Leeds&You Events

Come along to our Leeds & You events and activities which we will be running throughout the year, to meet new people in a relaxed and informal setting.

Our student-led events and activities will help you meet other students and postgraduate researchers, while taking part in activities on and off campus.

Join our events on your own or bring your friends along. Our student hosts will be there to support you and make sure that you feel welcome. The majority of our Leeds&You events are free. 

Self Guided Campus Tours

Recently arrived in Leeds?

Explore campus by following the self-guided campus tour!

University Buddy Scheme

Looking to connnect with new people in 2023? Don’t forget you can apply for the University Buddy Scheme at any point of the year throughout your degree!

Feeling at Home in Leeds workshops

Our Feeling at Home in Leeds workshops offer a space where international students and postgraduate researchers can share experiences of living in Leeds and find support to help them navigate cultural differences. Apply to take part in our in-person workshops! Applications close on 29th January.

Saturday 28 January

Friends and Family Fun Day, 10:00-15:00

Open to all but particularly aimed at mature students, student parents & carers, commuter students and family members. Come along and meet staff from Leeds University Union and the Lifelong Learning Centre, bring friends and family onto campus, meet other students, take part in games and craft activities and if the weather is good we may even do a treasure hunt or two outdoors.  Join us for as little or as long as you like, though pre booking is essential to help with planning.  More information and a sign-up form will be shared soon. If you have any questions, please email Lauren Huxley (LLC Student Experience Officer) at L.R.Huxley@leeds.ac.ukRegister your interest

 

Fresh Start Festival 2023

Monday 30 January – Sunday 5 February

After the incredible launch in January 2022, the Fresh Start Festival is set to return – a week of fun activities delivered collaboratively between LUU and the University. The Fresh Start Festival aims to bring the whole University community together, giving you the chance to make connections with your peers, as well as staff members, by providing you with the opportunity to get to know people who share common interests. If you feel that you have not found your people yet, these activities filled with fun, friends and food will give you the chance to. There will also be opportunities to find out about the support that is available to you during your time at Leeds.  If you have any queries, please just email us at leedsandyou@leeds.ac.uk 

Check out all the events and activities organised by LUU as well as those scheduled across the University taking place during the Fresh Start Festival.  We will be adding more events all the time, including booking links to Engage so please make sure that you check back regularly!

Monday 30 January

LUU Clubs and Societies Fair, Parkinson Court and University Precinct (outside LUU), 10:00 - 16:00 

Discover clubs and societies at LUU! We will be hosting approximately 80 LUU student society stalls in Parkinson Court, including representation from National brands, local businesses and charities on the precinct and inside LUU Union Square. Feel free to book a place for this free event, or just drop in! 

Free bike security drop-ins, 10:00-14:00, Security Office

Staff and students are invited to attend free drop-in sessions at the Security Office at 175 Woodhouse Lane, from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday, to sign up to the national BikeRegister scheme. You can also have your bike marked with a National Cycle Database identifier. Visit the Estates website for further information about BikeRegister, which helps locate your bicycle should it get lost or stolen.

Introduction to Podcasting, Edward Boyle Library Level 10 Teaching Space, 10:00 - 11:00

Creativity is an aspect of the digital capabilities the University is launching this term, which includes the self-assessment discovery tool. This taster session, including structuring your podcast and an introduction to software you can use, will help you get started with getting your voice out there!  Book a place here.

Lunar New Year Lion Dancing, University Precinct (Outside LUU), 13:00-13:30

Come to the University Precinct and have pictures taken with the traditional Chinese Lion performance in celebration of Lunar New Year.  Click here for more information. 

Climbing taster with GOGA, The Edge Climbing Wall, 13:30-14:30

This climbing wall session is ideal for beginners and those who have already tried climbing before. This session will show you the basics of climbing, from scaling 8m high walls to coming back down safely. You will also learn about climbing movement skills, helping you complete some of our graded climbing routes with style. Please come ready wearing comfortable gym wear and trainers. Climbing is a fantastic full-body workout so be prepared to challenge yourself physically and mentally! Book a place via Eventbrite.

