School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Welcome to the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting or returning to your studies. 

Scroll to the section that applies to you – new student, returning student or taught postgraduate 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.

I’m a new student          

What do I need to do before I arrive?

If there are any specific things you need to do before you arrive, you will be contacted directly by members of your subject area, so keep an eye on your email.

What does my induction timetable look like?

Induction timetable

You will be invited to an online school Welcome Meeting on Monday 20th September and you will also be invited to a meeting in your Subject Area in the same week. If you are studying more than one subject you will either be invited to a combined Subject Area meeting, such as French and Linguistics, or two separate meetings. Each of these meetings will automatically appear on your timetable.

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

You will experience a mix of online and face-to-face sessions while we continue to respond safely to the pandemic. It will be clear on your timetable which sessions are which.

How will tutorials/seminars, practical or lab sessions be managed?

Small group sessions such as seminars and tutorials will be face-to-face wherever possible, so that you get the best experience we can offer.

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

You will be contacted by your Academic Personal Tutor during the week starting 20th September and they will arrange to meet you during Introduction week.

Where can I go for support?

Your Academic Personal Tutor will be able to help with any questions you might have and they will be able to direct you to other sources of support. If you have a general enquiry about your programme or your modules you can email the LCS Student Support Office here: lcsstudentoffice@leeds.ac.uk

You can also access free online personal support through Togetherall and contact the university’s student counselling service here: https://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/100001/counselling_and_wellbeing

There’s lots of information about study skills at https://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1401/academic_skills

You will find lots of useful resources on the Leeds University Union site as well: https://www.luu.org.uk/

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

Your Academic Personal Tutor is the best person to contact for extra academic support, and they will be able to guide you to other resources too.

How will I find out more about my programme?

You will be invited to an induction meeting that will tell you about each component of your programme, so you might have more than one meeting. If you are a single honours student you will attend just one meeting. These meetings are run by the tutors who will be teaching your programme and who can provide you with all relevant details. Please note these meetings are in addition to the School Welcome Meetings that are held on Monday 20th September.

How will I get to know other students?

We will do all we can to make sure you meet other students in person and online. Each subject area will be organising different activities to help with this, and you will be invited to a range of different events once you have joined us.

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the school of Languages, Cultures and Societies?

You will arrive in time for the week starting 20th September and you will be invited to a school welcome meeting on your first day. During this meeting we will provide you with up-to-date information about what is happening and when. Please note that your teaching will start in the following week.

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

Any specialist equipment that you need to use will be fully explained to you as part of your module teaching.

Where can I access resources for my degree?  

We will provide you with everything you need to succeed on your programme, and this will be discussed with you during teaching sessions.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?

Each module tutor will discuss the reading requirements with you. For some modules you might be guided to a key text, but these are usually available electronically, so there is no need to buy lots of books before you arrive.

What facilities are available for my course, and how can I take advantage of them?

Please find the information on study spaces that are open and bookable for your use across the university here

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

Our course reps collect feedback about modules, programmes and all aspects of teaching and they form a vital link between student feedback and all our future plans for teaching. We will be asking for volunteer course reps in the first few weeks of teaching, so listen out for these important opportunities.

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

Your individual subject areas will tell you all about the societies that are connected with the subjects you are studying. Do join these groups to make sure you start to develop social contacts as early as possible.

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

We do not have a peer mentoring scheme in LCS but if you would like to speak to an upper level student in your subject area you can ask your Academic Personal Tutor to help organise this.

How does assessment work on my programme?

You will be assessed using a range of tasks and approaches. Each module leader will explain the assessment pattern on the module they teach. There is full support on academic skills available to you via the skills@library webpages and key skills teaching will also take place in your core modules.

 

I’m a returning student

How will my programme be delivered this year?

Small group sessions such as seminars and tutorials will be face-to-face wherever possible, but larger groups and big lectures will still be online.

How will my learning experience be different to last year?

We are planning many more face-to-face sessions now that we are able to do so, and this means you are going to experience a much more balanced mix of online and ‘live’ teaching.

What do I need to do before I arrive?

If there are any specific things you need to do before you arrive, you will be contacted directly by members of your subject area, so keep an eye on your email.

What does my induction timetable look like?

