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PALS - Peer Assisted Learning & Support

The PALS initiative is to be piloted this September in two schools in CIT the School of Business and the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Processing Engineering.

PALS supports 1st Year students on entry to third level. First Year students meet once a week with senior experienced students to discuss and study material covered in a specific module.


The Benefits of PALS for First Years

  • Provides support and guidance
  • Safe non-threatening environment
  • Social benefits - connecting with other students
  • Increased academic confidence
  • Improved communication, teamwork, collaborative problem solving, and interpersonal skills


The Benefits for PALS leaders

  • Certified training from the UK National Centre for PASS (University of Manchester).
  • Enhanced employability skills applicable to the workforce such as leadership, communication, teamwork etc.
  • College recognition of PALS Leaders commitment.
  • Skills and experience gained will be a valuable addition to C.V.
  • Volunteering as a PALS Leader increases senior students’ knowledge of course work by developing their critical thinking and problem solving skills.


What are the potential Benefits for CIT?

  • PALS helps First Years successfully transition to Higher Education.
  • First Years better prepared for exams and assignments.
  • Increased student academic engagement and retention.
  • Increased level of student involvement and social engagement with CIT community.



Barbara Hempel

Project Officer PALS,

CIT Strategic Student Engagement & Retention Initiative,