Hi, my name is Bernie Syme. I am currently a Masters student studying International Management and Leadership at QMU after successfully completing a BA (Hons) in International Hospitality and Tourism Management. I have been a Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) leader now for two years which led me to become a senior leader with full responsibilities for the programme.


Published 2020

I first attended PALS sessions to see if they could help me get my head around a subject that I was having difficulty with and they helped me to find new ways of understanding the module which in turn enabled me to pass. I then decided to join as a leader to help others as I had been in the same shoes of the ones who attend the sessions; therefore, I found it easier to understand how difficult it can be before the lightbulb ‘switches on’.

Becoming a Peer Assisted Learning leader has helped in my self-development, both personally and professionally. I have learned more about myself and how I can share my knowledge with others to enable them to succeed. Furthermore, I have been encouraged to come away from my own comfort zone and to expand it. Being a PALS Leader has enabled me to sharpen my existing skills and gain insight into new techniques and strategies that could aid in my future career.