School of Maths

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

Scroll to the section that applies to you – new student, returning student or postgraduate 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.

I’m a new student                 

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Look out for information and communications from the School and the University, and read everything carefully to make sure you are prepared for the start of the year. Make sure you have retrieved your IT username and password and completed your online registration and module enrolment. You will need to register from 1 September and have read the welcome letter, which we have sent to you. 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?

There will be various on-campus activities throughout induction week (w/c 26th September). We will be arranging some important welcome and programme talks, as well as some social activities, including meeting with your Academic Personal Tutor and other tutees, campus tours and games etc.

The final timetable will be posted on Mathematics Organisation on Minerva when it’s ready.

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

The majority of sessions are expected to be face to face and all students are expected to attend their timetabled sessions. There will be on campus lectures, tutorials, workshops, computer practicals and the like.

If you are unable to join us during induction week, please email maths.taught.students@leeds.ac.uk.

If you are unable to attend any of the timetabled face to face sessions you will need to report your absence on the Student Services portal.

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

You will have regular meetings with your Academic Personal Tutor and your tutorial group throughout your first year, however, you can contact your personal tutor requesting to meet, should you have anything you would like to discuss.

You can approach your personal tutor if you have questions about the course, your module choices, academic progress or if you need to talk about circumstances impacting your studies. You can learn more about an academic personal tutor’s role here

Where can I go for support?

You can find answers to most questions as well as directions to various support services, in the Mathematics Organisation on Minerva. There are lots of resources in the 'Student Support' section and you can find key contacts in the 'Who to Talk' to section. 

If you are still unsure where to go for support, the best team to contact is the Maths Taught Student Office. You can contact us via email: maths.taught.students@leeds.ac.uk or visit the Taught Student Office on campus (School of Mathematics room 8.34) every Tuesday and Thursday 10am-4pm. You can also request a 20-minute online appointment here (please choose School of Mathematics online meeting - top left). The team consists of Ben Molzahn, Zohrah Zancundi, Aneta Plonczynska and Shuyu Chen.

For general enqueries you can speak to the University’s Student Information Service. The SIS team is available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. You can find more information about the service and how to contact them on the Asking for help webpage

If you need support with your programme or academic work, you should first contact your personal tutor and you may also want to speak to the programme manager.

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

There is a Peer Mentoring (PAL) scheme – these are weekly sessions run by students in higher levels to support you academically throughout your first year.

You can also contact your module leaders, programme leaders or academic personal tutor for support.

Skills@Library is a great resource providing extra support for students.

How will I find out more about my programme?

You will have a specific programme talk during induction week where the programme leaders will give you lots of information about what to expect.

How will I get to know other students?

During induction week, there will be activities where you can see and speak to other students.

There will also be a chance to meet other students within your PAL group when you meet your mentor.

You may want to join MathSoc (the Maths Society) which will link you to other like-minded students in a social setting. There are also plenty of other clubs and societies (you can search these on LUU website), though which you can share your interests or try something new alongside other students. 

We will also share links to other events happening within the University that will allow you to meet students outside of the School.

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to Maths?

There will be a welcome talk and programme talks, meeting with your personal tutor group, campus tours, quiz and boardgames, etc.

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

Python, R and LaTeX are the main specialist software used in the School of Maths. You can find out more on Minerva, or by asking your Personal Tutor or Programme Manager.

Where can I access resources for my degree?  

The majority of the resources you need will be provided on the module areas on Minerva. Should you require anything else, this will be signposted by your module leader.

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

You will help to improve the student academic experience by representing students on your course. You will be able to take feedback and questions to the Student Staff Partnership Forum, with the aim to improve your programme and the School of Maths as a whole. You will provide positive and constructive critical feedback to University and School staff. You will work in partnership to develop solutions where issues arise. Your role is a vital part of the communications channel between staff, students, and LUU. You are expected to actively seek student opinion and ideas to share with School and University staff. You can put this feedback forward at a variety of meetings, and most often at the Student Staff Partnership Forum.

If you’re interested, please email – maths.taught.students@leeds.ac.uk, or find more information through the Maths organisation on Minerva.

