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Student Success and Engagement Team – University of Reading

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Student Success and Engagement Team



STaR Mentors

The StaR Mentorship scheme aims to create a sense of belonging for new students at Reading which is vital for retention and academic success. The partnership also provides a personal and professional development opportunity for current students by increasing skills to enhance employability.

Contact: STaR Mentor Co-ordinator Chantelle Turner (

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

PAL at Reading is a scheme that is focusses specifically on academic content and learning. It encourages and trains experienced students to support less experienced students through the formation of facilitated study groups. Each study group is facilitated by a single or pair of trained student PAL leader(s), who liaised with the module convenor on subject content and encourage student participant to explore, discuss and deepen their understanding of their subject. The PAL Co-ordinator supports academic staff to develop and embed PAL in their degree programmes, trains PAL leaders in facilitation skills and supports leaders and staff during the implementation of the study sessions.

Contact: Peer Assisted Learning Co-ordinator Caroline Crolla (

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