Life at Leeds | 15 October

There's so much to remember and do at the moment, new names and places, getting things like registering at the doctor’s done, finding your way around, and getting used to new systems, that at times it can be a bit overwhelming. 

This week, take some time away from everything and just listen; listen to the birds, the traffic, distant conversations, and the quarter-hour chimes of the bells in the Parkinson tower. 
If you're looking for a new friend, or want to discover campus and the city with your new friends, click here to find out what's on

Whatever you chose to do, enjoy the October sunshine and have a good week! 

~ Student communication team ~ 

Got a question? Contact the student information service, who can help you get the answers you need. 

3 tips on making your money work for you 

Tell us how you are feeling about money so we can look at ways that we can support you over the coming weeks. Here are our top three tips that can help you right now: 

  1. Use budgeting tools and sites to help you make the most of your money. Check out Save the Student - a site run by former students, which covers everything from the latest student discount deals to budgeting. This manage your money blog and our 5 money management tips article is also worth a read. 
  2. Be a savvy spender and use download money-saving apps on your phone. Businesses love students and will find ways to encourage you to spend with them. Check out our blog on 3 money-saving websites and apps that’ll help you save.  
  3. Get a part-time job to increase your income, and build your CV! Check out LUU’s Joblink for a range of jobs that can fit around your academic timetable and build future work skills at the same time. 

Bookings are now OPEN for our Volunteering Fair taking place on the 20 October through CareerFair+. Whether you’re passionate about supporting vulnerable adults and children or promoting art and culture, there should be something for everyone! We have a range of inspirational charities signed up, such as Leeds Mencap and St Gemma’s Hospice, so if you’re interested please do take a look at the group sessions and 1-on-1 appointments available. Take a look at the CareerFair+ app.  

LAST CHANCE: Apply for alternative exam arrangements 

The deadline for alternative exam arrangements is Friday 22 October. Find more details on alternative exam arrangements  


  • Use the new Digital Education Systems Help website for find step-by-step guides, introductory videos, FAQs, news, updates and information on training courses and events to help you with your studies. New content will be added to the website on a regular basis. 
  • If you need access to technical support, the quickest way to get help is to search the IT knowledgebase. If you can't find the answer you need, you can contact the IT Service Desk using the 'Something broken' or 'Request something' links on the IT homepage. 

PAID OPPORTUNITY: The Digital Education Service has is recruiting Student Ambassadors to provide disciplinary perspectives on the learning technologies and online and blended learning projects we support.  View the job ad for more details.  

NEED TO KNOW: Mitigating Circumstances guidance for you

What are Mitigating Circumstances?  Mitigating circumstances are normally exceptional, short-term, unforeseen and unpreventable events that may have a significantly disruptive effect on your ability to complete coursework or other assessments and revise for and attend on-campus assessments. These events are over and above the course of everyday life, and normally outside of your control. What does this mean to me? If you believe this applies to you during the course of your studies, please visit the dedicated webpage for Mitigating Circumstances, where you can find guidance on the types of mitigation for which you can apply (including extensions to coursework deadlines) and the application form.

Help limit the spread of Covid:   

  • READ the coronavirus rules, advice and guidance on Covid safety measures like mask wearing on campus 

  • GO get a jab. find out more about vaccinations including when and how to get a jab 

  • BOOK or collect a free COVID-19 lateral flow test. Remember: only take a lateral flow test if you are not showing any coronavirus symptoms – if you are showing symptoms, book a PCR test through the NHS.    

  • WEAR a facemask if you are asked to. Remember, everyone will feel differently about face masks and that’s okay. Try to keep a face mask with you while you’re on campus. Don’t worry if you don’t have one – there are free face coverings available across campus. 

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