School of Earth and Environment

Welcome to the School of Earth and Environment! Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting your studies at Leeds. 

Make sure to read the information for ‘All Students’ first – this includes tasks you need to complete before the start of term, facilities for your programme and where to go for more information or support. You can then 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 of this page.

If you’re a postgraduate researcher, you’ll need to look at your Faculty welcome and induction information to help you get started.


All Students

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

Yes – Both induction and teaching sessions will be held in person by default. You can view a map of the University here. Make sure to check your timetable for more details.

Where can I go for support?

Your first place to go to for help is a Student information Point. The closest to the School is in the Worsley Building – you can view a map of all SiPs here, or contact them by phone (0800 915 0402) or email (studentinfo@leeds.ac.uk). If your query is confidential, please contact see-studentsupport@leeds.ac.uk instead. The SiPs can answer most queries; anything they cannot answer will be referred to the Specialist Support Teams.

During induction you will be introduced to your Programme Leader and Academic Personal Tutor who you will also be able to contact for support.

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

  • You have access to a range of tutors who are there to support you; your Academic Personal Tutor can help with any questions, and your Module Leaders and Programme Leader can talk you through any aspects of your modules that you don’t understand.  

  • We also have an online platform supplied by the Royal Literary Fund to run sessions with students. RLF Writing Fellows are professional writers who offer individual appointments where students can discuss all aspects of their writing, such as structuring an argument, making the essay clearer and improving style. The sessions are free, confidential and independent of the university. 

  • In addition to this, all University of Leeds students get free access to over 16,000 LinkedIn Learning courses, to support with study skills, time management, building resilience & many other areas. You can view the recommended courses here

  • LUU’s Help and Support team can give you general advice, as well as help with personal, financial and academic issues. You can access LUU Support online or in the Union building.

  • Our Skills@Library service can help you develop your skills for academic study.

  • Visit careerweb.leeds.ac.uk for support with career and employability development.

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

The majority of our teaching will be through Minerva. You can view a guide to using Minerva here. Certain modules use specific software and you will be taught how to use this software in those modules.

Where can I access resources for my degree?  

The majority of our teaching resources will be available through Minerva. You can view a guide to using Minerva here. If you have any sessions online, they will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and/or Blackboard Ultra.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

The Library liaises closely with academic staff from the School to ensure that the library’s print and electronic material is appropriate to the curriculum. A list of the core reading texts for each module is on the module catalogue. You can check if your core reading texts are available in the library by using the online search function.

What facilities are available for my course, and how can I take advantage of them?

Whilst studying your undergraduate degree with us you will be based in the School of Earth and Environment, situated in the heart of campus and home to one of the UK’s largest groupings of Earth, Environmental and Social Scientists. During your studies you will have access to specialist labs and facilities relevant to your degree.

We are continually investing in the best facilities for you, and you will find everything you need for your studies right here on campus. 

Earth visualisation lab

Undergraduate students studying Geology, Geophysics or Environmental Science will spend time in our Earth Visualisation Lab – a 96-capacity teaching laboratory that offers an immersive and collaborative learning atmosphere. Dual-monitor computer clusters allow students to work together, and our recently overhauled AV system is capable of broadcasting a variety of feeds to every desk, including videomicroscopes (both polarising and binocular stereo type), a visualiser for examining specimens, and PC or laptop feeds for computer demonstration.

The lab is also home to 85 polarising microscopes for rock analysis, a number of binocular stereo zoom microscopes for micropalaeontology and ore genesis work and the extra-deep desks are suitable for laying out large geological maps for teaching 3D thinking skills. The EVL also holds the core teaching collections - specimens of >100 types of geological specimens with associated collections of thin sections, polished blocks, fossils, maps and other teaching materials.

Geophysical field equipment

The School operates a range of Geophysical field survey systems, including gravity, resistivity, RADAR, seismic and electro/magnetic instrumentation. Students use these systems throughout their BSc, MGeophys and MSc Geophysics programmes to explore and understand subsurface structure. They receive training during taught-course programmes, and may elect to undertake a field-based dissertation project using this equipment.

Study areas

In the School, there is a dedicated 50 seat computer cluster with dual-boot Microsoft and Linux operating systems. The cluster is used for undergraduate practical labs and can also be used for project work. 

