School of Psychology

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

If you are an undergraduate student make sure you read the ‘all undergraduate students’ intro 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 – new student, returning student for further information.

If you are a postgraduate student scroll down to ‘I’m a new postgraduate student’ or ‘I’m a returning postgraduate student’ for information.

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

ALL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

What do I need to do before I arrive? 

You’ll need to complete the IT induction and register for a username and password to access the university IT systems. You can get further details here https://it.leeds.ac.uk/welcome   You’ll also need to register for your course. Guidance on registration will be emailed to you.   

If you’re an existing student you’ll need to register online and enrol on your modules.  

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

Semester 1 has been designed so that learning will be online. 

For any teaching that may be delivered on campus during the academic year, your health & safety will come first.  The campus will be open and small group teaching sessions, including seminars and tutorials, will only take place when it is practical and considered safe to do so. 

Online teaching is being designed to be interactive and engaging. You’ll be able to interact with staff through academic tutorials, lectures and Q & A sessions. You’ll also be able to interact with other students on your course through varied group activities. Access is available to a wide range of resources to support your learning including e-books, online journals and locally designed learning resources. You’ll continue to be supported by your personal tutors and our student education team throughout your degree.   

All of the materials for the taught sessions will be made available online to help support all students, particularly those required to shield while restrictions are in place. 

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

You can provide feedback through your course representative; module surveys; programme surveys and discussions with programme managers. 

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

We always welcome feedback on the programme and there are lots of opportunities to do so. Each course has a student rep who works closely with the course leaders and will represent you on Student-Staff Forum meetings. You can also provide formal module specific feedback at the end of each course and formal course specific feedback at the end of the academic year. You can feed back to your programme leaders or module leaders more informally by requesting meetings, using email etc. directly, or via your student reps, anytime. 

I’M A NEW UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT 

What does my induction timetable look like? 

There is a mix of online sessions planned for you. The induction schedule will be emailed to you in September once finalised. 

Where can I go for support?  

You’ll be able to arrange meetings, via email, with a range of support staff. You will be able to access wellbeing support and advice from our Student Pastoral Support Officer, Louise Gill, and academic support from your module leaders and personal tutors. For issues relating to the course, speak with the year coordinator (Rachel Coats), and for administrative difficulties, you can contact the SES team contact, Alison Tindall.  

The School of Psychology has two disability contacts: an Academic Tutor for Disabled Students (Dr Tiina Eilola) and a Student Education Support Officer (Louise Gill). If you have a disability, we recommend that you contact Tiina, Louise or your Personal Tutor as soon as possible, preferably even before your course starts.  

Student Education Support Officer for Disabled Students: Louise Gill  j.l.gill@leeds.ac.uk  

Academic Tutor for Disabled Students: Dr Tiina Eilola t.m.eilola@leeds.ac.uk  

The International Student Office provides specialist support services for students from outside the UK:  International Student Office 

Level 1 SES team contact: Alison Tindall a.j.tindall@leeds.ac.uk  

School Student Support for Wellbeing and Pastoral Care: Louise Gill  j.l.gill@leeds.ac.uk  

Academic Tutor for Disabled Students: Dr Tiina Eilola t.m.eilola@leeds.ac.uk  

Level 1 coordinator: Dr Rachel Coats r.o.a.coats@leeds.ac.uk 

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

Your personal tutor will arrange a meeting with you at particular points in the year. It is likely that this will be by video call in semester 1. You can also contact them via email and additional meetings can be requested if and when you need them. 

How will I find out more about my programme? 

In the induction sessions you’ll be given more information about your programme and you will be directed to a course handbook full of information that will be available for you on our online platform, Minerva. Student guides for Minerva are available here Minerva  Many of the taught sessions will be delivered using Blackboard Collaborate and further information about this resource is available here: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/students/collab/collaborate/   

There is an outline of your programme available online:

BSc Psychology

MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology

How will I get to know other students? 

We’ve designed the programme to be as interactive as possible.  Each module will include interactive activities and some modules involve a large degree of group-based working. You’ll also get to meet other students in your tutor group.  

We also offer a peer mentoring scheme PASS (Peer Assisted Study) where you will be mentored by students in levels two and three. You will meet regularly as a group and your mentors will be able to provide you with support to help you settle in and guidance to help you with your studies.    

We’ll also work with you to develop additional ways for you to get to know each other. 

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the School of Psychology? 

There are various activities being planned and the induction schedule will be emailed to you in September. 

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

For Research Skills modules, you will require access to SPSS. Once enrolled on the degree, you will be able to download a copy of this programme for free from the IT Shop:  Module leaders will inform you, in good time, if you need specialist software.  Once you’ve completed the IT induction and obtained your University username and password, you’ll also be able to obtain a free copy of Microsoft Office (see: https://it.leeds.ac.uk/welcome).  

