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.

You can scroll to a section that has information that specifically applies to you as a new student, returning student or postgraduate student, and there is information for all students below.

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.

For all students (whether you are new/returning, undergraduate or postgraduate):

Where can I go for support? 

For the Student Education Service team and student support please email studentinfo@leeds.ac.uk in the first instance. The Student Information Point (SiP) can answer most queries and anything they cannot answer will be referred to the specialist support teams. If you would rather visit them in person, you can find the points around campus here

Your Student Education Service team are the following:

Katie Tate, Student Education Service Officer
Charlotte Faulkner, Student Education Service Assistant
Naomi Tickhill, School Education Service Manager
Ibby Ibrahim – Student Education Service Officer
*You can contact all members in the first instance at studentinfo@leeds.ac.uk 

If required, the SiP will put you directly in contact with the Student Education Service team within the School and they can make you an appointment with the Student Support Officer. 

Postgraduate researchers can also contact pgr-env-fgt@leeds.ac.uk

Where can I access resources for my degree?

The majority of our teaching will be through Minerva, https://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/ is a useful site to help with using Minerva. You can find the library resources on this link:

https://library.leeds.ac.uk/subjects/1157/food-science-and-nutrition

Where can I find relevant career information throughout my studies? 

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

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

You can contact Becky Winwood, our Employability and Placements Officer at R.Winwood@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. 

Within the School of Food Science and Nutrition, we have the Food Science society, which is open for students on any course within the School of Food and Nutrition to join. 
The Food Science society organise trips and socials to give you a chance to widen your interest in food studies and get to know people on your course outside of lectures. 

We hold many activities and socials and we have a new LUFSS Women's Netball team for those who enjoy sport. We have regular socials planned throughout the year which include: nights out, cheese & wine night, Bongo Bingo and a summer BBQ. To find out more you can join ‘LUFSS – Leeds Uni Food Science Society’ on Facebook 

Faculty of Environment Sustainability Society *NEW* for 2022-23. Find more information about this society here.

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 personal tutor can help with any questions or your module leader can talk you through aspects of your module that you don’t understand. 

The Faculty of Environment also, uniquely, 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: https://peopledevelopment.leeds.ac.uk/news/linkedin-learning-recommended-for-students/

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

The Library liaises closely with academic staff delivering on the BSc, MSci and MSc Nutrition courses to ensure that the Library’s print and electronic material is appropriate to the curriculum.  Many books and most periodicals are available in electronic format. Reading lists for the modules of the BSc, MSci and MSc Nutrition programmes are submitted to the Library and updated by module leaders via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. This information is used to ensure adequate numbers of required texts are available for students. Stock usage is monitored and, where necessary, additional copies are purchased or loan periods adjusted to meet student demand You can find your reading lists on the module catalogue http://webprod3.leeds.ac.uk/catalogue/modulesearch.asp?L=UG&Y=202122&E=FOOD&N=all&S=&A=any

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, https://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/ is a useful site to help with using Minerva. Certain modules use specific software and you will be taught how to use this software in those modules. You will see in your timetable Navigating Minerva sessions which we encourage you to attend to learn how to use the software.

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

The School has specialised teaching laboratory facilities in Food Processing, Food Sensory Evaluation, Texture Analysis and Food Analysis. Laboratory classes are considered fundamental to the nutrition programme, and on average, students would spend around 3-6 hours per week in practical work. Academic staff and experienced technical staff support students’ experiential learning and development, and laboratory sessions introduce and develop many important transferable skills relevant to the course as well as future employability. Laboratory sessions are embedded into different modules and focus on food analysis, food biochemistry, food processing, product development and physiology. In addition, modern research facilities (e.g. iDXA, indirect calorimetry, genomic and proteomic lab, human cell culture) are available to students during specialised modules and during the final year, as dictated by the specifics of their individual research project.   

Our specialist facilities include the latest equipment for investigating the colloidal nature of foods, small and wide angle X-ray scattering equipment (SAXs & WAXS), cutting-edge electron microscopy facilities, texture analysers, tribometers as well as HPLC and GC analytical equipment.

Across the University of Leeds campus there are computer clusters, study areas and library spaces that are available to book. 

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 form by Monday 10 October (12pm). Further information will be given to you during induction week. 

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

How does assessment work on my programme?

Over the course of your degree programme, we will assess you in lots of different ways.  In 2020-21, this was the range of assessment over a 5 year programme.  You can see how we assess particularly by looking at the module of interest on the module catalogue http://webprod3.leeds.ac.uk/catalogue/modulesearch.asp?L=UG&Y=202122&E=FOOD&N=all&S=&A=any

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, https://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/ is a useful site to help with using Minerva. Certain modules use specific software and you will be taught how to use this software in those modules.

Where can I get my questions answered? 

You can check our Padlet here  where you can ask questions and see what others have asked too. You can also visit the SiP’s, come along to the Student Education Service Q+A drop in’s on your induction timetable or ask any questions during any other session in induction week.

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

We have built on the peer mentoring scheme and adapted it to be the School of Food Science and Nutrition buddy programme, which you can apply to join in the section above.

