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.

Watch their video here and check out what past participants have to say.

We look forward to meeting you!

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LeadNow Webinar - Why I Don't Get Stuff Done: Wednesday 7th November

Do you wish you knew how to be more productive and procrastinate less? Do you always leave things last minute and find it difficult to manage the stress which comes with this?

Todd at LeadNow will be hosting a webinar exclusively to University of Leeds students to help you manage yourself and your time more effectively.

During this one hour webinar, Todd will guide you through discussions to improve your productiveness, and limiting your distractions.

This interactive webinar session can be accessed remotely from anywhere, all you need is access to the internet and headphones. 

Todd will be hosting a range of LeadNow activities over this academic year. Book your places early on MyCareer to avoid disappointment. 

If you have any questions regarding the webinar please contact Chloe Marshall at

Please book your place to be emailed a direct webinar joining link and code.

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Michael McKenna Mini-Mentoring Session: Thursday 8th November

We are offering the opportunity for seven students to meet with University of Leeds alumnus and successful tax lawyer, Michael McKenna, in a 35 minute face-to-face mentoring session to help you develop your employability skills.

The session will take place on Thursday 8 November between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.

Michael wants to help students interested in the legal profession, investment banking or asset management – even or if you are thinking about undertaking a law conversion course.

Michael's profile

Michael was asked to join Wellington Management as Head of International Tax.  Wellington Management is a leading global asset manager, headquartered in Boston, with operating subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Frankfurt and London. 

Michael has unique insight into the often opaque worlds of the legal profession, investment banking and asset management, particularly for individuals that did not necessarily start out with a legal career in mind.

You will have the opportunity to learn from Michael on a one-to-one basis. 

Apply for a place here

Saj Sabur Mini-Mentoring Session: Monday 19th November

We are offering the opportunity for five students to meet with University of Leeds alumnus and successful banker, Saj Sabur, in a 45 minute face-to-face mentoring session to help you develop your employability skills.

Saj's profile

Saj is currently a Managing Director in HSBC's Principal Investment business with responsibility for its global direct investments and fund investments including those in the Social Impact sector. The portfolio is global with primary focus on investing in North America and Europe with a secondary focus on Asia. Prior to this role Saj headed up HSBC's African private equity business. Saj began his career, after leaving Leeds, as a trainee investment banker with Hambros Bank where he was part of the structured and project finance business, advising and financing infrastructure projects in Europe and further afield. Prior to joining HSBC in 2005, Saj completed his MBA and London Business School.

Saj continues to represent HSBC as a director on a number its investee company boards and fund advisory boards. Saj is also a member of the global Investment Committee.

You will have the opportunity to learn from Saj on a one-to-one basis. 

We will be in touch with you after the deadline if you have been successful, with more details.

Apply for a place here

Populus Insight Day: Wednesday 21st November

We're so excited to launch one of our headline events for Term 1: an insight day at Populus, a leading research & strategy consultancy specialising in political, reputation, stakeholder and customer research. As an example they carry out a lot of polling ahead of political elections and do a lot of market research for companies such as PepsiCo. Find out more about Populus here.

We can take five students (from any year or programme) who might be interested in a career in polling, market research, marketing, politics or anything related for an afternoon at their HQ in London.

We will need to book trains in advance, so the closing date for this event is 23:59 on Tuesday 13th November.

Apply for a place here

LeadNow! Self-Leadership Workshop: Wednesday 21st November

Do you struggle to manage your time to get everything done that you need to? Alongside your academic studies and extracurricular responsibilities, it can be difficult to find time to improve your employability, gain work experience or apply for graduate jobs.

Todd from LeadNow is here to help! In this half-day interactive workshop, you will develop skills to be able to help you overcome setbacks, manage yourself and your time. You will build your resilience and your confidence to be able to take your next steps, whatever they may be.

Venue details to be announced soon.

Todd will be hosting a range of LeadNow workshops and webinars overthis academic year. Book your places early on MyCareer to avoid disappointment.

Check out this video link to find out what students from LSE thought of their LeadNow sessions with Todd.

If you have any questions regarding the workshop please contact Chloe Marshall at

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Careers Centre Events

Upcoming events run via the Careers Centre at the University of Leeds

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Academic Skills

Critical Thinking At University: An Introduction (MOOC)

Skills@Library and Digital Education Service are pleased to announce the launch of 'Critical Thinking at University: An Introduction' MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

The MOOC is a FREE 2-week course (17-23 Nov onwards) via Future Learn. This open online academic skills course is primarily aimed at first year undergraduate students and international PGT students but anyone unfamiliar with critical thinking in a university setting might benefit.

The following topics are covered in the course:

  • What is critical thinking?
  • A model for critical thinking
  • Why is critical thinking important at university?
  • Challenges to thinking critically at university
  • How can you improve your critical thinking?
  • How critical thinking is assessed at university?
  • Outcomes of critical thinking at university

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Reflected on their approach and ability to think critically
  • Explained what thinking critically means at university
  • Identified potential challenges to thinking critically at university
  • Developed strategies to improve their critical thinking skills

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Skills@Library Events

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!

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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.

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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.

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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! 

Freshers+ 2018

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!

Inspire. Empower

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 Nestle’s 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!).