Wellbeing HIIT and Core,  LUU Jade Studio, 14:30-15:30

This High Intensity Interval Training class will work your core, burn calories and get your blood pumping, using full body exercises! Suitable for all levels as you’ll be guided through correct technique and alternatives will be given to suit your fitness level. Please come ready wearing comfortable gym wear and trainers. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Social Netball, The Edge - Hall 1, 15:00-16:00

Come & join us for a fun, social netball session at the Edge. The session will be run by our student activators Amy & Lauren and involve fun drills and games. Players of all abilities are welcome to attend. All equipment will be provided but please wear suitable clothing and bring a drink. This session is free and runs every week of term! No booking is needed for this session.  Book a place via Eventbrite.

Cycle Beats, The Edge - Studio 3, 18:00-18:30

This class is designed to give you an effective cycling workout based around fantastic music to motivate you. The class is aimed at all levels of fitness but aims to provide the fun alongside the calorie burn. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Partner Yoga-Adriana, The Edge - Studio 1, 19:00-20:00

Partner yoga is a style in which 2 people support each other in poses in a way that compliments the postures, contributing to building trust and communication. Working with a partner can provide balance and it can also help to maintain better body alignment. Partner yoga helps build relationships as the yogis share the pose, movements and breath. It's a nice way to connect with another person. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Global Cafe, Common Ground (LUU), 17:30-19:30

Global Café is for everyone from everywhere!   A weekly opportunity for students and postgraduate researchers to meet new people, relax with friends, have great conversations, and enjoy free refreshments. Global Café hosts are there to welcome newcomers and help everyone have a lovely Monday evening. No need to book, just come along to LUU Common Ground on the day.

Tuesday 31 January

Here for You Fair, Parkinson Court, 10:00-16:00

Come along and meet the teams across the University who can support you in your time at Leeds from Global Opportunities to LUU Political Engagement Team.  Grab a free hot drink, chat with other students and staff and pick up some prizes along the way. Feel free to book a place for this free event, or just drop in! 

Treasure Seekers wanted!!  Start at Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, 10:00-16:00

Take on a fun challenge from Leeds University Library Galleries.  Head off on an in-person adventure to seek treasure across campus – your efforts will be rewarded!  This self-guided activity is family friendly and open to all students and supervised children aged 7+. No need to book for this free event, just drop in.

Free bike security drop-ins, 10:00-14:00, Security Office

Staff and students are invited to attend free drop-in sessions at the Security Office at 175 Woodhouse Lane, from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday, to sign up to the national BikeRegister scheme. You can also have your bike marked with a National Cycle Database identifier. Visit the Estates website for further information about BikeRegister, which helps locate your bicycle should it get lost or stolen.

Climbing taster with GOGA, The Edge Climbing Wall,  12:00-13:00

This climbing wall session is ideal for beginners and those who have already tried climbing before. This session will show you the basics of climbing, from scaling 8m high walls to coming back down safely. You will also learn about climbing movement skills, helping you complete some of our graded climbing routes with style. Please come ready wearing comfortable gym wear and trainers. Climbing is a fantastic full-body workout so be prepared to challenge yourself physically and mentally! Book a place via Eventbrite.

Social Run Club, meet outside the Edge Reception, 12:05-12:50

Join our social run club and create a wellbeing break into your day. All our runs are led by a qualified run leader and are in groups of similar ability allowing you to socialise, have fun and get some fresh air. Our social run club is open to students of all abilities. Whether you’ve just started running or are looking for something flexible to fit around your schedule, then come and join us. We will make use of the lovely green areas around us including Woodhouse Moor and Ridge depending on your current level. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Gym Floor HIIT Class, The Edge Gym Floor, 12:30-13:00

Gym Floor class incorporating strength, cardio and interval training to work you to the max in just 30 mins. Not only will you get a great workout, you'll come away with ideas on how to use the Rig. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Wellbeing Doodles on Campus, meet outside LUU foyer 13:00-15:00

Come and explore the campus, meet others on our wellbeing walk led by colleagues and students from the Faculty of Environment.  Drop in to one of four stations en route to take part in wellbeing activities.