Induction timetable

You will be invited to an online school Welcome Meeting on Monday 20th September and you will also be invited to a meeting in your Subject Area. These meetings will automatically appear on your timetable.

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

You will experience a mix of online and face-to-face sessions while we continue to respond safely to the pandemic. It will be clear on your timetable which sessions are which.

How will tutorials/seminars, practical or lab sessions be managed?

Small group sessions such as seminars and tutorials will be face-to-face wherever possible, so that you get the best experience we can offer.

How will I meet my academic personal tutor? 

You will be contacted by your Academic Personal Tutor during the week starting 20th September.

Where can I go for support?

Your Academic Personal Tutor will be able to help with any questions you might have and they will be able to direct you to other sources of support. If you have a general enquiry about your programme or your modules you can email the LCS Student Support Office here: lcsstudentoffice@leeds.ac.uk

You can also access free online personal support through Togetherall and contact the university’s student counselling service here: https://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/100001/counselling_and_wellbeing

There’s lots of information about study skills at https://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1401/academic_skills

You will find lots of useful resources on the Leeds University Union site as well: https://www.luu.org.uk/

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

Your Academic Personal Tutor is the best person to contact for extra academic support, and they will be able to guide you to other resources too.

How will I get to know other students?

We will do all we can to make sure you meet other students in person and online. Each subject area will be organising different activities to help with this, and you will be invited to a range of different events once you have joined us in Leeds.

What facilities are available for my course, and how can I take advantage of them?

Please find the information on study spaces that are open and bookable for your use across the university here

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

As you will already know, our course reps collect feedback about modules, programmes and all aspects of teaching and they form a vital link between student feedback and all our future plans for teaching. We will be asking for volunteer course reps in the first few weeks of teaching, so listen out for these important opportunities.

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

Now we will be on campus much more, you might want to listen out for information about school societies. Your individual subject areas will tell you all about the societies that are connected with the subjects you are studying. Do join these groups to make sure you start to develop your social contacts.

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

We do not have a peer mentoring scheme in LCS but if you would like to speak to an upper level student in your subject area you can ask your Academic Personal Tutor to help organise this.

I’m a postgraduate student

What do I need to do before I arrive?

If there are any specific things you need to do before you arrive, you should have already been contacted by the manager of your MA degree programme with details of any pre-programme preparation tasks. Please keep an eye on your email for any upcoming correspondence from the manager of your MA degree programme.

How will my programme be delivered this year?

You will experience a mix of online and face-to-face sessions while we continue to respond safely to the pandemic. It will be clear on your timetable which sessions are which.

What does my induction timetable look like?

During Induction Week you will be invited to a school PGT welcome meeting and a second student support meeting. This academic year, these meetings will take place online.

In addition, you will be invited to an induction session for your MA degree programme, and some MA programmes will also organise an icebreaker session, offering an opportunity for you to meet your peers and tutors.

How will tutorials/seminars, practical or lab sessions be managed?

Small group session such as seminars and tutorials will be face-to-face wherever possible, so that you get the best experience we can offer.

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

You will be contacted by your Academic Personal Tutor during induction week or shortly thereafter and he/she/they will then schedule a first tutorial with you. You will have a total of four scheduled personal tutorials with your Academic Personal Tutor over the course of your studies, two in each semester. 

Where can I go for support? 

Your Academic Personal Tutor will be able to help with any questions you might have and they will be able to direct you to other sources of support. If you have a general enquiry about your programme or your modules you can email the LCS Student Support Office here: lcsstudentoffice@leeds.ac.uk

You can also contact your MA Programme Manager for academic support:

Subject Areas

Programme

Manager

Contact

AIMES

Arabic-English Translation MAA-ET

Dr Ahmed Elgindy

A.Elgindy@leeds.ac.uk

CTS

Audio Visual Translation Studies MAAVTS

Dr Sara Ramos Pinto (Semester 1); Dr Carlo Eugeni (Semester 2)

 

S.RamosPinto@leeds.ac.uk

 

C.Eugeni@leeds.ac.uk

 

Applied Translation Studies (MAATS)

Dr Callum Walker

C.M.Walker@leeds.ac.uk

 

Business and Public Service Interpreting and Translation Studies (MABPSITS)

Lihong Pan

L.Pan1@leeds.ac.uk

 

Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies (MACITS)