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

Yes, you can join MathSoc, we bring togther students with an interest in maths, either for their degree or a general love..Find out more on our MathSoc homepage.

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

Yes, there is the PAL scheme – these are weekly sessions run by students in higher levels to support you academically throughout your first year. At induction week you will be assigned a PAL group and will get a chance to meet your mentor and other students in the group.

How does assessment work on my programme?

The school has a Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA) which is available in Minerva. There are a variety of assessment methods used throughout your programmes. Each module leader will go though in detail what the requirements are for each module. You can also find plenty of information regarding assessment on the Maths Organisation in Minerva.

I’m a returning student

How will my programme be delivered this year?

The majority of sessions are expected to be face to face and all students are expected to attend their timetabled sessions. There will be on campus lectures, tutorials, workshops, computer practicals and the like.

How will my learning experience be different to last year?

The majority of sessions are expected to be face to face. Exams are expected to be in person.

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Look out for information and communications from the School and the University, and read everything carefully to make sure you are prepared for the start of the year. Make sure you have retrieved your IT username and password and completed your online registration and module enrolment. Remember to register for the next academic year!

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

All students are expected to attend their timetabled face to face sessions. 

If you are unable to attend any of the timetabled face to face sessions you will need to report your absence on the Student Services portal.

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

You will have meetings with your Academic Personal Tutor at key points over the year, however, you can contact them requesting to meet, should you have anything you would like to discuss.

Where can I go for support?

You can find answers to most questions as well as directions to various support services, in the Mathematics Organisation on Minerva. There are lots of resources in the 'Student Support' section and you can find key contacts in the 'Who to Talk' to section. 

If you are still unsure where to go for support, the best team to contact is the Maths Taught Student Office. You can contact us via email: maths.taught.students@leeds.ac.uk or visit the Taught Student Office on campus (School of Mathematics room 8.34) every Tuesday and Thursday 10am-4pm. You can also request a 20-minute online appointment here (please choose School of Mathematics online meeting - top left). The team consists of Ben Molzahn, Zohrah Zancundi, Aneta Plonczynska and Shuyu Chen.

For general enqueries you can speak to the University’s Student Information Service. The SIS team is available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. You can find more information about the service and how to contact them on the Asking for help webpage

If you need support with your programme or academic work, you should first contact your personal tutor and you may also want to speak to the programme manager.

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

You can contact your module leaders, programme leaders or academic personal tutor for support.

Skills@Library is a great resource providing extra support for students.

How will I find out more about my programme?

You will have a specific programme talk during induction week where the programme leaders will give you lots of information about what to expect.

How will I get to know other students?

During induction week, there will be activities where you can see and speak to other students.

You may want to join the Maths Society which will link you to other like-minded students in a social setting. There are also plenty of other clubs and societies (you can search these on LUU website), though which you can share your interests or try something new alongside other students.

We will also share links to other events happening within the University that will allow you to meet students outside of the School.

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to Maths?

Induction timetable will be posted on Mathematics Minerva Organisation when it is ready and will include returning students welcome back meetings.

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

You will help to improve the student academic experience by representing students on your course. You will be able to take feedback and questions to the Student Staff Partnership Forum, with the aim to improve your programme and the School of Maths as a whole. You will provide positive and constructive critical feedback to University and School staff. You will work in partnership to develop solutions where issues arise. Your role is a vital part of the communications channel between staff, students, and LUU. You are expected to actively seek student opinion and ideas to share with School and University staff. You can put this feedback forward at a variety of meetings, and most often at the Student Staff Partnership Forum.

If you’re interested, please email – maths.taught.students@leeds.ac.uk, or find more information through the Maths organisation on Minerva.

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

Yes, you can join MathSoc we bring togther students with an interest in maths, either for their degree or a general love. Find out more on our MathSoc homepage.

How does assessment work on my programme?

The school has a Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA) which is available in Minerva. There are a variety of assessment methods used throughout your programmes. Each module leader will go though in detail what the requirements are for each module. You can also find plenty of information regarding assessment on the Maths Organisation in Minerva.

