School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting your studies at the School of Electronic and Electrical 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?

Whether you’re a new or returning student, there are two key things you need to do before you arrive, register for your programme and choose your modules for this academic year. 

If you’re a returning student you’ll also have a “welcome back” online briefing from your year tutor.

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

In semester one lectures will be replaced by screencasts and online lectures delivered through our virtual learning environment. Alongside the screencasts, each module will have scheduled interactive online tutorials with the module leader and other academics to discuss the material and develop your understanding.

If social-distancing is no longer required, we’ll introduce face-to-face teaching sessions to your timetable in semester two.

How will practical or lab sessions be managed?

For semester one, we have developed replacement lab activities so that you won’t have to come into the laboratory. We’ll keep the situation under review, and we’re hoping that practical lab sessions will be reintroduced from semester two.

Where can I go for support?

Your first point of contact is our Student Support Office. They’ll be working remotely until January 2021 (depending on the public health situation in the UK at that time). Please e-mail us on electronics@leeds.ac.uk – we are still working full-time despite working remotely.

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

There are several ways you can give feedback on your programme and your school:

  • Student-Staff Forum – each programme and year group will have a student representative who’ll bring feedback from students to forum meetings.
  • Module feedback – you’re also encouraged to give feedback on each module via Minerva (the University's Virtual Learning Environment). All feedback is sent to the relevant module leader so they can try to improve the module for the next academic year. You can also raise any urgent difficulties with the School.
  • Programme surveys – towards the end of the academic year these surveys give you the chance to comment on your programme as a whole.

 

I’m a new student 

What do I need to do before I arrive? 

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

What does my induction timetable look like? 

 Your induction week timetable can be found here. You will need to sign-in to Minerva to view it. It will be updated over the next few weeks so please check it regularly.

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

You’ll meet your academic personal tutor during induction week through an online video meeting and you’ll have a series of tutorial sessions during your first semester. We plan to deliver face-to-face tutorials in semester two if possible.

How will I find out more about my programme? 

The details about your programme - can be found here:

You’ll find links to individual module descriptions which include the syllabus, the teaching methods, and the assessment structure. There are also links to the timetables which should be visible now. If you have a problem viewing any of the above please contact electronics@leeds.ac.uk

How will I get to know other students? 

For students travelling to Leeds you’ll initially meet students in your University accommodation (but remember that everyone is still advised to keep social distancing of one metre plus, ideally two metres, which is the UK Government's recommendations).

Leeds University Union will also be running some welcome events on campus, and there will be a wide range of groups that you can join.

On your programme, meeting other students will probably be online in the first instance, but we hope this will soon change and you will meet people face-to-face!

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering? 

We will be running a series of online induction events which you can find in your induction timetable.

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

All specialist software will be provided. You just need to have a computer capable of running basic software. Most of the commonly used software (including Microsoft 365) is available through the University.

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

The role of the course reps is to represent your views in our school and work alongside school reps and staff to make our school a better place to study. They attend the Staff-Student Forum and feedback opinions/outcomes to students, liaise with school reps and the LUU Education Officer, and attend School meetings.

Applications to become a course rep will open in induction week. If we have more than one applicant we’ll hold an election.

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

Yes! We have a vibrant student society called ShockSoc. A summary of the activities they organise can be found here.

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?  

The peer mentoring scheme involves current students from higher years and sometimes research students, mentoring small groups of first year students. An introductory event for mentors and mentees is held during induction, after that groups can continue to meet as much as they like throughout the year. This helps new and current students build friendships within the School, across year groups and programme areas.

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

Our plan for the 2020/21 academic year is for most assessment to take place online. Academic skill support is provided through the peer mentoring sessions, and the Skills@Library team offer support for maths, report writing, and presentation skills.

 

I’m a Returning Student

How will my programme be delivered this year?

In the first semester (Sept 2020 to January 2021):

We are planning for most of your learning activities to be delivered online.

  • Where we would normally have practical classes on campus, these will be replaced with online tutorials or alternative activities which may be carried out remotely.
  • We are aiming to provide access to project-laboratory facilities later in the term for students undertaking their major project modules.
  • Tutorials/small groups will mainly be facilitated online sessions (Collaborate Ultra and Microsoft Teams).
  • Both pastoral and academic support will be available online.
  • We will arrange face-to-face interaction where it is safe to do so.
  • Our staff and our student-led social society (‘ShockSoc’) will be working hard to make sure you continue to be fully part of our School community, even though there may be fewer activities on campus in the first few months.

In the second Semester (from January 2021):

  • We’ll deliver face-to-face teaching sessions if social-distancing is no longer needed. Learning activities which would be most at risk of disruption from any re-imposition of restrictions will be delivered online.
  • If social-distancing is still in place, we’ll use a combination of online and on-campus delivery.
  • If there is a resurgence of the health pandemic that requires a return to more stringent distancing, we are fully prepared to offer you a high-quality education online, including interactive sessions with staff and students.

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

You’ll meet your academic personal tutor through online video meetings in the first instance. All years will have a minimum of two tutorial sessions in semester one. We plan to deliver face-to-face tutorials in semester two if possible.

 

Links to additional schools resources 

School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering Web Page 

School Minerva Organisation Page 

Other useful links