experience as a PASS Leader and understand how to articulate and market the skills that they have developed to future employers.
There are numerous ways in which the PASS Leaders can gain recognition for the role they play in the PASS scheme
Higher Education Achievement Report
The role of PASS Leader is a demanding extra-curricular activity recognised by HEAR, which provides a comprehensive record of university achievements.
As part of a new pilot initiative, PASS Leaders have been invited to take part in the Learning and Teaching Profession Recognition Scheme (LTPRS), which could lead to the award of Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Three PASS Leaders have already achieved recognition as Associate Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
Opportunities for progression
There are several opportunities for progression in the role of PASS Leader. This includes becoming a Senior PASS Leader with additional coaching responsibilities or becoming a PASS Leader Coordinator, overseeing a PASS scheme and carrying out session observation and feedback sessions. Additional training is provided to PASS Leaders who take on these roles.
What have PASS Leaders said about the role?
Module Leader & Department
PASS runs successfully in many universities throughout the UK. There are a number of benefits and rewards that PASS can bring to the module leader and the department.
What have module leaders said about PASS?