School of Medicine: Undergraduate

Welcome to the School of Medicine. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting or returning to your studies. 

Make sure you read the ‘all students’ welcome pages first – this covers things like tasks you need to complete before the start of term, safety procedures on your course and where to go for more information and support. 

Then scroll to the section that applies to you (School of Medicine: Undergraduate) then read the information for either  ‘new student’ or ‘returning student’. We’ve also included some helpful links at the bottom to direct you to anything else you might need. 

I’m a new student 

What do I need to do before I arrive? 

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Read the Welcome letter from the University (this should have been emailed to you by a central University team) and ensure that you have the start date for your programme. Also, ensure that you are aware of any learning materials that you have been asked to bring with you or read before the start of the programme. 

If you are an International student please ensure that you have given yourself sufficient time to apply for your student visa. Keep updating yourself on travel restrictions from your country and quarantine guidance in place before you travel. 

As part of your programme you are required to have Occupational Health clearance. This involves completion of an online questionnaire and follow up appointments with Occupational Health will be arranged for you.  Further details of any vaccination programme required for your course will be sent to you with the Occupational Health correspondence.  

As part of your programme you are also required to have Disclosure and Barring Service clearance and we will use the Post Office document validation service for this, the exception to this are students who have not been resident in the UK as they will require a slightly different clearance to be completed. Further details will be sent to you by separate email.

Some activities in Semester 1 will take place using digital technology.  This is an opportunity to check what equipment you have to support your learning, such as computers, laptops, mobile phones or tablets.  We recognise that not all students have access to the internet and /or digital devices at home and we are taking steps to ensure that we can support you to access teaching.  If you feel that you would like support with this, please email somstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk using the subject line ‘Digital Support’.

The University will be providing resources and activities to help prepare you for starting your university experience so please do have a look and make good use of them. 

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

Read the welcome letter from the University and ensure that you have the start date for your programme. Also, ensure that you are aware of any learning materials that you have been asked to read before the start of the programme. There will also be some learning activities that you will be required to start before you arrive.

As part of your programme you are required to have Occupational Health clearance. This involves completion of an online questionnaire and follow up appointments with Occupational Health will be arranged for you. Further details of any vaccination programme required for your course will be sent to you with the occupational health correspondence.

As part of your programme you are also required to have Disclosure and Barring Service clearance and we will use the Post Office document validation service for this. Further details will be sent to you by separate email.

We will be using some digital technology to deliver our teaching, we recognise that not all students have access to the internet and/or digital devices at home and are taking steps to ensure that we can support you to access teaching. If you feel that you would like support with this, please email Student Support at somstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk using the subject line digital support.

The University will be providing resources and activities to help prepare you for starting your university experience so please do have a look and make good use of them.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS) – Audiology, Cardiac Physiology, & Diagnostic Radiography

You will be sent lots of information regarding your programme including details about your induction week, your programme timetable, uniforms for placements, occupational health requirements and Disclosure and Barring service requirements. Read through this information carefully as you will need to complete necessary forms and paperwork.

If you are an International student, please ensure that you have given yourself sufficient time to apply for your student visa. Also, keep updating yourself on travel restrictions from your country and quarantine guidance in place before you travel. 

As part of your programme you are required to have Occupational Health clearance. This involves completion of an online questionnaire and follow up telephone interviews will be arranged for individual students if required. Further details of any vaccination programme required for your course will be sent to you with the occupational health correspondence.  

As part of your programme you are also required to have Disclosure and Barring Service clearance and we will use the Post Office document validation service for this, the exception to this are students who have not been resident in the UK as they will require a slightly different clearance to be completed. Further details will be sent to you by separate email.

Digital technology will be an essential part of your studies so this is an opportunity to check what equipment you have to support your learning such as computers, laptops, or mobile tablets. We recognise that not all students have access to the internet and/or digital devices at home. If you feel that you would like support with this, please email somarcs@leeds.ac.uk using the subject line ‘digital support’.

