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. 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 

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE I ARRIVE? 

You’ll need to register online and  make sure you’ve got all of your belongings with you – don’t forget your passport and acceptance letters!  Keep an eye on safety updates and watch our safety video to find out how your time on campus will be managed in a Covid-secure way. If you’re a new postgraduate student, work through the Transition to Leeds resource which covers everything you need to know about coming to University this year.

WHAT WELCOME ACTIVITIES DO YOU HAVE PLANNED TO WELCOME ME TO EARTH AND ENVIRONMENT? 

 Lots! You will be sent a timetable for induction week before you start. Leeds University Union also have welcome activities planned for you.

WHAT DOES MY INDUCTION TIMETABLE LOOK LIKE?  

In induction week on the 11th January, you’ll take part in some online meetings with key academics and staff from our school. This will welcome you into our school community and provide you with the key information you need on getting started and how to succeed on your course. You’ll also take part in some activities that will introduce you to your classmates and to staff, and help you get to know your school. These sessions will be hosted live online, via Blackboard Collaborate. You will also have a meeting with your personal tutor. Your personal induction timetable will be shared with you prior to your arrival.

HOW WILL I GET TO KNOW OTHER STUDENTS?  

We will have some activities during induction week so that you get to know your fellow students. You can also join the student societies in our School, RocSoc and EnviroSoc

HOW WILL I MEET MY ACADEMIC PERSONAL TUTOR?  HOW WILL ACADEMIC PERSONAL TUTORING WORK? 

 You’ll meet your personal tutor during induction week, although this will be online via Microsoft Teams, rather than face-to-face. They will invite you to subsequent meetings throughout the academic year, although you can request additional meetings when you need them.

WILL I BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND FACE-TO-FACE SESSIONS?  

Our aim is to provide students with a mix of online and face-to-face activity. Nevertheless, depending on the current circumstances and Government advice on COVID-19, it is highly likely that most of the teaching will be online, at least at the start of semester 2. We expect students will attend all teaching activities as timetabled unless pre-agreed by the Director of Student Education in advance.

ARE THERE ANY SOCIETIES I CAN JOIN FOR THE SCHOOL/PROGRAMME?  

Yes. Within the School, the two main societies are RocSoc (for earth science-related programmes) and EnviroSoc (for environment programmes). There are also a number of other student-led organisations which organise academic and social events relevant to our degrees. 

HOW WILL PRACTICAL OR LAB SESSIONS BE MANAGED?  

Initially, all sessions will be online. We hope to be able to restore face-to-face practical and lab sessions as the semester progresses, but will keep the situation under review and will let you know in plenty of time what these will be and how they’ll be managed. Any practical teaching using the School laboratories will be undertaken in a safe and socially-distanced manner. 

HOW WILL I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY PROGRAMME?  

You’ll meet your programme leader virtually in induction week, and they will provide key information on the programme. In the meantime, you can find out more in the Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

HOW WILL I HAVE MY SAY ON MY PROGRAMME AND SCHOOL? 

You can contact your lecturers and tutors directly about any matters related to the course. Alternatively, each course will have a representative (elected by students) who can raise any queries or issues on your behalf at our Student Staff Partnership Forums.  

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF COURSE REPRESENTATIVES AND HOW DO I VOLUNTEER?

Course Representatives are elected by students to represent the views on their course. It’s their job to coordinate and relay your views within the School community, particularly through the regular Student:Staff Forums. You’ll receive more information about these positions in the first few weeks of term. 

HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON THE DELIVERY OF MY MODULES?  

You will be asked to complete a feedback form for all your modules. We also encourage you to contact staff throughout the semesters with any concerns, so that they can be addressed promptly and effectively. 

You can also ask your Course Rep to raise anything that’s concerning you at the Student:Staff Forum. 

HOW DOES ASSESSMENT WORK ON MY PROGRAMME AND WHAT SUPPORT IS PROVIDED WITH ACADEMIC SKILLS?  

We have a deliberately varied strategy of assessment in your programme, to bring out the best in you. We have an extensive set of support, from individual one-to-one meetings to help with your writing, to extensive library support through Skills@Library which can help with information on academic integrity, referencing styles and many more academic skills. You can find out more during the induction process. 

You’ll have access to an assessment timetable at the start of the year via MINERVA so you know what to expect.   

You’ll also receive feedback as you progress through the programme modules which will help you focus on your development needs.  

ARE THERE ANY SPECIALIST SOFTWARE OR SYSTEMS THAT I NEED FOR MY PROGRAMME AND WHERE DO I FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT IT? 

It’s really useful for you to have your own PC or laptop so you can access all of the University’s resources and online learning programs.  These include: 

  • MINERVA - a virtual learning environment where individual programme modules can be found by name or code number 
  • Office 365 - where you can access your email account and Microsoft Teams, as well as other MS Office programs. Teams is particularly useful to have, as it may be used during induction, teaching and personal tutor meetings.  You can download it as an app on your phone or tablet or via a web browser. 

Module leaders will be in touch with you about any relevant software and systems you may need. We have an extensive set of specialist software. 

WHERE CAN I GO FOR SUPPORT? 

We use generic email addresses for the Student Support Team, so that we can provide you with the quickest response, rather than emailing individual staff members. You can contact the Student Support Team on the following email addresses: 

General Enquiries – see-ses@leeds.ac.uk 
Assessment Issues – see-assessment@leeds.ac.uk  
Student Support Issues – SEE-StudentSupport@leeds.ac.uk  
You can also contact your programme leader for advice, information and guidance on academic matters. 

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