SOAS University of London

Learning and Teaching Development

PASS - Peer Assisted Study Support

PASS is an internationally recognised programme of facilitated, group learning which enables students to support other students with their studies.

What is it?

PASS has been implemented in over 1,500 institutions in 29 countries and is internationally renowned for its success in improving students' learning experience, academic performance and promoting continued retention. The experiences of higher year students are used to support the learning of lower year peers in a group learning environment. These sessions supplement existing learning in lectures and tutorials in a more informal environment led by students.

Who is it for?

Here at SOAS, the scheme is currently targeted at students studying Arabic, Mandarin or Persian as part of their degree. The study sessions are open to all students and are all voluntary. The study sessions generally follow a lecture in the relevant subject.

Who runs PASS?

The PASS Scheme is run by Learning and Teaching Development, in collaboration with Widening Participation, and facilitated by student PASS leaders studying one of the target languages as part of their degree.

For the target languages there are also four academic coordinators:

Arabic Intensive and Arabic Intermediate

Mohamed Said -

Arabic 100

Mona Hammad -


Lik Suen -


Narguess Farzad -

When are the sessions happening?

Sessions are open to any students studying the relevant course. All sessions are timetabled and during term will take place once a week at the following times:

Arabic 1 Foundation

Friday 16.00-17.00 S313, Paul Webley Wing Senate House

Arabic 1 Intensive

Thursday 15.00-16.00 443, Main Building

Arabic 100

Wednesday 14.00-15.00 403, 30 Russell Square


Wednesday 15.00-16.00 279, Main Building


Thursday 14.00-15.00 SG34, Paul Webley Wing Senate House

How do I get involved?

Applications are currently closed for PASS leaders but will re-open in September 2018. Please check back here for details.

If you would like any further information about the scheme in general please get in contact with the Learning and Teaching helpdesk,