The University will be providing resources and activities to help prepare you for starting your university experience so please do have a look make good use of them.

What does my induction timetable look like? 

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Induction week commences on 26th September and will include a range of activities and essential information sessions to welcome you to your programme.  These will include opportunities to meet members of the programme team, your personal tutor and other students on your programme and deliver information sessions regarding assessments and student support etc.  In addition, we plan to deliver some more interactive face to face sessions supported by NHS clinical staff.  A full induction programme will be shared with you prior to arrival.

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

Induction week commences on 26th September and will include a range of activities and essential information sessions to welcome you to your programme. These will include opportunities to meet members of the programme team, your personal tutor and other students on your programme and deliver information sessions regarding assessments and student support etc. In addition, we plan to deliver some more interactive face to face sessions supported by NHS clinical staff. A full induction programme will be shared with you prior to arrival.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

Induction week starts from 26th September 2022 and will include a range of activities to welcome you to your programme and enable you to meet your programme team, your personal tutor and other students on your programme. There will be a welcome session with your programme staff taking place on campus on Monday 20th September 2021. Further details of the Induction Week programme will be emailed to you in advance.

You will also find out more about Year 1 of your programme and expectations of you as a student 

You will learn about what resources are available to support you to help ensure that you have the best personal opportunities and student experience.

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Teaching during term 1 will be delivered using a variety of methods including face-to-face teaching and other small group work.  For all your teaching that will be delivered on campus, we have been working with our Health & Safety teams to make sure your safety is prioritised.  

You will be required to attend specialist teaching sessions and activities which will be delivered face to face such as Clinical Skills mandatory training sessions to include Basic Life support and Moving and Handling. These sessions will be risked assessed with appropriate safety measures in place, including the provision of appropriate PPE where necessary.  You will receive more details by email as they are confirmed. This has all been designed by a dedicated and experienced team to ensure you make the best start to your time at Leeds.  

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

The course uses a combination of approaches to teaching according to the need to meet specific learning objectives. Some teaching is face to face, some is online and some is self-directed learning.  Attendance is compulsory for all teaching sessions whether face to face or online. Failure to attend sessions, especially without a satisfactory reason, may impact on your ability to progress to MB ChB.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

All teaching will take place face-to-face on campus unless you are notified otherwise. Specialist teaching events for your programme such as clinical placements will take place face-to-face in the clinical setting. For all our teaching that will be delivered on campus we have been working with Health & Safety teams to make sure your safety is prioritised. Details of when you are expected to attend face-to-face teaching will be shared with you when you commence the programme.

You will be required to attend specialist teaching sessions and activities which will be delivered face to face such as Clinical skills mandatory training sessions to include Basic Life support and Moving and Handling. These sessions will be risked assessed with appropriate safety measures in place, including the provision of appropriate PPE where required. You will receive more details by email as they are confirmed. This has all been designed by a dedicated and experienced team to ensure you make the best start to your time at Leeds.

How will practical or laboratory sessions be managed? 

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

For MBChB the anatomy sessions will be taught face to face in our Anatomy Teaching Lab.  Required PPE will be provided by the University for these sessions however, you will be expected to purchase a “long-sleeved” lab coat prior to commencing Anatomy teaching later in Term 1.  

Will there be placements during the year? 

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Placements will take place from Term 2 and your safety will be a priorty.  Further information and an Induction to Placement will take place during Term 1.  

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

When the Gateway course was initially developed, it was planned to offer placements for you to observe how healthcare services are delivered and healthcare professionals work together. Unfortunately, these plans had to be suspended during the pandemic. Instead, we organised for healthcare professionals to come and speak with the Gateway to Medicine students. This worked well and previous Gateway to Medicine students recommended that we keep those sessions. As you are aware, things are still difficult within the NHS. There is also a large backlog of activity for health conditions other than COVID-19 that had to be postponed due to the pandemic. It is still unclear whether the NHS will be able to accommodate you on placement, but we will organise some visits for you, if it is possible.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

Yes, details of when you will be out on clinical placement will be shared with you when you start on the programme.

