School of Media and Communications

Welcome to the School of Media and Communication. 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? 

We’ll send you an email in January with all the information you need, so don’t forget to keep checking your inbox regularly.  Make sure you register and you’ve got all of your belongings with you – don’t forget your passport and acceptance letters!

What does my induction timetable look like? 

TBC

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

We're planning virtual socials and quizzes to help you get to know your fellow students and academic staff who will be teaching you this year. We'll introduce you to your personal tutor and we will enable you to meet others in your programme. We'll also let you know about other services you can use, such as the Library, the Students' Union, and the Careers Centre.

Beyond induction week, you will have the opportunity to attend research lectures that take place within the School of Media and Communication, as well as the weekly ‘Media Futures’ talks which feature a wide range of industry professionals. These activities are attended by students across different MA media programmes.

Leeds University Union also have welcome activities planned for you.

How will I get to know other students? 

Students will take part in workshops during induction week, which will help you get to know others on your course. You will also meet your personal tutor and your programme leader alongside your fellow students.

Are there any societies I can join for the school or 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. Check our website 

Will I be required to attend face-to-face sessions? 

We remain fully committed to ensuring the safety of all staff and students. This means that a lot of teaching will be virtual. Where we can offer face-to-face teaching, we’ll give priority to students needing to do practical work. We are committed to offering an excellent on-campus experience and move toward face-to-face teaching where it is safe to do so.  

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

You will be given a personal tutor by the School and they’ll be in touch in the first few weeks to arrange a meeting with you. Your personal tutor will play an important role in supporting you during your time at Leeds. They can help you out with your transition to Leeds and your studies, discussion and review of your academic progress, direct you to support contacts and services, encourage you to develop and improve your skills, and provide regular contact.  

How will I find out more about my programme? 

There will be virtual induction meetings in Welcome Week as well as a range of activities to help you learn about the School and your programme.  You can also check out the Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue.

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

Students are represented at school level by student leaders who are elected by their peers. We’ll also gather feedback through module reviews and the Postgraduate National Student Survey.

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

We do use some specific software, but you’ll find out more about these if you need them.  

It’s really useful to have your own PC or laptop to access all of the University’s resources and online learning programmes*. These include: 

MINERVA - a virtual learning environment where individual programme modules can be found by name or code number. You can find out how to navigate Minerva here. Additional information on how to use online platforms can be found here, and guidance on online learning can be found on the Digital Practice page.

Office 365 - where you can access your email account and Microsoft Teams, as well as other MS Office programs.  

*You’ll receive more information on these systems during your induction.  

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’ll collect feedback for programme leaders, and report back to the group. Student leaders are also involved in planning events and activities for the group. This is a vital role and we welcome applications.  

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

How will I be able to provide feedback on the delivery of my modules? 

You’ll be encouraged to feedback in formal module assessments at the end of the module and through our lively and welcoming Student Staff Partnership Forum. Here student representatives meet with programme leaders and undergraduate and postgraduate tutors to discuss the programme and feedback on student experiences. You can also feedback at any time either to the module or programme leader. 

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

Assessment techniques vary depending on the module and include 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 go for support?  

There is plenty of support available to you, including: 

Programme Leader for MA Communications and Media Dr Victoria Esteves v.e.esteves@leeds.ac.uk

SES Team contacts;
School of Media and Communication Student Support: mediastudents@leeds.ac.uk 
Esther Pickering, Student Support and Disability Coordinator e.pickering@leeds.ac.uk  

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