School of Chemistry

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

Scroll to the section that applies to you – new undergraduate (A), returning (B) or postgraduate (C) 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.

A. I'm a new undergraduate student            

A1. What do I need to do before I arrive?

First, you’ll need to complete registration. Then, if your programme has optional modules, you will need to enrol for your chosen modules, unless you are a Natural Sciences student (Natural Sciences students will be enrolled onto their subjects and modules prior to induction and will be emailed about this). You can view details of the modules for your programme at: https://webprod3.leeds.ac.uk/catalogue/programmesearch.asp?L=UG&Y=202223&F=P&D=CHEM&S=&A=any.

As well as registering and enrolling for your modules, you’ll need to complete the University IT induction and log on to Minerva (our virtual learning environment) to have a look around the Chemistry Minerva Organisation. If you are a Chemistry and Maths or Natural Sciences student, there is also a Joint Honours and Natural Sciences Teams group (you will receive further information about this in your arrival guide).

You will be emailed a final timetable of induction events closer to your arrival date – make sure you review this and put dates in your diary. You might want to revisit your A-level (or equivalent) notes.

A2. What does my induction timetable look like?

There’ll be a general welcome session on the first Monday morning. Provisional induction timetables for year 1 students and year 2 transfers are available below. Further details relating to induction will be available on the Chemistry Minerva Organisation.

Chemistry Level 1 induction timetable 2022 (provisional)

Chemistry Level 2 transfers induction timetable 2022 (provisional)

A3. Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

The University expects that you will be on campus during the entirety of term time and will attend timetabled face-to-face sessions. This is particularly important in the case of laboratory classes. If you are expecting to be unable to attend face to face sessions, please email chem.tso@leeds.ac.uk.

A4. What will my teaching be like?

In Chemistry, theory modules will be taught by a combination of face-to-face sessions including lectures (up to 200 students), large group workshops (up to 70 students) and small group tutorials (eight students), together with online material including some recorded screencasts - you will be given more details about your timetable in induction week. For Chemistry and Maths and Natural Sciences students, teaching in your other disciplines is likely to be organised in a similar way.

First year students are scheduled to complete chemistry practical work on Thursdays and Fridays each week. You may not be in the laboratory for all of this time; some activities will take place online or in computer clusters. For Natural Sciences students, the arrangements for laboratory sessions in different Schools may vary.

A5. How will I meet my Academic Personal Tutor and how does academic personal tutoring work?

You can find information about how your personal tutor can support you at https://students.leeds.ac.uk/academicpersonaltutor. 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. In addition, all first year students studying chemistry will meet with their tutor and tutor group each week for academic tutorials aligned to the introductory chemistry module CHEM1101.

A6. Where can I go for support?

  • Chemistry Taught Student Office – chem.tso@leeds.ac.uk 
  • Your Personal Tutor
  • Your Link Tutors (for Natural Sciences and Chemistry and Maths students) - you will have opportunities to meet the link tutors for each discipline during induction week
  • Director of Student Education and Chemistry Programme Manager – Dr Richard Ansell r.j.ansell@leeds.ac.uk
  • Level 1 Year Tutor (Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry) – Dr Didi Derks d.derks@leeds.ac.uk
  • Medicinal Chemistry Programme Manager – Dr Martin McPhillie m.j.mcphillie@leeds.ac.uk
  • Joint honours and Natural Sciences Programme Manager – Prof Paul Beales p.a.beales@leeds.ac.uk  
  • Joint honours and Natural Sciences Deputy Programme Manager – Dr Daniel Stone d.stone@leeds.ac.uk
  • Welcome, Induction and Transition Lead – Dr Jenny Eyley j.eyley@leeds.ac.uk

A7. Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

If you need support with English language skills, we have a dedicated lecturer in English for Academic Purposes, Natasha Rust (n.rust@leeds.ac.uk) who can help with this. For other academic support, you should contact your academic personal tutor who may signpost you to various resources such as skills@library.

A8. How will I find out more about my programme?

There will be sessions dedicated to explaining how your programme works during induction week.

A9. How will I get to know other students?

You will first meet other students on your programme during welcome week. As part of the induction events, you will be introduced to your tutorial group and peer mentor group. These are small groups of students that meet each week in Semester 1 for academic tutorials and peer mentor sessions (for Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemistry and Maths students, and Natural Sciences students taking chemistry).  You will get to know more students in your cohort through workshops (where you will often work together in small groups), lab classes (where you may sometimes work in pairs) and at lectures.  Further opportunities to meet new people (including students from other years) include social events organised by the student-led ChemSoc and NatSciSoc.

A10. What activities do you have planned to welcome me to Chemistry?

A series of events will take place in induction week, culminating in the ‘meet your personal tutor’ event, which will involve a tour of the Chemistry building.

A11. Is there any specialist systems or software I need for my programme and how do I find out about it?

We strongly recommend that you have a laptop or tablet PC running Windows 10 or 11. However, if you already own another device there is no need to buy another one. The University has many computer clusters with PCs for you to use including in the Chemistry building.

All students studying chemistry modules will need to have access to Microsoft Office. You can download Microsoft Office Applications for free from Office365 using your University login.

