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as a student, putting on events, helping set up societies and much, much more! We are here to make sure you have the best possible time whilst you’re studying in Leeds so if you have any questions, would like to make any suggestions or would like to get involved look out for us at Freshers and throughout the rest of the year.


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Leeds College of Art Students’ Union [Main Office] Blenheim Walk Leeds LS2 9AQ

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welcome to leeds



Leeds is one of the largest and most diverse cities in the country and there is no end of things for you to see and do.

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There are many things that are Here are a few of our top unique to the area and have a recommendations to give you distinct ‘Leeds feel’ to them so an idea of what’s on offer! whilst you’re studying here you should take full advantage of what the city has to offer.


The city is a really welcoming place so try to get involved wherever you can! “The cultural, historical and architectural heritage of Leeds is well represented by a host of museums, theatres, stately homes and art galleries, from the national attractions of the Royal Armouries and the Thackray Medical Museum to the fine mansions of Harewood House, Temple Newsam and Lotherton Hall”

To give you an idea of what is on offer we have compiled a list of our favourite bars, clubs, restaurants, regular events and hidden gems.

Hyde Park Picture House Don’t overlook the unique Hyde Park Picture House. Leeds’ premier art house cinema is situated in the main student area of the city. This local gem is a much loved institution which offers independent art house screenings to obscure documentaries and major releases. We’ll be joining forces with the Hyde Park Picture House to bring you some events throughout the year. 73 Brudenell Road Leeds West Yorkshire LS6 1JD 0113 275 2045

music Leeds has one of the largest music scenes in the country with venues catering for every possible taste including: rock, pop, motown, blues, jazz, house, drum and bass and many more. Be sure to check out the smaller venues for bands on their way to the top and the eclectic nights they host most nights of the week. Also keep an eye out for the poster towers dotted around the city, this is probably the easiest way to keep up with what’s coming up!


Top venue for electronic music Mint Club A legendary club in the north playing host to some of the biggest names in dance and electronic music along with its sister venue Mint Warehouse it is sure to cater for all your dancing needs. 8 Harrison Street Leeds LS1 6PA

Top venue for gigs Brudenell Social Club Amongst other things the Brudenell is famous for being the starting place for some of the biggest bands and artists out there. Highly recommended even if it’s just for a game of pool! 33 Queen’s Road Leeds LS6 1NY

green space If you get fed up of the bustle of City life, there are many parks and open spaces in Leeds to retreat to...perfect for picnics, exploring, relaxing and playing games. Close by are Burley Park, Hyde Park [Woodhouse Moor], Roundhay Park and Golden Acre Park to name but a few. If you’d like us to recommend any places, we’d be glad to help out.

food As a multicultural and prosperous City, you’ll find something to delight your taste buds here. The communities around the city such as Headingley, Chapeltown, Chapel Allerton and Hyde Park can offer great small restaurants and cafes to compliment the better known names found in the City Centre, of which there are plenty. Tastes from all over the world can be found easily and with more and more high end restraints, you’ll never be short of excuses to ditch the beans on toast. Many of Leeds’ arcades have plenty of chain restaurants which offer great value dishes and some even accept the NUS Extra card for an extra bonus!

Shopping Your student loan will already feel like it’s burning a hole in your pocket. Leeds is ideally equipped to help you enjoy some retail therapy. Famous for independent shops, vintage stores and boutiques alike, this city has hundreds of stores in its many shopper-friendly arcades. The city centre is also extremely compact meaning your feet will be able to last while you see what’s on offer. There are plenty of arcades and make sure you take a trip to the Victoria Quarter and the Corn Exchange.

Leeds is also ideally situated to explore the rest of this beautiful County with the Yorkshire dales, moors and the Peak District merely 30 minutes drive away.


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Leeds is a vibrant, lively, student friendly city, with unrivalled shopping, state of the art attractions and elegant architecture all surrounded by breathtaking countryside. At the geographical centre of the UK, Leeds is within easy reach of many parts of the country due to excellent rail and road connections.


Leeds is linked to the major motorways M1 and M62 and is also accessible through many major A Roads including the A1, A58, A61 and A64.


