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. 

Scroll to the section that applies to you – new student, returning student or Masters 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 student                 

What do I need to do before I arrive? 

To enable you to make a flying start to life as a Leeds student, we would like you to complete a few tasks including the IT induction and registering for a username and password so you can access the university IT systems.  Further details about these tasks, as well as the university IT systems, can be accessed via https://it.leeds.ac.uk/welcome. We would also like you to register for your course. Guidance on registration will be emailed to you.  

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) who both assist students with disabilities to access the necessary support throughout their degree. If you have a disability, we recommend that you contact Tiina, Louise or your Personal Tutor as soon as possible, preferably even before the commencement of your course. Tiina or Louise is the first point of contact for students with disabilities who require support from the department. 

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 

 

What does my induction timetable look like? 

Your induction timetable consists of different talks and activities that are designed to introduce you to the School of Psychology, explain more about your course and let you meet other students.  

This year, induction will be in person, on campus. Induction week will introduce you to the personal tutor scheme, allow you to meet your student community and more.  

For detailed information regarding your induction week:

BSc/MPsyc Level One - You will be sent a welcome email which will include a link to your induction timetable

Masters students will be emailed an induction timetable during September. 

 

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions? 

From September 2022 teaching will be on-campus and so you’ll need to be in Leeds for your lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions. Face-to-face learning will be complemented and supported by a variety of digital technologies, however teaching will be primarily on campus. 

We are continuing to work hard to ensure that our campus is a safe and welcoming environment. 

 

How will tutorials/seminars, practical or lab sessions be managed? 

We are currently planning for all group or individual tutorials, statistics computer based learning sessions, and practical classes to be face to face. 

 

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

You will meet your personal tutor during induction week and they will arrange meetings with you at particular points in the year. Personal tutors will also be contactable via email and additional meetings can be requested, as required. 

 

Where can I go for support? 

You will be able to arrange meetings, via email, with a range of individuals here to help provide you with the support that you need. 

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, you can speak with the year coordinator (Rachel Coats), and for administrative difficulties, you can contact the Level 1 Student Support Officer, Alison Tindall.  

See ‘What do I need to do before I arrive?’ for disability contacts within the School of Psychology. 

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

Level 1 Student Support Officer: Alison Tindall a.j.tindall@leeds.ac.uk 

School Student Support - 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 

 

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support? 

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. 

 

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: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/  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 appreciate that an important element of any programme is having the opportunity to meet, work with, and get to know other students.  With this in mind, we have 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 will also get to meet other students in your tutor group. 

The School is arranging social sessions during induction week and these will be listed on your induction timetable. Following induction, any social activities will be shared via the newsletter. 

We also offer a peer mentoring scheme (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.    

 

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 Research Skills modules, you will require access to SPSS. Once enrolled on the degree, you will be able to access this programme for free via the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) and Apps Anywhere.   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).   

 

Where can I access resources for my degree?   

You can access all resources via our online blackboard software, Minerva. This will be updated closer to the start of term. All induction week information will also be available here. 

 

Do I need to provide my core reading texts? 

We will publish a list of core texts on Minerva. Many of these are available online or via the library. We recommended waiting for the first lecture when staff will let you know how heavily they will rely on the textbook so you can make an informed decision about whether to purchase them. 

 

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

We are currently working on what rooms can be made available in the School of Psychology for study space, along with those already available in the libraries on campus. You will have access to any equipment you need for any project or practical work, and your supervisor or practical leader will be able to give you more detail about this as needed.   

 

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, 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

 

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school? 

PASS Scheme - You will meet regularly with a group of other 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? 

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 programme catalogue

 

I’m a returning student 

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

From September 2022 teaching will be on-campus and so you will need to be in Leeds for your lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical sessions. Face-to-face learning will be complemented and supported by a variety of digital technologies; however, teaching will be primarily on campus. 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.  

All the materials for the taught sessions will be made available online to help support all students. 