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

Once you start you will receive an email asking for volunteers to be a course representative.  

Course representatives liaise with other students on the course to gather views, opinions, feedback and represent the course on Student-Staff Forums. They work closely with programme managers, and work proactively to help improve the course experience. 

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

Yes. Further information about societies can be found here: psychology societies

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?  

Yes. Our PASS scheme Peer Assisted Study. You’ll meet regularly with a group of first year students and two leaders who are level two or three students. The leaders will plan activities for each session to help you build your skills and knowledge of psychology. The sessions will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions in an environment that isn’t intimidating, and you will also be able to learn from the experience of the leaders. 

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

The programme contains a wide range of assessments including exams, presentations, and a variety of written-based coursework assignments.  Further details regarding the assessments for each module can be found in the module and programme catalogue:  Psyc Modules

The university provides a wide range of support for academic skills via its Skills@Library service   Personal tutors within the School of Psychology can also provide feedback on practice essays, should you wish to complete them. 

I’M A RETURNING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT 

How will practical and lab sessions be managed? 

As in previous years, Level 2 UG students will complete four practicals in the forthcoming academic year in the Research Skills 3 and 4 modules. The same topics and analysis techniques will be covered as in previous years, but, if the practical involves any data collection, this will be carried out online. Interactive data analysis sessions will still form an integral part of our practical classes and, when face-to-face teaching is not possible, these sessions will be delivered online. 

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

You can provide formal module specific feedback at the end of each course and formal course specific feedback at the end of the academic year.  L3 students can also take part in NSS (National Student Survey) in the second semester. You can feedback your thoughts to the programme leaders or module leaders more informally by requesting meetings, using email etc. directly, or via your student reps, anytime. 

How will my learning experience be different to last year?  

We plan to deliver the same material, via alternative formats when required, but also supplement these materials with additional support resources to facilitate your learning.  We will strive to be responsive to your feedback and suggestions to ensure the best student experience.  Consistent with your experience earlier in the year following the introduction of social distancing, the modules have been re-designed to enable delivery of taught content across online platforms.  

L3: Data collection for major project will be conducted online and students will be supported by their project supervisor via emails and online meetings until it is considered safe to do so in line with the government guidance.  

Will I meet my academic personal tutor face-to-face? 

Your personal tutor will arrange a meeting with you at particular points in the year. It is likely that this will be by video call in semester 1. Personal tutors will also be contactable via email and additional meetings can be requested, as required. 

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

Similar to last year, you can access wellbeing and pastoral support from our School Student Support Officer, Louise Gill, and academic support from your module leaders and personal tutors.  For more general issues relating to Level 2 of the degree programme, you can speak with the Level 2 Co-ordinator, Martin Farrell. The School of Psychology also has two disability contacts: the Academic Tutor for Disabled Students (Tiina Eilola) and the Student Education Support Officer (Louise Gill). If you have a disability, and haven’t already done so, we recommend that you contact Tiina, Louise or your Personal Tutor as soon as possible, preferably even before the commencement of the new academic year. Tiina or Louise is the first point of contact for students with disabilities who require support from the department.  

L3: Similar to last two years, you can access wellbeing and pastoral support from our School Student Support Officer, Louise Gill, and academic support from your module leaders and personal tutors.  For more general issues relating to Level 3 of the degree programme, you can speak with the Level 3 Co-ordinator, Jelena Havelka. The School of Psychology also has two disability contacts: the Academic Tutor for Disabled Students (Tiina Eilola) and the Student Education Support Officer (Louise Gill). If you have a disability, and haven’t already done so, we recommend that you contact Tiina, Louise or your Personal Tutor as soon as possible, preferably even before the commencement of the new academic year. Tiina or Louise is the first point of contact for students with disabilities who require support from the department.  

School Student Support for Wellbeing and Pastoral Care: Louise Gill   j.l.gill@leeds.ac.uk  

Academic Tutor for Disabled Students: Dr Tiina Eilola  t.m.eilola@leeds.ac.uk  

Level 2 UG SES team contact: Andrew Shearing A.R.Shearing@leeds.ac.uk 

Level 2 UG Co-ordinator: Martin Farrell M.J.Farrell@leeds.ac.uk 

Level 3 UG SES team contact: Eva Cizkova e.cizkova@leeds.ac.uk 

Level 3 UG Co-ordinator: Dr Jelena Havelka  j.havelka@leeds.ac.uk 

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

For the Research Methods 3 and 4 modules, you will require access to SPSS. Once enrolled on the degree, you will be able to download a copy of this programme for free from the IT Shop:  

Module leaders will inform you, in good time, should further specialist software be required. 