Direct trains between Leeds and London take around two hours and direct routes run to most major cities in the UK, whilst regional lines cross throughout the city and the whole of Yorkshire with Leeds at the centre. 0845 48 49 50


If you live in the Hyde Park area it may be cheaper to get the train into the centre of Leeds rather than get the bus. Young Person’s Rail Card You can get a Young Person’s Railcard if you’re aged between 16-25, or a mature student in full-time education. This card will save you up to 30% off all off-peak rail fares and if you purchase an NUS extra card you get 11% off the cost of the card too! Money well spent!


Leeds has excellent bus services and coaches that operate to most major Leedson hasa regular excellent bus services and coaches that operate to most major cities on a regular timetable. cities timetable. For more information: These are our most used bus routes: First 0113 381 55 50 56 – Buses: Headingley, Hyde Park Picture House, Universities, Morrisons, City Centre Metro: 0113 245 76 76 1,6 – Train Station, Morrisons, University, Headingley National Express: 08717 81 81 81 36 – Leeds City Centre, Harrogate, Ripon These are our used bus routes:Chapel Allerton, Roundhay Park 12 – Leeds Citymost Centre, Chapeltown, 56 – Headingly, Hyde Park Picture House, Universities, Morrisons, City 19 – Headingley Stadium, Burley Park Station, Burley Road, Liberty Park, Town Hall, Centre 1,6 – Train Station, Morrisons, University, Headingly 36 – Leeds First Buses:City Centre, Harrogate, Ripon 12 – Leeds City Centre, Chapeltown, Chapel Allerton, Roundhay Park or 0113 381 55 50 19 – Headingly Stadium, Burley Park Station, Burley Road, Liberty Park, Town Hall, Metro: National Express: or 0113 245 76 76 or 08717 81 81 81


























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the student’s union As mentioned at the start, the Students’ Union is here to make sure you get the most out of your time at Leeds College of Art. At Blenheim Walk we have a pool table, table football, sofas and computers so that you can chill out with friends, catch up with any work and find out what’s going on in the college! You’ll find us in the Mosaic Café, if you want to have a chat feel free to pop by!

Events This year we will be aiming to host many different events for everyone to get involved in.Everything from charity events, sports tournaments, parties and band nights are on the agenda.Just because we are a small College doesn’t mean we can’t put on a party! Look out for emails, Facebook events as well as flyers and posters around the College explaining what, where and when. Let us know if you’d like to help out as we are always on the lookout for more volunteers. Clubs and Societies Whether you’ve heard of clubs and societies or not, they exist to enhance your College experience. They are a great way to meet students from other courses who may share the same interests as you. They are created by students for the enjoyment of others and we here in the Union help you set them up and offer guidance in running them properly. It can be anything your little heart desires, from a Film Club, a Debating team to a Book Club and

Knitting Society for example. In the past we have had Belly Dancing groups, Comic Clubs and an Environmental Awareness Society. There will be 2 places open at the start of the year for anyone interested in getting something started. Drop by or get in touch if you have an idea and take home a Clubs & Societies handbook to mull over. Alternatively, check out the handbook online on our website at Already in place is Leeds Art RAG Society Life Drawing Film Society Snow Society

Societies at other unions We are fortunate to have one of the biggest universities in the country right on our doorstep. Leeds University Union has an enormous selection of societies and clubs that you can join as well. Everything from Quidditch to Theatre you name it they have it. Each of these societies can be contacted for further information. A full list is available at clubsandsocieties Clubs and Societies at LUU are allowed a certain percentage of external members making up their total club membership.


As long as the membership base is no less than 80% University of Leeds students, then the remaining 20% or less can be made up of external members, whether Leeds Met, Trinity, college of art, graduates or members of the public, as long as they pay membership to the club.

