History student life

Our students are at the heart of the School of History community. As a student at the University of Leeds, you’ll have lots of opportunities to get involved and to shape a memorable university experience.

The History Society

The History Society is one of the largest societies in the University and regularly wins awards. HistSoc is entirely run by our students and organises an exciting programme of academic, social and employability events throughout the year, including a Careers Networking Dinner and a Christmas Ball. Dublin, Prague and Berlin have been recent destinations for the annual trip abroad. You can get involved in the football and netball teams and it’s a great way to meet other students studying History.

Peer mentoring

The School of History has a popular peer mentoring scheme, in which second and third year students are trained to mentor our new first year students, and to offer support with the transition to university. The scheme is run by a student intern, who organises a series of informal meetings and workshops.

Student liaison

We have a highly effective and well-developed system for student representation. Students are elected to represent different courses and year groups and meet regularly with the School of History, Leeds University Union, and the library. Students participate in School of History committees. Student representatives develop their communication and leadership skills and their ideas are implemented and shape the ongoing student experience.

History beyond your degree

You can share your passion for history as a Leeds Loves History ambassador, visiting schools to talk about your university experiences. You’ll also have the chance to get involved in the research culture of the university. You can take part in the Undergraduate Research Experience, an annual festival of five-minute research talks, interactive festivals and much more. You might apply to participate in RIXA, a series of elite interdisciplinary seminars about a topic like ‘conflict’, run by top PhD students from the university. Or you could join the Students as Scholars programme and get support from a postgraduate mentor while participating in research events such as seminars and conferences. 

Societies and volunteering

Our students get involved in a wide range of the 300+ clubs and societies coordinated by Leeds University Union. Sports and dance are very popular. Many history students write for the student newspaper, The Gryphon, and contribute to Leeds Student Radio. Students interact with the city and local community through their volunteering activities.