With assessments almost here, we’ve put together a guide on understanding the rules, where to get help from, and have translated some of the words that you may not have heard before — they can be a bit confusing.

The most important message? If you’re thinking about breaking the rules because you don’t know what else to do — STOP!

We’re here to help — not just in this guide, but your tutors, module leaders, course reps, academics, personal tutors and support staff in your school, as well as places like Leeds University Union. …


With spring in the air, restrictions lifting and a much greater range of opportunities slowly becoming available, many of us will be trying new and exciting experiences, visiting different places and meeting new people.

Obviously, with these changes comes risks. We’ve put together some of the messages we’d normally have been sharing throughout the year in one place, with helpful links and info you might not have been aware of.

Leeds is generally a safe city to live and study in. However, if you’re new to the city, or new to the UK, there may be some great resources and support you’re not aware of.

Safety on campus

Let’s start on campus. It’s generally a safe place to be, and there’s a lot of measures to make it Covid — safe.

Campus is looked after by University…


Doing good while developing your skills and personal values…

Imagine there was one thing you could do to help reactivate student life, meet new people, gain a sense of purpose, super charge your CV, and boost your skills & values…..

The good news is that there is and it’s free! Volunteering has been a quiet force during the pandemic with good Samaritans everywhere contributing, connecting and supporting others. And as we tentatively look to move forward they will also have a huge role to play in the recovery process.

So what kind of student are you?

We’ve put together some ideas that may fit with your studies…


If your Instagram is a bit predictable, and you find those constant pics of other people’s tea or new haircut is getting a bit boring, then don’t worry. We’re here to help.

We’ve put together a list of Instagram accounts to check out of Leeds and the surrounding area. Whether you’re in Leeds, currently away from the city or considering Leeds as your next step, these accounts are sure to give you the inspiration to get out and explore the beautiful, quirky, historic and fascinating place that is Leeds.

Suburban sunset — looking towards the city from Potternewton, Leeds

The University

There are lots of different accounts to follow at the University…


Sustainable and environmentally-friendly pest control could save billions of tonnes of crops every year.

Dr Steve Sait and Dr Stephen Whitfield ask: how can we help farmers get fair access?

Leaves from a maize crop growing next to a dirt path
Leaves from a maize crop growing next to a dirt path
Photo by Mathias P.R. Reding on Unsplash

Fall armyworm can devastate a field of maize. The pest — a moth — arrived in Africa from its native USA in 2016 and is now found throughout the continent.

Its caterpillars feed voraciously on the foliage of over 350 plant species. These include the food crops on which 175 million smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa depend, such as rice, sorghum, wheat, vegetable crops and especially maize.

Estimates vary but fall armyworm is thought to cause the loss of between 8–20 billion tonnes of…


It’s over a year since our lives changed, and many of you will have been studying from home on and off in this time. We all read the articles last March and April about setting up a home office, and yet the reality is that for many, where we work isn’t a beautiful space overlooking a peaceful garden or lake, with a fluffy cat on the window ledge.

With the library and other study spaces only available for essential visits, inside coffee shops closed and other inside spaces not available at the moment, let’s evaluate how home studying is going…


Dr Pete Culmer, Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, explains how international teamwork makes for better design.

Blurred figures in operating theatre, with surgical scissors hanging in foreground, front right.
Blurred figures in operating theatre, with surgical scissors hanging in foreground, front right.
Photo by Piron Guillaume on Unsplash

Fifteen million keyhole surgeries are performed each year around the world. Nearly one-third of these operations takes place in the USA alone, despite the country accounting for only around four per cent of the world’s population.

This statistic highlights a stark health inequality: the benefits of keyhole surgery — a smaller cut with less pain, less risk of infection and a quicker recovery — are enjoyed almost exclusively by people in advanced economies.

Laparoscopy — the official name for keyhole surgery — actually takes longer, costs more and is more technically demanding than open surgery. This can make it prohibitive…


Over the last year, we’ve all experienced a huge range of emotions. We’ve listened to lots of you, and understand that many of you are feeling overwhelmed at not being able to find the answers, or are feeling out of control.

Let’s look at some practical ways of finding out what to do, who to contact and where the information is to help you feel in control.

We’ve split the info into six sections — tap on a word to jump to the info


Leeds skyline on a cloudy day
Leeds skyline on a cloudy day
Leeds city skyline

Throughout the city and across Yorkshire you’ll find a variety of networks and support for LGBT+people. Whether you need support with your mental health, access to health services, or just someone to talk to, there are plenty of places ready to help.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are some of the amazing charities, groups and resources which provide support to the LGBT+ community in Leeds.

Yorkshire MESMAC

Yorkshire MESMAC is the largest LGBT+ sexual and mental health charity in Yorkshire. The charity provides valuable services including free HIV testing, counselling and community support groups.

Trans Leeds

Providing support for Transgender, Non-Binary…


2021; a new year! The year ahead is full of promise and hope, and yet we know we need to be patient. However, there’s a number of things we can all do right now to change our life, to develop ourselves as people and to make us be the best version of ourselves.

Look after your body

2020 has shown us the importance of health — and devoting time to being healthy is never wasted. At this time of year, there’s always a huge push for increased fitness and yet by February many of the best intentions are long forgotten. …

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