School of Chemistry

Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting your studies at the School of Chemistry. 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?

Make sure you register and you’ve got all of your belongings with you – don’t forget your passport and acceptance letters!

Complete the University IT induction and log on to Minerva to have a look around the School of Chemistry Organisation pages.  Following a module information meeting on the first Monday, you will need to enrol for your optional modules 

You’ll be sent a timetable of induction events closer to your arrival date – make sure you review this and put dates in your diary. 

WHAT DOES MY INDUCTION TIMETABLE LOOK LIKE?

There will be a module information session on the first Monday morning. This will be hosted live online, via Microsoft Teams. Further details will be available in the induction timetable and on the Chemistry Minerva Organisation.

WHAT WELCOME ACTIVITIES DO YOU HAVE PLANNED TO WELCOME ME TO CHEMISTRY?

A series of online events will take place in induction week and an induction timetable will be provided. Leeds University Union also have welcome activities planned for you..

HOW WILL I GET TO KNOW OTHER STUDENTS?

You will meet other students in your cohort online in workshops in induction week, on your modules (many online workshops will involve students working together online in small groups) and in person during lab classes. 

ARE THERE ANY SOCIETIES I CAN JOIN FOR THE SCHOOL/PROGRAMME?

Yes, the student-led ChemSoc. You can find out more information about this and other LUU societies on the LUU website.

HOW WILL I MEET MY ACADEMIC PERSONAL TUTOR? HOW WILL ACADEMIC PERSONAL TUTORING WORK?

There will be a ‘meet your personal tutor’ session in induction week. Subsequently, you should meet your personal tutor individually, either online or in person, at least twice during the semester to discuss your general progress. 

HOW WILL PRACTICAL AND LAB SESSIONS BE MANAGED?

Prior to the research projects, you will not have lab classes every week but rather there will be set ‘lab weeks’ for your cohort, when you will be working quite intensively in the teaching labs and will not have scheduled teaching on other modules. 

WILL I BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND FACE TO FACE SESSIONS?

You will be expected to attend laboratory classes in person (unless unable to do so because of restrictions on travel or because of your own health or that of someone you live with,). If you are unable to attend face to face sessions, please email chem.tso@leeds.ac.uk.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIALIST SOFTWARE OR SYSTEMS THAT I NEED FOR MY PROGRAMME AND WHERE DO I FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT IT? 

For MSc students, we strongly recommend:
•    Microsoft Office 365 (Office 365 on the IT page)
•    ChemDraw
•    OriginPro
All of which are available via the University IT pages.

We also recommend that you have a laptop or tablet PC running Windows 10, but Windows-only applications can also be accessed through Virtual Windows Desktop if you are using a Mac.

HOW WILL I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY PROGRAMME?

There will be sessions dedicated to explaining how your programme works during induction week. You can also find out more on the Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue.

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

We have an active PGT Student-Staff Partnership Forum, chaired by the School of Chemistry Director of Student Education. This group has initiated many improvements in our procedures and processes. The outcomes from the student-staff forum are shared with all students.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF COURSE REPRESENTATIVES AND HOW DO I VOLUNTEER?

Course Representatives act as intermediaries between staff and students, asking their fellow students about their experiences and opinions, and raising those issues at student-staff fora or directly with the School representatives. They are a vital link in maintaining the student voice and promoting a sense of community among the student cohorts. You will be given information about volunteering in induction week.

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

You are welcome to provide feedback or raise concerns at any time, via the teachers on the module, your Course Representative, or the Taught Student Office.

HOW DOES ASSESSMENT WORK ON MY PROGRAMME AND WHAT SUPPORT IS PROVIDED WITH ACADEMIC SKILLS?

Modules may be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams.  Exams will be in May/June 2021 and January 2022. The May/June exams will be 'take home' exams, where you will normally be given 48 hours to complete a paper that we anticipate you might spend up to 3 hours on. The January exams may be similar, or they may be in a traditional exam format.. Details of the assessment of individual modules will be explained at the start of each module.

WHERE CAN I GO FOR SUPPORT? 

Links to additional schools resources 

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