Plus Programme Events
We run lots of activities and events for the students with access to the Plus Programme. They are an ideal opportunity for you to meet like-minded students, have fun and get support in several areas of University life.
Term Time Events:
Careers and Employability
Mock Assessment Centre: Wednesday 14th or 28th November
Does the thought of an assessment centre seem daunting? Not sure what to expect or how to succeed? Come along to our on campus Mock Assessment Centre and gain first-hand experience of common assessment centre exercises, including a group task, presentation and interview.
During this unique opportunity you will:
- Enhance your employability skills, such as confidence, team work, communication and many more
- Develop your CV and your LinkedIn profile
- Receive 1:1 coaching from expert recruiters and feedback on all activities during the day
- Obtain a nationally recognised Level 3 Unit Award (A-Level equivalent)
This full day workshop is open to all 2nd, 3rd and final year undergraduate and postgraduate students on any degree discipline.
Prior to the workshop you will be asked to complete a small task which will form the first stage of the Mock Assessment Centre day. More details to follow when you have booked your place.
This workshop is supported by Smart Resourcing Solutions Ltd.
We look forward to meeting you!
Upcoming events run via the Careers Centre at the University of Leeds
Skills@Library is a fantastic service that will help give you a boost in a whole host of academic skills ranging from maths classes to essay writing techniques. There are group workshops and 1-1 sessions available. It's all free, and just think - an extra one or two marks on an exam/essay could make all the difference to your degree classification!
Health and Wellbeing
Counselling Centre Events
Every term, the Counselling Centre at Leeds University offers a huge range of one-off workshops open to all students. You absolutely do not have to be involved in counselling already, or even feel like you need it, to attend - these workshops are open and welcoming for all students. They're all free, and can be signed up for in the Counselling Centre up to a week before they take place.
Previous Health and Wellbeing events include:
An introduction to the counselling service: An information session about the groups/ workshops/ self-help resources available to support students throughout their studies.
Step into Sophrology: We covered the costs for a number of students to attend this holistic therapy inspired by Western and Eastern techniques. It combines gentle body movements, breathing exercises, concentration and visualisation techniques.
Term 1 Pub Quiz: Monday 19th November
Come on down to the Library pub (at the top end of campus, on the corner of Hyde Park), where we've booked out the Lending Rooms above the main venue for one of our famous pub quizzes. Quizlord and master Alex Kingston returns with a new bout of questions to confound and confuse. No need to come in a group, this a great opportunity to meet some new people. The bar will be open, and we'll be giving all students a drinks voucher upon arrival.
Get Out Get Active Events
It's back! Get Out, Get Active is a great scheme available to all students at Leeds with a huge range of physical activities on offer. Just like last term, we're happy to be able to pay for some Plus Programme students to attend these trips.
This term, we've slightly altered the way you apply for these trips when we're covering the cost. Now, you take a look at the GOGA website to find any events you like, then send us an email with your Student ID number, name and details of the trip to apply! Simple as that! Any questions, just drop us an email or give us a call.
Previous Social Events also include:
Plus Programme Christmas Celebration: We took students bowling in Leeds and then went for a mega buffet!
Boardgame evening: We got together to play the classics; chess, monopoly and snakes and ladders!
Summer Social: To celebrate the summer we hired out the Terrace Bar for food and drink in the Union and then went along to some great stand-up comedy
We also ran a great alternative Fresher's week, including Laser Tag, city tours, food tasting and meals out.
Plus Programme Highlights:
Read on to find out about some of the best events we've held and how similar events could help you. Check back for regular updates!
Every year, we offer a full scheme of events over freshers for all students with access to the Plus Programme. In 2018, we put on more events than ever before, with some of the highlights including:
- An evening at Nandos and Laserzone
- A bowling and Red Hot Buffet double bill
- A board games morning at the Kitty Cafe
- A pub quiz
- A 5-A-Side kickabout at The Edge
- Fully paid up spots on Get Out, Get Active's hike at Malham Cove
These events are a great opportunity to find out more about what the Plus Programme can offer you, to meet fellow students and, most importantly, to have a great time. We also ran lots of events introducing our service as well as those of crucial departments like the Counselling and Wellbeing team.
All Freshers+ events were free too - giving you the perfect opportunity to continue the fun of Freshers while giving your wallet a rest!
The Plus Programme Steering Group is a bunch of fantastically dedicated Plus Programme students helping to develop the scheme and give students a voice in its future. As a major part of the Plus Programme revolves around putting on events for our students, it seemed only right that we put an event in the hands of the Steering Group! From initial concept through to final delivery, Inspire. Empower. was led by the students.
Taking place just before the summer exam season started (and as its title may suggest), the event was designed to get Plus Programme students fully motivated for their exams. After quick introductions from the Steering Group themselves, the event went right into its main event, an inspiring talk from motivational speaker Karen Cruise of Cruise Coaching Consultancy. Karen relayed her journey from humble beginnings to incredible success and how she went from having not an ounce of self-belief to brimming with confidence.
Her background gave great credibility to her career path and left all our guests transfixed. After her thoroughly rousing speech, Karen even stuck around to enjoy some delicious hot food with the attendees and offer them some personal tips for success in their exams and futures.
Nestle Graduate Assessments Insight Day
The concept of 'graduate assessments' is likely an alien one to many students. The words bring with them a certain amount of mystery and dread, people often sharing horror stories of whole-day long assessment centres where swathes of completely hirable candidates are brutally ejected at various points of the day because they weren't deemed to have contributed enough in an abstract group task about what kind of biscuit they'd be.
Luckily, these stories are rarely the case. However, that's not to say that graduate assessments are easy - they're tough and highly competitive. That's why we took a small group of Plus Programme students to the Nestle factory in York to have an insight day designed to demystify graduate assessments. Hosted by two recent Leeds alumni who are on Nestle's own graduate scheme themselves, our students were taken step by step through how to apply for graduate schemes and how to ace the assessment days.
The students even had a chance to practice the infamous group tests in front of Nestle's own graduate assessors, learning how to impress when given tasks designed to take you out of your comfort zone. After a delicious lunch, our hosts ran a Q&A, which gave the students a chance to ask as detailed questions as possible about both Nestles graduate scheme and schemes in other companies.
The questions were both frequent and insightful, with the answers being incredibly helpful. Feedback from the students, even from those with little interest in working for Nestle, was very positive and they now feel as ready as they'll ever be to tackle those assessment centres without fear! To cap off what was already a great day, our hosts even took us on a tour of the KitKat factory (where over five million KitKats are produced every day!).