Elections The Students’ Union Executive team is responsible for making your dreams come true. If you have a suggestion or a great idea they’re here to put it into action. If you think you’re that special someone whose got what it takes to make your great ideas a reality then read on. It’s great experience of managing projects and events, working with others, and an opportunity to be involved in your Union, starting at the top! A position on the Students’ Union Executive Team is what you make of it, and if you’re the sort of person who thrives on working with and influencing others, this could be exactly the right responsibility to take on. You never know where this sort of experience could lead. We have contacts with numerous commercial organisations around the City and beyond and are always looking to broaden our connections to help bring Leeds College of Art students a greater College experience.

Each course will elect 2 Course Representatives within the next month to take on these tasks. Main Roles of Student Rep! Work as a link between your fellow students and the college staff Attend meetings with both programme/course leaders and college management to voice and receive feedback on issues that students could be having Attend training events provided by the Students’ Union, these will give you knowledge on how best to get your voice across and how meetings in the college work Promote any Students’ Union events to your course mates and provide a link to the Students’ Union. If you are interested in becoming a student representative speak to us in the Students’ Union or let your course tutors know.

Getting involved can also be a great boost for your CV when looking for employment as it shows a willingness to get involved, seek improvement and work as part of a democratic and forward thinking team. If you would like any more information, email, keep an eye out for promotional materials or feel free to pop into the office!

Student Representatives Student Representatives provide a valuable link between the students and the College management by listening to and highlighting issues of concern and importance raised by students on their course.


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Activities & Societies Officer

Campaigns Officer

Editorial Officer

Makes sure all the societies run smoothly and helps to put any new ideas you might have into action.

Runs campaigns and raises awareness of issues that are important and affect students.

Edits and helps students get involved with our termly student run magazine NEST.




Introducing the officers! These are the people who make sure you’re looked after during your time here. Be that through activities or through campaigning for your rights they all have their own special job to do. None of them bite, so tweet or email them!

Fran Bailey

Tom Hoare

VICKy WIllison

Raise and Give Officer


Welfare Officer

Runs the R.A.G society which raises money for charities locally and nationally, through events and activities that everyone can join in with.

Helps make your views make a difference. Representing you at national and local events. As well as working with the rest of the officers to make sure you’re getting the most out of college.

Ensures everything is being done to make sure you’re safe and happy whilst at college. As well as running the LGBT society.




Student advice During life at College there maybe times where you feel you need a bit of guidance or support, do not fear Student Advice are here to help. It boasts professionally trained advisory staff who are here to help you with any query you may have. Their services are free to all students and they work to standards of strict confidentiality. Please do not hesitate to come and ask for help, no problem is too small and the advisors can help with a wide range of problems such as Financial, Legal, Housing, Academic, Personal, Health, Employment and Disciplinary issues. The advisors are also able to refer you through to the College Counselling Service should you so wish. There is also a Careers Adviser available within the Student Advice team Term time: Open 9am – 4:30pm every day except Friday, which is 9am – 4pm. During holiday periods, these times may vary. Student Advice is not open on Weekends Get in touch at or ring 0113 2028111



Staying Safe Of course your personal safety is paramount and here are a few tips to make sure you stay safe, there are some useful emergency contact numbers at the bottom too.

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Avoid waiting at bus stops on your own Keep your valuables and your bag close to your person Stranger Danger! However tempting don’t accept lifts from unlicensed taxis or people you don’t know Avoid isolated areas; try to keep to well-lit streets and busy areas. If someone tries to take anything from you: (bag, purse, phone), let it go, it’s not worth it. If you believe you are being followed, cross the road and keep walking. Head for a lit house or shop and ask for help. Keep your mobile phone/purse in your bag or pocket. Most mobile phones are stolen from tables in bars and restaurants. Avoid walking with headphones in; you may not be fully aware of your surroundings. Write down your phones IMEI number and keep it safe this way it can be reported to the Police if it is stolen (type *#06# into the handset). The IMEI is a unique serial number that every mobile phone has. Walk tall and look confident, this helps deter any unwanted attention

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Don’t let anybody into your house unless you know who they are or have seen I.D. Burglars will try and trick their way in. If in doubt, keep them out! If you are living in halls make sure you don’t hold the door open for anyone you don’t know and don’t let anybody follow you in Don’t leave any valuables in your car this includes: credit cards, sat nav, stereo Don’t leave any vehicle documents in your car (Registration documents or insurance) it makes it easier for thieves to sell.

