School of Sociology and Social Policy

Welcome to the School of Sociology and Social Policy. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting your studies. 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

What do I need to do before I arrive?  

You’ll need to register online, and enrol on any optional modules you wish to study. Make sure you’ve got all of your belongings with you – don’t forget your passport and acceptance letters!

What does my induction timetable look like?  

Your induction timetable is on our School’s Newsletter You should have also been sent an email about it, along with your Welcome information. You can also access information through our dedicated Minerva page

If you have not received this Induction & Welcome information or cannot access the page in Minerva then please email us at

How will I get to know other students?  

We have some social events planned during induction week where you’ll be able to meet your course colleagues as well as other students in the School.  

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the School of Sociology and Social Policy?  

Lots! You’ll be able to take part in a series of events and activities arranged for induction week.  These are on your programme’s induction week timetable on the School’s Newsletter.  

Leeds University Union also has welcome activities planned for you.

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

Yes! Join SocSoc and you can take part in its events and activities.  

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

Your academic personal tutor is there to support your general academic and personal development and will plan one-to-one meetings with you throughout the academic year. These may be in person or online, via Microsoft Teams, which you can download as an app on your phone or tablet and can also be accessed on a web browser. 

You’ll be allocated a personal tutor after induction week and will have the chance to meet with them within the first few weeks of the semester. 

Will I be required to attend face-to-face sessions?   

The School is following Government and University guidelines. At this stage, we’re not sure but we will keep you informed as soon as we know more. 

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 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. 

How will I find out more about my programme?  

You can find out more about your programme content and modules in the Taught postgraduate programme catalogue.

We are also holding welcome events during induction week so you can meet your Programme Manager and find out more about your programme. 

How does assessment work on my programme and what support is provided with academic skills?  

Assessment for modules is usually by essay but you’ll be given further information when you start your modules. You can also find out more or attend workshops on academic skills through Skills@Library which can help with information on academic integrity, referencing styles and many more study and research skills, such as note taking, group work and presentations. 

How will I have my say on my programme and school?  

A Student: Staff Forum is held four times a year and, if you or your course colleagues have any issues or general queries, you can ask your Course Rep (who is elected by students) to raise them on your behalf at the Forum. You can also contact the Programme Lead at any time. 

You are welcome to volunteer to be your Course or Student Rep. 

How will I be able to provide feedback on the delivery of my modules?  

Each module will have a module survey at the end of the session. You’ll have the opportunity to complete the anonymous survey and give your feedback on the module. These are then reviewed by the School and changes made for future years. 

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

Each University course, including undergraduate and postgraduate courses, has Course Representatives - students who are elected by their fellow students at the start of each academic year. Course Representatives are expected to collect feedback from students on their course and present this feedback to members of staff in the school at Student Staff Forum meetings throughout the academic year.

To find out more about becoming a Course Rep and to apply see Minerva.

We will also provide you with further information on how to apply during the first few weeks of teaching. 

Where can I go for support?  

You can contact the School Student Education Service team via email  You will also have a meeting with the team during Induction week.   

Student Support contact – Rachel Walton  

Director of Student Education – Dr Tom Campbell

School Taught Postgraduate Tutor – Prof Nick Emmel

You can find your programme leaders listed under the relevant programme on the Taught Postgraduate Programme catalogue

Other useful links