 

How will my learning experience be different to last year? 

This year your teaching and learning will take place on campus. We are continuing to work hard to ensure that our campus is a safe and welcoming environment. 

  

What do I need to do before I arrive? 

You will need to ensure you are enrolled on your modules and register online, you should already have received information about how and when to do this. 

 

What does my induction timetable look like? 

We have a welcome session and social event planned for you. The induction schedule will be emailed to you in September once 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 Research Methods 3 and 4 modules, you will require access to SPSS. You will be able to access this programme for free via the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) and Apps Anywhere.  Module leaders will inform you, in good time, should further specialist software be required. Once you have 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).   

 

How will tutorials/seminars, practical or 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, two in each module. The same topics and analysis techniques will be covered as in previous years, if the practical involves any data collection this may be carried out online. However, the practical classes themselves, along with any interactive data analysis sessions, will still form an integral part of our practical classes and these will be delivered face-to-face. 

At Level 3 Data collection for major projects can be conducted face-to-face or online. Students will also be supported by their project supervisor through face-to-face meetings as and when required. 

 

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. At the present moment we are planning that such meetings will be held face to face in the Psychology building. Personal tutors will also be contactable via email and additional meetings can be requested, as required. 

 

Where can I go for support? 

Like 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.  

For more general issues relating to Level 3 of the degree programme, you can speak with the Level 3 Co-ordinator Michael Jestico

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 have not 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 Student Education Officer: Sashenka Jones S.J.Jones@leeds.ac.uk 

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

Level 3 Student Education Officer: Jenny Nansera J.R. Nansera@leeds.ac.uk 

Level 3 Co-ordinator: Dr Michael Jestico M.P.Jestico@leeds.ac.uk 

 

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support? 

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. 

 

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 the course handbook full of information that will be available for you on our online platform, Minerva. Student guides for Minerva are available here.  Many of the taught sessions will be delivered using Blackboard Collaborate and further information about this resource is available here

There is an outline of your programme available online: 

BSc Psychology 

MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology 

 

How will I get to know other students? 

We appreciate that an important element of any programme is having the opportunity to meet, work with, and get to know other students.  With this in mind, we have 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 will also get to meet other students in your tutor group, and at L3 in lectures as well. 

We also offer a peer mentoring scheme (Peer Assisted Study) where you will have the opportunity to mix with students from other levels, either as a mentor or mentee. You will meet regularly as a group and mentors will be able to provide mentees with support to help them settle in and offer guidance to help them with their studies.    

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. 

 

Where can I access resources for my degree?   

You can access all resources via our online blackboard software, Minerva. This will be updated closer to the start of term. All induction week information will also be available here and we will send you a link to Minerva nearer the time. 

 

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?   

We will publish a list of core texts on Minerva. Many of these are available online or via the library. We recommended waiting for the first lecture when staff will let you know how heavily they will rely on the textbook so you can make an informed decision about whether to purchase them. 

 

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

We are currently working on what rooms can be made available in the School of Psychology for study space, along with those already available in the libraries on campus. You will have access to any equipment you need for any project or practical work, and your supervisor or practical leader will be able to give you more detail about this as needed.   

 

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

On your return in September 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, 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? 

You may already be a member of several societies, but there are over 300 that you can join, including PsychSoc. Further information about societies can be found here

 

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school? 

As you already know there is the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) Scheme, as a returning student you can be part of the scheme by mentoring others, using your experience and knowledge to guide new students through their first few months at university, by planning activities for each session to help first years build skills and knowledge of psychology. The sessions will provide students with the opportunity to ask questions in an environment that is not intimidating, and you help other students learn through your experience. 

 

How does assessment work on my programme? 

The programme incorporates a wide range of assessments including exams, presentations, and a variety of written-based coursework assignments.  Further details about each module's assessments are in the programme catalogue

 
I’m a Masters student 

What do I need to do before I arrive? 

