School of Performance and Cultural Industries

Welcome to the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting or returning to your studies.

Make sure you read the ‘all students’ info 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’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

All students

What do I need to do before I arrive?

The main thing to do is keep an eye on your emails. If you’re a new student, you should have received a welcome email with all the information you need to get started at Leeds and a checklist of things to do. 

If you’re a returning student, make sure you have registered and enrolled on your modules. We’ll be in touch to let you know about anything that you need to do before you arrive, and any meetings that are taking place to help prepare you for the next year of your studies. This will include a meeting for returning students in Welcome Week. 

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions? 

There will be some face-to-face sessions alongside other online delivery. We’re also exploring how to run other activities (such as supervisions, personal tutor meetings and induction activities) to allow you some face to face contact with staff and other students. Any local shutdowns or changes to government guidance may force us to make changes to our teaching plans. If you are concerned about coming to Leeds because of personal circumstances which restrict you from attending practical sessions please contact Antony Butcher a.j.c.butcher@leeds.ac.uk 

How will practical sessions be managed?

This will be different from module to module. We have risk assessed our specialist practical spaces according to current guidance on social distancing, so that practical activity is safe. Practicals will be led by a tutor and you may be sent content online before the session to help get the most from it.  

Where can I go for support?

Our School Support Officer is Antony Butcher  a.j.c.butcher@leeds.ac.uk  There’s more information about the support available at www.students.leeds.ac.uk. At the start of the year we’ll share the School Handbook with you, which includes information on all of the key staff in the School including programme leaders and how you can contact them.  

You may also contact your academic personal tutor. 

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

Course reps (who represent all students in their year) and school reps (one each for undergraduate and postgraduate students) meet formally four times a year at the Student-Staff Forum to represent your views, discuss projects and raise any issues.  
 

I’m a new student

What does my Welcome Week timetable look like?  

We’ve worked in partnership with current students to develop our Welcome Week timetable and we’ll be sharing this with you before you arrive. Most of our activities will be taking place week commencing 21 September, but we’ll have some online activities before then so that you can meet other students from the School before you arrive. If you’re not able to come to Leeds you’ll still be able to take part in Welcome Week.  

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to PCI?  

We’ve got a really exciting range of activities planned including a socially-distanced picnic, an online quiz, watching a show online together, a practical workshop and small group sessions with your peer mentor – plus lots more! Keep an eye on your emails for the full Welcome Week programmes.  

How will I get to know other students?  

Welcome Week will have a range of activities that current students have told us help settle in quickly. Peer mentors will be on hand throughout the week to help run sessions where you can meet other students, and we’ve got lots of interactive activities planned.  

How does the peer mentoring scheme work? 

Our peer mentoring scheme matches you with a second or third year, to help you settle in, develop skills and to answer any questions you might have. We’ll put you in touch with your peer mentor in the next couple of weeks. They’ll stay in touch with you over Semester 1, helping you to get the most out of your time here.  

Are there any societies I can join for the school?  

Yes! We’ve got a really fantastic range of student led performance/music societies that you can get involved with. You’ll be sent information on all of the societies in the next couple of weeks, and you’ll also have a chance to hear from them during Welcome Week. We’ve also got a fantastic School Society (PCI Society) who are here to help you get the most out of your time in the School.  

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

Assessment varies from module to module and includes leading a workshop, making a performance, conducting a group presentation, developing online content such as a blog, and writing formal essays and reports. In your first year, assessments are fully supported by your module tutors, as well as online tutorials which you can find here:Skills@Library

How can I find out more about my programme?  

Welcome Week will be full of opportunities to find out more about your programme, both from the programme leader and module leaders. If you can’t wait until then, check out these pages on our website:  

Theatre and Performance BA

Theatre and Performance with Enterprise BA

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

At PCI we have always used a range of technologies to enhance your learning. There is a module (Studying Theatre and Performance) specifically designed to introduce you to these technologies in an online format. This was designed way before the pandemic to encourage students to develop good habits on- and off-line. Beyond that, it might be helpful to familiarise yourself with the Microsoft Office suite, and the video chat app Teams. You will be given the opportunity to explore our Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) in Welcome Week, and we’ll be using this throughout your time with us. You won’t need to purchase any specialist software for your programme. 

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

Every student has an academic personal tutor - an academic assigned to help you through your studies. You will meet with your personal tutor to discuss how your studies are going. These meetings will either take place face-to-face or via video call. You’ll discuss how these meetings will take place with your personal tutor at the start of the year. Where staff or students are shielding for health reasons these meetings will take place online.   

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

Course reps represent the views and opinions and provide feedback on behalf of the student body. When lots of people volunteer to be course reps we’ll organise an election which will be held during the first Town Hall meeting in the first few weeks of term.   

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

Regular module and programme level surveys give you the chance to give feedback.  
 

I’m a returning student 

How will my learning experience be different to last year?  

To keep students and staff safe we are reducing the numbers on campus. We intend to run as much as possible face-to-face but will deliver more teaching online than last year. Like all public spaces, we will be controlling traffic through our specialist teaching spaces, including stage@leeds and setting up one-way systems to keep everyone safe and offer as much face-to-face teaching as possible.  

Will I meet my academic personal tutor face-to-face?  

You’ll meet with your personal tutor twice a semester to discuss how your studies are going. These meetings will either take place face-to-face or via video call. You’ll discuss how these meetings will take place with your personal tutor at the start of the year. Where staff or students are shielding for health reasons these meetings will take place online.   

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