School of Computing

On this page you’ll find everything you need to know about starting your studies at the School of Computing.

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? 

Look out for information from the School and the University, including your IT username and password. You can then complete your online registration and module enrolment. The information we send will also help you be prepared for the start of the year and make sure you understand where your induction activites will be held on campus.

How will practical or lab sessions be managed? 

All lectures, lab classes and tutorials will be held face-to-face on campus. You’ll be scheduled to attend a number of labs and tutorials each week. You’ll be able to see your timetable on the UniLeeds app.

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

Yes, the School of Computing will be delivering all lectures, lab classes and tutorials on campus. 

Where can I go for support?

Help and support are always available- please get in touch if you are unsure about anything relating to your course, support, or general university life. 

The first point of call for most students is the Student Information Service. You need support you can email the Student Information Service (SIS) at or telephone the Student Information Service on 0800 915 0402. If you are outside of the UK, you can telephone the Student Information Service on +44 (0)113 343 7000. You can also visit a Student Information Point at various locations across the campus. They’re responsible for your care and will help you with any administrative processes. If you need academic support you can contact your personal tutor. 

At the end of each module you’ll be asked to complete a short module survey. This survey is used to review modules on an annual basis.  You can also talk to us at any point during the module - just contact the module leader directly. Alternatively, you can raise your concerns anonymously with the course representatives.  

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

The School has a course and school representative system. The role of a course representative is to represent students on the course at the School level. Course representatives attend the Student:Staff forum, who gather regularly to raise concerns and highlight best practice in the School.  

If you’re not happy with something or have a question, you can also speak to the module leader.  

I’m a new student

What does my induction timetable look like? 

You can view the induction timetable on the UniLeeds app

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

Before induction week you’ll be given a personal tutor and you’ll meet them, as well as other students during induction week at our drop-in sessions. Your tutor can answer any academic-related questions throughout the semester. You’ll meet your tutor weekly to guide you through work that has been given in the tutorials. 

How will I find out more about my programme?

Information about your programme is in the online programme catalogue. If you have questions about your programme speak to your personal tutor. 

How will I get to know other students?

You’ll be allocated to a small group who are studying the same or a similar programme to you. You’ll have weekly group meetings with these students and they’ll become your colleagues. You will also be allocated to lab classes and tutorial groups. We recommend you join the Computing Society (CompSoc) to meet more of your colleagues.

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the School of Computing?

A range of welcome activities will take place during induction week on campus. Full details will be on the induction week timetable which will be emailed out to all students by 23 September.

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

You’ll be provided with the software you need for your study. Most of the software is free and open source.  

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

Course representatives represent their course at the Student:Staff forum. Their job is to listen to their colleagues and raise any concerns.  

If you’d like to become a course rep, then please check your emails for an invitation for nomination. This will be sent during the start of the semester. You can nominate yourself. 

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

The School of Computing has a departmental Leeds University Union society, the Computing Society (CompSoc). You can find out about it and have an opportunity to meet CompSoc during induction. 

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

You’ll be allocated a personal tutor before induction. Your tutor will have students across all levels of study, these students will be part of your academic family and will be happy to support you. 

You can contact members of your academic family using Microsoft Teams.  

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

The modules on your programme have a set of learning outcomes. Assessments for each module have been designed for you to demonstrate these learning outcomes on their completion and they contribute towards the programme learning outcomes. By the time you finish your programme you’ll demonstrate all of the programme learning outcomes across the modules you’ve studied. 

Across your modules you will be shown a number of technical skills and have the opportunity to develop academic skills. Your tutor and module staff will support the development of your academic skills. If you require additional support use Skills@Library support. 

I’m a returning student

How will my programme be delivered this year?

All lectures, lab classes and tutorials will be on campus, face-to-face. 

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

You’ll met your academic personal tutor during the first few weeks of teaching. If you need any further support from your personal tutor, please contact them to book an appointment to discuss your concerns.

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