Life at Leeds | 12 November

COP 26, the global climate summit that’s been taking place in Glasgow in Scotland for the last two weeks finishes today, after a second week of negotiations to tackle the challenges facing planet Earth as the climate crisis worsens.

Whether you’ve been following closely, or just heard the headlines, there’s lots you can do right now to get involved and make your difference. 

  1. We’re currently recruiting 12 Student Sustainability Architects to join the Sustainability Service in a paid, part-time job. Find out more and apply now  

  1. Have your say in a  Sustainability Skills survey, which is open until 14th November so don’t wait and contribute to valuable research now!  

  1. Volunteer in the Sustainable Garden on campus - email to find out more, or volunteer with Leeds City Parks and Countryside Service

  1. Find ways to be a (more) sustainable student, from traveling to campus, at home and with food and shopping. 

Stay safe, stay healthy and enjoy your weekend.  

~ The student communications team ~  

If you have a question, remember our student information service is available online and in-person, on campus, to help you get the answers and support you need.  


Don’t miss your chance to review the new values and behaviours that will guide our University community into the future. 

Check your email for your unique link to the draft values framework (from our partners Clever Together) and feed back what you feel is strong, wrong, or missing in an anonymous survey. 

The Big Leeds Conversation survey closes on Friday 12 November. For more information, or if you have difficulties accessing the survey, please see our Frequently Asked Questions


Every year, the World100 Tracker survey measures the reputations of leading UK universities with students, parents, academics, alumni and the general public. Each month of the year, they ask a different audience for their views and this month, they want to hear from students.

The surveys can give universities like ours valuable insights into how we (and others) are seen by these different groups and track how our reputation may be changing over time. 

The survey takes five minutes to complete and is completely anonymous so make sure you share your views


It’s not Christmas yet but if you are an international student, you can now book festive day visits and festive overnight visits with a British family with Host UK. Why not get it in your calendar now so you can look forward to over the next couple of months! Find out more and book visits

WHAT NEXT? A plan for you, and the University 


  • Want less prompts from Duo two-factor authentication? Of course, you do! From Monday, switch on a remembered device feature, and for many applications you’ll only need to authenticate once every 30 days. It’s quickest on a mobile, so if you’re using SMS messages to get your Duo code, why not try the app instead?  

  • Seen the Digital Education Systems Help website yet, which provides task-oriented help and guidance with step-by-step guides, updates, and details of training courses to help you throughout the academic year?  


WIN MONEY AND VOUCHERS: Tell us what you think 

  • Tell us what you think of LeedsforLife for the chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher.  
    In September, we updated the LeedsforLife vision, website and introduced two new digital tools: PebblePad and StREAM. What do you think of them? Let us know how we can continue to improve your student experience. 

  • Have your voice heard in the Library (without being sshhh’d) - tell us about your experience of the Library and the services it provides. For a chance to win one of five £50 Love2Shop vouchers. Past feedback has led to changes to opening hours, allowing hot drinks, improvements to study spaces and better access to plug sockets.  

  • Sprinkle your order with some Christmas magic and win a free KeepCup and £25 voucher by checking out the new food and drinks range on campus magic 

ICMYI: Check out these free courses 

  • Sign up to the free Union Black 6-hour online learning course until 3 December on Britain’s black cultures and steps to anti-racism. Challenge racial myths and biases in Britain through the lens of Black cultures and develop your commitment to lasting change. Sign up via the Santander Scholarships Platform to take part in the course and be in with a chance of winning one of 50 scholarships of £500. Don’t forget to look at Union Black on the alumni website too.  

  • Are you an artist? Join a free online course on caring for your Artwork on Tuesday 23 November 2021, 12:15 – 13:15 Get practical advice on the conservation and care of your artwork.  

  • Check out LinkedIn learning courses reccomended for students  

STAYING SAFE: links, awareness and getting home for £1 

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