Insurance Personal home insurance is something that we strongly recommend, even if you are living in halls you can never be too careful. Many students believe that they are covered by their parent’s household insurance; however this is not always the case so make sure your definitely covered! Companies such as Endsleigh offer specific student room insurance, the cost varies depending on how much you want to insure, how secure your house is and where you are living. The cost will be negligible in comparison to losing all of your prized possessions!

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Make sure you lock all your doors and windows Hide any cash/valuables and keep them away from windows Leave a light on when you go out, to give the impression that someone is in




Fire Safety If you are living in private accommodation make sure you have a a working smoke alarm. Check the batteries once a week, it only takes two seconds to test but it could save your life! If you haven’t got one installed, you can call the local Fire Station and they may come and fit one for you free of charge. If you need any more information, visit or call your local station.

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Don’t prop open fire doors so that you can talk to people in other rooms whilst you’re cooking. Even steam can set off fire alarms Keep areas clean and tidy, rubbish is a serious fire hazard Don’t block fire escapes with things like boxes or clothes Don’t cook when you come home drunk, it’s very easy to forget that you’ve put something in the oven Don’t overload multi-sockets

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Fit smoke alarms on each level of your home – it’s the simplest way to cut the risk of death or injury from fire Check the batteries in your smoke alarm every week If there is a fire, raise the alarm! Let other flatmates know that there is a fire Keep your keys handy and know where window and door keys are at all times

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If you need any more information, use the web link mentioned earlier or others such as Please do not set off Fire Alarms unnecessarily! The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is called out to halls on many occasions that turn out to be preventable false alarms, meaning that engines are called out unnecessarily when they could be needed to save lives elsewhere. Do you really want that on your conscience?

housing Living in halls is a great way to start University life as there’s always something going on or someone around to talk to. However at some points it can be a lonely or stressful time. When you move into halls (or even private rented accommodation) you can get put with random strangers who you know nothing about: it can be overwhelming. Things can be strange from time to time as you have to get used to their people’s habits and routines but remember you will have them to, even though you don’t realise. So here’s a few basic pointers to make sure everybody has a great time: • • •

Get out of the building as soon as possible Don’t stop to collect your belongings

Don’t go back in to the building until the Fire Service have deemed it safe to do so

Try to keep things tidy and to join in with your fair share of cleaning, washing up etc. In private rented accommodation remember to split bills fairly and pay them on time. Respect other people’s belongings and do not use other people’s stuff without their permission, including food!

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When you do stumble in at 3am, remember that other people may be asleep and don’t want to listen to your drunken rendition of your favourite song no matter how great you think it is!

Council Tax

Don’t worry if you cannot afford to pay for a licence in one go as you can pay monthly by direct debit. Online: By Phone

As a student you don’t need to pay council tax. When you live in halls this will be dealt with by your accommodation.

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However if you are living in privately rented accommodation you will need to check with your landlord that they have registered you with students.

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If this is not the case you need to obtain an exemption form from your course administrator confirming that you are in fact a student. You now need to make sure the council are aware of this which can be done by visiting the drop in centre in the city centre. Great George Street Leeds LS2 8BA If you have any other questions contact them on 0113 2224444. The process is really straight forward and if you don’t do it you could be liable to pay. Which no student wants.

TV License By law, if you live in a room with its own separate lock to the rest of the house e.g. in University halls and flats you must have your own individual licence. If you move into a shared house however you will only have to pay for license that can be shared between everyone. You can be prosecuted and fined up to £1000 if caught using a TV without a license. Detector vans DO patrol the streets of Leeds, particularly the student areas, so make sure you have a licence. Annual licence fees are £145.50 for a colour TV and £49.00 for a Black & White set.

