School of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to the School of Mechanical Engineering. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting or returning to your studies. 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, returning student or taught postgraduate/Masters 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?

Check out the University of Leeds Welcome website, which will guide you through what you need to do to feel settled, giving you the support, contacts and advice to make sure you are ready to go for the 2020/21 academic year.

What does my induction timetable look like?

The induction week commences on Monday 21 September 2020 and various welcome talks and events will take place across this week, most taking place online. We have yet to confirm the induction timetable, but you will be contacted via email once this has been finalised.

Will I meet my academic personal tutor face to face?

Most meetings with your academic personal tutor will primarily be done online but there may be opportunity for some face to face sessions if it is safe to do so. Your personal tutor will play an important role in supporting you during your time at Leeds. They can help you out with your transition to Leeds and your studies, discussion and review of your academic progress, direct you to support contacts and services, encourage you to develop and improve your skills, and provide regular contact.

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

You can have your say through the Student VoiceStudent Staff Forums, and your School Representatives. School Reps are appointed by the LUU to represent the views and 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. All the taught postgraduate School Rep positions are currently vacant, find out more and apply for this role

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

The School of Mechanical Engineering Society, MechEngSoc is open to all students in the School. They organise many social events throughout the year and are always happy to receive new suggestions for events. You can also visit their Facebook page to find more.

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 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 School of Mechanical Engineering Organisation in Minerva

Where can I go for support?

Student Support Office – mensso@leeds.ac.uk 

Dawn Harding, Module Enrolment, Registration and Timetabling – D.E.Harding@leeds.ac.uk

Jenny Johnson, Disability Contact – J.E.Johnson@leeds.ac.uk 

Dr Greg de Boer, Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering - G.N.deBoer@leeds.ac.uk 

Dr Kris Kubiak, Automotive Engineering – K.Kubiak@leeds.ac.uk  

Dr Junfeng Yang, Mechanical Engineering – J.Yang@leeds.ac.uk 

Dr Anthony Herbert, Medical Engineering – A.Herbert@leeds.ac.uk  

Dr Gerard Duff, Product Design – G.Duff@leeds.ac.uk 

Support will be different from last year as it will primarily be delivered online until we are informed otherwise. 

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

Once teaching begins you will be informed about what software or systems you need and provided with information on how to access them. You can also refer to the module catalogue to gain a sense of what software or systems will be used. 

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

Students will have the opportunity to provide module feedback via Enterprise survey which is accessed on Minerva. This is completely anonymous and allows you to give detailed feedback and comments. You can also contact your Course or Student Representative if you have any feedback that you would like to be forwarded on to the school. 

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

All details of assessment on modules can be found on the module catalogue. The deadlines for any assessed coursework submissions will be published on Minerva. You can also access the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA) to find detailed information on how work is assessed. Support for your academic skills can be sought through your personal tutor, programme manager, module leaders, and various module activities. For other useful resources please visit skills@library 

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!

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

You should have already received communication from the school about what to expect in the next academic session. If you haven’t yet, please email mensso@leeds.ac.uk

How will practical or lab sessions be managed? 

You should have already received communication from the school about what to expect in the next academic session. If you haven’t yet, please email mensso@leeds.ac.uk

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

Meetings will take place online via Microsoft Teams and the frequency of this is yet to be determined. However, we do expect that these will be on either a weekly or fortnightly basis. 

How will I get to know other students?

You can get to know other students through some icebreaker activities during induction week, the peer mentoring scheme, and the School of Mechanical Engineering Society. 

How will I find out more about my programme?

Please visit the Module and Programme Catalogue to access information about your programme. You can also contact your programme leader via email with your questions or thoughts. 

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?  

Yes, details will follow via email along with induction week details. If you have any queries you can contact us on mensso@leeds.ac.uk  

I’m a returning student

How will my programme be delivered this year?

Details on how your programme will be delivered can be found through Minerva

How will my learning experience be different to last year?  

In Semester 1, the delivery of teaching will be primarily online but there will still be some face to face activities. Please note that everything will be available online.  

How will practical and lab sessions be managed? 

Please refer to the Student Communications post on Minerva for information about practical and lab sessions. 

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions? 

Please refer to the Student Communications post on Minerva for information about practical and lab sessions. 

How will lab sessions be managed? 

Please refer to the Student Communications post on Minerva for information about practical and lab sessions. 

I’m a taught postgraduate/Masters student

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions? 

You should have already received communication from the school about what to expect in the next academic session. If you haven’t yet, please email mensso@leeds.ac.uk

How will practical or lab sessions be managed? 

You should have already received communication from the school about what to expect in the next academic session. If you haven’t yet, please email mensso@leeds.ac.uk

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

Meetings will take place online via Microsoft Teams and you will have a number of sessions throughout the academic year. You will be free to contact your academic personal tutor at any point to organise a meeting with them. 

How will I find out more about my programme? 

Please visit the Module and Programme Catalogue to access information about your programme. You can also contact your programme leader via email with your questions or thoughts. 

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