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.

Freshers+ Events:

We're delighted to announce our programme of 'Freshers+' events for students with access to the Plus Programme. All the events are free to attend and more will be added over the build-up to and course of Freshers. Most have limited space available, so don't be disheartened if one registration link is full - keep checking and ask to be put on the reserve list below! Sometimes more spaces do become available. Likewise, if you register for an event and then decide you don't want to come anymore, please let us know so we can free up the space for someone else. Come along to as many as you can! We can't wait to meet you.  

If you want to register for an event and it's full, please send us an email at theplusprogramme@leeds.ac.uk and ask to be put on the reserve list for it. We will email you if a new spot becomes available and the registration reopens. 

Move-in Drop-in: 22nd Sep and 23rd Sep

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Weston Room, Laidlaw Library (Opposite Cafe Nero)

Over the main move-in weekend, campus gets very busy and it can sometimes be a bit confusing amidst all the hustle and bustle. However, Lisa and Alex from the Plus Programme will be on hand for support. We'll be based in the Weston Room inside the Laidlaw Library and will be here to help you with any questions, concerns or worries you're having. This is also a great chance to meet Plus Programme staff and get an individual intro the service and how it might be able to help you. Or, maybe you just need a break from it all and want a cup of tea? We've got you covered. Swing by and say hello!

Daily Live Web-chats

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm, every day from Monday 24th September to Friday 5th October

Location: http://plusprogramme.coverpage.coveritlive.com

Every day during Freshers and Week 1 of the new term, there will be a member of Plus Programme staff available to chat to you at the above link. You can ask a question about The Plus Programme, our activities or anything else relating to your time at University. Whether you're struggling and want some advice or simply don't know what team to talk to about an issue you're having - we'll be on hand to help. No question too small or too big!

Studying Without Family Support: A Drop-In Information Session - 24th Sep

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: G03 Baines Wing

Are you studying at university without support from your family? Or maybe you teach or support such estranged students and want to find out more about the challenges and the help available?

Drop in to meet Lisa – our main contact for estranged students – for an informal chat about the difficulties of studying without parental support and what help is available. Students in this situation will be there to share their experiences. You can also feed your ideas into our ongoing discussions about how the university might improve and extend the support it offers in future. Refreshments will be available.

Plus Programme Intro Talk: 25th Sep and 3rd Oct

Time: 25th Sep: 11:00am-12:00pm; 3rd Oct: 12:30-1:30

Location: Weston Room (Laidlaw Library, Opposite Cafe Nero)

The Plus Programme is here to help you throughout your time at Leeds in many different ways. We can help with things like study skills, connecting you with industries you might want to work in, funding to help you access opportunities and so much more. Come and have a hot drink with us as we fill you in on how you can make the most of The Plus Programme.

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Pub Quiz: 25th Sep

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: The Lending Room, 229 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3AP (Upstairs in the Library pub, right by the edge of campus)

Plus Programme quizzes are an institution here at the University of Leeds, and you'd be mad to miss our first one of the year. Join Master Host Alex Kingston for a quiz that'll span a huge variety of topics and a few rounds you might never have experienced before. The bar will be open and attendees will be put into teams upon arrival, so don't worry if you don't know anyone beforehand. 

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Drop-In Support Sessions - 26th Sep and 4th Oct

Time: 26th Sep: 11:00am - 12:00pm; 4th Oct: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Weston Room (Laidlaw Library, Opposite Cafe Nero)

We recognise that the start of University or a new academic year can be quite confusing at times with so much going on. Feel free to come down at any time during this drop-in session and speak to a member of Plus Programme staff about anything you want some support or advice on. Something could be worrying you or you might just want some clarification on something. Whatever it's about, we'll have a member of staff on hand to listen and give you some help.

Nandos and Laserzone: 26th Sep

Time: 4:30pm-7:30pm (please come at 4:00pm if you wish to attend an optional intro to the Plus Programme beforehand)

Location: Meet in the Weston Room, Laidlaw Library (opposite Cafe Nero) before the approximately 30min walk to Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall. Alternative transport can be arranged for students with access issues.

