School of Geography

Welcome to the School of Geography! Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting your studies. 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 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

 

I’m a new undergraduate student        

            

What do I need to do before I arrive?

If you’re a new student you’ll need to register from the 1st September and read the welcome letter that we have sent to you.  

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. 

Anything else you need will be emailed to you before the academic year starts. 

 

What does my induction timetable look like?

Your induction timetable (Undergraduate Timetable or Postgraduate Timetable) consists of different talks and activities that are designed to introduce you to the School of Geography, explain more about your course and let you meet other students. Induction week will introduce you to the personal tutor scheme, allow you to meet your student community and a programme talk plus more. You should prioritise attendance because the activities are designed so that you can meet one another, meet the staff and create a sense of belonging to the School. 

 

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

Personal tutors will be allocated within the first couple of weeks of term, you will be contacted by email to arrange your first meeting. You will meet with your personal tutor over the academic year in, semester 1, semester 2 and before dissertation submission but you can request additional meetings if you require support.  

You’ll find personal tutoring information here. Your tutor will explain this to you when you meet. 

 

Where can I go for support? 

For any non-academic or administrative queries, you can contact the Student information Service team at studentinfo@leeds.ac.uk   If you’d like to speak to someone, let us know your phone number when you email, and we’ll call you if we can. Otherwise, we’ll answer by email. 

You can also contact the Student information Service team if you’re struggling with a personal issue which could affect your studies.

 You can also find similar useful information on the on the Flying Start page

 

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 and programme leader can talk you through aspects of your module that you don’t understand. A study support resource is available on our website at https://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/10109/study_support

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.  

Leeds University students also have access to LinkedIn Learning: Recommended content for students

 

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. The 2022/23 Programme catalogue is also a valuable resource of programme information.

 

How will I get to know other students?

You can join the School of Geography 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 Geography?

We have a series of welcome sessions which you will be given more information on closer to the induction week. The intention is to have both staff-led and student-led interactive sessions, as well as informative sessions, and the opportunity for you to ask questions. We are confident that by the end of induction you will feel part of the wonderful Geography community.

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). 

 

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 access resources for my degree?  

There is a large amount of useful information on the School’s Minerva Organisation

 

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

No, our libraries (virtual and physical) are stocked with all the core reading texts so there is no need to purchase any of them unless you choose to.  You can find your reading lists by clicking on the relevant module listed on your programme: 2022/23 Programme catalogue.

 

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

You can help to improve the student academic experience by representing students on your course. You can represent students from your course in school meetings (and in other more informal settings) providing positive and constructive critical feedback to University and School staff. The role is a vital part of the communications channel between staff, students, and LUU. You would be expected to actively seek student opinion and ideas to share with School and University staff. You can put this feedback forward at a variety of meetings, and most often at the Student Staff Forum.

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.

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 in the meantime 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?

Yes! you can join GeogSoc, who you will meet during induction week. You can find out more here https://www.luu.org.uk/clubs-and-societies/browse-clubs-and-societies/geography/ 

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

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. 

 

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 Geography student buddy programme which you can apply to join in the section above on ‘How will I get to know other students’.

How does assessment work on my programme?

The school has a Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA) this will be shared with you during induction week. There are a variety of assessment methods used throughout your programmes.

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 methods. 

 

Where can I find relevant career information for undergraduate students?  

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 Careers | University of Leeds

 

Other useful links

 

 

 

I’m a returning undergraduate student                    

 

What do I need to do before I arrive?

If you’re a new student you’ll need to register from the 1st August and read the welcome letter that we have sent to you.  

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. 

Anything else you need will be emailed to you before the academic year starts. 

 

What does my induction timetable look like?

Your induction timetable (Undergraduate Timetable or Postgraduate Timetable) consists of different talks and activities that are designed to introduce you to the School of Geography, explain more about your course and let you meet other students. Induction week will introduce you to the personal tutor scheme, allow you to meet your student community and a programme talk plus more. You should prioritise attendance because the activities are designed so that you can meet one another, meet the staff and create a sense of belonging to the School. 

 

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

Personal tutors will be allocated within the first couple of weeks of term, you will be contacted by email to arrange your first meeting. You will meet with your personal tutor over the academic year in, semester 1, semester 2 and before dissertation submission but you can request additional meetings if you require support.  

You’ll find personal tutoring information here. Your tutor will explain this to you when you meet. 

 

Where can I go for support? 

For any non-academic or administrative queries, you can contact the Student information Service team at studentinfo@leeds.ac.uk   If you’d like to speak to someone, let us know your phone number when you email, and we’ll call you if we can. Otherwise, we’ll answer by email. 

You can also contact the Student information Service team if you’re struggling with a personal issue which could affect your studies.

 

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 and programme leader can talk you through aspects of your module that you don’t understand. A study support resource is available on our website at https://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/10109/study_support

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.  

Leeds University students also have access to LinkedIn Learning: Recommended content for students

 

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. The 2022/23 Programme catalogue is also a valuable resource of programme information.

 

How will I get to know other students?