L3: For the Major Project, unless you are doing project based on qualitative methodology, you will require access to SPSS. Once enrolled on the degree, you will be able to download a copy of this programme for free from the IT Shop:  Your project supervisor will inform you, in good time, should further specialist software be required. 

I’M A NEW POSTGRADUATE STUDENT 

What do I need to do before I arrive? 

New students will need to complete the IT induction and register for a username and password to access the university IT systems.  You can get further details here https://it.leeds.ac.uk/welcome You’ll also need to register for your course. Guidance on registration will be emailed to you.   

If you’re a returning MPsyc student you need to make sure you’re enrolled on your modules and register online. 

Where can I go for support?  

You can arrange meetings, via email, we have a range of individuals here to help provide you with the support that you need. You’ll be able to access wellbeing support and advice from our Student Pastoral Support Officer, Louise Gill, and academic support from your module leaders and personal tutors.  For issues relating to the course, you can speak with the programme leads (Richard Allen-CDAD; Andrew Prestwich-PATH), and for administrative difficulties, you can contact the MSc/MPsyc SES team contact, Emma Pottock.  The School of Psychology has two disability contacts: the Academic Tutor for Disabled Students (Tiina Eilola) and the Student Education Support Officer, Louise Gill. If you have a disability, and haven’t already done so, we recommend that you contact Tiina, Louise or your Personal Tutor as soon as possible, preferably even before the commencement of the new academic year. Tiina or Louise is the first point of contact for students with disabilities who require support from the department. The International Student Office provides specialist support services for students from outside the UK International Student Office  

MSc/MPsyc SES team contact:  Emma Pottock e.pottock@leeds.ac.uk  

School Student Support for Wellbeing and Pastoral Care: Louise Gill   j.l.gill@leeds.ac.uk  

Academic Tutor for Disabled Students:  Dr Tiina Eilola t.m.eilola@leeds.ac.uk  

Programme leaders:

MPsyc/MSc PATH: Dr Andrew Prestwich a.j.prestwich@leeds.ac.uk  

MPsyc/MSc CDAD: Dr Richard Allen r.allen@leeds.ac.uk 

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

You can provide feedback via: your course representative; module surveys; programme surveys and discussions with programme managers. 

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

Feedback on the programme is always welcome.  This feedback has helped us to improve our courses over many years. There are many opportunities for you to provide this valuable information.  Each course will have a student rep who will work closely with the course leaders, and will represent you on regular Student-Staff Forum meetings, to ensure that your views are considered and, where possible, acted upon.  You can also provide formal module specific feedback at the end of each course and formal course specific feedback at the end of the academic year.  You can feedback your thoughts to the programme leaders or module leaders more informally by requesting meetings, using email etc. directly, or via your student reps, anytime. 

What does my induction timetable look like? 

We have a mix of online sessions planned for you. The induction schedule will be emailed to you in September and can be also be viewed here.

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

Your personal tutor will arrange a meeting with you at particular points in the year. It is likely that this will be by video call in semester one. Personal tutors will also be contactable via email and additional meetings can be requested, as required. 

How will I find out more about my programme? 

In the induction sessions you will be given more information about your programme and you will be directed to a course handbook full of information that will be available for you on our online platform, Minerva.  Student guides for Minerva are available here:  Minerva  Many of the taught sessions will be delivered using Blackboard Collaborate and further information about this resource is available here:  https://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/students/collab/collaborate/  

There is an outline of your programme available online: 

MSc Cognitive Development and Disorders

MSc Psychological Approaches to Health

MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology

MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology (Industrial)

MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology (International)

How will my programme be delivered?  Will I be required to attend face-to-face sessions? 

Semester 1 has been designed so that learning will be online. 

For any teaching that may be delivered on campus during the academic year, your health & safety will come first.  The campus will be open and small group teaching sessions, including seminars and tutorials, will only take place when it is practical and considered safe to do so. 

Online teaching is being designed to be interactive and engaging. You’ll be able to interact with staff through academic tutorials, lectures and Q & A sessions. You will also be able to interact with other students on your course through varied group activities. Access is available 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.   

All of the materials for the taught sessions will be made available online to help support all students, particularly those required to shield while restrictions are in place. 

How will practical or lab sessions be managed? 

For those on one of the two MSc courses, students will undertake an MSc project. Those on the MPsyc programme will have the option to complete an MPsyc project.  For the 2020/21 academic year, the following will be implemented: 1) Data collection will be collected online if lab-based research is not possible; 2) Meetings with supervisors will be conducted via video calls. 

How will I get to know other students? 

