School of Media and Communications

Welcome to the School of Media and Communication. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting and returning to your studies.

Scroll to the section that applies to you – new student,  returning student or 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?

Check the Flying Start website for information about studying in the School.

We will contact you in September with all of the information you need, so please keep checking your inbox regularly. 

What does my induction timetable look like?

Induction Timetable

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

We remain fully committed to ensuring the safety of all staff and students, but we do recognise that face-to-face teaching is essential for a rewarding learning experience. 

Our intention is that face-to-face teaching will be the norm for small group teaching and many of our practical sessions. We expect you to attend campus for teaching activities such as seminars, tutorials, some practical classes and group discussions as they’ll form an essential and significant part of your student experience. You’ll also be able to use spaces on campus for social and group learning activities, including our libraries.   

Many large lectures and equivalent events will be online using the latest digital learning technology, as part of our blended approach to learning and teaching. Others will be delivered in multi-mode with some students joining in person and others online. This allows you to engage with these elements of your learning at a time, place and pace that suits you, to give you the best possible experience. If travel restrictions remain in place for some of our international students, this also provides a more flexible approach to accommodate their needs. Wherever practical, multi-modal sessions will be available both synchronously (at a specific time, on a specific day) and asynchronously (on demand). 

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

You will meet your academic personal tutor during induction week. Academic personal tutoring will support students as they work towards their academic and personal goals by using a new range of digital systems, including PebblePad and Learning Analytics. 

Where can I go for support? 

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

If you feel that you need extra support on a specific module during your degree, we recommend that you contact the module leader. All module leaders hold office hours where you can get in touch with any questions you may have, and receive some additional guidance.

If you find you are struggling more generally with an aspect of your degree, get in touch with your academic personal tutor, and they will be able to help.

How will I find out more about my programme?

During induction week, you will meet your programme leader, who will explain the structure of your degree for this academic year, and the next two years, so you know what to expect. You can also ask questions about your programme at any time by getting in touch with your programme leader. 

How will I get to know other students?

When you arrive, you will be grouped up into Media Families, with a student in their second, third of fourth year, available as a mentor. Media Families help you get to know other students in your year, and also allows you to benefit from the experience of students in higher years.

We also have plenty of social activities planned for your induction week where you will be able to get to know students on your programme, and students in the School of Media and Communication. You will also be engaging, in person, with other students in your face-to-face small group teaching sessions. 

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the School of Media and Communications?

TBC

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

Some of our degrees do have practical elements. All information about specialist software and systems will be provided during induction week, and in your teaching sessions. 

Where can I access resources for my degree?  

The University’s Minerva site is your first port of call for your studies. From here, you can click into the Media and Communication organisation, which provides lots of general information on your degree (extensions, timetables, student handbooks). You can also access individual module spaces here, where you can find out information on your specific course assignments, reading and assessments. 

Please visit: Minerva Home – Blackboard Learn and log in with your university username and password. 

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

Leeds University has three large libraries, which contain a range of texts that you can use for your degree in the School of Media and Communication. For each module, core texts are often digitised by the library. Where this is not possible, texts are put on high demand (which means any one student can only take the book out for a number of hours), or there are many copies of the work available for students to take out on loan.

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

The School of Media and Communication has excellent facilities. You will be able to have a look around the building during induction week to show you what spaces are available to you throughout your degree. As there are practical elements in some of our degrees, you will be using these facilities week on week, as a part of your timetabled teaching experience.

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

Course representative, or student leaders, are here to make sure you get your voice heard. They will collect feedback from you, and your peers, for programme leaders at our Student-Staff Partnership Forums and then report back to the group. Student leaders are also involved in planning events and activities for programmes. This is a vital role and we welcome applications.

If you are interested in applying, please contact mediastudents@leeds.ac.uk

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

You can get involved in any one of Leeds University Union’s award-winning media groups, from Leeds Student Radio to Leeds Student Television and The Gryphon newspaper. If you want to find out more, visit this website.

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school? 

Our mentoring scheme for undergraduate students is called Media Families. You will be grouped up with a ‘media parent’, who is a student in their second, third or fourth year. Media parents are there to answer questions and to organise activities for first year students to help you get to know each other.

