School of Politics and International Studies

Welcome to the School of Politics and International Studies. 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 or returning 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?

For Undergraduate students - you will need to  register, and enrol on any Discovery Modules you wish to study. To see which discovery modules are available please take a look at the LeedsforLife Broadening website.

For Taught Postgraduate students - you will need to register, and enrol on to the Optional Modules listed as part of your programme. Taught Postgraduate students may also wish to look at the ‘Step Up to Masters’ online resource to help you to transition to studying at Masters level with us.

What does my induction timetable look like?

We will send your induction timetable by email in advance of induction week which starts on Monday 26th September 2022. Your induction will take place in person on campus so please make sure you are in Leeds and available throughout week commencing 26th September.

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

In line with the University’s approach to teaching the vast majority of your lectures and seminars/workshops will take place in person on campus. Some modules have online lectures due to the content being taught and positive feedback from students in previous years. In addition, you may find some modules have a high content of online additional material (that could be online articles and books, video clips etc.) This additional material has been provided to help you with your studies Your tutors will go through the module structure in your first week outlining their expectations and the assessment for the module. Please check your timetables so you know where you need to be and when. Attendance at lectures and seminars, whether they be in person or virtual, is crucially important.

How will I meet my Academic Personal Tutor? How will academic personal tutoring work?

All students will be allocated an Academic Personal Tutor, who will be a point of contact in POLIS and will offer academic support throughout their time at Leeds. 

Where can I go for support?

General enquiries - You can contact the School Student Education Service team via email polisenquiries@leeds.ac.uk regarding any aspect of Induction Week or your studies at the University.  You will also have a meeting with the Student Education Service team in Induction week where you can meet the team and ask questions.     

Student Support - Wherever you’re from and whatever your circumstances and support needs, our expert team can work with you during your time in Leeds. Speak to the School’s Student Support Officer Nick Marsh at Polissupport@leeds.ac.uk if your studies are being affected.  Further information can also be found on the university website here: Support and Wellbeing

Director of Student Education – Dr Victoria Honeyman

The Director of Student Education is an academic who oversees the provision of taught student education within the school

You can find your programme leaders listed under the relevant programme on the Programme Catalogue:

Undergraduate

Taught Postgraduate

You can expect staff to reply within 72 hours during busy times. Please remember that office hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm so you won’t receive a response outside of these times.  

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support? 

Your Academic Personal Tutor will be your first point of contact regarding extra academic support. 

You can also find academic support via Skills@Library 

How will I find out more about my programme?

Further information on your programme can be found in the programme catalogue:

Undergraduate

Taught Postgraduate

 

We are also holding welcome events during induction week so you can meet your Programme Leader and learn more about your programme structure and content. 

How will I get to know other students?

Our induction programme will include a number of social events, where students will have an opportunity to meet other students, both on their programme and on the other undergraduate programmes offered by POLIS.

The Leeds University Union run events and activities throughout the year and have a wide range of clubs and societies which you can join.

Students are encouraged to join the POLIS Society

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to POLIS?

Our induction programme will contain a number of welcome events, which are aimed to complement the campus-wide activities which will also be taking place during September

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

While you do not need any specialist software, 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 programmes.

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. 

Computers are available for you to use at various locations around campus. Locations of computer clusters can be found here: Computer Clusters

Where can I access resources for my degree? 

Minerva - a virtual learning environment where individual programme modules can be found by name or code number

You can log in to Minerva using your university username and password. 

Library - there a number of libraries on campus. Information on locations, opening times, and facilities can be found here: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/  

Do I need to provide my core reading texts? 

All of our recommended reading is available online or via the library so please explore the provision before purchasing books. Your tutors will be able to assist you if you have questions on your core reading.

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

There are a number of study spaces available across the University.  The Library is currently offering bookable study spaces: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1200/library_services/198/study_space

The University has Computer Clusters available for students to access as study space.  There are bookable computers available within the Social Sciences building and can be accessed when the room is not being used for teaching activities.  

Details of other study spaces can be found here: Where to Study

What is the role of Course Representatives and how do I volunteer?

