School of Education

Welcome to the School of Education. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about returning to or starting your studies.  We’ve also included some helpful links at the bottom to direct you to anything else you might need. If you are a returning student please read the ‘All Students’ information first then scroll down to the ‘Returning Students’ section.

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

DO I NEED TO COME TO LEEDS TO COMPLETE MY STUDIES?

We anticipate that the first 10-week teaching period (week commencing 18th January to week commencing 22nd March inclusive), will be mainly on-line.  Teaching may stay mainly on-line until the end of the academic year. However, as we are sure you will understand, this is not a decision the university can take now, as we cannot predict how the pandemic will develop nor what measures may be required. 

However, we can confirm that the university is happy for students to study from home for the entire year, if necessary, and will provide effective on-line teaching and support so that students can complete their programmes as well as if they were in Leeds. However, as you will appreciate, the experiences will not be quite the same. Please note, you must enter the UK by April 6th 2021 in order to qualify for the two year working visa for the UK.

If you decide that you wish to come to Leeds, the University campus will be open from January and we anticipate that this will include libraries, some study spaces, shops and cafes/restaurants and sports facilities. The International Students Office provide an arrivals service to support students travelling to the UK. Visit our international arrivals form as soon as possible to tell us about your travel plans and book your arrival and self-isolation support. Please complete as much of the form as you can now. You can update it later when you confirm your plans. 

As we have said above, we cannot be entirely sure of this at the present time. If it is possible , we will offer face-to-face sessions. Students who are not able to attend the face-to-face sessions will have access to equivalent on-line sessions.

We would advise sponsored students to contact their sponsors with regard to the permissibility of studying for the MA from home for part or all of the year.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE INDUCTION WEEK? 

You’ll need to register online, whether you’re a new or returning student and you’ll be sent information on how to do this shortly. Make sure you keep an eye on safety updates and watch our safety video to find out how your time on campus will be managed in a Covid-secure way. We’d recommend that all students spend some time preparing to study online. For at least the first semester we expect the majority of teaching to be online so its important you have the skills to ensure you can engage with online teaching effectively. We recommend everyone takes some time to read Becoming an Online Learner. If you feel you need some extra support with your digital skills, a good place to start would be the Digital Skills resource

We’d also recommend you take a look at Step Up to Masters. This resource is designed to help you to reflect on your previous study experience, identify your strengths and areas for improvement, and explore opportunities at Leeds to further develop your academic skills and make a successful Step Up to Masters! 

I’M A NEW STUDENT

WHAT DOES MY INDUCTION TIMETABLE LOOK LIKE?  

The admissions team will be sending an email to you with your induction programme which you can also access through Minerva. There will be some compulsory sessions and some optional ones. All induction sessions will be online using either Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Its important you allow time before each session to open the correct online space.  

WHAT WELCOME ACTIVITIES DO YOU HAVE PLANNED TO WELCOME ME IN EDUCATION? 

All the details of your School’s welcome activities will be included in the Welcome Pack and also on your induction timetable, which will be sent to your new University of Leeds email address.  

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. Leeds University Union also has a range of societies available.

All students are also welcome to suggest an informal, online, School club based on your interests. You might want to start a film club, so you can pick a film to watch each week and discuss together. Maybe you are an avid crafter and you are looking for a place to share tips and show off your creations. We'd like clubs to be student-led, so we're looking for suggestions for clubs and volunteers to host them. We'll be happy to help you to setup and plan the club and advertise to the others in our Community. We don't expect any club to take much time to join or host. There might be online meetings once a week, fortnightly or monthly, or you might just keep it as an ongoing space to chat. If you'd like to suggest a club, whether you are happy to host or not, register your interest by January 25th 2021. 

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, teaching e.g. live or face-to-face taught sessions, and seminars. 

Taught Postgraduate 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 18th January. For more details see the Welcome Pack or contact Anna Nixon (A.J.A.Nixon@leeds.ac.uk)  

HOW WILL I MEET MY ACADEMIC PERSONAL TUTOR? HOW WILL ACADEMIC PERSONAL TUTORING WORK?  

You’ll meet your personal tutor online within your first two weeks at University as part of a group of tutees. Your personal tutorials will be held online. You are entitled to four individual meetings throughout the year and your personal tutor will plan these with you. If you have any queries or concerns outside these meetings, you can contact your personal tutor at any time.  