How does assessment work on my programme?

Assessment techniques vary depending on the module, and including everything from essays and exams to group presentations, reports, case analyses and practical exercises. 

There’s support for academic skills available through Skills@Library, and if you have a disability, or additional needs in your learning, you can register with Disability Services to access extra support. 

I’m a returning student 

How will my programme be delivered this year? 

We remain fully committed to ensuring the safety of all staff and students, but we do recognise that face-to-face teaching is essential for a rewarding learning experience. 

Our intention is that face-to-face teaching will be the norm for small group teaching and many of our practical sessions. We expect you to attend campus for teaching activities such as seminars, tutorials, some practical classes and group discussions as they’ll form an essential and significant part of your student experience. You’ll also be able to use spaces on campus for social and group learning activities, including our libraries.   

Many large lectures and equivalent events will be online using the latest digital learning technology, as part of our blended approach to learning and teaching. Others will be delivered in multi-mode with some students joining in person and others online. This allows you to engage with these elements of your learning at a time, place and pace that suits you, to give you the best possible experience. If travel restrictions remain in place for some of our international students, this also provides a more flexible approach to accommodate their needs. Wherever practical, multi-modal sessions will be available both synchronously (at a specific time, on a specific day) and asynchronously (on demand). 

What does my induction timetable look like?

TBC

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

You will meet your academic personal tutor again during the first few weeks of term. Academic personal tutoring will support students as they work towards their academic and personal goals by using a new range of digital systems, including PebblePad and Learning Analytics. 

Where can I go for support?

If you have any questions about your programme’s structure, please contact your programme leader.

If you have any questions about your timetable or module enrolment, please contact Student Education Services (mediastudents@leeds.ac.uk)

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

If you feel that you need extra support on a specific module during your degree, we recommend that you contact the module leader. All module leaders hold office hours where you can get in touch with any questions you may have and receive some additional guidance.

If you find you are struggling more generally with an aspect of your degree, get in touch with your academic personal tutor, and they will be able to help.

How will I find out more about my programme?

If you have any questions about your programme’s structure, or specific modules, please contact your programme leader.

How will I get to know other students?

TBC

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the School of Media and Communication?

TBC

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

Some of our degrees do have practical elements. All information about specialist software and systems will be provided during induction week, and in your teaching sessions. 

Where can I access resources for my degree?  

The University’s  Minerva site is your first port of call for your studies. From here, you can click into the Media and Communication organisation, which provides lots of general information on your degree (extensions, timetables, student handbooks). You can also access individual module spaces here, where you can find out information on your specific course assignments, reading and assessments. 

Please visit: Minerva Home – Blackboard Learn and log in with your university username and password.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

Leeds University has three large libraries, Brotherton, Edward Boyle and Laidlaw, which contain a range of texts that you can use for your degree in the School of Media and Communication. For each module, core texts are often digitised by the library. Where this is not possible, texts are put on high demand (which means any one student can only take the book out for a number of hours), or there are many copies of the work available for students to take out on loan.

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

Course representatives, or student leaders, are here to make sure you get your voice heard. They will collect feedback from you, and your peers, for programme leaders at our Student-Staff Partnership Forums and then report back to the group. Student leaders are also involved in planning events and activities for programmes. This is a vital role and we welcome applications.

If you are interested in applying, please contact mediastudents@leeds.ac.uk

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

You can get involved in any one of Leeds University Union’s award-winning media groups, from Leeds Student Radio to Leeds Student Television and The Gryphon newspaper. If you want to find out more, visit this website : https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/media-undergraduate/doc/clubs-societies

How does assessment work on my programme?

Assessment techniques vary depending on the module and including everything from essays and exams to group presentations, reports, case analyses and practical exercises. 

There’s support for academic skills available through Skills@Library, and if you have a disability, or additional needs in your learning, you can register with Disability Services to access extra support. 

 

I’m a postgraduate student

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Check the Flying Start website for information about studying in the School.

We will contact you in September with all of the information you need, so please keep checking your inbox regularly. 

How will my programme be delivered this year? 

We remain fully committed to ensuring the safety of all staff and students, but we do recognise that face-to-face teaching is essential for a rewarding learning experience. 