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

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

You will be allocated and meet your personal tutor during your induction programme.  Your tutor is responsible for your personal welfare and will be there to support you with your academic, personal and professional development during the first two years of your programme.  A new clinical tutor will be assigned to you when you commence Year 3 and will remain with you until graduation.  

Your personal tutor will arrange termly scheduled meetings to discuss your progress and help you identify any individual support needs.  Additionally, you can contact your tutor outside of these meetings should you have any issues or concerns you wish to discuss.  

Where possible personal tutor meetings will take place face to face, however, it may be necessary for some of these sessions to be held online and your tutor/the student support team will advise you of this nearer the time.  

Further information about personal tutoring and support can be found here.

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

You will be allocated and meet your personal tutor during your induction programme. Your tutor is responsible for your personal welfare and will be there to support you with your academic, personal and professional development during the first two years of your programme.

Your personal tutor will meet with you four times during the year to discuss your progress and help you identify any individual support needs. Additionally, you can contact your tutor outside of these meetings should you have any issues or concerns you wish to discuss.

Where possible personal tutor meetings will take place face to face, however, it may be necessary for some of these sessions to be held online

and your tutor/the student support team will advise you of this nearer the time. Further information about personal tutoring and support can be found here.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

Details of personal tutoring arrangements will be shared with you during Induction Week. Your Personal Tutor will be assigned to you throughout the duration of your programme.

Your personal tutor is responsible for your personal welfare and supporting you in your academic, personal and professional development. 

Your personal tutor will arrange regular scheduled meetings to discuss your progress and help you identify any individual support needs. You can also contact them to arrange additional ad-hoc meetings to discuss any concerns or issues. Personal tutorials can be requested to take place face to face or online, as can academic supervision and support meetings. The availability of face to face meetings will depend on whether staff are working from home or on campus.

Where can I go for support? 

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

The Student Education Service (SES) staff are here to help and support with issues on or off course. General enquiries can be sent to Y1mbchb@leeds.ac.uk.

For Pastoral Care you can contact your Personal Tutor or a member of the Student Support Team at somstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk Further information can be found here. You can also contact the Academic Sub-Dean for your year.

The SES Year 1 Coordinator and Head(s) of Year will be your main contacts for course enquiries.

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

The Student Education Service (SES) staff are here to help and support with issues on or off course. General enquiries can be sent to gateway to medicine@leeds.ac.uk

For Pastoral Care you can contact your Personal Tutor or a member of the Student Support Team at somstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk Further information can be found here.

You can also contact the following course and module leaders: · Student Support Team SoM somstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk

· Gateway to Medicine Programme Lead: Professor Darren Shickle D.Shickle@leeds.ac.uk

· Module Lead: Health and Illness, Darren Shickle D.Shickle@leeds.ac.uk

· Module Leads: Foundational Life Sciences: Darren Newton D.J.Newton@leeds.ac.uk

· Module Lead: Preparation for Professional Practice, Ellen Avery E.R.Avery@leeds.ac.uk

· Module Lead: Transition to Medicine, Shelley Fielden S.A.Fielden@leeds.ac.uk

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

The Student Education Service (SES) staff for the Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS) can be contacted via somarcs@leeds.ac.uk

The School of Medicine Student Support Team can be contacted at somstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk

The CUPs Programme Leaders are as follows:

How will I find out about my programme? 

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

You will receive communication from the University as well as from your programme team. You can also contact the SES Year Co-ordinator Julie Briggs via the Year 1 inbox at y1mbchb@leeds.ac.uk.  Study & Assessment guides will also be made available to you when you arrive.

Minerva Ultra is the main point of communication with you and key information will be posted here. 

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

You will receive communication from the University as well as from your programme team. You can also contact the Gateway SES Co-ordinator via the Gateway inbox at Gatewaytomedicine@leeds.ac.uk. A Curriculum Study Guide & Assessment Guide will be made available to you at the start of the course.

