Newsletter sent to undergraduate and postgraduates on 9 October
Hello! As we approach the end of the second week of the semester, you may be looking for advice and support with your online learning. So, this week’s newsletter includes information and guidance on being an online learner, as well as how to access the software you need from anywhere.
If you’re in Leeds, don’t forget that campus is open for you. There are a number spaces on campus where you can study, on your own or with friends (all socially distanced, of course). Just drop-in, bring along your device and a pair of headphones, and log onto the wifi to engage in your online learning. Or maybe use a study space to get together and discuss a topic you are studying as a group. If you prefer silent individual study, book a spot in one of the Libraries. The library team has also written this useful blog on using the libraries this year.
From this week onwards, the University is sharing the number of positive covid-19 cases that have been reported by our students and staff. To ensure you get the help and support you need, we’ve included a reminder of how to report that you’re self-isolating or have tested positive for covid-19, and who else you should tell. We’re also pointing you towards all the resources, help and support that are available to you.
Self-isolation support and guidance
We’ve created a new section on our ‘For Students’ website, covering all the self-isolation advice and guidance we’ve previously shared. Within it, you’ll find advice on:
- getting food and essential supplies
- getting started with your course
- health-care and what do if you’re ill
- tips and advice on looking after yourself and others
- staying safe
- who you’ll need to tell if you are self-isolating or have tested positive for covid-19
Need further advice and guidance? Check out the updated guidance on our coronavirus website, this includes the number of cases among our staff and students. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact LUU Help and Support for help and advice.
Do you know how to get help in an emergency? If you’re unsure of who to contact in an emergency, and what you need to do, read through our advice on who to contact in an emergency. Bookmark it, write it down or save the numbers in your phone – please keep the numbers somewhere nearby so that you can access them if you or your friends need help in an emergency.
Online learning support
Most students will have a combination of online and face-to-face learning activities this year. To make sure you get the most out of your studies, it’s important that you feel confident with the systems you’re using and your own skills. Read our online learning support to discover what being an online learner means, how you can prepare for your online classes, and how to navigate the different online learning and virtual classroom systems that you may encounter during your studies. There’s also a list of all the different tools and applications you can use – take a look so you know what to use when and where to go for help if needed.
Need to access software remotely? Use the Virtual Windows Desktop (VWD) to get access to the software you need to support your studies without needing to install it on your own laptop. The VWD lets you access a wide range of software (similar to that found in the computer clusters on campus) wherever you are and whenever you need it. Just log on to the VWD and click the AppsAnywhere link on the desktop.
Whether you’re looking to make friends, or to widen your experience, there’s lots of ways to get involved...
- Looking to meet new people and explore campus in a covid-secure way? Join an LUU club or society or check out upcoming virtual and in-person events organised by LUU and other students.
- Join the Virtual Volunteering Fair on Tuesday 20th October to find out about a wide range of volunteering roles (mostly virtual) - in the community, with LUU volunteering societies and through University volunteering schemes. To sign up please download the CareerFair+ App in Google Play & App Store or visit the CareersFair+ website and search for University of Leeds.
- If you’re heading onto campus, you can find local trasnsport information and the lastest info on car parking online.
- If you’re an international student, you can join the International Student Welcome sessions on Thursday 15 October where you can meet other new students and hear about opportunities to make the most of your international experience. There are a number of sessions running, sign up to a session of your choice.
- International students can also talk to a current student! While you’re settling in, we know it’s good to be able to talk to other students from around the world who know Leeds and the University. Contact our friendly Link to Leeds student ambassadors. You can email them, live chat or meet them at one of the Zoom Social events.
Don’t forget past editions of our newsletters are available online. We’ll be in touch again soon. Until then, stay safe and take care!
Best wishes from the Student Communications Team