Our intention is that face-to-face teaching will be the norm for small group teaching and many of our practical sessions. We expect you to attend campus for teaching activities such as seminars, tutorials, some practical classes and group discussions as they’ll form an essential and significant part of your student experience. You’ll also be able to use spaces on campus for social and group learning activities, including our libraries.   

Many large lectures and equivalent events will be online using the latest digital learning technology, as part of our blended approach to learning and teaching. Others will be delivered in multi-mode with some students joining in person and others online. This allows you to engage with these elements of your learning at a time, place and pace that suits you, to give you the best possible experience. If travel restrictions remain in place for some of our international students, this also provides a more flexible approach to accommodate their needs. Wherever practical, multi-modal sessions will be available both synchronously (at a specific time, on a specific day) and asynchronously (on demand). 

What does my induction timetable look like?

Induction timetable.

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

You will meet your academic personal tutor during induction week. Academic personal tutoring will support students as they work towards their academic and personal goals by using a new range of digital systems, including PebblePad and Learning Analytics. 

Where can I go for support? 

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

If you feel that you need extra support on a specific module during your degree, we recommend that you contact the module leader. All module leaders hold office hours where you can get in touch with any questions you may have and receive some additional guidance.

If you find you are struggling more generally with an aspect of your degree, get in touch with your academic personal tutor, and they will be able to help.

How will I get to know other students?

As a School, we will be organising a few social activities during induction week to allow you to get to know your fellow students. Furthermore, postgraduate students can also get involved with Interconnections events. This is exclusively for postgraduates (Masters students and postgraduate researchers) in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures. 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 Media and Communication?

In due course, we will be in touch with our induction week schedule. Over a period of 2-3 days, during the week commencing 20th September, you will meet with our postgraduate tutor, Dr Chris Paterson, as well as your programme leaders, personal tutors and fellow Media postgraduate students. We will also be hosting a few workshops to help you transition into postgraduate study. During this week, we will also be organising a few social activities for you to get to know the campus, and the city, and make new friends.

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

Some of our degrees do have practical elements. All information about specialist software and systems will be provided during induction week, and in your teaching sessions. 

Where can I access resources for my studies?  

The University’s Minerva site is your first port of call for your studies. From here, you can click into the Media and Communication organisation, which provides lots of general information on your degree (extensions, timetables, student handbooks). You can also access individual module spaces here, where you can find out information on your specific course assignments, reading and assessments. 

Please visit: Minerva Home – Blackboard Learn and log in with your university username and password.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

Leeds University has three large libraries, Brotherton, Edward Boyle and Laidlaw, which contain a range of texts that you can use for your degree in the School of Media and Communication. For each module, core texts are often digitised by the library. Where this is not possible, texts are put on high demand (which means any one student can only take the book out for a number of hours), or there are many copies of the work available for students to take out on loan.

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

The School of Media and Communication has excellent facilities. If you are on campus, you will be able to have a look around the building during induction week to see what spaces are available to you throughout your degree. As there are practical elements in some of our degrees, you will be using these facilities week on week, as a part of your timetabled teaching experience.

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

Course representative, or student leaders, are here to make sure you get your voice heard. They will collect feedback from you, and your peers, for programme leaders at our Student-Staff Partnership Forums and then report back to the group. Student leaders are also involved in planning events and activities for programmes. This is a vital role and we welcome applications.

If you are interested in applying, please contact mediastudents@leeds.ac.uk

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

You can get involved in any one of Leeds University Union’s award-winning media groups, from Leeds Student Radio to Leeds Student Television and The Gryphon newspaper. If you want to find out more, visit this website : https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/media-undergraduate/doc/clubs-societies

How does assessment work on my programme?

Assessment techniques vary depending on the module, and including everything from essays and exams to group presentations, reports, case analyses and practical exercises. 

There’s support for academic skills available through Skills@Library, and if you have a disability, or additional needs in your learning, you can register with Disability Services to access extra support. 

Where can I find relevant career information for postgraduate students? 

Our careers and employability page contains a whole host of information on opportunities offered by the School of Media and Communication: Careers and employability

 

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