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, returning student or postgraduate 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?

Ensure that you have completed registration as per the instructions issued following confirmation of your place.

What does my induction timetable look like?

This will be sent to you by 1st September.

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

In line with the University’s approach to teaching in the 21/22 academic year, our aim is to provide students with a hybrid model of in-person/face-to-face activity, supplemented by online content, depending on the current circumstances and government advice on COVID-19. The expectation is that students will attend all teaching activities as timetabled.

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

All students will be allocated a personal tutor, who will be their academic guide throughout their time at Leeds. Our expectation is that contact with personal tutors will be a mix of face to face and online sessions (where these can be facilitated in safely, in line with social distancing requirements). Find out more about academic personal tutoring.

Where can I go for support?

The School of Politics and International Studies has a designated Student Support Team, who are available Monday-to-Friday between 9.00am-5.00pm. At the moment our staff are working remotely, but can arrange online meetings/phone calls etc with any student who wishes to talk to us. In the first instance we can be contacted via email at polissupport@leeds.ac.uk.

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support? 

Support is provided by POLIS academic staff (such as Programme Managers, Academic Personal Tutors, Seminar Tutors etc.) who work in partnership with specialist colleagues elsewhere on campus, including Skills@Library.

How will I find out more about my programme?

Further information on your programme can be found in the Undergraduate programme catalogue.

How will I get to know other students?

Our induction programme will include a number of online 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.

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?

We recommend that students look to familiarise themselves with the various computer packages and systems used by the University, ideally before they arrive in Leeds – further information can be found on the IT Website here. 

Where can I access resources for my degree? 

Further information on the resources required to support your learning is provided in the Undergraduate programme catalogue.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts? 

We recommend students hold back from purchasing any core texts until they arrive. Further information on the required readings will be provided by your Programme Manager during induction week, and second-hand textbooks are often available from returning level two students.

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

Study facilities, including workstations and computer clusters are available across campus and in many University residences. Instructions on how to book study spaces will be circulated to students in September.

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?

The School is seeking to introduce a new peer mentoring scheme for the 21/22 academic year – further information will be made available in the coming weeks.

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?

The programme will be delivered via a hybrid of in-person and online activities.

How will my learning experience be different to last year?

In line with the plans previously published by the University, our aim is to provide face-to-face teaching activities on campus, supplemented by online materials and lectures.

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Ensure you have chosen your modules and complete registration.

What does my induction timetable look like?

Further information will be provided in 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?

Our expectation is that contact with personal tutors will be a mix of face to face and online tutorials (where these can be facilitated in safely, in line with social distancing requirements). Find out more about academic personal tutoring.

Where can I go for support?

Support is provided by POLIS academic staff (such as Programme Managers, Academic Personal Tutors, Seminar Tutors etc.) who work in partnership with specialist colleagues elsewhere on campus, including Skills@Library. Pastoral/non-academic support is provided by our Student Support Team, who are available Monday-to-Friday between 9.00am-5.00pm. At the moment our staff are working remotely but can arrange online meetings/phone calls etc with any student who wishes to talk to us. In the first instance we can be contacted via email at polissupport@leeds.ac.uk.

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.

How will I find out more about my programme?

Further information on the resources required to support your learning is provided in the Undergraduate programme catalogue.

How will I get to know other students?

We are currently working with our partners at the University, including LUU, to develop a series of activities to welcome returning students back to campus.

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

Further information will be provided in September.

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

We recommend that students look to familiarise themselves with the various computer packages and systems used by the University, ideally before they arrive in Leeds – further information can be found on the IT Website here

Where can I access resources for my degree? 

Course and module-specific learning materials can be found on Minerva.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts? 

We recommend students hold back from purchasing any core texts until they return as second-hand textbooks are often available from returning students. In the interim, further information on course-related readings can be found in the Library reading lists.

What facilities are available for my course, and how can I take advantage of them? (study spaces, equipment available etc?)

Study facilities, including workstations and computer clusters are available across campus and in many University residences. Instructions on how to book study spaces will be circulated to students in September.

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 our students to get involved. Information on the role of course representatives and how to stand for election will be circulated to students once the new teaching year commences. 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?

The School is seeking to introduce a new peer mentoring scheme for the 21/22 academic year, where we will be seeking volunteers from our returning to students to act as mentors to new students  – further information will be made available in the coming weeks.

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 postgraduate student

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Ensure that you have completed registration as per the instructions issued following confirmation of your place.

How will my programme be delivered this year?

The programme will be delivered via a hybrid of in-person and online activities.

What does my induction timetable look like?

This will be sent to you by 1st September.

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

In line with the University’s approach to teaching in the 21/22 academic year, our aim is to provide students with a hybrid model of in-person/face-to-face activity, supplemented by online content, depending on the current circumstances and government advice on COVID-19. 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?

Our expectation is that contact with personal tutors will be a mix of face to face and online tutorials (where these can be facilitated in safely, in line with social distancing requirements). Find out more about academic personal tutoring.

Where can I go for support?

Support is provided by POLIS academic staff (such as Programme Managers, Academic Personal Tutors, Seminar Tutors etc.) who work in partnership with specialist colleagues elsewhere on campus, including Skills@Library. Pastoral/non-academic support is provided by our Student Support Team, who are available Monday-to-Friday between 9.00am-5.00pm. At the moment our staff are working remotely but can arrange online meetings/phone calls etc with any student who wishes to talk to us. In the first instance we can be contacted via email at polissupport@leeds.ac.uk.

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.

How will I find out more about my programme?

Further information on your programme can be found in the Postgraduate programme catalogue.

How will I get to know other students?

Our induction programme will include a number of online 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.

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

We recommend that students look to familiarise themselves with the various computer packages and systems used by the University, ideally before they arrive in Leeds – further information can be found on the IT Website here

Where can I access resources for my studies? 

Further information on your programme can be found in the Postgraduate programme catalogue. We will also provide further information on the various technologies used to support your learning during induction week.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

We recommend students hold back from purchasing any core texts until they return as second-hand textbooks are often available from returning students. In the interim, further information on course-related readings can be found in the Library reading lists.

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

Study facilities, including workstations and computer clusters are available across campus and in many University residences. Instructions on how to book study spaces will be circulated to students in September.

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 our students to get involved. Information on the role of course representatives and how to stand for election will be circulated to students once the new teaching year commences. 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.

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.

Where can I find relevant career information for postgraduate students? 

POLIS works closely with the University’s Careers Service to support our postgraduate students with their career plans. Further information will be provided during induction week.

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

Further information on the Careers Service here.

 

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