Wellbeing Pilates, LUU Jade Studio, 13:30-14:30

Charlotte will take you through mind-body exercises to focus on increasing strength, flexibility, posture and balance. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Advanced swimming session, The Edge Swimming Pool, 14:30-15:00       

This session is appropriate for anyone who can swim 100m and over consecutively. Come down to The Edge for a swim, and one of our qualified instructors will be on hand to offer you swimming advice. Please note that this isn't a taught swimming lesson. On arrival to The Edge, please show your Eventbrite ticket to the reception team who will direct you towards the swim changing facilities. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Improve Your Swim, The Edge Swimming pool, 15:00-15:30

Come down to The Edge for a swim, and one of our qualified instructors will be on hand to offer advice on how to improve your technique, stamina etc. On arrival to The Edge, please check in with the reception team who will direct you towards the swim changing facilities. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Retro Games Evening,  Common Ground (LUU), 17:00-22:00

Interested in playing old school games consoles in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere?  Come along and have fun, meet new people and play games!  No need to book for this free event, just drop in!

Life’s a Drag, LUU, 20:00-23:30

Come along to LUU’s popular Drag night.  Find out more here.

Wednesday 1 February

Treasure Seekers wanted!!  Start at Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, 10:00-16:00

Take on a fun challenge from Leeds University Library Galleries.  Head off on an in-person adventure to seek treasure across campus – your efforts will be rewarded!  This self-guided activity is family friendly and open to all students and supervised children aged 7+. No need to book for this free event, just drop in.

Pen to Paper, Creative writing drop-in in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, 10:00-17:00

Whether you can stay for ten minutes or the full three hours, Pen to Paper is free, open to everyone and all materials will be provided.  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer, use your time to hone your creative writing skills, chat with fellow writers or simply indulge your creativity in a calm, inspiring atmosphere.  No need to book in advance. Just turn up and draw!

Shut up and Read, Laidlaw Library, 10:00-13:00

Want to get down to some focused reading, but struggle on your own?  Come along to our Shut up and Read session to work quietly alongside others.  We'll provide a quiet space for you to get on with some focused reading as well as hot drinks to keep you going.  The session will be divided into blocks of 25 minutes and we'll let you know when to take a break.  This session does not involve any teaching but offers a framework and supportive environment for you to focus on your own reading. Booking opens soon!

Free bike security drop-ins, 10:00-14:00, Security Office

Staff and students are invited to attend free drop-in sessions at the Security Office at 175 Woodhouse Lane, from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday, to sign up to the national BikeRegister scheme. You can also have your bike marked with a National Cycle Database identifier. Visit the Estates website for further information about BikeRegister, which helps locate your bicycle should it get lost or stolen.

Careers Support for Masters students: Getting Started webinar, 11:00-12:15

Started thinking about what's next after graduation? Amy, the Careers Consultant for Masters students, takes you through university careers support and how to access it. Find out more here!

Balance Your Posture, LUU Jade Studio,11:00-11:30

We will take you through a 30 minute posture session, including both upper body and lower body exercises. This will include mobility, activation and stretches for the common problem areas in your body linked to prolonged periods of sitting or standing or just help to target more general aches and pains. Exercise kit is not required but we recommend you wear comfortable clothing and wear trainers or flat shoes, or take your shoes off for the session. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Strong Nation Zumba, The Edge- Studio 1, 11:00-12:00

Strong Nation is a High intensity Tempo training class. A High intensity full body workout incorporating Cardio + resistance training using Beats and Rhythm. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Student Counselling and Wellbeing - Find Your Voice, Online webinar, 12:00-13:00

Is a lack of assertiveness preventing you from getting the most out of your university experience? This webinar introduces you to a number of techniques designed to help you to express your thoughts and feelings to others such as tutors, friends, peers and family in a clear and direct way that respects others and generally improves relationships.

You can sign up for a webinar one week in advance using the links provided on the 'Weekly Wellbeing Webinars' sign up page here. Sign-up closes at 12 noon the day before each webinar.

Wellbeing Yoga, LUU Jade Studio, 12:00-13:00

A slower paced class aimed at stretching and strengthening the body, with a focus on alignment. We'll take the time to look at how the body should be aligned in poses and offer options to modify depending on your needs. Guidance on breath control (pranayama) and relaxation will help to bring a sense of calm and well-being to the body and mind. Suitable for all levels including those completely new to yoga. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Digital Drop-In (in person), Laidlaw Library Skills Zone (Level 1), 13:00-16:00

Digital Drop-In (in person) - Do you have a question you'd like to ask about digital tools, software, or skills you'd like to develop? Come along to our digital drop-in for an informal chat on this date, or any Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 during term time. This drop-in is part of the University's launch of digital capabilities provision, including the self-assessment discovery tool - speak to us to find out more!

