Institute for Transport Studies

Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting or returning to your studies at the Institute for Transport Studies.

Scroll down to the section that applies to you – new student, returning student or postgraduate student. There are also some helpful links at the bottom of the page 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.

Information for all students (whether you are new/returning):

Where can I go for support? 

In the first instance, you should contact the Student Information Points (SiP) at studentinfo@leeds.ac.uk or by visiting one of their points on campus here 

You can also ask the following staff:

  • Student Education Service Office 
  • Personal tutor
  • Programme leaders
  • Module leaders

Your Student Education Service Office team are:

Nicola Whitehead, Student Education Service Officer

Joanne Starkey, Student Education Service Assistant

Naomi Tickhill, School Education Service Manager

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

Yes, unless you have a valid reason (such as illness). You can see how to report absence here.

What is the role of course representatives and how do I volunteer?

As a Course Rep you will work in a community alongside your school’s staff , School Reps, and other students to effectively create change. By representing students on your course you will enhance the student learning experience by voicing and challenging academic issues. Your role can influence major changes. Course Reps are usually recruited in September/October for students with September starts, and January/February for students with January starts. Some schools recruit level 2 and 3 Course Reps for the next academic year in March.

If you are interested in becoming a Course Rep, please contact the Faculty Education Service Officer at foe-studentexperience@leeds.ac.uk, who will be able to pass on a role outline and information on how to apply.

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

Leeds has one of the largest students’ unions in the country. Leeds University Union (LUU) exists to represent, support and entertain you throughout your student years. The union has a range of clubs and societies to choose from – you can get involved in anything from football to chess, wine tasting to skydiving, dance to ‘a cappella’. You can even try your hand at Quidditch! Through the Global Community you can connect with students from over 140 different countries and take part in a range of international activities.

We do not currently have a specific ITS Society but we would be happy for our students to set one up, contact LUU for more information and support on setting up a society.

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

At the beginning of term we will allocate study groups for all ITS students, these are not programme specific but will include students from different programmes within the school to give you the opportunity to share knowledge and bring different expertise. We recommend students meet with their study groups every 1-2 weeks but this is entirely down to personal preference. The study groups are student-led so it is up to you how you choose to use them.

There is also an industry mentoring scheme which runs in ITS, more information about this will be given to you in induction week.

How does assessment work on my programme?

You will be assessed using a variety of methods from written assessments and exams to presentations, group work, podcasts and posters. The assessment method will depend on your programme and modules. Your module leaders will be able to provide more information on how the module will be assessed. You can also check the module catalogue for more information on the module content and assessment method: http://webprod3.leeds.ac.uk/catalogue/modulesearch.asp?L=TP&Y=202021&E=TRAN&N=all&S=&A=any

I’m a new student                 

What do I need to do before I arrive?

For international students, there is a detailed ‘preparing for Leeds’ section here: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/international-students

For home students,  there isn’t anything you need to prepare specifically for arriving at ITS.  You will be given all the information you need before you come with regards to registration, setting up a bank account if you don’t have one for example. Getting prepped for the induction – just turn up and we will let you know what needs to be done. 

What does my induction timetable look like?

Your induction timetable consists of different talks and activities that are designed to introduce you to the Institute for Transport Studies, explain more about your course and let you meet other students. You should prioritise attendance at all induction activities so that you can meet one another, meet the staff and create a sense of belonging and community within ITS. You can find the rooms that the sessions are in on your University timetable.

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

Personal tutors will be allocated within the first couple of weeks of term. Once you have had a personal tutor allocated to you they will contact you to make an appointment. You will meet with your personal tutor at least 3 times over the academic year, semester 1, semester 2 and before dissertation submission but you can request additional meetings if you require support.

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support? 

You have access to a range of tutors who are there to support you; your personal tutor can help with any questions or your module leader and programme leader can talk you through aspects of your module that you don’t understand  

We also have an online platform supplied by the Royal Literary Fund to run sessions with students. RLF Writing Fellows are professional writers who offer individual appointments where students can discuss all aspects of their writing, such as structuring an argument, making the essay clearer and improving style. The sessions are free, confidential and independent of the university. 

How will I find out more about my programme?        

During induction week you will meet your programme leader who will tell you all about the programme you are on, how it works, how it fits together and the modules assigned to it.  You will also meet the other students on that programme, we plan to run these sessions face to face so you get chance to meet your tutors and the other students on your course.

How will I get to know other students?

We are running lots of sessions in induction week which will give you the opportunity to meet with other students. We also have a team campus challenge and a field trip at the end of induction which will give you chance to meet people and make new friends.

Students aged 25 or older will be eligible to join the The Faculty of Environment Mature Student Network. This is a network for new and current mature students, who are defined as undergraduates aged 21 or older and taught postgraduates aged 25 or older at the start of their degree programmes. The network is an opportunity to meet and communicate with other mature students within your school and across the faculty. Network members also receive updates via Microsoft Teams on relevant opportunities and activities happening within your school/the faculty, as well as across the University.   

There are opportunities to attend sessions such as employability workshops, as well as informal social get-togethers where you can meet other students in the network. Previous socials have included trips to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, social darts at Flight Club, Junkyard Golf and Ten Pin.   

Eligible students will be contacted with more details, or you can submit your details via this link to register your interest: sign-up form 

 

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

The majority of our teaching will be through Minerva, https://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/ is a useful site to help with using Minerva. Certain modules use specific software and you will be taught how to use this software in those modules.

Leeds University students also have access to LinkedIn Learning: Recommended content for students

Where can I access resources for my degree?  

There is a large amount of useful information on the School’s Minerva Organisation.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

A list of the core reading texts for each module is on the module catalogue. You can check if your core reading texts are available in the library using the online search function.

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

You can see what facilities are available here

There are also lots of University wide facilities available, including study spaces, computer clusters & the libraries which you can find out about here

 

I’m a returning student

How will my learning experience be different to last year?

It is intended that all teaching will be in person on campus. 

What do I need to do before I arrive?

For international students, there is a detailed ‘preparing for Leeds’ section here: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/international-students

For home students,  there isn’t anything you need to prepare specifically for arriving at ITS.  You will be given all the information you need before you come with regards to registration, setting up a bank account if you don’t have one for example. Getting prepped for the induction – just turn up and we will let you know what needs to be done. 

Where can I access resources for my degree?  

There is a large amount of useful information on the School’s Minerva Organisation.

Other useful links