School of Education

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

Make sure you read the ‘all students’ info 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 or support.  

Then scroll to the section that applies to you – new student or returning student. We’ve also included some helpful links at the bottom to direct you to anything else you might need.

If you are a Taught Postgraduate student please see the Welcome Pack from your School for more details. 

If you’re a postgraduate researcher, find your faculty welcome and induction information to help you get started

ALL STUDENTS 

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE I ARRIVE? 

You’ll need to

  • register online in MINERVA
  • keep an eye on safety updates
  • watch our safety video to find out how your time on campus will be managed in a Covid-secure way.
  • Remember to check your emails regularly along with the announcements on Minerva for all the latest information.

WHERE CAN I GO FOR SUPPORT?  

There are lots of people who you can contact for support, including your

  • Academic Personal Tutor: you’ll be assigned an Academic Personal Tutor and invited to your first meeting with them early in the new semester.
  • Module or Programme Lead: for academic queries about modules or your Programme

For more general queries see below:

Undergraduate team

Taught postgraduate team

WILL I BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND FACE-TO-FACE SESSIONS?

We expect most students will be able to join us in time for the start of teaching  and we will be offering substantial face to face teaching. In addition once in Leeds you will also be able to access University and School based curriculum enhancement and social activities.

We appreciate that for some of you there may be challenges in arriving in Leeds for the start of teaching, because of COVID-19 related issues. You will receive separate communication regarding this.

WILL I MEET MY ACADEMIC PERSONAL TUTOR FACE-TO-FACE?  

If it is safe to do so and you are in  in Leeds, yes. If not, meetings will be online.  

I’M A NEW STUDENT  

WHAT DO I need to do before arrival?

Undergraduate students

If you’re new to the University,

  • Read the library resource about getting off to a Flying Start 
  • Look out for a checklist of things to do before you arrive - make sure you complete the list!

Taught Postgraduate students

WHAT DOES MY INDUCTION TIMETABLE LOOK LIKE?  

  • UG - You will be sent a Welcome email which will include a link to your Induction timetable.
  • TPG- See the Welcome Pack for details, including links to join online sessions.  

Your induction will include:

  • Meeting your fellow students
  • Meeting your tutors and the School of Education Staff
  • Optional campus tours
  • Introduction to the library
  • Social activities

HOW WILL I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY PROGRAMME?  

You can talk to your Programme Lead or look at the 2021/22 Programme Catalogue.  

UG Programme Catalogue and UG Module Catalogue

TPG Programme Catalogue and TPG Module Catalogue

HOW WILL I GET TO KNOW OTHER STUDENTS?  

The School is arranging lots of social sessions in induction week and these will be listed on your induction timetable. There will be plenty of virtual activities for each of the programmes as well. You’ll also have group meetings with your personal tutor and other students, including a welcome lunch in induction week. If you have face to face teaching it’s a good idea to arrive a little early and get to know the people in your class. If you have an online teaching session, be sure to speak up and get to know the other students in break out rooms or using the chat function. Remember, everyone is looking to make friends at the start of the year, but it will be up to you to be brave and make connections with others. Following induction, our social activities will be shared via the weekly newsletter, including trips, online social events and wellbeing activities. We’re really excited to host a residential weekend trip to the Lake District in October. Places are limited so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

ARE THERE ANY SOCIETIES I CAN JOIN FOR THE SCHOOL/PROGRAMME?  

Yes. The Education Society (Ed Soc) arranges academic and social events. It’s open to all and information will be available on everything you need to know about the committee, its members and membership.  

We also strongly recommend that you actively take part in the events and activities offered across the University and LUU. Check out LUU’s Whats On, Global Community and Get Out Get Active for ideas.  

ARE THERE ANY SPECIALIST SOFTWARE OR SYSTEMS THAT I NEED FOR MY PROGRAMME AND WHERE DO I FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT IT? 

It’s really useful for you to have your own PC or laptop so you can access all of the University’s resources and online learning programs*. These include: 

  • Minerva - a virtual learning environment where individual programme modules can be found by name or code number 
  • Office 365 - where you can access your email account and Microsoft Teams, as well as other MS Office programs.
  • Teams is particularly useful to have, as it may be used during induction, teaching and personal tutor meetings.  It can be downloaded as an app on your phone or tablet and can also be accessed on a web browser. 
  • Pebblepad – the system you’ll use to prepare for Personal Tutor meetings.

*You’ll receive more information on these systems during your induction. 

How do I become a COURSE REP ?

Course Representatives speak to course colleagues and report any pros/cons/comments to the Student: Staff forum. You’ll receive information on this and all students will be able to apply for the positions. There are usually two Reps per course, per level.  

ARE THERE ANY PEER MENTORING SCHEMES OPERATING IN MY SCHOOL?  

Undergraduate students – As an incoming first year student to the School of Education you will have the opportunity to take part in a Peer Mentoring scheme to help you transition into university life.

Peer Mentors are students in later years of study who you will meet with regularly during the first semester. They will be trained to provide a confidential space for new students to talk freely and ask questions. They will be able to give you an insight into studying in the School of Education from the perspective of their own experience, and offer advice and guidance on all aspects of settling into university.

You will be given more information on this during induction week in the meet your mentor session.

Taught Postgraduate students – Students can sign up for the School of Education Peer Connections scheme, to be matched with another student in the School. Please register for this by 26/9/21. For more details see the Welcome Pack or contact Anna Nixon

I’M A RETURNING STUDENT 

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE I ARRIVE? 

Undergraduates

Taught Postgraduate

  •  Re-register.  
  • Choose any optional and discovery modules from the taught postgraduate module catalogue for 2021-22.
  • Look at the module reading lists too, as these will provide a guide on what you should read. 
  • Look over your assignment feedback from last year and use the feedback tool to review and learn from it.  

HOW WILL MY LEARNING EXPERIENCE BE DIFFERENT TO LAST YEAR?  

Your teaching and learning will continue to be of a high quality and interactive. Your programme will be a mixture of live sessions and on-demand (asynchronous) sessions. You may have face-to-face sessions only if it is safe to do so.  

On entry to many University buildings, you’ll be required to comply with the Covid-19 recommendations which may include wearing a mask and observing social distancing. 

LINKS TO ADDITIONAL SCHOOL RESOURCES

We produce a weekly newsletter – you can see all previous editions in the Student Support section on Minerva. 

OTHER USEFUL LINKS