We have designed the programme to be as interactive as possible.  Each module will include interactive activities and some modules such as Systematic Review, Theory and Intervention in Food and Nutrition and Psychology of Patient Safety involve a large degree of group-based working.  For this academic year, we will also introduce a peer mentoring scheme.  Further, through a process of co-design, we will work with you throughout the programme to develop additional ways for you to get to know each other. 

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the School of Psychology? 

There are various activities being planned and the induction schedule will be emailed to you in September once it is finalised. 

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

For the Advanced Research Methods module, you will require access to SPSS. Once enrolled on the degree, you will be able to download a copy of this programme for free from the IT Shop  

Module leaders will inform you, in good time, should further specialist software be required.  Once you’ve completed the IT induction and obtained your University username and password, you will also be able to obtain a free copy of Microsoft Office see:   https://it.leeds.ac.uk/welcome    

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

Once you start you will receive an email asking for volunteers to be a course representative.  

Course representatives liaise with other students on the course to garner views, opinions, and feedback, represent the course on Student-Staff Forums, work closely with programme managers, and work proactively to help improve the course experience. 

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

Yes. Further information about societies can be found here:psychology societies 

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?  

We plan to introduce a new peer mentoring scheme for the new academic year to support students who are new to the School of Psychology and the University of Leeds.  We will provide more information about this scheme at the induction meeting scheduled for September 25th.  

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

The programme incorporates a wide range of assessments including exams, presentations, and a variety of written-based coursework assignments.  Further details regarding the assessments for each module can be found in the module and programme catalogue:  Module & Programme Catalogue

The University provides a wide range of support for academic skills via its Skills@Library service  Personal tutors within the School of Psychology can also provide feedback on practice essays should you wish to complete them. 

I’M A RETURNING POSTGRADUATE STUDENT 

How will my programme be delivered?  Will I be required to attend face-to-face sessions? 

Semester 1 has been designed so that learning will be online. 

For any teaching that may be delivered on campus during the academic year, your health & safety will come first.  The campus will be open and small group teaching sessions, including seminars and tutorials, will only take place when it is practical and considered safe to do so. 

Online teaching is being designed to be interactive and engaging. You’ll be able to interact with staff through academic tutorials, lectures and Q & A sessions. You will also be able to interact with other students on your course through varied group activities. Access is available 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.   

All of the materials for the taught sessions will be made available online to help support all students, particularly those required to shield while restrictions are in place. 

How will practical or lab sessions be managed? 

For those on one of the two MSc courses, students will undertake an MSc project. Those on the MPsyc programme will have the option to complete an MPsyc project.  For the 2020/21 academic year, the following will be implemented: 1) Data collection will be collected online if lab-based research is not possible; 2) Meetings with supervisors will be conducted via video calls. 

How will my learning experience be different to last year?  

We plan to deliver the same material, via alternative formats when required, but also supplement these materials with additional support resources to facilitate your learning. Just like earlier in the year following the introduction of social distancing, the modules have been re-designed to enable delivery of taught content across online platforms.  

Will I meet my academic personal tutor face-to-face? 

Your personal tutor will arrange a meeting with points in the year. It is likely that this will be by video call in semester 1. Personal tutors will also be contactable via email and additional meetings can be requested, as required. 

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

For the Advanced Research Methods module, you will require access to SPSS. Once enrolled on the degree, you will be able to download a copy of this programme for free from the  IT Shop   

Module leaders will inform you, in good time, should further specialist software be required. 

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

Similar to last year, you can access wellbeing and pastoral support from our School Student Support Officer, Louise Gill, and academic support from your module leaders and personal tutors.  For issues relating to the course, you can speak with the programme leads (Richard Allen-CDAD; Andrew Prestwich-PATH), and for administrative difficulties, you can contact the MSc/MPsyc SES team contact, Emma Pottock.  The School of Psychology also has two disability contacts: the Academic Tutor for Disabled Students (Tiina Eilola) and the Student Education Support Officer (Louise Gill). If you have a disability, and haven’t already done so, we recommend that you contact Tiina, Louise or your Personal Tutor as soon as possible, preferably even before the commencement of the new academic year. Tiina or Louise is the first point of contact for students with disabilities who require support from the department.  

MSc/MPsyc SES team contact: Emma Pottock e.pottock@leeds.ac.uk  

School Student Support for Wellbeing and Pastoral Care: Louise Gill  j.l.gill@leeds.ac.uk  

Academic Tutor for Disabled Students: Dr Tiina Eilola t.m.eilola@leeds.ac.uk  

Programme leaders: MPsyc/MSc PATH: Dr Andrew Prestwich a.j.prestwich@leeds.ac.uk  

MPsyc/MSc CDAD: Dr Richard Allen r.allen@leeds.ac.uk  

 

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