Campus Colour Run (3km on campus route), Start & finish on Precinct (outside LUU), 13:00 Runners Start

Take part in the Colour Run!  Participants can walk/jog/run the two lap course. There will be 4 dye stations spread around the campus and participants will take place in a mass dye throw before the start. Mass warm up prior to start.  All participants will be given a white t-shirt to wear and have the option of buying sunglasses for £1.  Participants need to wear appropriate exercise clothing and footwear. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Free Middle Ground Network Social – University Galleries & Sketchbook Making Session, Treasures of the Brotherton and Stanley & Audrey Burton Galleries, 13:15-15:00

Middle Ground is a student-led network, with the aim of bringing together students who were aged 21+  when they started their undergraduate programme, but don’t necessarily feel they identify as a ‘mature student’. If you haven’t attended one of our events before, don’t worry – we’re a new, growing network and it will be lovely to see as many new faces as possible! 

Join us for our tour of the University Galleries &  Sketchbook Making Session! The University of Leeds is home to two of our very own art galleries: the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. If you’re interested in art or you’re just curious to see a different side of our campus, then this one’s for you! After a guided tour of both galleries we’ll create our own sketchbooks before taking them back into the gallery to draw/jot down anything that inspires us! The event will last approximately two hours, but you can immerse yourself in the galleries for as long as you like! There'll also be tea/coffee and cake to tuck into too if you fancy!

This event is completely free and there are limited spaces, so make sure you registed ASAP to avoid disappointment. Exclusively for network members – join the network here and request your place for this social here.

Wellbeing Circuits, LUU Jade Studio, 13:30-14:30

Lucy will take you through a whole body workout using a circuit based approach. This session will involve a mixture of exercises using weights and body weight exercises to include strengthening and cardiovascular fitness. Suitable for all levels as you’ll be guided through correct technique and alternatives will be given. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Climbing taster with GOGA, The Edge Climbing Wall, 14:00-15:00

This climbing wall session is ideal for beginners and those who have already tried climbing before. This session will show you the basics of climbing, from scaling 8m high walls to coming back down safely. You will also learn about climbing movement skills, helping you complete some of our graded climbing routes with style. Please come ready wearing comfortable gym wear and trainers. Climbing is a fantastic full-body workout so be prepared to challenge yourself physically and mentally! Book a place via Eventbrite.

Widening Representation in Lead LUU Event, Venue to be confirmed, 18:30-20:00

The LUU Political Engagement Team will be delivering a presentation to develop awareness of LeadLUU, one of the major parts of the union year.  There will be a short presentation with basic intro to Lead LUU followed by a Q & A session afterwards with a chance for students to network in informally with peers, meet other students who may run as a way to provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer support and encouragement during this time. Hot and cold drinks and snacks will be provided.  Interested? Just drop in or book a place via Eventbrite!

Body Jam express, The Edge - Studio 2, 19:50-20:25

A mixture of dance and aerobics moves blended with the latest sounds of hip hop, funk, and Latin American music. It’s a cardio workout that makes you sweat whilst having fun. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Thursday 2 February

Sustainability and Community Fair, Parkinson Court, 10:00-16:00

Come along to our Sustainability themed fair where the Sustainability Service, along with the Priestley Centre LUU and local organisations will be available to chat to students and staff about the work going on across the University in relation to sustainability. Feel free to book a place for this free event, or just drop in!

Doctoral College Welcome (coffee morning), Ziff Common Room, 10:00-12:00 

This event is open to all PGRs particularly those who have recently joined the University in the last couple of months. Doctoral College staff will offer a friendly welcome and will be available to chat about any questions you may have. Drop by and enjoy a hot drink and pastry. 

Treasure Seekers wanted!!  Start at Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, 10:00-16:00

Take on a fun challenge from Leeds University Library Galleries.  Head off on an in-person adventure to seek treasure across campus – your efforts will be rewarded!  This self-guided activity is family friendly and open to all students and supervised children aged 7+. No need to book for this free event, just drop in.

