School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Welcome to the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (FAHACS)!  We are excited that you are joining a rich and vibrant community.  You will have many opportunities to participate and contribute.  This information will help you within your first week.  We recognise you will have many questions.  Here you will find everything you need to know about starting (or returning to) your studies.

Make sure you read the ‘All Students’ information 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 have also included some helpful links at the bottom to direct you to anything else you might need.

If you are 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? 

Both new and returning students must register and enrol onto optional modules online.  It is important that you keep an eye on your University email.  The University uses Outlook.  You can find a Student Guide to Microsoft 365 including Outlook here

Your university email is an important way for us to communicate with you.  Please monitor your emails even before arrival.

What is the approach to teaching on my programme?

All teaching is now digitally enhanced, face to face learning.  Teaching is delivered through a series of on campus lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as other face to face sessions for all programmes at all levels of study.

Where can I go for support?  

Our Student Support Officer is Alison Martin who you can contact by email:  Alison is able to have a confidential conversation with you in person or online during difficult times such as if you are unwell or something unexpected happens in your life. 

For module choice, enrolment, Minerva and taught student support enquiries email 

For exam and assessment enquiries email  

For timetabling and tutorial allocation queries email 

You can also approach your Programme Manager or Academic Personal Tutors for any support or guidance that you need.

2022-23 Programme Managers:

Richard Bell

BA Fine Art
BA Fine Art with Contemporary Cultural Theory
BA Fine Art with History of Art

Dr Richard Checketts

BA History of Art
MA Social History of Art

Dr Dibyadyuti Roy

BA History of Art with Cultural Studies
BA Cultural and Media Studies (semester 2)

Dr Claudia Sternberg

BA Cultural and Media Studies (semester 1)

Dr Robert Knifton

MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies

Dr Helen Graham

MA Arts Management and Heritage Studies
MA Curating Science

Dr Barbara Engh

MA Critical and Cultural Theory

Dr Cesar Cornejo

MA Fine Art

Prof Abigail Harrison Moore

Developing Teacher’s Research and Practice
Registrars: Training for the Future


We look forward to meeting you on Monday 26th September 2022.  It is expected that you will be in Leeds from this date onwards.  Your induction timetable is available on My Timetable and instructions on how to view this are available here.

There are a range of events throughout induction week to help familiarise you with the School and the staff on your programme.  You will also be able to meet your fellow students.

There are some key events and these include:

  • A Head of School Welcome meeting
  • A meeting level and programme specific meeting with your Programme Leader
  • Fine Art Studio tours
  • A whole school welcome social at the Audrey and Stanley Burton Gallery.  Please note, that this will not be on your timetable but you are very welcome to attend from 5pm on Thursday 29th September.

How will I have my say on my programme and in the School? 

There are many ways for you to contribute to the running of the School.  New students will be able to put themselves forward to become Student Leaders.  Student Leaders and School Representatives work closely with staff which forms a key way for students and staff to work together to build community.  There is a Staff Student Partnership Forum which meets twice per semester.  Individually, students have a number of opportunities to comment and provide feedback on their modules.

You can also approach your Programme Leader, Module Leader and Academic Personal Tutor at any time via email or during office hours.

There is also the opportunity at the end of every module for you to provide feedback which is a valuable part of the teaching and learning process.  At the end of each module, you will receive an email inviting you to complete a survey about your module.  It is very important to fill in these surveys so that modules can be improved for the future.

I’m a new student

How will I meet my Academic Personal Tutor? How will academic personal tutoring work? 

You will have the opportunity to meet your Academic Personal Tutor in the first two weeks of teaching. You will also have individual meetings throughout the year and these will be arranged by your Academic Personal Tutor. You are free to contact your Academic Personal Tutor at any time throughout the year.  

How will I find out more about my programme? 

During Induction Week, you will meet your Programme Leader who will give you an overview of what to expect.  This is also an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

How will I get to know other students? 

Your School Reps and Student Leaders are working on plans for upcoming events.

Induction Week and the first few weeks of teaching are opportunities for you to attend a range of events, lectures and seminars which give you the chance to meet people in different contexts.

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

It is important that you develop a familiarity with Minerva which is the key virtual learning platform that the University uses.  This is how you will access all of the information about your modules.  The Student Guide for Minerva can be found here.

It may also be useful to look at the Student Guides to digital education systems here.

Any subject specific software requirements will be introduced to you in your programme introduction.

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

Course representatives are called Student Leaders in FAHACS and are important in representing your views in the School. Student Leaders are empowered to make positive student-led change to improve the student experience. The role involves liaising with and representing your peers by participating in the Staff Student Partnership Forum.  Student Leaders have the opportunity to organise social events and in recent years this has included film nights, pizza evenings and trips to museums and galleries.

Nominations for Level 1 and TPG Student Leaders will open at the beginning of induction week and voting takes place shortly after nominations close.  Do keep an eye on your emails for both nominations and voting.

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

There are no specific ones for the school but lots of societies are offered via Leeds University Union.  Current Student Leaders are exploring the possibility of a School based Art Society.  The School does have a student-led art magazine: Artifex.

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

Different modules use different forms of assessment. They are set out in the module catalogue and will be explained by your tutors.  Your tutors will give you full support for assessments and offer advice. Assessments are weighted and your final mark for all modules is a combination of all the marks for required assessments for that module.

We offer a range of academic support including:

As new students, a key part of teaching will be to introduce you to the way that assessment works at university. 

I’m a returning student

How will my programme be delivered this year? 

All teaching is now digitally enhanced, face to face learning.  Teaching will be delivered through a series of on campus lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as other face to face sessions for all programmes at all levels of study.

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