The title says it all. Our evening in Kirkstall was one of our most popular events last year and this time we're stepping it up a gear. If you've never been to Cardigan Fields in Kirkstall, it's a treat - it contains an IMAX Cinema, trampoline parks, loads of restaurants and so much more. Upon arrival, we're treating attendees to an appetite-inducing game of Laser Zone before an easy walk into Nandos for a tasty meal - all paid for by the Plus Programme (no judgement on your spiciness choices).

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5-A-Side at The Edge - 27th Sep

Time: 12:40pm - 3:00pm

Location: The Edge (meet in the foyer)

We're still riding high off the World Cup here at the Plus Programme and so we're holding a very relaxed, mixed-gender football match on The Edge's top quality indoor courts. It doesn't matter if you're a world-class talent or you're likely to trip over your own laces - this one's just for fun. What's more, given the appetite you'll likely work up, we're also treating all attendees to a voucher to come and grab some lunch in the Refectory when the match is done.

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Introduction to Cooking - 27th Sep

Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: The Refectory, Leeds University Union

Some students arrive at University with a library of recipe books and an arsenal of equipment. Some have never used a colander. Regardless of how comfortable you feel in the kitchen, come to this session where professional chefs will teach you how to cook affordable, delicious and healthy meals. You’ll have a chance to taste the food as well as an opportunity to share top tips on the best places to buy local and international food in Leeds.

The session will be fun, interactive and a great chance to meet others with a passion for food.

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Bowling and Buffet - 27th Sep

Time: 4:30pm-7:30pm (please come at 4:00pm if you wish to attend an optional intro to the Plus Programme beforehand)

Location: Meet in the Weston Room, Laidlaw Library (opposite Cafe Nero) before the approximately 15min walk to the city centre. Alternative transport can be arranged for students with access issues.

Some things never get old. This is another of our most popular events from last year, where we'll be treating you to a good old-fashioned game of bowling at the recently opened Leeds TenPin before going round the corner to the delicious Red Hot Buffet. Here, you'll be treated to as much as you can eat with food from cuisines around the world. This is one night definitely not to be missed. 

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Kitty Café Board Games Morning - 28th Sep

Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Location: Meet in the Weston Room, Laidlaw Library (opposite Cafe Nero) before the approximately 15min walk to the city centre. Alternative transport can be arranged for students with access issues.

The Kitty Café opened in Leeds last year and has been a major attraction ever since. With its tasty food, quality coffee and seriously adorable cats wandering the premises, it's not hard to understand why. The café has teamed up with Cards or Die Board Gaming for an event where you can sample their huge range of games (many of which are cat themed) along with your coffee. For this event, we'll be paying for your entry and a drink. Only 6 spaces available!

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Hike at Malham Cove (in association with Get Out, Get Active) - 30th Sep

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm

Location: Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales (transport from campus)

Throughout the year, the Plus Programme is delighted to be able to fund students to attend events organised by the Get Out, Get Active team here at the University of Leeds. During Freshers, we're excited to have partnered up with them to fund 10 students to attend their trip to Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales. This place is awe-inspiring, and might seem familiar to Harry Potter fans as it was used in the Deathly Hallows films! You can find out more about the trip here, and register for your funded spot below.

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Postgraduate Meal @LS6 - 4th Oct

Time: 6:00-pm-7:30pm

Location: LS6 Café, 16 Headingley Ln, Leeds LS6 2AS 

This one is just for our Postgraduate students - we're treating you to a delicious meal at one of Headingley's favourite restaurants, a short walk away from campus. We'll introduce you to The Plus Programme and how it can help you specifically as a Postgraduate student as well as giving you the chance to meet other Postgraduate students at Leeds.

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Term Time Events:

Careers and Employability

Careers Events

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

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Academic Skills

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.

Social

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! 

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!).