Free bike security drop-ins, 10:00-14:00, Security Office

Staff and students are invited to attend free drop-in sessions at the Security Office at 175 Woodhouse Lane, from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday, to sign up to the national BikeRegister scheme. You can also have your bike marked with a National Cycle Database identifier. Visit the Estates website for further information about BikeRegister, which helps locate your bicycle should it get lost or stolen.

The Poetry Machine: Free Parkinson - North end at the coffee bar, 11:00-17:00

Poems Created in Conversation With You! 20 min slots (some will be pre-bookable and others kept back for on the day sign up).  Join Poet Beth Calverley and her magical Poetry Machine.  Beth will ask you some gentle questions and weave your words into a typewritten poem to take away with you.  Just follow the clatter of her vintage typewriter and look out for the machine's bright yellow umbrella, flagpole and bubble engine...
 
Feel free to come on your own or bring any pals or loved ones. Pop by on Thursday 1st February between 11am-5pm and sign up on Beth’s chalkboard, or book your place in advance (booking opens soon!)

Climbing taster with GOGA, The Edge Climbing Wall, 11:00-12:00

This climbing wall session is ideal for beginners and those who have already tried climbing before. This session will show you the basics of climbing, from scaling 8m high walls to coming back down safely. You will also learn about climbing movement skills, helping you complete some of our graded climbing routes with style. Please come ready wearing comfortable gym wear and trainers. Climbing is a fantastic full-body workout so be prepared to challenge yourself physically and mentally! Book a place via Eventbrite.

Digital Tools for Time Management Edward Boyle Library Level 10 Teaching Space, 11:30-13:00

As part of the launch of the digital capabilities discovery tool, join us to find out more about hints and tips for using Microsoft software to manage your time, including hacks for your emails and diary. Book your place here.

Bring a friend - Outdoor Fitness Class, Woodhouse Moor Park (meet by the Duke of Wellington statue – what three words app ///plan.traded.limit), 12:00-12:45

This session is designed to be done as a pair so bring a friend or make a new one when you arrive! Our coaches will take you through a gentle warm up followed by a full body cardio workout and cool down. No matter your fitness level we can all benefit from working out together outdoors. Just dress warmly in layers which you can remove as you get warmed up and bring a drink and suitable shoes as the park may be wet or muddy in places. Turn up, Tone Up! Book a place via Eventbrite.

What is university for? A discussion, 13:00-14:00, Laidlaw Library, Level 1, Teaching Room 2

What is university for? A question widely debated by politicians, the media and the general public, but what do you think? Join us for a fun and informal, in-person discussion, with a small group of other students, from across the University as part of the Fresh Start Festival. There will be cake and hot drinks to accompany this new experimental discussion session, which will give you the opportunity to meet people, hear different perspectives, and practice your discussion and argumentation skills through sharing your ideas. Places are limited, so please book by emailing skills@library.leeds.ac.uk

Wellbeing Walk with GOGA – Guided walk, Local Area, 13:00-16:00

Join the Wellbeing Walk with Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) showcasing local green areas near to campus to escape for fresh air and fitness. Please ensure you dress comfortably in warm clothes and wear walking boots or sturdy trainers. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Introduction to Digital Capabilities and the Discovery Tool, Edward Boyle Library Level 10 Teaching Space, 13:30-14:00

The discovery tool is a self-assessment survey the university has invested in to help you to identify areas for development of your digital capabilities, and provides tailored online resources to help you develop your knowledge and practical understanding. Come along and find out more (the room is booked for an extra 30 minutes after the session if you'd like to stay and complete the survey). Book your place here.

All about Glutes, LUU Jade Studio, 13:30-14:30

Lucy will take you through a series of exercises to target the glutes including glute activation and basic strength work to wake up your glutes and start building strength. The focus will be on activation, flexibility and building muscle. Suitable for all levels as you’ll be guided through correct technique and alternatives will be given. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Introduction to Digital Capabilities and the Discovery Tool, Edward Boyle Library Level 10 Teaching Space, 14:30-15:00

The discovery tool is a self-assessment survey the university has invested in to help you to identify areas for development of your digital capabilities, and provides tailored online resources to help you develop your knowledge and practical understanding. Come along and find out more (the room is booked for an extra 30 minutes after the session if you'd like to stay and complete the survey). Book your place here.