Minerva Ultra is the main point of communication with you and key information will be posted here.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

You will receive initial information before your Induction Week (week commencing 26th September 2022) and during the Induction Week itself.

Teaching commences week commencing 3rd October 2022 where you will be introduced to your modules and the associated content, delivery and assessment.

If you have any queries about your programme or modules do not hesitate to ask your programme lead or relevant module lead.

How will I get to know other students?

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to get to know your peers during small group interactive teaching sessions both during the introductory programme and once teaching begins. The LUU and Medical School societies will also provide opportunities for you to socialise and get to know other students at the University.  

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to get to know your peers during small group interactive teaching sessions both during the introductory programme and once teaching begins. The LUU and Medical School societies will also provide opportunities for you to socialise and get to know other students at the University.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

You will have the opportunity to meet your student peers during your induction week. You will also be able to meet other students during face to face teaching sessions.

All of our teaching is being designed to be interactive and engaging. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to interact with other students through academic tutorials, lectures and Q & A sessions. 

What activities do you have planned to welcome me?

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

We have a varied introductory programme with some mandatory information giving sessions and also some fun interactive ones all geared to help you settle in, get to know one another and learn a bit more about your course.   You will meet a range of different people from clinical specialists, academic tutors and fellow students, who will all be important to you on your student journey. 

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

We have a varied introductory programme with some mandatory information giving sessions and also some fun interactive ones all geared to help you settle in, get to know one another and learn a bit more about your course. You will meet a range of different people from clinical specialists, academic tutors and fellow students, who will all be important to you on your student journey.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

We have included ‘welcome’ activities in your Induction Week to welcome you to your programme and enable you to meet your programme team, your personal tutor and other students on your programme.

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

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

It would be helpful if you have access to a laptop/desktop computer and a mobile device, as we use some digital technology to deliver our teaching, However, we recognise that not all students have access to the internet and/or digital devices and may require some support with this.  If you require some support, please email somstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk using the subject line Digital Support.

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

It would be helpful if you have access to a laptop/desktop computer and a mobile device, as we use some digital technology to deliver our teaching, However, we recognise that not all students have access to the internet and/or digital devices and may require some support with this. If you require some support, please email Student Support at somstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk using the subject line digital support.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

Any specialist software will be available as part of your programme. You also have the opportunity to purchase this software through the University of Leeds IT services.

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

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

The School of Medicine has a staff student forum where representatives from the MBChB programmes can raise issues. 

Medical School Representatives Council [MSRC] elected representatives, attend Course Management Team meetings where they present and discuss student views and feedback with the Management Team. In addition, student representatives attend the MBChB School Taught Student Education Committee (STSEC). As a student, you can raise any issues you have via your reps, through these channels or alternatively, you can contact your personal tutor or Head of Year.  

In addition to the above, all students will be asked to anonymously evaluate each ICU they complete and the programme as a whole in the Undergraduate Programme Survey, towards the end of the academic Year. 

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

The School of Medicine has a staff student forum where representatives from the course can raise issues. MSRC elected representatives attend Course Management Team meetings where they are able to present student views and feedback. There is also student representation at the School Taught Student Education Committee (STSEC). You can raise any issue with either your personal tutor or your Programme Lead. You will be asked to anonymously evaluate each module you undertake.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

The School of Medicine has a staff student forum where representatives from the CUPS programmes can raise issues. For each CUPs programme a course representative is elected by students to represent their views at the Programme Monitoring Committee meetings. There is also student representation at the CUPs School Taught Student Education Committee (STSEC). You can raise any issue with either your personal tutor or your programme leader. You will be asked to anonymously evaluate each module you undertake and you will also be asked to evaluate the programme as a whole in the Undergraduate Programme Survey towards the end of the academic year. 

