About the Plus Programme

Our exclusive opportunities and support will help you develop the skills and confidence to thrive at Leeds and beyond

 

What is the Plus Programme? 

The Plus Programme is a support scheme for students who come from backgrounds that are less represented at university. We are here to make sure you have access to all the opportunities at Leeds and to help you achieve everything you want while you’re here.
 
 
The programme has three main strands:
 
  • Transition: Starting university is a huge life change. We’re here to help you settle in and build your new home here. But there’ll be lots of transitions throughout your time at Leeds- perhaps you are privately renting for the first time, or you’re starting to write your dissertation. We’re here to support you with these changes throughout your time here.
  • Success: We’re here to support your success- personally and academically. We do this by helping you access support you might need so that you can focus on your studies.
  • Progression: We provide exclusive support to help you achieve your post-university goals (or work out what they are) from your very first weeks at Leeds. From assessment centre practice runs to mentoring, we get you the support you need! We also have dedicated contacts within the Careers Centre, where you have priority support.
 

Who’s in the Plus Programme?

Most students don’t need to sign up to the Plus Programme, they’ll be added automatically because they meet this criteria. The types of students we work with include*:
  • Care leavers
  • Students who do not have parental support
  • Students entering University from an area of low participation
  • Undergraduate means-tested scholars
  • Leeds Masters Scholars
  • Students from ethnicities under-represented at University
  • Sanctuary Scholarship recipients
  • Former young carers
  • Students eligible for Access to Leeds, Reach for Excellence, Realising Opportunities and other contextual admissions schemes
*This list is not exhaustive and is developed on an ongoing basis in the response to the needs of different groups.
 
Currently, there are a few student groups who can join the Plus Programme after beginning studies. If you are involved in the Black Student Mentoring Scheme, spent time in public care, are a refugee, or have no contact with your parents and receive no financial or other support from them, you can apply to join the Plus Programme here
 

How can the Plus Programme Support Me?

We’re here to support you throughout your time at Leeds. Here’s how:
  • Signposting: Need an answer or some help? We know the university is huge, so let us know and we’ll direct you to the right place.
  • Events: We offer dozens of exclusive (and free) events all year to help you build your skills and feel comfortable at Leeds. 
  • Pastoral Support: If you ever need someone to talk to, listen or offer some advice about a problem you're having, please email us. We can arrange a call or discuss how you’re feeling over email.
  • The Opportunities Fund: Apply to the Opportunities Fund for financial support for professional development opportunities like internships, interviews and conferences.
  • Social Media Community: Join our Facebook group to meet other Plus Programme students, learn from others and find out about what’s happening this week. We also have a LinkedIn page where you can start building your network.
  • Estranged and Care Leaver Support: We offer dedicated support for students who are estranged or care experienced.
 

How can I get in touch with the Plus Programme? 

Currently we’re working remotely, but we are still available- get in touch from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Get in touch by sending us an email: theplusprogramme@leeds.ac.uk 
We are happy to arrange a call or video call if you would like to speak in person.
 

 

Who are we? 

Lisa Firth & Hannah Falvey – Plus Programme Administrators
 
Alex Ferguson & Lucy Holehan – Plus Programme Officers
 
Jenn Coates & Emily Towler Plus Programme Lead Officers