I’m a postgraduate student

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Look out for information and communications from the School and the University, and read everything carefully to make sure you are prepared for the start of the year. Make sure you have retrieved your IT username and password and completed your online registration and module enrolment. You will need to register from 1 August and have read the welcome letter, which we have sent to you. 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?

There will be various on-campus activities throughout induction week (w/c 26 September). We will be arranging some important welcome talks, programme meetings and drop-ins as well as some social activities.

The final timetable will be posted on Mathematics Organisation on Minerva when it is ready.

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

You can contact your module leaders, programme leaders or academic personal tutor for support.

Skills@Library is a great resource providing extra support for students.

How will I find out more about my programme?

You will have a specific programme talk during induction week where the programme leaders will give you lots of information about what to expect.

How will I get to know other students?

During induction week, there will be activities where you can see and speak to other students.

You may want to join the Maths Society which will link you to other like-minded students in a social setting. There are also plenty of other clubs and societies (you can search these on LUU website), though which you can share your interests or try something new alongside other students.

We will also share links to other events happening within the University that will allow you to meet students outside of the School.

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

The majority of sessions are expected to be face to face and all students are expected to attend their timetabled sessions. There will be on campus lectures, tutorials, workshops, computer practicals and the like.

If you are unable to join us during induction week, please email maths.taught.students@leeds.ac.uk.

If you are unable to attend any of the timetabled face to face sessions you will need to report your absence on the Student Services portal.

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

Shortly after welcome week you will be assigned an Academic Personal Tutor. You will have meetings with your Academic Personal Tutor at key points over the year, however, you can contact them requesting to meet, should you have anything you would like to discuss.

Where can I go for support?

You can find answers to most questions as well as directions to various support services, in the Mathematics Organisation on Minerva. There are lots of resources in the 'Student Support' section and you can find key contacts in the 'Who to Talk to' section. 

If you are still unsure where to go for support, the best team to contact is the Maths Taught Student Office. You can contact us via email: maths.taught.students@leeds.ac.uk or visit the Taught Student Office on campus (School of Mathematics room 8.34) every Tuesday and Thursday 10am-4pm. You can also request a 20-minute online appointment here (please choose School of Mathematics online meeting - top left). The team consists of Ben Molzahn, Zohrah Zancundi, Aneta Plonczynska and Shuyu Chen.

For general enqueries you can speak to the University’s Student Information Service. The SIS team is available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. You can find more information about the service and how to contact them on the Asking for help webpage

If you need support with your programme or academic work, you should first contact your personal tutor and you may also want to speak to the programme manager.

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to Maths?

There will be a taught postgraduate welcome talk and programme talks and drop-ins, as well as some social sessions and a campus tour.

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

Python, R and LaTeX are the main specialist software used in the School of Maths. You can find out more on Minerva, or by asking your Personal Tutor or Programme Manager.

Where can I access resources for my studies?  

Most of your study materials will be available to you through module areas on Minerva. Some module leaders may also use other ways to share materials, but this will be explained to you.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

Many core reading texts can be accessed through the University Library.

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

You will help to improve the student academic experience by representing students on your course. You will be able to take feedback and questions to the Student Staff Partnership Forum, with the aim to improve your programme and the School of Maths as a whole. You will provide positive and constructive critical feedback to University and School staff. You will work in partnership to develop solutions where issues arise. Your role is a vital part of the communications channel between staff, students, and LUU. You are expected to actively seek student opinion and ideas to share with School and University staff. You can put this feedback forward at a variety of meetings, and most often at the Student Staff Partnership Forum.

If you’re interested, please email – maths.taught.students@leeds.ac.uk, or find more information through the Maths organisation on Minerva.

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

Yes, you can join MathSoc we bring togther students with an interest in maths, either for their degree or a general love. Find out more on our MathSoc homepage.

How does assessment work on my programme?

Assessment methods will differ across modules, but most involve a balance of assessed coursework and final exam. Normally, the final exam carries most weight.

Where can I find relevant career information for postgraduate students? 

The Careers Centre has information for students at all levels. Find out more about their services and support for students and graduates here on the website and see their Statement of Service for Students & Graduates

School Minerva Organisation

Maths Minerva Organisation

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