We value our partnership with our students and actively encourage student feedback in a number of ways:

  • We have at least two student course representatives for each cohort of students and they are invited to be members of the Programme Management Committee that meet 3 times a year to discuss the ongoing progress, delivery and planning of their programme.
  • We have two CUPS School Student Representatives who work closely with programme staff and Leeds University Union to make student-led change within the CUPS programmes.
  • We have student representation on the Clinical Liaison Committee for each clinical placement to discuss student progress and experience on clinical placements. 
  • We have student representation on our School Taught Student Education Committee that discusses student education at School level. Minutes from this meeting are then forwarded to Faculty Taught Student Education Committee for further consideration and discussion.
  • The School of Medicine has a student:staff forum with student representation from all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School. This forum is led by and chaired by students.

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

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

The role of the MSRC representatives is to gather feedback from their peers and to present this at relevant meetings.  Elections for 1st year representatives take place around October and further information will be provided by the MSRC once you commence the course.

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

The role of the student representatives is to gather feedback from their peers and to present that at relevant meetings. Elections for representatives take place around October and further information will be provided by the MSRC during Introductory week. 

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

The role of the Course Representative is to gather feedback from their peers and to present that at relevant meetings. Further information will be provided by the Programme Team when you arrive. 

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

At the centre of life at the School of Medicine are a few societies in particular that will help you get the most out of the course, and the most out of your time here. Details are available here

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Medsoc is the students’ Medicine Society.  They offer a range of societies for students on medical related courses, in addition to over 300 sports teams and societies run within the LUU.  The MSRC will tell you about this during your Introductory programme once you arrive but further information about what Medsoc offers and how to join can also be found via the website. 

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

Medsoc is the students’ Medicine Society. They offer a range of societies for students on medical related courses, in addition to over 300 sports teams and societies run within the LUU. The MSRC will tell you about this during your Introductory programme once you arrive but further information about what Medsoc offers and how to join can also be found via the website.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

You will be informed of relevant societies when you arrive. 

Are there any mentoring schemes operating in my school?

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

MUMS (Medical Undergraduate Mentoring Scheme) is an opt-in scheme run by the MSRC and provides you with your own medic family who will support you during your time on the programme.  Further information about MUMS will be provided by the MSRC shortly and there will be an opportunity for those of you who join the scheme, to meet with your medic family during the first 2 weeks of your programme. 

In addition, the MSRC also run a Peers Assisted Learning Scheme [PALS] aimed at promoting good practice through peer-peer teaching.  You will learn more about PALS during your introductory programme with a session led by current medical students, who will talk you through their experience of being a fresher, both academic and extra-curricular and provide you with an opportunity to ask questions.  

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

MUMS  (Medical Undergraduate Mentoring Scheme) is an opt-in scheme run by the MSRC and provides you with your own medic family who will support you during your time on the programme. Further information about MUMS will be provided by the MSRC shortly and there will be an opportunity for those of you who join the scheme, to meet with your medic family during the first 2 weeks of your programme.

In addition, the MSRC also run a Peers Assisted Learning Scheme [PALS] aimed at promoting good practice through peer-peer teaching. There are plans to extend this to the Gateway year too.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

Our programme teams are currently working together to provide training opportunities for current students to volunteer as student mentors. Further details will be available during your induction week.

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

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

You will be asked each year to anonymously evaluate each ICU you undertake. We also have a mechanism for you to provide feedback on clinical placements via the Clinical Placement Reporting Tool

In addition, you can provide feedback at any time directly to your ICU Lead or the Heads of Year or alternatively through your MSRC representative who will take your feedback to the Course Management Team meeting

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

You will be asked to anonymously evaluate each module you undertake.

In addition, you can provide feedback at any time directly to your Programme Lead (Professor Darren Shickle) or the Module Leads or alternatively through your MSRC representative who will take your feedback to the Course Management Team meeting

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

Student representatives have the opportunity to provide feedback at Programme Management Committee meetings.