Self Defence Taster Workshop, The Edge - Studio 2, 15:00-16:00

This is a Martial Arts Give-it-a -Go taster with a qualified coach who will be teaching you basic life self-defence skills to get inspired and active and join any of our many LUU Martial Arts Clubs. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Introduction to Digital Capabilities and the Discovery Tool, Edward Boyle Library Level 10 Teaching Space, 15:30-16:30

The discovery tool is a self-assessment survey the university has invested in to help you to identify areas for development of your digital capabilities, and provides tailored online resources to help you develop your knowledge and practical understanding. Come along and find out more (the room is booked for an extra 30 minutes after the session if you'd like to stay and complete the survey). Book your place here.

Staying Positive About Your Studies, Parkinson Building SR 2.31, 17:00-18:00

Whether you’re a new student or you’ve been here for a while, find out how to stay motivated and positive about your studies, and share your tips. 

Gym Floor HIIT Class, The Edge Gym Floor, 17:00-17:30

This is a Gym Floor class incorporating strength, cardio and interval training to work you to the max in just 30 mins. Not only will you get a great workout, you'll come away with ideas on how to use the Rig. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Museums and Mocktails - discover your Galleries on campus!  Leeds University Library Galleries - The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, 17:00-19:00

It’s cold outside…so come enjoy a warm welcome from Leeds University Library Galleries. Meet like-minded people, enjoy free mocktails and discover all we have to offer!  Book here

Karaoke Party, Old Bar (LUU), 19:00-23:00

Free Karaoke party in Old Bar before the International club night.  Find out more.

International Welcome Party, Stylus (LUU), 22:00-03:00

International Club Night in Stylus with a range of music celebrating different cultures and welcoming our new cohort of International Students.  Find out more.

Friday 3 February

Advanced swimming session, The Edge Swimming Pool, 08:30-09:00am

This session is appropriate for anyone who can swim 100m and over consecutively. Come down to The Edge for a swim, and one of our qualified instructors will be on hand to offer you swimming advice. Please note that this isn't a taught swimming lesson. On arrival to The Edge, please show your Eventbrite ticket to the reception team who will direct you towards the swim changing facilities. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Improve Your Swim, The Edge Swimming pool, 09:00-09:30

Come down to The Edge for a swim, and one of our qualified instructors will be on hand to offer advice on how to improve your technique, stamina etc. On arrival to The Edge, please check in with the reception team who will direct you towards the swim changing facilities. Book a place via Eventbrite.

XR experiences with the Digital Education Service, Esther Simpson 1.08, 10:00-16:00

Try out some XR experiences, including a virtual reality cardiac theatre experience and an augmented reality app that visualises the impact of rising sea levels! Ever wondered what it looks like inside a pathology lab? Take a tour using our innovative desktop resource! Come along and say hello our Student Ambassadors, and fill in our Digital Education survey to be in with a chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher. Feel free to book a place for this free event, or just drop in!

Treasure Seekers wanted!!  Start at Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, 10:00-16:00

Take on a fun challenge from Leeds University Library Galleries.  Head off on an in-person adventure to seek treasure across campus – your efforts will be rewarded!  This self-guided activity is family friendly and open to all students and supervised children aged 7+. No need to book for this free event, just drop in.

Sketch Club, Drop in and draw in The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, 10:00-17:00

Whether you can stay for ten minutes or the full three hours, the free Gallery Sketch Club is open to everyone and all materials will be provided.  Use your time to hone your sketching skills, chat with fellow art appreciators or simply indulge your creativity in a calm, inspiring atmosphere.  No need to book in advance. Just turn up and draw!

Free bike security drop-ins, 10:00-14:00, Security Office

Staff and students are invited to attend free drop-in sessions at the Security Office at 175 Woodhouse Lane, from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday, to sign up to the national BikeRegister scheme. You can also have your bike marked with a National Cycle Database identifier. Visit the Estates website for further information about BikeRegister, which helps locate your bicycle should it get lost or stolen.

