School of Food Science and Nutrition

Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting your studies at the School of Food Science and Nutrition. 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 should I do before I arrive?

Make sure you register and you’ve got all of your belongings with you – don’t forget your passport and acceptance letters!

What does my induction timetable look like? 

Your timetable will be available from the 14th December 2020.

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the School of Food Science and Nutrition? 

We are still planning and hope to be able to update this in the next few weeks. Leeds University Union also have welcome activities planned for you.

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

Yes, you can join the Food Science Society here 

How will I find out more about my programme? 

You’ll 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? 

There will be lost of activities that allow you to see and speak to other students online during induction week. There will also be a chance to meet other students in the personal tutor meeting. 

You may want to join the Food Science Society which will link you to other like-minded students in a social setting. 

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

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

You’ll meet your academic tutor via an online group chat with their other tutees in induction week or week 1 of teaching; this is likely to be on MS Teams or Collaborate. 

You will find more information on how personal tutoring works here. Your tutor will also explain this to you when you meet. 

Where can I go for support?  

You can find most answers to questions, and directions to support, on the Food Science and Nutrition organisation in Minerva. There’s a FAQ’s page plus lots of different tabs with various support. 

If you’re still unsure where to go for support email our School Student Support Team at Food.Student.Support@Leeds.ac.uk The team is made up of Charlotte Powell, Jane Thorn and James Titterton. It’s best to use this email as the team are able to pick the emails up quicker than in their personal email accounts. 

If you need support with your programme or academic work, you should contact your personal tutor. You may also want to speak to the programme leader too: 

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

Most of your modules will be taught online but there will be face-to-face laboratory practicals and potentially small group meetings where possible. 

How will practical or lab sessions be managed? 

For ‘on-campus’ labs there is a one-way system in laboratories; social distancing signage in place, with small groups to enable social distancing of 2m+; staggered start times; disinfectant, hand washing and hand sanitisers available in labs and solo working with no shared equipment in labs. 

Some labs will be delivered as online alternatives instead of face-to-face. 

During induction week there will be Health and Safety videos/presentations for new students and a Health and Safety test and confirmation to complete via Minerva.  

Lectures and in-person inductions (where appropriate and required for accreditation, e.g. FOOD3371) will take place for returning students. 

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 taught via Minerva. Take a look at https://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/  this is a useful site for help with using Minerva. 

Different modules use different software, but you’ll be trained on these within the module and each year that they are used; for example, MyFood24, COMSOL and others. 

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

You can help improve the student academic experience by representing students on your course in School meetings (and in other more informal settings). These course reps are a vital part of the communications channel between staff, students, and LUU. They provide positive and constructive critical feedback to University and School staff, and work in partnership to develop solutions where issues arise. 

If you’re interested, please email FoE-StudentExperience@leeds.ac.uk  

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

The school has a Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA) which will be shared with you during induction week. 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. The module FOOD1145: Key Skills in Food and Nutritional Sciences guides you through keys skills needed throughout your programme. There’s also plenty of academic skills training via skills@library

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

There are lots of ways to have your say and we want to hear from you. You can become a champion to help guide induction, support wellbeing or be the voice for equality and inclusion. 

There’s the option to be a course representative and attend the Student-Staff Forums where you’ll be able to speak to programme leaders and the Director of Student Education about your programme. You’ll be the voice of your cohort for your programme to raise any areas of improvement and help shape the courses by providing feedback for discussion. 

You may also want to be a school representative and sit on higher level meetings within the school to represent your peers as well as working with LUU in the wider University setting. If you’re interested, please email FoE-StudentExperience@leeds.ac.uk  

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

You should speak to your course representative who will collate feedback to take to the Student-Staff Forums that happen twice a semester. It’s also a good opportunity to provide positive feedback so that module leaders know what things work well that other colleagues could incorporate into their modules. 

You can also talk directly with the module leader if the feedback needs to be dealt with quickly and can’t wait for the Student-Staff Forums.

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