All students are invited to provide feedback as part of the module evaluation exercise that takes place when the module has been completed. We also have a mechanism for you to provide feedback on clinical placements via the Clinical Placement Reporting Tool

If you have any ongoing issues or concerns about your module it is important to speak to the module lead so that they can be addressed in a timely manner.

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

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

The MBChB programme uses a variety of assessment methods to reflect the range of learning outcomes across your programme and ICUs. This approach enables you to demonstrate your capabilities and achievements and take into account your individual assessment strengths. 

Academic assessments include unseen written exams, written assignments, poster presentations, oral presentations and online multiple-choice question tests.  You will also undertake a series of practical clinical assessments. 

You will need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of key principles that underpin safe and competent practice as a doctor in training. 

Each ICU will provide a range of resources and activities to help prepare you for the different assessment methods and these include tutorials, mock exams, example exam questions and ‘top tips’ from previous students. 

It is important that you reflect on your individual assessment strengths. Some of you will be more confident with exams while others will be more confident with written assessment. This is a good discussion to have with your personal tutor who can help you identify your assessment support needs and advise you on available resources and activities.

Gateway to Medicine Programme (Gateway)

The Gateway to Medicine programme uses a variety of assessment methods to reflect the range of learning outcomes across the year and when you subsequently join MB ChB. This approach enables you to demonstrate your capabilities and achievements and take into account your individual assessment strengths.

Academic assessments include unseen written exams, written assignments, poster presentations, oral presentations and online multiple-choice question tests. You will need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of key principles that underpin safe and competent practice as a doctor in training.

Each module will provide a range of resources and activities to help prepare you for the different assessment methods and these include written or verbal feedback on drafts and quizzes to prepare you for the exam.

It is important that you reflect on your individual assessment strengths. Some of you will be more confident with exams while others will be more confident with written assessment. This is a good discussion to have with your personal tutor who can help you identify your assessment support needs and advise you on available resources and activities. The Lifelong Learning: Transition to Medicine module is specifically designed to help you develop your study skills and to make the transition from a school to a university student. Individual one-to-one study skill support is also available.

A session on assessment & plagiarism for your programme will take place early in the course and you will also have access to an assessment guide relevant.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

Your programme uses a variety of assessment methods to reflect the range of learning outcomes across your programme and modules. They enable you to demonstrate your capabilities and achievements and take into account your individual assessment strengths. 

Academic assessments include unseen written exams, written assignments, poster presentations, oral presentations, online multiple-choice question exams, and practical workbooks. You will also undertake a series of practical clinical assessments. 

You will need to demonstrate the knowledge and application key principles that underpin safe and competent practice within your chosen healthcare profession.

Your module lead will provide a range of resources and activities to help prepare you for the different assessment methods and these include tutorials, mock exams, example exam questions and ‘top tips’ from previous students.

It is important that you reflect on your individual assessment strengths. Some of you will be more confident with exams while others will be more confident with written assessment. This is a good discussion to have with your personal tutor who can help you identify your assessment support needs and advise you on available resources and activities.

 

I’m a returning student

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Read any returning student emails from your programme Student Education Support/ Programme Team and ensure that you have the start date for you programme. 

Check your emails for information regarding your induction/transition week

If you are an International student please ensure that you have given yourself sufficient time to apply for your student visa. Also, keep updating yourself on travel restrictions and quarantine guidance in place before you travel. 

Check your timetables for details of semester 1 lectures and modes of delivery

Ensure that you are aware of any learning materials that you have been asked to bring with you or read before the start of the programme.

Modules will be available on MINERVA for you to access module handbooks, reading lists and module timetables. This is an opportunity to become familiar with your new modules and do any pre-reading in preparation.

How will my programme be delivered this year?

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

You will have face-to-face teaching on campus and in the local hospital trusts for anatomy, small group sessions, clinical skills and placement activity. We will be managing lecture attendance via a combination of face-to-face teaching and live streaming, ensuring students experience both types of delivery. This is to allow for safe and comfortable learning with good ventilation. More information about this will be available during induction week and from the Heads of Year and ICU leads. 

