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 UK-fee paying Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught 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 Service, where you have priority support.
 

Who’s in the Plus Programme?

Most eligible 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 (estranged)
  • Students entering University from an area of low participation
  • Undergraduate means-tested scholars
  • Leeds Masters Scholars
  • Students who enrol on The Black Student Peer Mentoring Scheme, Asian Student Mentoring Scheme or BAME PG Coaching Scheme.
  • Sanctuary Scholarship recipients
  • Former young carers
  • Students who completed or were offered a place on 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.
 

Can I join the Plus Programme?

Currently, there are a few student groups who can join the Plus Programme after beginning studies. Click one of the links below to see if you are eligible to self-refer to the Plus Programme:
 

 

 

How can the Plus Programme Support Me?

We’re here to support you throughout your time at Leeds. Here’s how:
  • Signposting: We know the university is huge and it can be difficult to know where to go if you need some help. If you ever need an answer or some help, get in touch with us and we’ll be able to 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. You’ll also receive exclusive or priority access to lots of events at the Careers Service.
  • The LUU Clubs and Societies Fund: Join a club or society with LUU and you might be eligible to receive some of your membership reimbursed.
  • The LUU Associated Costs Fund: As long as you meet the eligiblity criteria, you might be eligible to receive up to £200 reimbursed from costs you incur as a society member.
  • The Opportunities Fund: Apply to the Opportunities Fund for financial support for professional development opportunities like internships, interviews and conferences.
  • Weekly Activity Updates: Every week we bring you news of the best activity from all over campus and the city of Leeds, direct to your inbox so you don’t miss a thing.
  • Mentoring Opportunities: A range of schemes enabling you to have a go at mentoring other Plus Programme students as well as being mentored by professionals.
  • Social Media Community: Follow us on Instagram 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 and find out about current student friendly vacancies.
  • 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’re still available to get in touch with 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. You can get in touch by sending us an email at theplusprogramme@leeds.ac.uk
We’re also happy to arrange a call or video call if you would like to speak in-person.
 

Who are we? 

Lisa Firth and Liv Powell – Plus Programme Administrators
 
Elen Rose, Jenn Coates, and Alex Ferguson – Plus Programme Lead Officers
 
Sherry Iqbal – PGR Diversity Officer (Student Success)
 
Dr Sally Osei-Appiah – PGR Diversity Lead Officer (Student Success)