To enable you to make a flying start to life as a Leeds student, we would like you to complete a few tasks including the IT induction and registering for a username and password so you can access the university IT systems.  Further details about these tasks, as well as the university IT systems, can be accessed via https://it.leeds.ac.uk/welcome.   We would also like you to register for your course. Guidance on registration will be emailed to you.  

The School of Psychology has a Tutor for Disabled Students (Tiina Eilola) and a Pastoral 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 the commencement of your course. Tiina or Louise is the first point of contact for students with disabilities who require support from the department. 

School Student Support contact:       Louise Gill J.L.Gill@leeds.ac.uk 

Tutor for Disabled Students:              Dr Tiina Eilola T.M.Eilola@leeds.ac.uk 

 

How will my programme be delivered this year? 

From September 2022 teaching will be on-campus and so you will need to be in Leeds for your lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical sessions. Face-to-face learning will be complemented and supported by a variety of digital technologies; however, teaching will be primarily on campus.   

The final semester 1 timetable will be published in September. 

 

What does my induction timetable look like? 

We will hold a Welcome Session for all MSc and MPsyc students on Friday 30th September where you will meet the Programme Manager for your course and your fellow students. The session starts at 14:00 until 15.30. The location be will on your timetable. 

 

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions? 

This year your teaching and learning will take place on campus. We are continuing to work hard to ensure that our campus is a safe and welcoming environment.  

We expect you to attend campus for teaching activities such as seminars, tutorials, practical classes, group discussions and performance activities, as they will form an essential and significant part of your student experience. 

 

How will tutorials/seminars, 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 2022/23 academic year, the following will be implemented: 1) Data collection will be collected online or in the lab 2) Meetings with supervisors will be conducted via a mixture of face to face and online meetings. 

 

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

You will meet your personal tutor at particular points in the year. Personal tutors will also be contactable via email and additional meetings can be requested, as required. 

 

Where can I go for support? 

You will be able to arrange meetings, via email, with a range of individuals here to help provide you with the support that you need.  

You will be able to access 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; TBC-PATH), and for administrative difficulties, you can contact the MSc/MPsyc SES team contact, Sashenka Jones. 

See ‘What do I need to do before I arrive?’ for disability contacts within the School of Psychology. The International Student Office also provides specialist support services for students from outside the UK. 

MSc/MPsyc Student Education Officer: Sashenka Jones S.J.Jones@leeds.ac.uk 

School Student Support contact: Louise Gill J.L.Gill@leeds.ac.uk 

Tutor for Disabled Students:  Dr Tiina Eilola T.M.Eilola@leeds.ac.uk 

Programme leaders: MPsyc/MSc PATH: To be confirmed 

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

 

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?  

Module leaders and academic staff leading each session are always happy to be contacted in order to clarify anything relating to the sessions that they have run.  Please feel free to speak to the session lead during or after each session, arrange a separate meeting, or discuss with them via the module discussion board or email, as appropriate.   

If you require more generic academic support, for example relating to essay writing skills or finding relevant information, the University of Leeds provides a range of additional, free one-to-one and group-based support sessions for a range of academic-related skills that can be booked via its Skills@Library service. For those of you who prefer to develop such skills in your own time and at your own pace, the Skills@Library service provides a range of online resources that you can use.  You will also be assigned an academic personal tutor who can also be a helpful source of general academic advice and support.  

 

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. 

There is also an outline of your programme available online: 

MSc Cognitive Development and Disorders 
MSc Psychological Approaches to Health 

 

How will I get to know other students? 

We hope that you will get to know your fellow students straightaway through the Induction process and it may be the case that some of you know each other already through completing your undergraduate degree at Leeds or elsewhere! 

We have introduced a  mentoring scheme in which students who studied at the University of Leeds previously, serve as mentors for students new to our university. As well as providing a useful way for new students to find out more about the department, the university and Leeds as a place to live, it also provides an additional way for all students to get to know other students on the course.  

