Support Plus Programme students

Thank you for getting in touch to support our work with Plus Programme students – we really appreciate it.

Please see below some further information on what we are looking for and how you can help.

Short video for Instagram 

What we will need from you: 

  • A short video, or multiple short videos, of no more than 1 minute each – if you submit multiple videos we’ll be able to use them throughout the year!
  • Focus on one or two points to pique a student’s interest in a particular topic
  • Submit this as an attachment or using a file sharing platform such as WeTransfer

Things to think about when creating your video  

  • Think about using a format which allows you to share your experiences succinctly, such as “my three favourite things about Leeds as a graduate” or “the number one thing I wish I’d done as an undergraduate to improve my progression into research”  
  • The videos don’t need to be professionally shot – the more “real” the video the better – so if it’s at your desk or in your car, and shot on your phone, that’s completely fine!
  • We may add a call to action to your video if relevant, such as a link to our Counselling and Wellbeing support or information on Postgraduate Open Days, but if there’s any links or information you would also like to share alongside the video, do let us know
  • View an example video to gain a better idea of how things might look 

LinkedIn article  

What we will need from you 

  • A header image
  • An interesting title
  • A written thought-piece – around 1,000-2,500 words 
  • Images or a video to sit within the article (not essential, but will make the article more engaging) 

Things to think about when writing your article

  • Use shorter text paragraphs interspersed with images, as well as sub-headings, bullet points and bold type to break up the text
  • Include useful links and things for students to look at and do, related to the topic  
  • Use a call to action – we may also be able to add this in for you, such as a link to our Counselling and Wellbeing support or information on Postgraduate Open Days 
  • Read an example of an article 

The topics you might cover

Managing wellbeing around exams and not doing as well as hoped 

What students might like to hear about:

  • Your experiences taking exams and assessments and receiving results 
  • How you might have dealt with disappointing or unexpected results and outcomes 
  • Steps students can take to move on from this and improve in future 
  • Any tips you have to help students stay calm and avoid panic around exams and assessments 

Participating in societies and committees 

What students might like to hear about: 

  • How you got involved with clubs and societies at Leeds and whether this has continued since graduation (for example, you have continued with a sport or hobby) 
  • If you were on a committee or in an organising role. How did this help you? Did it equip you with any employability skills, for example? 
  • Any other general benefits of participating in clubs and societies 
  • If applicable, your experiences of joining clubs and societies later in your course 

Staying in Leeds upon graduation and what’s available as a graduate in the city

What students might like to hear about: 

  • Experiences of living in areas of the city which are traditionally not classed as “student areas” – information on these areas such as your favourite things to do there or the best places to get food

  • Positive experiences of job roles you took locally and the benefits of them being based in Leeds

  • Opportunities and experiences you have had as a graduate within Leeds and West Yorkshire

  • Networks and friendships created by being based in Leeds

Accessing extra-curricular professional development opportunities and the impact of this on future steps

What students might like to hear about:

  • Any opportunities you took part in whilst studying at Leeds and how these supported your next steps – such as job applications and decisions about the future

  • Examples of these opportunities could be mentoring programmes, insight days, conferences, field work and research, volunteering and study abroad

  • Any advice on where to look for these opportunities and how to get the most out of them

  • If applicable, how an extra-curricular opportunity changed your mind about your future or led you to consider other options

Revision tips and how to avoid procrastination

What students might like to hear about: 

  • How you dealt/deal with feeling unmotivated for study or work and any tips you have

  • Your experiences of dealing with procrastination, for example when working on a project or a dissertation

  • Recommendations for the best way to plan revision, this could also include the best places on campus to study

  • If applicable, your experiences of study and exams in the workplace – for example if you have had to study for further qualifications in your area of work

Postgraduate student student experience

What students might like to hear about:

  • What encouraged you to undertake postgraduate study? Was there anything you were nervous about, and how did it pan out?  

  • How was the transition into postgraduate study? Was there anything that was helpful in easing this transition?  

  • What was the overall experience like? How was it different from previous studies or time away from study?  

  • What were the main benefits of studying at postgraduate level from your perspective?

  • What tips do you have for anyone considering or applying for postgraduate study?  

Next steps  

Register your interest here and we’ll get back to you with details on how to submit your piece.

How your contribution will be used  

We will share your contribution on our Plus Programme social media, in our newsletter and on our Minerva (Virtual Learning Environment) site. For social media, we’d love to tag you – so please let us know your details to do so, or connect with us on our LinkedIn and/or Instagram pages.  

Through submitting the video or article to us, you are consenting for it to be used on the University’s web and social media platforms. We will share your first name and year of graduation alongside your video/article. 

Further information about the Plus Programme 

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equality of opportunity for students and helping ensure those from under-represented or non-traditional backgrounds have the highest chance of success.  

The Plus Programme is one of the key initiatives which aims to support students, acting as a central hub and helping students to feel confident, supported and empowered to achieve. As a Plus Programme graduate, you may know that the Plus Programme is open to students from a varied range of backgrounds including those who completed Access to Leeds, means tested scholarship recipients, care experienced students, those who are estranged from their family and those from ethnicities under-represented at the university or within higher education more generally. In 2021 this equates to around 6,000 students across the university’s undergraduate and postgraduate cohorts.  

A large part of the work we do on the Plus Programme is about demystifying information for students, removing assumed knowledge and helping to build cultural capital for students who may be the first person in their family, or not have as much experience in a particular area. It’s also about helping students to feel seen and to feel that they belong at the University. We’d love you, as an alumni of the Plus Programme, to contribute to our work in this area.  

Thank you again for your support! We really appreciate it and it will be so valuable to our Plus Programme students and their experience.