Zumba, The Edge Studio 2, 11:00-12:00

Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness programme that will blow you away! The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Can You Stop The Ruthless Robots? Room 1.33 Maurice Keyworth Building, 11:00-12:00 and 13:00-14:00

A typical assessment centre group activity used by employers, but with a twist. Using VR headsets and an augmented reality environment, teams of attendees have to decide together which everyday items in a boardroom to choose to take on robots which have gone rogue in a robot manufacturing plant...robots that are heading straight for you! In person event. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Community Hub (School of Law), Michael Sadler LG.10, 12:00-14:00

This will be an in-person social event hosted by the School of Law's Community Hub, a group created to provide a safe and alternative space for all students but particularly those who identify as under-represented within their School or the University. If you self-identify as under-represented at University for any reason or if you’re interested in meeting new people and hearing from those who identify as under-represented, please come along and join us. We'll enjoy a vegetarian lunch and a fun activity to give you the opportunity to chat to as many new people as possible, insights from current student experiences and a creative element involving poetry and post-its! Book a place via Eventbrite.

Mature Student Advisory Board Open House, Online, 13:00-15:00

We’d really love for students to join us at our online open house event. With a range of staff from across the University joining us for this event, this is your chance to feed into the conversation about the mature student experience at Leeds and have your voices heard! We hope this event will be an opportunity to highlight the work of the board and create a space to reflect on mature student experiences, locally and institutionally – with student voice at the heart of conversation. It will be a chance to consider what is going well and any ideas for development with key stakeholders. It could also be an opportunity for you to ask our board member(s) any questions. If you would like to join us, please complete our registration form by Wednesday 25th January.

Res Life Craft and Create, LUU Room 6, 14:00-16:30

Want to relax and get to know other students in residences? Res Life is running a Craft and Create session where you can decorate tote bags and paint your own coaster to bring a splash of colour to your room!  Book a place via Eventbrite.

Presenting with Confidence, Parkinson Building SR 2.27, 14:00-15:00

A session to develop public speaking and presentation skills. Come along and find out how to improve your speaking confidence and presentation skills while finding out more about the University, Leeds, Yorkshire and the UK. 

Pilates on the Foam Roller, The Edge Studio 1, 14:00-15:00

This class utilises common Pilates exercises alongside the foam roller to create challenge and variety. The use of Foam Rollers can help increase range of movement, strength, coordination and aid massage. Book a place via Eventbrite.

90's outdoor fitness - Happy Friday! Precinct outside LUU (what three words app ///useful.goats.gear), 16:00-16:45

Look out for our Turn Up Tone Up t-shirts!  We are on precinct for a full body 90's party workout to get us ready for the weekend. We will be blasting some classic 90's tunes while we work through some cardio and strength body weight exercises. Everyone is welcome and our student coaches will provide adaptations for each activity so you can work as hard as you wish if it's been a long week! Get your trainers on and a few layers and join us. Just bring yourself and a drink. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Wellbeing Kung Fu, LUU Jade Studio, 16:00-17:00

Join Andy, who will lead this session teaching Shaolin Kung Fu. Andy teaches a combination of modern and traditional techniques and forms, internal Qi gong exercises to improve your health, fitness and wellbeing. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Free Middle Ground Network Social – Tenpin Bowling, Tenpin Leeds, 17:15-19:00

Middle Ground is a student-led network with the aim of bringing together students who were aged 21+  when they started their undergraduate programme, but don’t necessarily feel they identify as a ‘mature student’. If you haven’t attended one of our events before, don’t worry – we’re a new, growing network and it will be lovely to see as many new faces as possible! 

We're going off-campus for some friendly games of bowling at Tenpin (Merrion Centre). Don’t worry if you’re not a pro - cheer each other along and make some new friends along the way! With the option of meeting at LUU beforehand, we'll walk down to Tenpin (approx. 15-min walk). We have a couple of games of bowling booked from around 5:45pm and there'll be food and drinks available to purchase at the venue if you’d like. 

This event is completely free and there are limited spaces so be sure to ‘strike’ whilst the iron’s hot (sorry!) and book your place today! Exclusively for network members – join the network here and request your place for this social here.