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: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/international-students.

For home students, there isn’t anything you need to prepare specifically for the school.  You will be given all the information you need before you come with regards to registration, setting up a bank account if you don’t have one for example. Getting prepped for the school induction – just turn up and we will let you know what needs to be done. You should keep checking your University email address to keep up to date with the latest information. 

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 Food Science & Nutrition, explain more about your course and let you meet other students. This year, all of induction will be in person, on campus. Induction week will introduce you to the personal tutor scheme, allow you to meet your student community, attend a laboratory induction, a programme talk plus more. You should attend all sessions because the activities are designed so that you can meet one another, meet the staff and create a sense of belonging to the School.

For detailed information regarding your induction week please follow the link to the timetable here

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

You will be allocated an Academic Personal Tutor when you join us in September and Academic Personal Tutorials and meetings with Project Supervisors can take place either on campus or online as decided by both the student and supervisor.  The tutor will manage discussions, meetings and any forms that need to be completed. You will meet your personal tutor in one-to-one meetings six times a year – this may be as a group or individually. You will find out more about it during induction week. As an undergraduate student you will have the same personal tutor throughout your course.

During induction you will be introduced to your programme leader and personal tutor who you will be able to contact for support too.

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 works, how it fits together and the modules assigned to it.  You will also meet the other students on that programme and in the School by attending talks, activities and socials.

How will I get to know other students? 

There are lots of ways to get to know each other. Alongside your talks, during the week, we will be running socials such as our team challenge on the Friday, quizzes on the Thursday, as well as campus tours, group tutor meetings and welcome sessions. All of these in combination will create the perfect opportunities for you to meet other students, as well as by engaging with Leeds University Union. 

You can join the School of Food Science and Nutrition 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. 

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 Food Science and Nutrition?

During the week, we will be running a programme of talks, activities and socials to welcome you to the School. 

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 

How will my learning experience be different to last year? 

All teaching and activities will be in person on campus.

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Nothing just turn up. You should keep checking your University emails to keep up to date with the latest information.

What does my induction timetable look like?

This will be communicated with you closer to the start of term.  

Will I be required to attend in person sessions?

Yes, unless you have a valid reason (such as illness) students are expected to attend all in person teaching on campus. Please see here  for details on how to report your absence.

Personal Tutorials can take place either on campus or online as decided by both the student and supervisor. Students undertaking a literature review or final year research project are also able to meet with supervisors on or off campus and we have requested that library tutorials relating to these modules will be timetabled on campus. 

Final year projects can be lab-based, computer/desk-based or a combination depending on the project area you select.

How will I find out more about my programme? 

The details should be on Minerva, following on from students end of year talks in June

How will I get to know other students? 

The Faculty of Environment is hosting the Unity Welcome Sessions during Induction week and throughout October for current students as well as new students. These sessions are for students who have entered University from a variety of different backgrounds, including undergraduates aged 21 or older when they started their degree, 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 12:30 – 2:00pm. There are also social activities planned for every Wednesday afternoon throughout October.  

If you’d like to attend any of these sessions, please email S.Renville@leeds.ac.uk 

 

I’m a new postgraduate student

What do I need to do before I arrive? 

Just turn up to school induction and we will let you know what needs to be done.

How will my programme be delivered this year?

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 Food Science & Nutrition, explain more about your course and let you meet other students. This year, all of induction will be delivered face to face on campus. Induction week will introduce you to the personal tutor scheme, allow you to meet your student community, attend a laboratory induction and a programme talk plus more.  You should prioritise attending because the activities are designed so that you can meet one another, meet the staff and create a sense of belonging to the School. You can see your induction timetable here 

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

Yes, unless you have a valid reason (such as illness).

If you have a research project associated with your programme, this can be lab-based, desk-based or follow a hybrid approach depending on the research area you select. If you have a team-based project associated with your programme, this will mainly take place on campus. You will be allocated an Academic Personal Tutor when you join us in September and Academic Personal Tutorials and meetings with Project Supervisors can take place either on campus or online as decided by both the student and supervisor.

What does my induction timetable look like?

You can find the taught postgraduate student timetable for induction here

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

You will be allocated an Academic Personal Tutor when you join us in September and Academic Personal Tutorials and meetings with Project Supervisors can take place either on campus or online as decided by both the student and supervisor.  The tutor will manage discussions, meetings and any forms that need to be completed. You will meet your personal tutor in one-to-one meetings six times a year – this may be as a group or individually. You will find out more about it during induction week. You will have the same personal tutor throughout your course.

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 works, how it fits together and the modules assigned to it.  You will also meet the other students on that programme – it will be virtual but pop your cameras on and have a chat with your colleagues and tutors.

How will I get to know other students? 

There are lots of ways to get to know each other. Alongside your talks, during the week, we will be running socials such as our team challenge on the Friday, quizzes on the Thursday, as well as campus tours, group tutor meetings and welcome sessions. All of these in combination will create the perfect opportunities for you to meet other students, as well as by engaging with Leeds University Union. 

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 

 

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