International Pathways Centre
Welcome to the International Pathways Centre! Here you will find everything you need to know about your studies.
The following questions and answers cover things like tasks you need to complete before the start of term, safety procedures on your course and where to go for more information and support. We’ve also included some helpful links at the bottom to direct you to anything else you might need and where you can find our contact details.
What do I need to do before I arrive?
You will have received a letter from our admissions team with information about what you need to do before arriving in Leeds to begin your programme. Please read this carefully and follow the guidance provided to you.
Let the International Pathways Centre know the date that you intend to arrive in Leeds by completing this IFY Arrival Date form.
Also, please complete the University’s International Arrivals Booking Form as soon as your travel plans are confirmed.
If you’re coming to Leeds from outside the UK, you’ll find useful travel and arrival information on our Preparing for Leeds webpages, including information about booking our arrival services and how we can support you if you need to self-isolate.
What does my induction timetable look like?
Your induction timetable will include both online sessions and some on-campus welcome activities. Your timetable will be provided to you via email, ready for the IFY start date of 21st September 2020.
Will I be required to attend face-to-face sessions?
For students able to arrive in Leeds, you will have the opportunity to attend any on-campus activities delivered by the University of Leeds and activities delivered by Leeds University Union. You will take modules in different schools within the University of Leeds. Each school and your Module Manager/lecturer will provide you with more detail about which sessions are online and which are face to face.
We understand that there could be delays to the arrival of some students during the beginning of the first semester, and therefore each school has made plans to ensure that you will be able to continue learning online if you are not able to physically attend a face to face session.
Where can I go for support?
If you have any questions or need support, please contact the International Pathways Centre at IFYProgramme@leeds.ac.uk. It is always useful to include your University of Leeds student ID number in your email to help us assist you quickly.
The following staff in the International Pathways Centre (IPC) can support you in your orientation and studies on the International Foundation Year (IFY).
Gillian Elliott – IPC Student Education Service Assistant: G.H.Elliott@adm.leeds.ac.uk
Holly Evans – IPC Education Service Manager: H.K.Evans@leeds.ac.uk
Raluca Clotan – IFY Admissions and Student Education Services Officer: R.Clotan@leeds.ac.uk
Christina Papathanasiou – International Pathways Academic Lead: C.Papathanasiou@leeds.ac.uk
Anne Lawrence – Director of International Pathway Programmes: H.Tootell@leeds.ac.uk (Heidi Tootell, PA to Director)
If your query is related to a specific module, we recommend that you contact the Module Manager, who will be listed on your module’s Minerva page.
How will I be able to provide feedback on the delivery of my modules?
Your teacher will provide you with module feedback surveys throughout each semester. You can also raise any issues with your course rep, your module manager/teacher, or the International Pathways Centre throughout the year.
How will I have my say on my programme and school?
There are a number of ways that you can voice your opinion about your programme at the University of Leeds. You can read more about student representation here.
You are always welcome to provide feedback directly to the International Pathways Centre at IFYProgramme@leeds.ac.uk.
You are also strongly encouraged to give regular feedback to your Course Representative, so that they can accurately represent your views at Student:Staff Forums.
How will I meet my academic personal tutor? How will academic personal tutoring work?
Your personal tutor will be your Academic Study Skills teacher and you will meet them once Academic Study classes begin. You will be offered two tutorials in semester one and two tutorials in semester 2. These last approximately 15 minutes each. You will, of course, be able to arrange to meet your personal tutors in addition to these slots during their weekly office hours, which will be communicated to you in due course. During these tutorials, you will be able to discuss any issues you may be facing in relation to your academic, personal, and professional development so it is very important that you take the time to prepare and attend these meetings. Your tutor will be able to provide appropriate advice, guidance and encouragement and, if necessary, will follow up queries and questions in your synchronous sessions with them. It is expected that your personal tutor will use Blackboard Collaborate via Minerva to communicate with you on a one-to-one basis, or Zoom in exceptional circumstances.