Other software will be available free of charge through AppsAnywhere; a web-based portal that can be accessed with your university login. To use AppsAnywhere on your personal computer you will need to install the Cloudpaging Player. See this link for more information about installing AppsAnywhere and the Cloudpaging Player.

Finally, you may need to use the University’s Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) to access some software from your personal device off campus. Information about the WVD can be found here.

A12. Where can I access resources for my degree?

Minerva (minerva.leeds.ac.uk) is the University’s virtual learning environment and the first port-of-call for information about your modules and teaching, learning and assessment resources associated with them.

A13. Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

The core texts for level 1 students in Chemistry will be provided to you either in hard copy or e-book format.

A14. What facilities are available for my course and how do I take advantage of them?

In addition to the virtual learning environment (Minerva), other resources are available to you; teaching rooms, University facilities including IT clusters and libraries, and our teaching and support staff. As a student in Chemistry you will have access to our well-equipped teaching laboratories where you will receive a significant amount of face-to-face teaching even in your first year. In your final year, as part of a research project you will have access to research laboratories with cutting-edge facilities.

A15. What's 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.

A16. Are their any societies I can join for the School / programme?

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

A17. Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my School?

Yes, each tutor group is assigned one or two peer mentors, who are students from the same programme but in higher years, who will help you with settling in during the first few weeks.

A18. How does assessment work on my programme?

The Chemistry laboratory modules are assessed by continuous assessment of laboratory reports and other exercises. Non-lab modules may be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. Details of the assessment of individual modules will be explained at the start of each module.

B. I'm a returning student

B1. How will my programme be delivered this year?

For modules in Chemistry, we are planning a blend of face-to-face and online provision but with significantly more of the former than in 2021-22. Theory modules  will be taught by a combination of face-to-face sessions including lectures (up to 200 students), large group workshops (up to 70 students) and small group tutorials (eight students), together with online material including some recorded screencasts - you will be given more details about your timetable in induction week. Level 2 and level 3 students will have laboratory teaching scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings of alternate weeks, and we are endeavouring to ensure a more even spread of assessment through the year. For Chemistry and Maths and Natural Sciences students, the teaching methods may differ slightly in different Schools. 

B2. How will my learning experience be different to last year?

The balance between face-to-face and online learning will move significantly to the former in comparison to last year. There will be face-to-face lectures, workshops and seminars as well as lab classes. On some modules, screencasts will still be used for the delivery of some content - feedback has suggested many students appreciate the flexibility that screencasts offer, compared to didactic face-to-face lectures – using face-to-face teaching for interactive sessions. The details of teaching methods expected on each module can be found on the module catalogue.

B3.What do I need to do before I arrive?

You will need to enrol for your modules and complete registration.

You’ll be emailed a final timetable of induction events closer to your arrival date – make sure you review this and put dates in your diary. You might want to revisit your notes from last year so you’re ready to continue your studies.

B4. What does my induction timetable look like?

Provisional induction timetables for returning students are available below. Further details relating to induction will be available on the Chemistry Minerva Organisation.

Chemistry Level 2 induction timetable 2022 (provisional)

Chemistry Level 3 induction timetable 2022 (provisional)

Chemistry Level 5M final year integrated masters induction timetable 2022 (provisional)

B5. Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

The University expects that you will be on campus and will attend timetabled face-to-face sessions. This is particularly important in the case of laboratory classes. If you are expecting to be unable to attend face to face sessions, please email chem.tso@leeds.ac.uk.

B6. How will I meet my Academic Personal Tutor and how will academic personal tutoring work?

You will be invited to meet your academic personal tutor 1-to-1 in the first or second week of the semester, and should meet at least once per semester thereafter.

Academic Personal Tutors can be contacted at other times and you should feel free to ask for a meeting if there are issues that you would like to discuss.

B7. Where can I go for support?

  • Chemistry Taught Student Office – chem.tso@leeds.ac.uk 
  • Your Personal Tutor
  • Your Link Tutors (for Natural Sciences and Chemistry and Maths students)
  • Director of Student Education and Chemistry Programme Manager – Dr Richard Ansell r.j.ansell@leeds.ac.uk
  • Level 2 Year Tutor (Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry) – Dr Marcelo Miranda m.miranda@leeds.ac.uk
  • Level 3 BSc Year Tutor (Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry) – to be confirmed
  • Level 3 MChem and Level 5M Year Tutor (Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry) – Dr Bao Nguyen b.nguyen@leeds.ac.uk
  • Medicinal Chemistry Programme Manager – Dr Martin McPhillie m.j.mcphillie@leeds.ac.uk
  • Joint Honours and Natural Sciences Programme Manager – Prof Paul Beales p.a.beales@leeds.ac.uk 
  • Joint Honours and Natural Sciences Deputy Programme Manager – Dr Daniel Stone d.stone@leeds.ac.uk 
  • Welcome, Induction and Transition Lead – Dr Jenny Eyley j.eyley@leeds.ac.uk

B8. Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

If you need support with English language skills, we have a dedicated lecturer in English for Academic Purposes, Natasha Rust (n.rust@leeds.ac.uk) who can help with this. For other academic support, you should contact your academic personal tutor who may signpost you to various resources such as skills@library.