The Kennedy library is also located within the School; this is a quiet study space with 6 computers. All students are able to access and book seats and group spaces in the University libraries.

Being so centrally located in campus, you are also close by the Students’ Union building and its many cafés which offer a relaxing space for studying or catching up with friends. All areas around campus have Wi-Fi access.

Lecture theatres

You will be taught in a range of different lecture theatres and seminar rooms, all with the latest audio-visual technology and professional presentation equipment. There are a number of seminar rooms situated in the School that can be adjusted and rearranged dependent on class size and requirements to offer a less formal environment for group work and meetings. 

Some classes may also be taught in central teaching spaces of the University.

University facilities

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

As a Course Rep you will work in a community alongside your school’s staff, School Reps, and other students to effectively create change. By representing students on your course you will enhance the student learning experience by voicing and challenging academic issues. Your role can influence major changes.

To find out more about becoming a Course Rep and how to apply please read the role information and then apply via the MS form, here by Monday 10 October (12pm).

If you have any questions please e-mail the Faculty Student Experience Officer at foe-studentexperience@leeds.ac.uk.

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

Leeds has one of the largest students’ unions in the country. Leeds University Union (LUU) exists to represent, support and entertain you throughout your student years.

The union has over 300 activities to choose from – you can get involved in anything from football to chess, wine tasting to skydiving, dance to ‘a cappella’. You can even try your hand at Quidditch! Through the Global Community you can connect with students from over 140 different countries and take part in a range of international activities.

We have a number of groups run by students in the School of Earth and Environment – societies, student groups or student chapters (often a subgroup of a larger organisation). Joining doesn’t mean you have to attend events, but it is an excellent way to meet like-minded people. You could even be elected as a member of the committee – a great opportunity to build on your management and leadership skills.

  • ROCSOC
    Socials, sporting activities and talks on geology are organised throughout the year - this society attracts Geo/Geophys/Environment students and has links to the Leeds Geological Society. Highlights include trips to Whitby and Amsterdam.
  • Enviro-Soc 
    Social and educational activities related to all disciplines of the Environment, including Management, Business, Conservation, Science, Transport and Sustainability - this society attracts Environment/Meteorology and Climate/Sustainability students.  Highlights have included a bicycle powered cinema and comedy night - 'Laugh in the Face of Climate Change'
  • Faculty of Environment Sustainability Society *NEW* for 2022-23. Look out for information on joining this society during Induction week!
  • Sustainability Action Group (SAG)
    Students and staff with an active interest in talking, watching films with a social, ethical or environmental interest, and sharing information and ideas to stimulate thinking about environmental and sustainable issues. The group works with the University to achieve sustainability on campus. Highlights include the beehive project and the siting of beehive within the biodiversity garden.
  • Society of Economic Geologists (SEG Student Chapter)
    This student chapter attracts students interested in mineral exploration. The emphasis is on building the employability of student members through developing links with industry through guest speakers and site visits. The chapter is very active in attending industry events and since 2012 has been sending members to the SEG roundup in Vancouver.
  • SEE Sports Clubs
    Our School of Earth and Environment sports teams represent the School in the intra mural leagues in hockey, rugby, cricket, football and netball. They provide the opportunity to get involved with a team in a friendly environment made up of PhD, Masters and undergrad students from the school.
  • Royal Meteorological Society Yorkshire Local Centre
    The School hosts meetings of the Yorkshire Local Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society. Students are welcome to attend these monthly, free, evening public talks on weather and climate where experts share their insights. Students also get the chance to present their final year mapping projects to the association and are encouraged to attend fieldtrips throughout the summer.

Why Join a Club or society?

Being in a club or society is a great way to keep an active social life and gain valuable skills while you’re studying at the University of Leeds.

Student Activities Team

The Activities team exist to look after Clubs and Societies and can help you out with any related questions. Our Activities Desk is open Monday – Friday 10am-4pm.  Pop in and see us on level 1 of the Union, phone us on 0113 3801 206, or email activities@leeds.ac.uk. You can also search our FAQs on the LUU Engage website.

How does assessment work on my programme?