How will I find out more about my programme?
You can find general information on the IFY website: www.leeds.ac.uk/ify
Details of the IFY programmes can be found on the University of Leeds Programme Catalogue.
Once you have completed your Registration, you will be able to view the Minerva page for each of your modules. These pages will provide you with unique information about each module that you are studying within the foundation year.
You will also receive important information through Minerva announcements and emails to your University of Leeds email account.
How will I get to know other students?
You will have the opportunity to get to know your classmates through both online and on-campus sessions, as well as chat groups and forums. We encourage you to take part in social and welcome activities alongside your compulsory classes. More information about these activities will be provided on Minerva and by email.
Leeds University Union (LUU) has some great tips on different ways to make friends during your time at the University: LUU making friends
LUU also runs a Leeds Community Facebook group that you can join: LUU Facebook
What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the International Pathways Centre (IPC)?
Your induction timetable will provide full information about the IPC welcome activities in induction week. This will include important live information lectures, drop-in question and answer (Q&A) sessions online, and on-campus welcome activities.
You will also have the opportunity to attend on-campus social sessions throughout your semester one.
Are there any specialist software or systems that I need for my programme and where do I find out information about it?
As a student at the University of Leeds, there are some pieces of software that will be particularly useful. You will be able to find out about these when you complete your Student IT Induction.
We recommend that you keep up-to-date with your timetable and Minerva by downloading the UniLeeds mobile app. You should also become familiar with MS Teams, which can be accessed via Office365 or downloaded as an app.
If specialist software or systems are required for your individual modules, you will be informed about this once you begin your programme.
What is the role of course representatives and how do I volunteer?
Course representatives (or course reps) are expected to liaise with their peers on their programme, submit items for discussion in Student:Staff Forums, and present these in forum meetings. Course reps should attend all Student:Staff Forums.
There is a short description about being a course rep on the For Students webpages.
Course reps from each programme are elected at the beginning of the year. If you’re interested in becoming a course rep, please contact IFYProgramme@leeds.ac.uk with a short paragraph to say why you are interested in the role.
Are there any societies I can join for the school/programme?
As the IFY leads to many different areas of study within the University of Leeds, there is no single perfect society for an IFY student. However, there are over 300 clubs and societies, covering a range of subject areas and interests that you can choose from: https://welcome.luu.org.uk/clubs-societies.
More specifically, the Leeds University Union have more than 60 academic societies you can join, ranging from Accounting & Finance to Zoology! You can also search through the academic-related societies on the LUU website: Find a club or society.
Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?
Whilst there is currently no official peer-mentoring scheme within the IPC, you can contact current international student ambassadors or read a range of their blogs to find out about their experiences of life in Leeds.
How does assessment work on my programme and what support is provided with academic skills?
The type of assessments you take will vary from module to module and may include laboratory reports, in-class tests, essay submissions, pieces of design work, presentations or closed book exams. Some will be submitted during the semester or you may take closed book exams during the University exam periods. The details of assessment types and their weightings are in the module descriptor, which will be available on Minerva after you have registered.
You will take a 40-credit module in Academic Study Skills, which will help you to adapt and develop your study skills and ensure you are fully prepared for your degree-level studies within the University of Leeds.
How will practical or lab sessions be managed?
It is expected that practical and lab sessions will be delivered face-to-face on campus wherever it can be done safely. In cases where this is not possible due to the importance of maintaining social distancing, alternative activities will be offered to ensure that the programme and module learning outcomes are met.
It could be the case that practical and lab sessions will be managed differently across Schools. Due to the limitations imposed by Covid-19, the School of Chemistry will be unable to hold lab sessions for IFY students this coming semester. These practical sessions will be replaced with appropriate online activities to give you a taste of experimental work and allow you to develop skills in the analysis of real experimental data. All Schools are working hard to finalise their delivery plans and this information will be communicated to you once it becomes available.