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 your studies. 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.

WHAT DO I NEED  TO DO BEFORE I ARRIVE?

Just keep an eye on your email – members of your subject area will be in touch with any specific things you need to do before you arrive. 

HOW WILL I GET TO KNOW OTHER STUDENTS? 

Despite the unique circumstances we find ourselves in, we’ll do all we can to make sure you meet other students online. Each subject area will be organising different activities to help with this and you’ll be invited to a range of different events once you have joined us. 

Leeds University Union also have welcome activities planned for you.

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. It’s a good idea to join these groups as early as possible to start making contacts. For information on clubs and societies check out the Leeds University pages.

WILL I BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND FACE-TO-FACE SESSIONS? 

Most of our teaching is going to be online while we all manage these strange times. Any face-to-face sessions will be organised with you once you’re here. 

HOW WILL PRACTICAL OR LAB SESSIONS BE MANAGED? 

Any practical sessions will be held online. 

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

HOW WILL I HAVE MY SAY ON MY PROGRAMME AND SCHOOL? 

There are plenty of opportunities to contribute your views as part of our Student-Staff forums organised by your individual subject areas. . 

HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON THE DELIVERY OF MY MODULES? 

In LCS we routinely collect feedback mid-module so that we can quickly make any changes if we need to. Each module leader will show you how to do this via the Minerva module area. We also collect your feedback at the end of every module. 

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’ll be asking for volunteer course reps in the first few weeks, so listen out for these important opportunities. 

ARE THERE ANY PEER MENTORING SCHEMES OPERATING IN MY SCHOOL?  

We don’t 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 AND WHAT SUPPORT IS PROVIDED WITH ACADEMIC SKILLS? 

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. 

WHERE CAN I GO FOR SUPPORT?  

Every student is assigned an Academic Personal Tutor for academic support and guidance. Your Academic Personal Tutor will be able to help with any questions and they’ll 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.

There’s lots of information about study skills and you’ll find lots of useful resources on the Leeds University Union site as well.

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