You will be assessed using a variety of methods from written assessments and exams to presentations, group work, podcasts and posters. The assessment method will depend on your programme and modules. Your module leaders will be able to provide more information on how the module will be assessed. You can also check the module catalogue for more information on the module content and assessment method.


I’m a new undergraduate student                 

What do I need to do before I arrive?

For international students, there is a detailed ‘preparing for Leeds’ section here

For home students, there isn’t anything you need to prepare specifically for arriving at The School of Earth and Environment.

You will be given all the information you need before you come with regards to registration, how to enrol on modules and other key tasks.

What does my induction timetable look like?

Your induction timetable consists of different talks and activities that are designed to introduce you to the School of Earth and Environment, explain more about your course and let you meet other students. This year, the majority of your induction sessions will be held online.

Your induction timetable can be found here: https://seeinduction.blogspot.com/.

If you have any questions, there will be plenty of opportunities during induction week to ask them, including several Q&A sessions with the Student Education Service team.

To start, here are some key tasks you will need to complete outside of the timetabled sessions during your induction week:

Compulsory

Helpful

You should prioritise attending the welcome sessions as the activities are designed so that you can meet fellow staff and students and create a sense of belonging within the School.

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

  • Small group or one-to-one sessions with your Academic Personal Tutor will take place between 15:00 and 17:00 on Monday 26th September or between 9:00 and 11:00 on Tuesday 27th September. You will be contacted by your personal tutor to arrange this.

How will I find out more about my programme?        

During induction week, you will meet your programme leader who will tell you all about the programme you are on, how it is structured and which modules you can choose from.  You will also meet the other students on your programme.

How will I get to know other students?

There are lots of ways to get to know each other.  During the week, we will be running many in-person welcome sessions and informal lunches. You can also meet like-minded people by engaging with the societies and events at Leeds University Union.

 

You can join the School of Earth and Environment Buddy programme, which is open for applications (links below) and has been designed to help you make connections with other students in your year group, based on your preferences including hobbies and interests. You can choose to be matched one to one or in a small group. To apply, please read the participant agreement, here and then complete the application form for your School, here. There is no application deadline, however we encourage you to apply by Friday 7th October so that we can match you quickly, in your first few weeks. Look out for an invitation to the Meet Your Peers Socials in October, which will be an opportunity to meet your buddy, other students and join the programme! If you have any questions, please e-mail foe-studentexperience@leeds.ac.uk.

The Faculty of Environment has a Mature Student Network, for new and current mature students, who are defined as undergraduates aged 21 or older and taught postgraduates aged 25 or older at the start of their degree programmes. The network is an opportunity to meet and communicate with other mature students within your school and across the faculty. Network members also receive updates via Microsoft Teams on relevant opportunities and activities happening within your school/the faculty, as well as across the University.   

There are opportunities to attend sessions such as employability workshops, as well as informal social get-togethers where you can meet other students in the network. Previous socials have included trips to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, social darts at Flight Club, Junkyard Golf and Ten Pin.   

Eligible students will be contacted with more details, or you can submit your details via this link to register your interest: sign-up form.

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to Earth & Environment (SEE)?

We have planned a series of virtual welcome sessions, run by the Director of Student Education (DSE) for SEE, the Student Education Service (SES) team and your programme leaders. We have a very detailed induction timetable, which you can view here, https://seeinduction.blogspot.com/, and hope that by the end of induction you will feel part of the wonderful SEE community. Please note that many of these sessions are compulsory.

The Faculty of Environment is hosting the Unity Welcome Sessions during Induction week and throughout October. These sessions are for students who are entering University from a variety of different backgrounds, including undergraduates aged 21 or older, students who have completed Access to Leeds/another access course or completed a foundation year at the Lifelong Learning Centre, students with caring responsibilities, as well as students living at home and commuting onto campus. The first session is a welcome lunch for students for new and current students on Wednesday 28th September (more details are on your Induction timetable). 


I’m a returning student

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Compulsory

Helpful

What does my induction timetable look like?

Your induction timetable can be found here: https://seeinduction.blogspot.com/.

Where can I go for support?

  • The Student Education Service team have organised Q&A Drop in Sessions throughout induction week. Details of these can be found on your Induction timetable. These sessions are optional but we would highly recommend attending.