Saturday 4 February

Explore Keswick in the Lake District with GOGA, Meeting place TBC, 08:00-18:00

Join Get Out, Get Active for a guided walk exploring Keswick located in the picturesque Lake District National Park. Keswick is situated in the north of Derwentwater lake and is often referred to as the “Adventure Capital of the Lake District”. This walkers’ paradise is surrounded by picturesque valleys as well as 1,200 acres of crystal-clear water.  There will be some free time after the walk to visit the many cafes and shops located in Keswick. Please wear walking boots and bring a rain jacket, warm clothing, a packed lunch and drink with you. You will receive an email closer to the trip date with further details, including meeting time and location. If you have any questions please contact getoutgetactive@leeds.ac.uk. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Abseiling on campus,  Michael Sadler Building, multiple slots running between 10:00-15:30   

Abseiling from the top of Michael Sadler building. It will take around 15 minutes (4 spaces per 15 minutes) for each individual to partake in the event. You will need to wear comfortable clothes you can move easily in. [Weather dependent]. Book your place at either 10:00-10:15, 10:15-10:30, 11:00-11:15, 11:15-11:30, 11:30-11:45, 12:00-12:15, 12:15-12:30, 12:30-12:45, 12:45-13:00, 13:00-13:15, 13:15-13:30, 14:00-14:15, 14:15-14:30, 14:30-14:45, 15:00-15:15 or 15:15-15:30.

Treasure Seekers wanted!!  Start at Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, 10:00-16:00

Take on a fun challenge from Leeds University Library Galleries.  Head off on an in-person adventure to seek treasure across campus – your efforts will be rewarded!  This self-guided activity is family friendly and open to all students and supervised children aged 7+.  Refreshments will be provided.  No need to book for this free event, just drop in.

Cycle Power, The Edge - Studio 3, 11:00-11:30

An indoor cycling class that uses sprints, interval training and hills to create an effective and challenging workout. The intensity can be varied to suit all levels. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Hula Hoop workshop, The Edge - Studio 2, 12:30-13:30

This beginner Hula Hoop workshop will give you a fun way to learn a new skill and keep fit. It's fantastic for general fitness, it will help strengthen core muscles and will improve balance and coordination. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Hula Hoop workshop, The Edge - Studio 2,  13:30-14:30

This beginner Hula Hoop workshop will give you a fun way to learn a new skill and keep fit. It's fantastic for general fitness, it will help strengthen core muscles and will improve balance and coordination. Book a place via Eventbrite.

Study Abroad Welcome Social event, Refectory, 16:00-18:00

This event will be held in the refectory and is a great chance for study abroad and exchange students to meet one another in a relaxed and friendly environment. The event will involve getting to know fellow study abroad students by playing quizzes and games. There will be refreshments and the opportunity for students to meet the study abroad team too.

Sunday 5 February

Explore Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast with GOGA,  Meeting place TBC, 08:00-18:00

Join Get Out, Get Active for a guided walk exploring Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast.  There will be some free time after the walk to visit the many cafes and shops located in Whitby. Please wear walking boots and bring a rain jacket, warm clothing, a packed lunch and drink with you. You will receive an email closer to the trip date with further details, including meeting time and location. If you have any questions please contact getoutgetactive@leeds.ac.uk. Book a place via Eventbrite.


ACTIVITIES TAKING PLACE EVERY DAY

Monday 30 January – Sunday 5 February

Leeds & You City Chase, Beech Grove Plaza, 13:00-15:00

In this city treasure hunt activity you will explore the city centre and find useful and fun locations as part of a team of other students.  Your student hosts will be wearing red Student Welcome Team uniforms and will meet you at Beech Grove Plaza. Our student hosts will put you into a team and give you your instructions. Then you search for the answers and try to win your prize.  Please meet our student hosts at Beech Grove Plaza ready to start the activity at 13:00.

Don’t be late as the teams will leave at the start time.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring layers of clothing and/or an umbrella as the activity takes place outside and Leeds weather is changeable.  Book a place via Eventbrite.

Leeds & You Campus Tour, Beech Grove Plaza, 13:30-15:00

Join our friendly student hosts for a tour of our beautiful campus. Meet other students and discover some great places, facilities and green spaces. Meet at Beech Grove Plaza. Book a place via Eventbrite.

 

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