Plus Programme Events
We run lots of activities and events for the students enrolled on 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.
Careers and Employability
Upcoming events run via the Careers Centre at the University of Leeds
Previous Careers and Employability events include:
Nestle: Assessment success insight day: 10 students attended Nestle's offices in York to gain an insight into their assessment processes and soak up invaluable knowledge from recent graduates and current Nestle employees.
HSBC Headquarters Visit: Four students visited the HSBC central headquarters in Canary Wharf, London, which included an hour long 1-2-1 mentoring session with a Leeds Alumnus and current Managing Director at HSBC Principal Investments.
Voluntary Sector Insight Day: This was a great opportunity for speed networking with employees and employers within the voluntary sector, with an introduction and overview of the sector from Gary Blake of Voluntary Action 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.
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!
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!).