  • Your first place to go to for help is a Student information Point. The closest to the School is in the Worsley Building – you can view a map of all SiPs here, or contact them by phone (0800 915 0402) or email (studentinfo@leeds.ac.uk). If your query is confidential, please contact see-studentsupport@leeds.ac.uk instead.

  • You can view a helpful list of a range of support contacts here.

  • If you are a mature or part-time student, you can also access support through the Lifelong Learning Centre.

 

How will I get to know other students?

You can join the School of Earth and Environment Buddy programme, which is open for applications (links below) and has been designed to help you make connections with other students in your year group, based on your preferences including hobbies and interests. You can choose to be matched one to one or in a small group. To apply, please read the participant agreement, here and then complete the application form for your School, here. There is no application deadline, however we encourage you to apply by Friday 7th October so that we can match you quickly, in your first few weeks. Look out for an invitation to the Meet Your Peers Socials in October, which will be an opportunity to meet your buddy, other students and join the programme! If you have any questions, please e-mail foe-studentexperience@leeds.ac.uk.

 

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

As a Course Rep you will work in a community alongside your school’s staff, School Reps, and other students to effectively create change. By representing students on your course you will enhance the student learning experience by voicing and challenging academic issues. Your role can influence major changes.

To find out more about becoming a Course Rep and how to apply please read the role information and then apply via the MS form, here by Monday 10 October (12pm).

If you have any questions please e-mail the Faculty Student Experience Officer at foe-studentexperience@leeds.ac.uk.


I’m a new postgraduate student

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Here are some key tasks you will need to complete outside of the timetabled sessions during your induction week:

Compulsory

Helpful

What does my induction timetable look like?

Your induction timetable can be found here: https://seeinduction.blogspot.com/.

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

  • Small group or one-to-one sessions with your Academic Personal Tutor will take place between 10:00 and 12:00 on Wednesday 28th September, or during lunch on Tuesday 27th if you are an MRes student. You will be contacted by your Personal Tutor to arrange this.

  • If you have not received any contact from your Personal Tutor by the end of induction week, please get in touch at see-studentsupport@leeds.ac.uk.

Where can I go for support?

  • The Student Education Service team have organised Q&A Drop in Sessions throughout induction week. Details of these can be found on your Induction timetable. These sessions are optional but we would highly recommend attending.

  • Your first place to go to for help is a Student information Point. The closest to the School is in the Worsley Building – you can view a map of all SiPs here, or contact them by phone (0800 915 0402) or email (studentinfo@leeds.ac.uk). If your query is confidential, please contact see-studentsupport@leeds.ac.uk instead.

  • You can view a helpful list of a range of support contacts here.

  • If you are a part-time student, you can also access support through the Lifelong Learning Centre.

 

How will I get to know other students?

You can join the School of Earth and Environment Buddy programme, which is open for applications (links below) and has been designed to help you make connections with other students in your year group, based on your preferences including hobbies and interests. You can choose to be matched one to one or in a small group. To apply, please read the participant agreement, here and then complete the application form for your School, here. There is no application deadline, however we encourage you to apply by Friday 7th October so that we can match you quickly, in your first few weeks. Look out for an invitation to the Meet Your Peers Socials in October, which will be an opportunity to meet your buddy, other students and join the programme! If you have any questions, please e-mail foe-studentexperience@leeds.ac.uk.

 

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

As a Course Rep you will work in a community alongside your school’s staff, School Reps, and other students to effectively create change. By representing students on your course you will enhance the student learning experience by voicing and challenging academic issues. Your role can influence major changes.

To find out more about becoming a Course Rep and how to apply please read the role information and then apply via the MS form, here by Monday 10 October (12pm).

If you have any questions please e-mail the Faculty Student Experience Officer at foe-studentexperience@leeds.ac.uk.

Where can I find relevant career information for postgraduate students?

  • Our Employability team is here to support, guide and advise you.

  • You can access our University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country with experienced advisers and strong relationships with Graduate recruiters.

  • The Careers centre run drop-in sessions as well as mock interviews, CV checking and a lot of resources to support students with their career choices.

  • You can contact our Employability and Placements Officer at L.Hartland@leeds.ac.uk.


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