All of the modules involve at least some group-based activities and these provide an opportunity for you to get to know one another as well as an important way to support each other.  We will work together, with course reps, to identify additional ways for you to get to know one another.  For example, in the past we have set up Friday coffee afternoons for MSc and MPsyc students to meet each other on an informal basis and to chat about the course and life more generally! 

 

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

We will hold a Welcome Session for all MSc and MPsyc students on Friday 30th September, 14.00 - 15.30, in which you will meet the Programme Manager for your course and your fellow students.  This is intended to be an informal session in which you can find out more about your course and participate in a friendly quiz with your new course mates!  Further induction related sessions will take place after this date to ensure that you are ready for the course ahead.  The full 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 the Advanced Research Methods module, you will require access to SPSS. Once enrolled on the degree, you will be able to access this programme for free via the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) and Apps Anywhere.  Module leaders will inform you, in good time, should further specialist software be required. Once you have 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).    

 

Where can I access resources for my studies?   

All modules will be supported with resources available on our online platform, Minerva.  Key readings will be available online and/or via the library. Through licenses with various publishers, the university subscribes to a wide range of academic journals enabling you to access these journals free of charge via the university library webpages.  For core textbooks, a limited number of copies will be available in the library.  However, the university, like other universities, is unable to purchase enough copies for each student to have their own copy of each core text. Depending on availability and how extensively you wish to use these textbooks, you may want to purchase these relevant texts. 

 

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?   

For most modules, reading is focused on journal articles rather than textbooks. However, for any core textbooks, a limited number of copies will be available in the library. Unfortunately, the university, like other universities, is unable to purchase enough copies for each student to have their own copy of each core text. Depending on availability and how extensively you wish to use these textbooks, you may want to purchase these relevant texts. 

 

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

The department has licenses for a number of computer packages that can enable students to run studies and experiments online.  This has proven to be an effective way of collecting data for Masters level projects.  University wide licenses for online meeting packages such as MS Teams enable you to participate in online sessions, meetings with lecturers, tutors and fellow students.  Minerva also houses a range of module-specific materials and the library provides access to a wide-range of course readings. 

Across the campus we have four extensively stocked libraries with study environments. In the Edward Boyle library is a postgraduate research hub where you can book space to work both individually or in a group. We also have Wi-Fi across the whole campus and multiple computer clusters. 

The Language Centre offers you the opportunity to learn a new language or develop your academic English. 

 

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

Yes. Further information about societies can be found here

 

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school? 

We have a peer mentoring scheme to support MSc students who are new to the School of Psychology and the University of Leeds. The scheme involves MSc students who studied with us for their undergraduate degree or finalists on our Integrated Masters programme providing support to new students. 

 

How does assessment work on my programme? 

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 Catalogue

 

Where can I find relevant career information for postgraduate students?  

The Careers Centre is able to offer guidance, we have LinkedIn and Facebook groups, resources on Minerva, and there’s also a range of websites available containing careers guidance for postgraduate students: 

University of Leeds Careers Centre 

My Career 

https://www.postgrad.com/advice/postgraduate_careers/ 

https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/how-to-make-the-most-of-my-postgraduate-degree/ 

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/ 

https://targetjobs.co.uk/postgraduate/advice 

 

Where can I find opportunities for work to develop my career?   

You will receive regular newsletters advertising opportunities for psychology students, the Careers Centre and your personal tutor will be able to offer advice, and you can also take a look at the following websites: 

My Career 

https://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk/homepage/16/finding_jobs_and_work_experience 

https://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk/ 

https://joblink.luu.org.uk/ 

Psychology Organisation of Minerva: Student Information – Psychology (leeds.ac.uk) 

Programme Catalogue: Module and Programme Catalogue (leeds.ac.uk) 

Module Catalogue: Module and Programme Catalogue (leeds.ac.uk) 

 

Other useful links 

Student support and wellbeing  

University of Leeds library 

Coronavirus website 

IT Service Desk 

Leeds University Union (LUU)