As the programme starts, we will continue to engage with you as a year group to continually review and reflect on our delivery listening and taking into consideration all student feedback.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

All teaching sessions will take place in person on campus unless communicated otherwise.

Session(s) will take place week commencing 26th September 2022 to introduce you to your year of study. Details of these sessions will be communicated to you in advance.

Teaching proper commences week commencing 3rd October 2022 where you will be introduced to your modules and the associated content, delivery and assessment.

If you have any queries about your programme or modules do not hesitate to ask your programme lead or relevant module lead.

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

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

The School of Medicine has a staff student forum where representatives from the MBChB programmes can raise issues.  

Medical School Representatives Council [MSRC] elected representatives, attend Course Management Team meetings where they present and discuss student views and feedback with the Management Team. In addition, student representatives attend the MBChB School Taught Student Education Committee (STSEC). As a student, you can raise any issues you have via your reps, through these channels or alternatively, you can contact your personal tutor or Head of Year.  

In addition to the above, all students will be asked to anonymously evaluate each ICU and the programme in the Undergraduate Programme Survey towards the end of the academic year.   

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

The School of Medicine has a staff student forum where representatives from the CUPS programmes can raise issues. For each CUPs programme in a course representative is elected by students to represent their views at the Programme Monitoring Committee meetings. There is also student representation at the CUPs School Taught Student Education Committee (STSEC). You can raise any issue with either your personal tutor or your programme leader. You will be asked to anonymously evaluate each module you undertake and you will also be asked to evaluate the programme as a whole in the Undergraduate Programme Survey (Year 2) or National Student Survey (Year 3) towards the end of the academic year.

We value our partnership with our students and actively encourage student feedback in a number of ways:

  • We have two student representatives for each cohort of students and they are invited to be members of the Programme Management Committee that meet 3 times a year to discuss the ongoing progress, delivery and planning of their programme.
  • We have two CUPS School Student Representatives who work closely with programme staff and Leeds University Union to make student-led change within the CUPS programmes.
  • We have student representation on the Clinical Liaison Committee for each clinical placement to discuss student progress and experience on clinical placements. 
  • We have student representation on our School Taught Student Education Committee that discusses student education at School level. Minutes from this meeting are then forwarded to Faculty Taught Student Education Committee for further consideration and discussion.
  • The School of Medicine has a student:staff forum with student representation from all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School. This forum is led by and chaired by students.

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

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

You will be asked each year to anonymously evaluate each ICU you undertake. We also have a mechanism for you to provide feedback on clinical placements via the Clinical Placement Reporting Tool

In addition, you can provide feedback at any time directly to your ICU Lead or the Heads of Year or alternatively through your MSRC representative who will take your feedback to the Course Management Team meeting.  

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

Students representatives have the opportunity to provide feedback at Programme Management Committee meetings.

All students are invited to provide feedback as part of the module evaluation exercise that takes place when the module has been completed. We also have a mechanism for you to provide feedback on clinical placements via the Clinical Placement Reporting Tool

If you have any ongoing issues or concerns about your module it is important to speak to the module lead so that they can be addressed in a timely manner.

How will my learning experience be different to last year?

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Each ICU lead has been updating their educational delivery plans to ensure that all the learning objectives are prepared for delivery in light of University Health and Safety guidelines. You will have face-to-face teaching on campus and in the local hospital trusts for anatomy, small group sessions, clinical skills and placement activity. We will be managing lecture attendance via a combination of face-to-face teaching and live streaming, ensuring students experience both types of delivery. This is to allow for safe and comfortable learning with good ventilation. More information about this will be available during induction week and from the Heads of Year and ICU leads.  

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

All teaching sessions are planned to take place in person, on campus, unless you are informed otherwise. This is in-line with your experience of Semester 2 teaching last academic year.

Specialist teaching events for your programme/year group, such as clinical placement, will take place face to face in or in the clinical setting.

