PASS Recruitment

PASS Leader Recruitment Information

Apply for Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Leadership to:

  • Hone your skills in leading and managing groups
  • Improve your future chances of being selected for tutoring jobs 
  • Enhance your career prospects
  • Gain satisfaction from helping other students succeed in their courses
  • Have the opportunity to take on Senior PASS leadership roles
  • Work with Course Coordinators in your area of study
  • Be considered for National PASS awards and the opportunity to present at Peer Learning conferences 
  • Receive a certificate recognizing your role as a PASS leader
  • Receive an end-of-semester honorarium recognizing your volunteered time and effort
  • How to become a PASS leader

    Please read the information below carefully before applying.

    Gaining a PASS leader position is highly competitive. There are a number of tasks to complete in order to be considered. Please make contact with PASS if you have any issues with these tasks.

    Criteria for being a PASS leader

    • You are a currently enrolled undergraduate student of The University of Adelaide (in some cases will accept Honours students)
    • You have a minimum Grade Point Average of 6
    • You have completed and achieved high grades in the nominated preferred courses on your application form
    • You have time available to undertake the role without jeopardizing your own academic progress (a minimum of 4-6 hours per week during semester)
    • You are a good role model for first year students
    • You are reliable and take your responsibilities seriously
    • You have effective communication and interpersonal skills
    • You can be creative and resourceful
    • You are willing to learn and contribute to the PASS program’s overall development
    • You are available to attend ONE of the on-campus training dates (TBC)

    Selection and training

    Step 1:

    Complete the application form after checking that you meet the minimum eligibility criteria. 

    Step 2:

    If shortlisted to continue your application you will be asked to do two further tasks:

    • An online video interview
    • Online training modules (approximately 6-7 hours of work)

    You will be sent the links for both these tasks should you be successful in reaching this stage of the selection process.

    Interview and modules are to be completed by: 

    Step 3:

    You will be required to attend a day’s on-campus interactive training day. The training will be based on the work you have completed in the online training modules.

    Applicants who reach this stage will be invited to attend ONE on-campus training day.

    Only those who successfully complete all three steps will be considered for final selection as PASS leaders.


    N.B. If you successfully complete all three steps but are not selected to be a PASS leader, your training hours will still count towards the Adelaide Graduate Award and you will be invited to participate in the PASS Leader relief pool.

  • PASS achievements

    The PASS program at the University of Adelaide began in 2010. Since then, the program has expanded to be part of over 80 courses in all five faculties in 2020. Not only has PASS attendance increased annually, the number of students applying to become PASS leaders has also grown.

    The University of Adelaide PASS leaders have been formally recognised by the National Centre for PASS via awards and have delivered conference presentations to staff and students at The University of Adelaide and other Australian educational institutions.

    National PASS Leader Awards

    2017 Winners - Outstanding Peer Educator Team Award - Australasian PASS and Peer Learning Conference (The National Centre for PASS, University of Wollongong) Project team: Valentin Stoica (ECMS), Andrea Stiglingh (Sciences) and Chantalle Narayan (ECMS/Sciences).

    2017 Shortlisted - Outstanding Peer Educator Team Award - Australasian PASS and Peer Learning Conference (The National Centre for PASS, University of Wollongong) Project team: Audrey Stratton, Lesley Jayasuriya, Azaara Perakath, and Taj Pereira (University of Adelaide) in collaboration with Peter Andrinopoulos, Nicole Vincent, Julia Brunke, and Danielle Bosman (UniSA)

    2017 Shortlisted - Outstanding PASS Leader Award - Australasian PASS and Peer Learning Conference (The National Centre for PASS, University of Wollongong): Valentin Stoica

    Other Awards

    2021 - Premier's Certificate of Recognition for outstanding volunteer service - Peer Assisted Study Sessions Leaders

    2020 - Special Commendation - COVID 19 Emergency Teaching Response - Japanese 2A Remote Delivery Team, including PASS Leader Kate Pressler

    2020 - Student Volunteer Group of the Year (co-winners with International Peer Mentor Program) - PASS Team

    2020 - Premier's Certificate for outstanding volunteer contribution - PASS Leader Oliwia Derda 

    2019 Winner - Student Volunteer of the Year Award (The University of Adelaide) - PASS Leader Oliwia Derda

    2018 Winner - Outstanding Leader (Division of Academic and Student Engagement) - Chelsea Avard

    Conference Presentations

    'The Peer Assisted Courtroom' - National Students as Partners Roundtable 2020 - How Have We Gone? - Jesse Beckinsale, Annalise Delic and Tijana Maric (Deakin University), August 2020 https://video.deakin.edu.au/media/1_2fhi7ywn.

    'Reflections on Self-Direction to Inform Independent Learning - Teaching University Students How to Learn' - Australasian PASS and Peer Learning Conference 2019 (The National Centre for PASS, University of Wollongong) - Oliwia Derda (ECMS/Sciences), October 2019.

    'Complex Collaboration: Large-scale Faculty Revision Sessions', Australasian PASS and Peer Learning Conference 2019 (The National Centre for PASS, University of Wollongong) - Megan Liu and Taylor Laverty (Professions), October 2019.

    'Increasing Postgraduate and ESL engagement and success through PASS support: a Masters (LOTE) pilot program' - Transforming Futures: International Research-Based Education Conference (The University of Adelaide), Fanyu Lu, Qinglan Zhuang, Robyn Davidson, Roger Rajkovic & Chelsea Avard, July 2019.

    'PASS PIE (Pillars in Evaluation) - Collaborative PASS Session Planning Framework' poster presentation and workshop - Australasian PASS and Peer Learning Conference (The National Centre for PASS, University of Wollongong) Project team: Valentin Stoica (ECMS), Andrea Stiglingh (Sciences) and Chantalle Narayan (ECMS/Sciences).

    'Maximising Professional Leader and Program Development through Cross Institutional Visits' - Australasian PASS and Peer Learning Conference (The National Centre for PASS, University of Wollongong) - Lesley Jayasuriya and Audrey Stratton.