School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Welcome to the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science. 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?

Once you have received your IT details (which you should be supplied with shortly after accepting your place on your programme of study), please log into our Portal and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Minerva (minerva.leeds.ac.uk). Once in Minerva, you can navigate through the resources in the PRHS Organisation (which can be found under ‘Learn’ > Organisations) to familiarise yourself with information relating to the School of PRHS. Look out for the School Handbook – this covers most of the basic information you will need to know about studying in the School of PRHS. The 2020-21 School Handbook will be available in Minerva by 11 September 2020. 

If you’re a returning student complete your online registration for the next year of study and enrol for your modules. Check your emails regularly for any contact from the School, your programme leader or personal tutor.

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

For Semester 1, all lecture material will be delivered online. Some seminars and tutorials will take place face-to-face, where it is safe and practical to do so whilst observing social distancing. Some seminars will take place online using facilities such as Blackboard Collaborate or Microsoft Teams. Delivery of Semester 2 teaching will be considered during Semester 1, with the global and local health situation considered carefully.

Where can I go for support? 

Help and support are always available – our team of Student Education Service staff, personal and academic tutors, and programme managers can support you through your studies. Please get in touch if you are unsure about anything relating to your course, support, or general University life. 
 
The first port of call for most students is the Student Education Service team, who can be contacted via prhs@leeds.ac.uk
 
Other key contacts include:

Programme Leaders

SES Team

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

You can give feedback for each module, and you can also report feedback to your course representative for discussion at the Student:Staff Forum. If you’re particularly concerned about the delivery relating to changes made on account of COVID guidelines, you may wish to raise this with Leeds University Union, your School Representative, or to the Student Education Service Manager during her weekly ‘Student Voice’ session.

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

Your views on our modules and programmes of study are very important to us. You’re a valued part of the School of PRHS and we work with you to shape what we do. We always welcome your comments – our Student Education Service Manager holds a weekly ‘Student Voice’ drop-in session (Tuesdays 3-4pm), where you can share any feedback, concerns or questions. We also collect feedback systematically in the following ways: 

  • Module Surveys: These are conducted for each individual module usually via a questionnaire. 
  • Programme Surveys: The University annually conducts a student survey on each programme of study. 
  • National Student Survey: Students in the final year of their degree programme will be asked to fill out the National Student Survey. 
  • Student: Staff Forum: Students can raise issues concerning teaching with the student representative for their programme/level on the Student: Staff Forum. 

The feedback collected from students is analysed and feeds into the School or Faculty’s annual Student Education Action Plan on teaching. 

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

There are several subject-specific societies run by committees of students from the School of PRHS, including a Philosophy Society, TRS Society, PPE Society, HPS Society and Liberal Arts Society. Joint honours students may also be interested in joining the subject societies for their second subject, if there is one – you can search all student societies here

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

We’ve not yet confirmed how this will work but will let you know once we have. 

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

Course representatives are responsible for gathering the ideas, opinions and concerns of their fellow students and reporting them to the School of PRHS for consideration (via Student: Staff forum, or in collaboration with key members of academic and support staff). 
 
Course representatives are elected by the student body of the school – if you’re interested in becoming a course representative, you will have an opportunity to gather signatures from your fellow students to indicate their support for your election to the role. Successful course representatives sit on the Student: Staff Forum, which is organised by the Deputy Director of Student Education and the School Representative. 

I’m a new student 

What does my induction timetable look like? 

During induction week there’ll be online sessions organised for you to meet and speak to your programme leaders, personal tutors, and other students in the School of PRHS. We’re currently working to arrange this timetable, which will be shared with you soon.

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

You will be assigned to a personal tutor in the University to provide academic support and guidance. Induction week will include a group meeting with your personal tutor and fellow level one students assigned to that tutor. Check your University email account for the invitation to this meeting. Your personal tutor may not be someone who teaches you but will be a tutor within one of your parent School’s subject areas. They will invite you to an individual meeting at least once a semester but you can also request a meeting with them in between these scheduled meetings or contact them by email if there is something you want to discuss. 

How will I find out more about my programme?

During induction week a range of sessions will be organised to provide more details about your programme and the School of PRHS.

You can access an outline of your programme, listing all compulsory and optional modules and giving a breakdown of programme requirements, using the online Programme Catalogue

You will also be able to raise any programme specific queries with your programme leader (listed above).  

How will I get to know other students?

All Level 1 students will have a group tutorial online with their personal tutor during induction week. Programme leaders will also be organising sessions for students to get to know each other online.

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

Different modules will use different forms of assessment, which are described in the module catalogue and will be explained by the module leaders in classes. Support will be given by module leaders, and you’re encouraged to speak to module tutors and personal tutors for advice in working towards an assessment. Additionally, the PRHS Student Guide, which will be available on Minerva, provides advice to students on academic skills and adapting to studying at university. 

I’m a returning student

How will my learning experience be different from last year? 

For Semester 1, all lecture material will be delivered online. Some seminars will take place face-to-face in spaces where it is safe to do so whilst observing social distancing. Some seminars will take place online using facilities such as Blackboard Collaborate or Microsoft Teams. Delivery of Semester 2 teaching will be considered during Semester 1, with the global and local health situation considered carefully.

How will practical and lab sessions be managed?

There are no practical or lab sessions for PRHS-parented modules. For joint honours students, check the induction page of your co-teaching school if your other subject(s) have practical or lab elements. 

I’m a taught postgraduate/Masters student

Where can I go for support? 

Help and support are always available. Our team of Student Education Service staff, personal and academic tutors, and programme managers offer support to all students through their degree studies. Please get in touch if you are unsure about anything relating to your course, support, or general university life. The first port of call for most students is the Student Education Service team, who can be contacted via prhs@leeds.ac.uk. You can see under All Students all the different support contacts – there are also specific PGT contacts: 

Programme Leaders

SES Team

What does my induction timetable look like? 

During induction week there’ll be online sessions organised for you to meet and speak to your programme leaders, personal tutors, and other students in the School of PRHS. We’re currently working to arrange this timetable, which will be shared with you soon.

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

You will be assigned to a personal tutor in the University to provide academic support and guidance. Induction week will include a group meeting with your personal tutor and fellow level one students assigned to that tutor. Check your University email account for the invitation to this meeting. Your personal tutor may not be someone who teaches you but will be a tutor within one of your parent School’s subject areas. They will invite you to an individual meeting at least once a semester but you can also request a meeting with them in between these scheduled meetings or contact them by email if there is something you want to discuss. 

How will I find out more about my programme?

During induction week a range of sessions will be organised to provide more details about your programme and the School of PRHS.You can access an outline of your programme, listing all compulsory and optional modules and giving a breakdown of programme requirements, using the online Programme Catalogue 

How will I get to know other students?

All new students will have a group tutorial online with their personal tutor during induction week. Programme leaders will also be organising sessions for students to get to know each other online.

 

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