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

If it is safe, some sessions will be face to face but most sessions will be taught online. 

HOW WILL I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY PROGRAMME?  

You can talk to your Programme Lead or look at the 2020/21 Programme Catalogues:

  TPG Programme Catalogue and TPG Module Catalogue

HOW WILL I HAVE MY SAY ON MY PROGRAMME AND SCHOOL? 

Every level of every programme has a Course Representative (elected by students), who attends a Student: Staff forum four times a year. Representatives also meet their Programme Leads on a regular basis. There is also an Undergraduate School Representative and a Taught Postgraduate School Representative who attends the Student:Staff Forum and other meetings across the Faculty and the University. If you or your course colleagues have any issues or general queries, you can ask your Course Rep to raise something on your behalf on the Forum.  

For module reviews, you can speak to module tutors or your Programme Lead. 

HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON THE DELIVERY OF MY MODULES?  

You can talk to your module tutors at any point. You’ll be asked to provide informal feedback on your modules about halfway through the module. At the end of the semester, we collect student questionnaires about each module. You can also speak with your Course Rep to raise anything that’s concerning you at the Student: Staff Forum. 

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF COURSE REPRESENTATIVES AND HOW DO I VOLUNTEER? 

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. 

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 You can find out how to navigate Minerva here
Blackboard Collaborate – for real-time online 'virtual classroom' sessions, and interactive seminars and tutorials  
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. 

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

HOW DOES ASSESSMENT WORK ON MY PROGRAMME AND WHAT SUPPORT IS PROVIDED WITH ACADEMIC SKILLS?  

Your programme will be made up of a number of modules and each module will have its own assessment. Modules are assessed by a variety of written assignments and presentations. If you have to write an essay, you may be given the opportunity to submit a draft assignment before the final submission – please do this where possible.

Skills@library can also help you with information on academic integrity, referencing styles and many more academic skills. 

WHERE CAN I GO FOR SUPPORT?  

You can contact your Student Support Officer, personal tutor, your module tutors and programme leader.  You can also contact the Programme Lead at any time. Support is available online through Microsoft Teams and you can book appointments in advance via email.  

Taught postgraduate team

Anna Nixon – Taught Postgraduate Student Support Officer  A.J.A.Nixon@leeds.ac.uk
Mary Bullivant – Taught Postgraduate Student Education Service Officer  M.Bullivant@education.leeds.ac.uk  
Simon Green – Head of the Taught Postgraduate Area  S.J.M.Green@leeds.ac.uk 
Extensions and mitigating circumstances inbox – Extension@education.leeds.ac.uk


I’M A RETURNING STUDENT 

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE I ARRIVE? 

If you’re a returning student, please re-register.  You should also choose any optional modules from the postgraduate module catalogue for 2020-21.

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. 

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

You do not have to attend face-to-face sessions – only if it is safe and if you are able to be in Leeds. 

HOW WILL I HAVE MY SAY ON MY PROGRAMME AND SCHOOL?  

Every level of every programme has a Course Representative (elected by students), who attends a Student: Staff forum four times a year. Representatives also meet their Programme Leads on a regular basis. There is also an Undergraduate School Representative who attends the Student: Staff Forum and other meetings across the Faculty and the University. If you or your course colleagues have any issues or general queries, you can ask your Course Rep to raise something on your behalf on the Forum.  For module reviews, you can speak to module tutors or your Programme Leads. 

WHERE CAN I GO FOR SUPPORT?  

You can contact your Student Support Officer, personal tutor, your module tutors and programme leader.  You can also contact the Programme Lead at any time. Support is available online through Microsoft Teams and you can book appointments in advance via email.  

Taught postgraduate team

Anna Nixon – Taught Postgraduate Student Support Officer  A.J.A.Nixon@leeds.ac.uk
Mary Bullivant – Taught Postgraduate Student Education Service Officer  M.Bullivant@education.leeds.ac.uk  
Simon Green – Head of the Taught Postgraduate Area  S.J.M.Green@leeds.ac.uk 
Extensions and mitigating circumstances inbox – Extension@education.leeds.ac.uk

Links to additional school resources

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

Please do also check your emails regularly along with the announcements on Minerva for latest information..  

Other useful links