POLIS students are traditionally very active in student representation and we welcome and encourage new students to get involved. Information on the role of course representatives and how to stand for election will be circulated to students during induction week. Student representation is organised in partnership with the Leeds University Union – further information can be found here.

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

Students are encouraged to join the POLIS Society – further information can be found on the Leeds University Union website here.

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

Yes. We offer peer mentoring to all new students. Mentors are existing students who are available to meet weekly and offer guidance about how to get the best from your University experience and where to access help with your studies. You will meet your peer mentor during induction week.

How does assessment work on my programme?

Students at POLIS are assessed using a wide-range of formats, including essays, exams and presentations. Academic support is provided via each module and we also offer additional study skills activities during the year.

 

I'm a returning student

How will my programme be delivered this year?

In line with the University’s approach to teaching the vast majority of your lectures and seminars/workshops will take place in person on campus. There are some modules where online lectures have been maintained but this is due to the content being taught and positive feedback from students. In addition, you may find some modules have a high content of online additional material (that could be online articles and books, video clips etc.) This additional material has been provided to help you with your studies Your tutors will go through the module structure in your first week outlining their expectations and the assessment for the module. Please check your timetables so you know where you need to be and when. Attendance at lectures and seminars, whether they be in person or virtual, is crucially important.

How will my learning experience be different to last year?

Last year we offered a hybrid experience, with most lectures taking place virtually and most seminars being on campus. This year will be different. We are planning for the vast majority of lectures and seminars/workshops to be in person on campus. The Social Sciences building will be fully open, and we will be holding different events to bring us all back together. The wider campus will also be completely re-opened and there will be lots going on.

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Before you arrive, you’ll need to register for the academic year. https://students.leeds.ac.uk/registration

 

You should have already enrolled on your optional and discovery modules during the summer.  If you haven’t done so then please enrol on modules https://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/10103/module_enrolment

What does my induction timetable look like?

We will send your induction timetable by email in advance of induction week which starts on Monday 26th September 2022. Your induction will take place in person on campus so please make sure you are in Leeds and available throughout week commencing 26th September.

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

The expectation is that students will attend all teaching activities as timetabled, but we appreciate that any of our students (particularly those from outside of the UK) may be subject to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions. Given this, we are asking students to let us know if they feel they make struggle to attend classes on campus.

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

Our aim is to deliver seminars and tutorials in person subject to UK government COVID-19 restrictions.

How will I meet my Academic Personal Tutor? How will academic personal tutoring work?

All returning students will continue to have an Academic Personal Tutor as a point of contact in POLIS and a source of academic support throughout their time at Leeds.

Where can I go for support?

General enquiries - You can contact the School Student Education Service team via email polisenquiries@leeds.ac.uk regarding any aspect of Induction Week or your studies at the University.  You will also have a meeting with the Student Education Service team in Induction week where you can meet the team and ask questions.   

  

Student Support - Wherever you’re from and whatever your circumstances and support needs, our expert team can work with you during your time in Leeds. Speak to the School’s Student Support Officer Nick Marsh at Polissupport@leeds.ac.uk if your studies are being affected.  Further information can also be found on the university website here: Support and Wellbeing

 

Director of Student Education – Dr Victoria Honeyman

The Director of Student Education is an academic who oversees the provision of taught student education within the school

You can find your programme leaders listed under the relevant programme on the Programme Catalogue:

Undergraduate

Taught Postgraduate

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support? 

Students who feel they may require extra academic support are asked to contact their Academic Personal Tutor in the first instance.

You can also find academic support via Skills@Library 

How will I find out more about my programme?

Further information on your programme can be found in the programme catalogue:

Undergraduate

Taught Postgraduate

 

How will I get to know other students?

You will have the opportunity to get to know other students through your teaching sessions and through social activities such as school coffee mornings and events run by  Leeds University Union.

The Leeds University Union run events and activities throughout the year and have a wide range of clubs and societies which you can join.

Students are also encouraged to join the POLIS Society

 

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to POLIS?

There are a number of activities taking place throughout induction week and beyond.

 

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

We are looking for volunteers from our returning to students to act as mentors to new students in 2022/23. Please refer to your emails for information on how to get involved.

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