The Plus Programme

The Plus Programme is a support network for students from backgrounds that are under-represented at university that: 

  • Helps students to prepare for and settle into university life
  • Supports students to do well in their studies
  • Offers enhanced careers support and encourages students to consider postgraduate options
  • Provides funding for personal and professional development opportunities which enables students to have a well-rounded experience and encourages them to succeed. 

Watch a YouTube video about the Plus Programme:

Beginning in the summer leading up to university, this includes:

  • Transition Month (July) - themed weeks of information, including independent study, social life and societies, wellbeing and finance
  • Mentoring opportunities such as peer-to-peer support and being mentored by professionals
  • Instagram page allowing new students to meet other Plus Programme students, learn from others and find out about what’s happening. There is also a LinkedIn page where students can start building their network
  • All year round events designed to build skills and help students feel comfortable at Leeds, including bespoke Freshers’ Weeks events
  • Weekly updates on the best activity happening across campus.

Eligibility

Undergraduate and Masters students can benefit from the Plus Programme. They may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Students who do not have parental support (estranged) 
  • Care experienced (any adult who has spent time in care) 
  • Former young carers (someone under the age of 18, unpaid, who looks after a family member of friend who has a physical or mental health condition, or misuses drugs or alcohol)  
  • Students entering university from a neighbourhood where there is a low participation in higher education  
  • Undergraduate means tested scholars
  • Students who are Leeds Masters Scholarship recipients  
  • Students who enrol on the Black Student Peer Mentoring Scheme, Asian Student Mentoring Scheme or BAME Postgraduate Coaching Scheme
  • Forced migrants to the UK who are Sanctuary Scholarship recipients  
  • Students who have completed or been offered a place on an alternative admissions scheme including: Access to Leeds, Reach for Excellence and Realising Opportunities

Student stories

Read case studies about Kate Southam and Meegan Worcester who experienced the Plus Programme.

It’s a small team on the Plus Programme, all the staff are friendly and you really get to know who they are as the years go by. They’re very open to listening to different students, it’s not just a top-down approach.

Meegan Worcester

Find out more about the Plus Programme by emailing us at theplusprogramme@leeds.ac.uk