School of English

Welcome to the School of English! Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting (or returning to) your studies.

Make sure you read the ‘all students’ info first – this covers things like tasks you need to complete before the start of term, safety procedures on your course and where to go for more information or support.

Then scroll to the section that applies to you – new student or returning student. We’ve also included some helpful links at the bottom to direct you to anything else you might need.

If you’re a postgraduate researcher, find your faculty welcome and induction information to help you get started

All students:

What do I need to do before I arrive? 

If you’re a new student please log into our Portal and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Minerva (minerva.leeds.ac.uk) with your IT credentials which you should get shortly after accepting your place. Once in Minerva, we suggest that you navigate through the resources in the English Organisation (which can be found under ‘Learn’ > Organisations) to familiarise yourself with information relating to the School of English. Take a look at the School Handbook (available under UG Key Information, Handbooks and Forms in the content menu on the left side of the screen in the English Organisation) – this covers most of the basic information you’ll need to know about studying in the School. 

How will practical or lab sessions be managed? 

The only students doing any practical activity are BA English Literature and Theatre Studies, so if that’s you, don’t worry. The studio floors are marked-up to encourage social distancing and we’ve calculated maximum occupancy levels which will be displayed clearly at entrance points. Class sizes will not exceed these levels. Entrance and exit will be managed with signage, hand sanitation stations will be at the entrances, and places will be cleaned before each use.  

Where can I go for support?  

Help and support are always available – please get in touch if you are unsure about anything relating to your course, support, or general university life.  
 
The first port of call for most students is the Student Education Service team, who can be contacted via ugenglish@leeds.ac.uk.  
 
Other key contacts include: 
 
Programme Leaders

BA English Literature: Professor Michael Brennan (m.g.brennan@leeds.ac.uk

BA English Language and Literature: Dr Catherine Batt (c.j.batt@leeds.ac.uk

BA English Literature with Creative Writing: Dr Kimberly Campanello (k.a.campanello@leeds.ac.uk

BA English Literature and Theatre Studies: Dr Mark Taylor-Batty (m.j.taylorbatty@leeds.ac.uk

BA Joint Honours with English: Dr Brett Greatley-Hirsch (b.d.greatleyhirsch@leeds.ac.uk
 
SES Team

Student Education Service Manager: Charlotte Heslop (c.l.m.heslop@leeds.ac.uk
Student Support Officer: Rosie Stoker (r.k.stoker@leeds.ac.uk

How will I have my say on my programme and school? 

We welcome your comments at any time – our Student Education Service Manager holds a weekly ‘Student Voice’ drop-in session (Fridays 12-1), where you can share any feedback, concerns or questions. We also collect feedback in the following ways:  

  • Module surveys - conducted for each individual module usually via a questionnaire.  
  • Programme surveys – an annual student survey on each programme of study.  
  • National Student Survey - students in the final year of their degree programme will be asked to fill out the National Student Survey.  
  • Student: Staff Forum – where students can raise issues concerning teaching with the student representative for their programme/level. 

The feedback collected from students is analysed and feeds into the School or Faculty’s annual Student Education Action Plan on teaching.  

I’m a new student:

How will I meet my academic personal tutor? How will academic personal tutoring work? 

Every student is assigned to a personal tutor to provide academic support and guidance. Induction week will include a group meeting with your personal tutor and fellow level one students assigned to that tutor. Check your University email account for the invitation to this meeting. Your personal tutor may not be someone who teaches you but will be a tutor within one of your parent School’s subject areas. They will invite you to an individual meeting at least once a semester but you can also ask for a meeting with them in between these scheduled meetings or contact them by email if there is something you want to discuss.  

How will I find out more about my programme? 

You can access an outline of your programme, listing all compulsory and optional modules and giving a breakdown of programme requirements, using the online Programme Catalogue

You can also raise any programme specific queries with your programme leader. 

How will I get to know other students? 