B9. How will I find out more about my programme?

There will be sessions dedicated to explaining how your programme works during induction week.

B10. How will I get to know other students?

You will meet other students in your cohort in workshops in induction week, on your modules (workshops will often involve students working together in small groups) and in lab classes. Social events will be organised by the student-led ChemSoc and NatSciSoc.

B11. What activities do you have planned to welcome me to Chemistry?

A series of events will take place in induction week and an induction timetable will be provided.

B12. Do I need to provide my core reading texts?

The core texts for level 2 students in Chemistry will be provided to you either in hard copy or e-book format. At higher levels there are no core texts but recommended reading can usually be accessed via the University Library.

B13. What's 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.

B14. Are there any societies I can join for the School / programme?

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

B15. Are there any peer mentoring schemes in my school?

New students are divided into peer mentor groups, with one or two students from higher levels as peer mentors. We advertise the opportunity to act as a peer mentor, have a think about whether this is something you could do.

B16. How does assessment work on my programme?

The Chemistry laboratory modules are assessed by continuous assessment of laboratory reports and other exercises. Non-lab modules may be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. Details of the assessment of individual modules will be explained at the start of each module.

C. I'm a new MSc (Postgraduate) student

C1. What do I need to do before I arrive?

First, you’ll need to complete registration.

As well as registering, you’ll also need to complete the University IT induction and log on to Minerva (the University virtual learning environment) to have a look around the Chemistry Minerva Organisation pages.

You will also need to choose your optional modules, following a module information meeting.

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

C2. How will my programme be delivered this year?

In Chemistry, theory modules will be taught by a combination of face-to-face sessions including lectures (up to 200 students), large group workshops (up to 70 students) and small group tutorials (8 students), together with online material including some recorded screencasts - you will be given more details about your timetable in induction week. Some modules will have laboratory sessions and the laboratory-based research project will take place in the second half of the year.

C3. What does my induction timetable look like?

There will be a module information session on the first day of induction; further details are available in the induction timetable. A provisional induction timetable is available below. Further details relating to induction will be available on the Chemistry Minerva Organisation.

Chemistry MSc induction timetable 2022 (provisional)

C4. Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

The University expects that you will attend tutorials, workshops and laboratory classes in person. If you are unable to attend face to face sessions, please email chem.tso@leeds.ac.uk.

C5. How will I meet my Academic Personal Tutor and how will academic personal tutoring work?

There will be a ‘meet your personal tutor’ session in week 1. You should meet your personal tutor individually, either online or in person, at least twice during the semester to discuss your general progress.

C6. Where can I go for support?

C7. Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

If you need support with English language skills, we have a dedicated lecturer in English for Academic Purposes, Natasha Rust (n.rust@leeds.ac.uk) who can help with this. For other academic support, you should contact your academic personal tutor who may signpost you to various resources such as skills@library.

C8. How will I find out more about my programme?

There will be sessions dedicated to explaining how your programme works during induction week.

C9. How will I get to know other students?

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

C10. What activities do you have planned to welcome me to Chemistry?

A series of events will take place in induction week and further details can be found in your induction timetable.

C11. Are there any specialist systems or software I need for my programme and how do I find out more about them?

We strongly recommend that you have a laptop or tablet PC running Windows 10 or 11. However, if you already own another device there is no need to buy another one.

All students studying chemistry modules will need to have access to Microsoft Office. You can download Microsoft Office Applications for free from Office365 using your University login.

Other software will be available free of charge through AppsAnywhere; a web-based portal that can be accessed with your university login. To use AppsAnywhere on your personal computer you will need to install the Cloudpaging Player. See this link for more information about installing AppsAnywhere and the Cloudpaging Player.

Finally, you may need to use the University’s Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) to access some software from your personal device off campus. Information about the WVD can be found here.

C12. Where can I access resources for my studies?

Minerva (minerva.leeds.ac.uk) is the University’s virtual learning environment and the first port-of-call for information about your modules and teaching, learning and assessment resources associated with them 

C13. Do I need to provide my core reading texts?

There are no core reading texts for the MSc programmes as most of the module content is based on advanced chemistry that goes beyond standard text books.

C14. What facilities are available for my course and how do I take advantage of them?

In addition to the virtual learning environment (Minerva), other online resources available to you, the teaching rooms, University facilities including IT clusters and libraries and our teaching and support staff. You will have access to state of the art research laboratories with cutting-edge facilities.

C15. 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.

C16. 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.

C17. Are there any peer mentoring schemes in my School?

MSc students will be introduced to peer mentors during induction week. Often the peer mentors are graduates of our MSc programmes who are now studying for PhD degrees in the School of Chemistry.

C18. How does assessment work on my programme?

Taught modules may be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. Details of the assessment of individual modules will be explained at the start of each module.

C19. Where can I find relevant career information for post-graduate students? 

Career information can be found at https://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk/.

C20. Where can I find opportunities for work to develop my career?

Placement opportunities can be found at https://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk/

 

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