School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting your studies at the School of Chemical and Process Engineering.

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?

First, you’ll need to complete registration. New students will also need to complete the University IT induction and log on to Minerva.

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

The majority of teaching will be delivered online, though some small group sessions may take place face to face in line with current Government guidance. We understand that not all students will be able to attend due to health or travel restrictions and we will work with you to manage your learning.

How will practical or lab sessions be managed?

There will be lab sessions associated with some modules, with more details available within the relevant modules.

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

Every student is allocated an academic member of staff who will act as their personal tutor throughout their time in the School. Scheduled tutorials (on an individual or group basis) will take place at regular intervals for students at all levels. Student attendance at all these tutorials is compulsory and will be monitored. Students can also reasonably ask to see their personal tutor outside of these scheduled sessions, although they are advised to request an appointment by email.

At tutorials, you can discuss your academic progress and results, and your Personal Development Plans. These meetings run at predetermined intervals throughout your degree and focus on your professional and academic development, helping you to become confident and articulate individuals.

Group tutorials are held in weeks when personal tutorials do not take place, with students taking part as a group with other students. These tutorials are drawn from a number of themes including academic skills, employability, lifelong learning, study skills and transferable skills with a view to enhancing your overall capabilities once you’ve graduated.

Where can I go for support? 

The Student Support Office handles all administration related to Student Education, and can provide information and advice on administrative matters including timetable queries, module enrolment, and assessment arrangements. Email: 

Dr Nicole Hondow – Director of Student Education – 

Dr David Harbottle is Programme Leader for the following programmes:

• MEng, BEng Petroleum Engineering
• MSc Petroleum Production Engineering
• MEng, BEng Chemical Engineering
• MEng, BEng Chemical and Energy Engineering
• MEng, BEng Chemical and Materials Engineering
• MEng, BEng Chemical and Nuclear Engineering


Dr Darron Dixon-Hardy is Programme Leader for the following programmes:

  • BSc Aviation Technology and Management
  • BSc Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies
  • BEng Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies and Management


Dr Bhoopesh Mishra is Study Abroad Co-ordinator for our ERASMUS/JYA students.


Dr Andrew Scott is the Programme Leader for the MSc Materials Science and Engineering.


Dr Darron Dixon-Hardy is responsible for Academic Integrity procedures in the School


Dr Tariq Mahmud is Programme Lead for the following programmes:

  • MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering
  • MSc Chemical Process Engineering


Professor Tim Cockerill is Programme Leader for the following programme:

  • MSc Energy and Environment


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

School Reps are appointed by the LUU to be the voice of students in your School, promoting student-led change. They play a fundamentally important role in ensuring your School and the University provide the best possible academic experience for students, and a better place to work and study. 

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

Each University course, including undergraduate and postgraduate courses, has Course Representatives - students who are elected by their fellow students at the start of each academic year. Course Representatives are expected to collect feedback from students on their course and present this feedback to members of staff in the school at Student Staff Forum meetings throughout the academic year.

To find out more about becoming a Course Rep and to apply see the ‘Student Voice’ page in Minerva.

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

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

You can speak to your Course Rep who can share your feedback at the Student Staff Forum, or raise your concern in end of semester module reviews. And of course, you can speak directly to your lecturers at any time.

I’m a new student

What does my induction timetable look like?

During induction week, you will meet key members of academic and support staff and find out key information you need to know before commencing your studies the following week.  You are expected to attend all induction sessions which will take place via a range of online methods.

Induction timetables can be found here:

Induction timetable – Level 1

Induction timetable – Level 2 (Direct Entry)

Induction timetable – MSc

We have also produced Pre-Arrival Guides for new students.  Please read these carefully and get in touch if you have any questions:

Pre-Arrival Guide – Level 1

Pre-Arrival Guide – Level 2 (Direct Entry)

Pre-Arrival Guide – MSc

The pre-arrival guide explains what studying in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering will be like in 2020/21 and includes the following information:

• Things to do before you arrive in Leeds
• Key Dates
• Registration
• Module Enrolment
• Induction
• Student Support Office
• Personal Tutor
• Student Voice
• Peer Mentoring          
• Your Programme       
• Assessment
• Support and Wellbeing
• Health and Safety

How will I find out more about my programme?

You can access the Programme Catalogue through Minerva and will be given lots more information during your induction.

How will I get to know other students?

During induction, we’ll be holding interactive online activities like a global community session, group work activity, tutor group meetings, quizzes and ongoing tutorials with your tutor group. We’ll be hosting online ice breakers in some of your early lectures so you can start to get to know a bit more about some of the other students on your course.

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

Software can be requested through IT and is installed in our clusters:

  • CCDC Mercury
  • NI labVIEW
  • CES EduPack
  • Aspen HYSYS
  • AutoCAD
  • Crystsim
  • MobaXterm (to use with the University Arc system)
  • ParaView (visualisation of CFD results)
  • MatLab
  • Crystal Maker
  • Comsol multiphysics 5.3

I’m a returning student

How will my programme be delivered this year?

We are planning for the majority of your learning activities to be delivered online, with a mix of pre-recorded lectures (asynchronous delivery) and live interactive sessions (synchronous delivery). Tutorials/small group activities will mainly be facilitated sessions using online platforms. We have requested opportunities for face-to-face interaction where it is safe to do so. In modules with practical activities, a reduced schedule will be run so as to ensure appropriate social distancing can be implemented.

Where can I go for support? How is this different from last year?

Staff are still available to support you, even if they aren’t in their offices. You can contact them by email or face to face on MS Teams.

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