There will be plenty of social events organised by the peer mentoring scheme, school reps and interns, and the English Society (see more information below), as well as weekly peer sessions for each of your modules. 

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the SCHOOL OF ENGLISH? 

There will be a welcome talk from your programme leader, and a welcome meeting with your personal tutor and tutor group. There will be activities organised by the English Society, who are planning a virtual (online) picnic, movie night, and book group. There will be an online social event organised by the peer mentor scheme, as well as smaller group meetings and activities organised by your peer mentors. 

What opportunities are there for me to be involved in the school community?

Over the semester we will offer a wide range of extracurricular activity, and we will hold as much of this on campus as we can within the safety guidance. These sessions will be recorded, and will include poetry readings, degree support sessions, and English Exchange events where you will have the chance to meet your lecturers and find out more about their work and interests. Later in the term we also hope to offer you some face-to-face peer sessions alongside those we will continue to run online. Over the coming weeks we will develop and finalise our plan for Semester 2 teaching.  

Are there any specialist software or systems that I need for my programme and where do I find out information about it?  

No.

What is the role of course representatives and how do I volunteer? 

Course representatives take responsibility for gathering the ideas, opinions and concerns of other students and reporting them to the School of English for consideration (via Student: Staff forum, or in collaboration with key members of academic and support staff).  
 
Course representatives are elected by the student body of the school – if you are interested in becoming a course rep, you will have an opportunity to gather signatures from your fellow students to indicate their support for your election to the role. Successful course representatives sit on the Student: Staff Forum, which is organised by the Deputy Director of Student Education and the School Representative.  

Are there any societies I can join for the school/programme?

Yes! You will be introduced to members of the English Society during induction week, but we suggest that you look them up on Facebook or on the LUU webpages to get to know them before you arrive. Joint honours students may also be interested in joining the subject societies for their second subject, if there is one – you can search all student societies here.  

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

Yes. Peer mentors are upper-level undergraduate students and are able to offer informal advice on choosing modules, finding your way around the campus, getting involved with societies, and general university life. You’ll hear more about this via email including details of first meetings with your peer mentor and peers, as well as social events and activities they are organising. All new students in the School are assigned a peer mentor but if you would prefer to opt-out just email the Student Support Officer, Rosie Stoker (R.K.Stoker@leeds.ac.uk) to let her know.  

How does assessment work on my programme and what support is provided with academic skills? 

Assessment is tailored to the level of study, the subject material, the method of delivery and the learning outcomes. You can check the approved forms of assessment for each module in the module catalogue, and module tutors will introduce and discuss them with you.  

Support for academic skills is available through module tutors, writing mentors and your academic tutor. Module tutors offer weekly consultation hours during semester to discuss assignments, your work or ask any questions. Writing mentors are usually current doctoral students, who offer guidance on all aspects of academic writing and how to improve your work on work that has already been marked (they do not provide comments on work-in-progress). You can sign up for a mentor and make an appointment online via Minerva once you start. Your academic personal tutor can advise and support you on academic matters with weekly consultation hours during the teaching semester. 

The English Organisation in Minerva also has a section on assessment and feedback plus an optional course - Studying and Researching English. 

You’ll also find online resources via University website, including Skills@Library

 

I’m a returning student:

How will my programme be delivered this year? 

With the exception of our practical Theatre sessions (see above), your seminars and lectures will remain online this semester. They will be there for you all every week and we will also run weekly online office hours, regular one-to-one supervisions, and informal peer sessions to help you meet and catch up with others on your course. Over the semester we will offer a wide range of extracurricular activity, and we will hold as much of this on campus as we can within the safety guidance. These sessions will be recorded, and will include poetry readings, degree support sessions, and English Exchange events where you will have the chance to meet your lecturers and find out more about their work and interests. Later in the term we also hope to offer you some face-to-face peer sessions alongside those we will continue to run online. Over the coming weeks we will develop and finalise our plan for Semester 2 teaching.  

 

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