Lihong Pan

L.Pan1@leeds.ac.uk

 

PGDip Applied Translation Studies

Dr Callum Walker

C.M.Walker@leeds.ac.uk

 

PGDip Business and Public Service Interpreting

Lihong Pan

L.Pan1@leeds.ac.uk

 

PGDip Conference Interpreting

Lihong Pan

L.Pan1@leeds.ac.uk

LCS

Film Studies

Dr Christopher Homewood

C.J.Homewood@leeds.ac.uk

 

Professional Languages and Intercultural Studies (MAPLIS)

Dr Haynes Collins

H.Collins@leeds.ac.uk

Linguistics

Linguistics

Dr Clare Wright

C.E.M.wright@leeds.ac.uk

 

Linguistics and English Language Teaching (ELT)

Dr Clare Wright

C.E.M.wright@leeds.ac.uk

 

You can access free online personal support through Togetherall and contact the university’s student counselling service here: https://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/100001/counselling_and_wellbeing

There’s lots of information about study skills on the University of Leeds Skills@Library website (https://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1401/academic_skills) and on the Step up to Masters pages (https://resources.library.leeds.ac.uk/step-up-to-masters/index.html).

You will find lots of useful resources on the Leeds University Union site as well: https://www.luu.org.uk/

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

Your Academic Personal Tutor is the best person to contact for extra academic support, and they will be able to guide you to other resources too.

How will I find out more about my programme?

You will be invited to an induction meeting for your MA degree programme during Induction Week. The meeting will be run by the MA Programme Manager who will provide you with relevant details about your degree programme. For future reference, you can also find information about your degree programme on the online Programme Catalogue.  

How will I get to know other students?

We will do all we can to make sure you meet other students in person and online. Each subject area will be organising different activities to help with this, and you will be invited to a range of different events once you have joined us. The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures also hosts an Interconnections Project which is exclusively for postgraduates (Masters students and postgraduate researchers). Interconnections aims to create spaces where postgraduates can meet, relax and develop friendships across different disciplines through a series of social and cultural events both on and off campus.

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies?

You will arrive in Induction Week and you will be invited to a school PGT welcome meeting in the first two days as well as to MA-specific induction sessions. During these meeting we will provide you with more information about events and activities you can join. This academic year, these meetings will take place online.

Your MA programme may also organise an icebreaker session, offering an opportunity for you to get to know your peers and tutors. 

Note that your teaching will start in the following week.

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

Any specialist equipment that you need to use will be fully explained to you as part of your module teaching.

Where can I access resources for my studies?  

We will provide you with everything you need to succeed on your programme, and this will be discussed with you during teaching sessions.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

Each module tutor will discuss the reading requirements with you. For some modules you might be guided to a key text, but these are usually available electronically, so there is no need to buy lots of books before you arrive.

What facilities are available for my course, and how can I take advantage of them?

Please find the information on study spaces that are open and bookable for your use across the university here.

Where relevant, students will have access to dedicated ICT facilities as part of their programme of study.

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

Our course representatives collect feedback about modules, programmes and all aspects of teaching and they form a vital link between student feedback and all our future plans for teaching. We will be asking for volunteer course reps in the first few weeks of teaching, so listen out for these important opportunities.

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

Your individual subject areas will tell you all about the societies that are connected with the subjects you are studying. Do join these groups to make sure you start to develop social contacts as early as possible. You may also wish to join any of the many societies run under the Leeds University Union umbrella. Information on these societies can be found here.

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

We do not have a peer mentoring scheme in LCS but if you would like to speak to an upper level student in your subject area you can ask your Academic Personal Tutor to help organise this.

How does assessment work on my programme?

You will be assessed using a range of tasks and approaches. Each module leader will explain the assessment pattern on the module they teach. There is full support on academic skills available to you via the skills@library webpages, including amongst others on essay writing, oral presentations and exam preparation.

Where can I find relevant career information for postgraduate students? 

The university provides relevant career information through its Careers Centre, which offers a range of services, including drop-in guidance, CV checking and the organisation of recruitment fairs (https://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk/ and https://mycareer.leeds.ac.uk).

Additional careers information, including on jobs, summer internships and work placements, can be found on the LCS Employability website

School Minerva Organisation

The school Minerva organisation can be found here.

Other useful links