All of our teaching is being designed to be interactive and engaging. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to interact with the staff on your programme through academic tutorials, lectures and Q & A sessions. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to interact with other students on your course through varied group activities. You will have access to a wide range of resources to support your learning including e-books, online journals and locally designed learning resources. You will continue to be supported by your personal tutors and our student education team throughout your degree.

How will practical and lab sessions be managed?

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Anatomy sessions will be taught face to face in our Anatomy Teaching Lab.  Required PPE will be provided by the University for these sessions; however, you will be expected to purchase a “long-sleeved” lab coat prior to commencing Anatomy teaching later in Term 1.  

How will my clinical placements be managed?

The School’s Programme Teams continue to work closely with clinical colleagues on arrangements for clinical placement. Recognising some benefits to a hybrid approach may mean that some placement activities will continue to be delivered via a blended delivery. More information will be available from your Programme Team. 

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

You will have face-to-face teaching on campus and in the local hospital trusts for anatomy, small group sessions, clinical skills and placement activity. We will be managing lecture attendance via a combination of face-to-face teaching and live streaming, ensuring students experience both types of delivery. This is to allow for safe and comfortable learning with good ventilation. More information about this will be available during induction week and from the Heads of Year and ICU leads. 

As the programme starts, we will continue to engage with you as a year group to continually review and reflect on our delivery listening and taking into consideration all student feedback.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

All teaching will take place face-to-face on campus unless you are notified otherwise. Specialist teaching events for your programme/year group, such as clinical placement, will take place face to face in or in the clinical setting. For all of our teaching that will be delivered on campus we have been working with our Health & Safety teams to make sure your safety is prioritised. Details of when you are expected to attend face-to-face teaching will be shared with you when you commence the programme.

You will be required to attend specialist teaching sessions and activities which will be delivered face to face on campus such as Clinical skills mandatory training sessions to include Basic Life support and Moving and Handling. These sessions will be risked assessed with appropriate safety measures in place, including the provision of appropriate PPE where required. You will receive more details by email as they are confirmed. This has all been designed by a dedicated and experienced team to ensure you make the best start to your time at Leeds. 

Will I meet my academic personal tutor face to face?

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Your personal tutor will arrange termly scheduled meetings to discuss your progress and help you identify any individual support needs.  Additionally, you can contact your tutor outside of these meetings should you have any issues or concerns you wish to discuss.  

Where possible personal tutor meetings will take place face to face, however, it may be necessary for some of these sessions to be held online and your tutor/the student support team will advise you of this nearer the time.  

Further information about personal tutoring and support can be found here.

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

You will be meeting with your personal tutor when you return to year 2/year 3. This is an opportunity to review and reflect on your performance in year 1/year 2, celebrate your successes and discuss your aspirations for the next academic year. This will also be an opportunity to identify any support needs to help you achieve your aspirations. Your personal tutor will continue to be responsible for your personal welfare and supporting you in your academic, personal and professional development. 

Your personal tutor will arrange regular scheduled meetings to discuss your progress and help you identify any individual support needs. You can also contact them to arrange additional ad-hoc meetings to discuss any concerns or issues.

Personal tutorials can be requested to take place face to face or online, as can academic supervision and support meetings. The availability of face to face meetings will depend on whether staff are working from home or on campus.

Where can I go for support? How is this different from last year?

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Support remains the same as last year.  The Student Education Service (SES) staff are here to help and support with issues on or off course. They can be contacted via medschool@leeds.ac.uk. For Pastoral Care you can contact your Personal Tutor, the Academic Sub-Dean or a member of the Student Support Team at somstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk. Further information can be found here

Classified Undergraduate Programmes (CUPS)

All student support is as same as last year. You can contact your Programme Lead, Module Lead, Student Education Service (SES) staff (somarcs@leeds.ac.uk), and your Personal Tutor. Staff may still be working remotely so you will need to contact them via email or via Microsoft Teams. In addition, the School Student Support Team can be contacted at somstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk  

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