You can join the School of Geography 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 welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to Geography?

We have a series of welcome sessions which you will be given more information on closer to the induction week. The intention is to have both staff-led and student-led interactive sessions, as well as informative sessions, and the opportunity for you to ask questions. We are confident that by the end of induction you will feel part of the wonderful Geography community.

 

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 access resources for my degree?  

There is a large amount of useful information on the School’s Minerva Organisation

 

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

No, our libraries (virtual and physical) are stocked with all the core reading texts so there is no need to purchase any of them unless you choose to.  You can find your reading lists by clicking on the relevant module listed on your programme: 2022/23 Programme catalogue.

 

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

You can help to improve the student academic experience by representing students on your course. You can represent students from your course in school meetings (and in other more informal settings) providing positive and constructive critical feedback to University and School staff. The role is a vital part of the communications channel between staff, students, and LUU. You would be expected to actively seek student opinion and ideas to share with School and University staff. You can put this feedback forward at a variety of meetings, and most often at the Student Staff Forum.

 

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.

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 in the meantime 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?

Yes! you can join GeogSoc, who you will meet during induction week. You can find out more here https://www.luu.org.uk/clubs-and-societies/browse-clubs-and-societies/geography/ 

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

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. 

 

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 Geography student buddy programme. This is a friendship scheme which matches you with another level 1 student, by your hobbies and interests! Further information on how to join will be provided to you during Induction week. If you would like to register your interest in the meantime, please e-mail foe-studentexperience@leeds.ac.uk.

 

How does assessment work on my programme?

The school has a Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA) this will be shared with you during induction week. There are a variety of assessment methods used throughout your programmes.

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 methods. 

 

Where can I find relevant career information for undergraduate students?  

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 Careers | University of Leeds

 

Other useful links

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a postgraduate student

 

What do I need to do before I arrive?

If you’re a new student you’ll need to register from 1st August and read the welcome letter that we have sent to you.  

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. 

Anything else you need will be emailed to you before the academic year starts. 

 

What does my induction timetable look like?

Your induction timetable (Undergraduate Timetable or Postgraduate Timetable) consists of different talks and activities that are designed to introduce you to the School of Geography, explain more about your course and let you meet other students. Induction week will introduce you to the personal tutor scheme, allow you to meet your student community and a programme talk plus more. You should prioritise attendance though because the activities are designed so that you can meet one another, meet the staff and create a sense of belonging to the School. 

 

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

Personal tutors will be allocated within the first couple of weeks of term, you will be contacted by email to arrange your first meeting. You will meet with your personal tutor 6 times over the academic year, semester 1, semester 2 and before dissertation submission but you can request additional meetings if you require support.  

You’ll find personal tutoring information here. Your tutor will explain this to you when you meet. 

 

Where can I go for support? 

For any non-academic or administrative queries, you can contact the Student information Service team at studentinfo@leeds.ac.uk   If you’d like to speak to someone, let us know your phone number when you email, and we’ll call you if we can. Otherwise, we’ll answer by email. 

You can also contact the Student information Service team if you’re struggling with a personal issue which could affect your studies.

 

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 and programme leader can talk you through aspects of your module that you don’t understand. A study support resource is available on our website at https://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/10109/study_support

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.  

Leeds University students also have access to LinkedIn Learning: Recommended content for students

 

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. The 2022/23 Programme catalogue is also a valuable resource of programme information.

 

How will I get to know other students?

You can join the School of Geography 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 welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to Geography?

We have a series of welcome sessions which you will be given more information on closer to the induction week. The intention is to have both staff-led and student-led interactive sessions, as well as informative sessions, and the opportunity for you to ask questions. We are confident that by the end of induction you will feel part of the wonderful Geography community. 

 

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 access resources for my degree?  

There is a large amount of useful information on the School’s Minerva Organisation

 

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

No, our libraries (virtual and physical) are stocked with all the core reading texts so there is no need to purchase any of them unless you choose to.  You can find your reading lists by clicking on the relevant module listed on your programme on the 2022/23 Programme catalogue

 

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

You can help to improve the student academic experience by representing students on your course. You can represent students from your course in school meetings (and in other more informal settings) providing positive and constructive critical feedback to University and School staff. The role is a vital part of the communications channel between staff, students, and LUU. You would be expected to actively seek student opinion and ideas to share with School and University staff. You can put this feedback forward at a variety of meetings, and most often at the Student Staff Forum.

 

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.

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 in the meantime 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?

Yes! you can join GeogSoc, who you will meet during induction week. You can find out more here https://www.luu.org.uk/clubs-and-societies/browse-clubs-and-societies/geography/ 

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

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. 

 

How does assessment work on my programme?

The school has a Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA) this will be shared with you during induction week. There are a variety of assessment methods used throughout your programmes.

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 2022/23 Programme catalogue

 

Where can I find relevant career information for postgraduate students? 

We have an industry mentoring scheme where we buddy up students with a mentor in industry and we will contact you to see if you want to take part in the scheme at the start of your programme.  

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 Careers | University of Leeds

 

Other useful links