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Signing Up for Privately Rented Accommodation You may feel pressured and panicked by what your mates see or by the influx of letting advertisement going up. The myth that you have to sign up as early as December or even November or you’ll miss out is just that…a myth! We cannot stress that enough! Over 30% of the houses in Hyde Park remain unoccupied so there really is no rush. Take your time; think carefully about who you want to live with as this may just well change. Remember, you may have only known them for 6-8 weeks so making that kind of commitment early on can lead to a shed load of problems down the line. When you do sign for a house, however, make sure you look around a number of houses through different agencies to get the best deal you can. It’s definitely worth trying private landlords as they often don’t charge admin fees. Also, remember to get a receipt of any money you hand over and read the contract carefully as once it’s signed you are tied to it! If you’re unsure about anything contained on the contract, pass it over to the Student Advice team for a once over.


finance In this day and age, most students have some sort of student loan and/or overdraft. This can sometimes be a little overwhelming as the money can seem never-ending and so the temptation to totally rinse it all can be immense. Therefore BUDGETING is your answer. It may sound a bit dull but otherwise by the end of term, you may have to stay in every night whilst eating baked beans and a 13p loaf of bread. It’s really not difficult; all you need to do is make sure your outgoings don’t exceed your income. Do this at the start of each term when your loan comes into your bank account. Remember to budget accordingly during Freshers week. Money spent on going out can cost as much as £200. This though depends on whether you drink alcohol or not, eat out, take taxis and so on but it’s worth thinking about. You may also have one off expenses at the start of term such as buying stuff for your new room.

CREDIT CARDS AND STORE CARDS [ARE INHERINTLY EVIL!] Avoid using credit/store cards where possible as the high interest rates mean that you may end up much worse off, which is a drag. Many students get themselves into thousands of pounds worth of debt. If you do need to use one make sure that you can pay the entire amount you used, back within the month.

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Avoid ready meals Try the Kirkgate Market for fresh fruit and vegetables at affordable prices Use a local butch for decent meat, it is normally cheaper and better quality than supermarkets Shop weekly and not daily! Works out much cheaper Own brand/value products are much cheaper from supermarkets and for the most part are exactly the same quality If you are in shared accommodation, make a communal kitty where you can all chip in for shared items such as milk, bread and cleaning products

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You can check online for some student recipe ideas on and find some great deals and bargains on

Some extra info for Foundation Degree/Undergraduate and Postgraduate students If you are worried about your finances then you can book an appointment with the Student Advice team who can give you advice on managing loans, debts and your expenditure.

Hardship Access Fund If you find yourself in a very difficult financial situation where you are really struggling then you may be eligible for the Access Fund. This fund is made available to all Higher Education institutions by the Government, so they can provide selective help, at their discretion to students who are having financial difficulties. Broadly speaking, UK full time and most part time students are eligible to apply but must have applied for their maximum student loan entitlement. All applicants must be able to show that they need financial assistance and have fully explored alternative ways of supporting themselves. You will be asked to produce your last three months bank statements and your student loan payment schedule form plus other evidence as stated on the application form. So if you have been over spending on nights out or trying to keep up with the latest fashion then it will be noted when assessing whether you are in hardship or not.



Socialising During College, there are many opportunities and temptations to drink. However, inhibitions are lost when alcohol (and drugs) are consumed and people are more likely to take risks that they normally wouldn’t. These risks can have serious consequence including injuries and other unwanted implications (STI’s for example). Another thing to bear in mind is to be considerate of your neighbours and the local community on a night out and try not to be too rowdy.

Alcohol Binge drinking is far from a great thing, it’s bad for your long term health, pretty heavy on the pocket and can lead to alcohol poisoning (if you didn’t know, you can die from that). In the UK alone, alcohol is responsible for around 9,000 deaths and over 180,000 hospital admissions each year.

Going Out Before going out, make sure you know how you getting home again. If possible try to pre-book a taxi with a reputable firm. It is often cheaper than trying to hail one in the early hours. If you do start to feel light headed or strangely drunk, tell someone you trust immediately! Make sure they either take you home or straight to the hospital. Watch out for your friends! If they start to behave out of character keep an eye on them and make sure they are ok. If they ask to go home, take them home and make sure they don’t go off with any strange people.

Coming Home Again Avoid travelling on your own! Try and stay with the people you went out with

Keep some cash spare so that you can get a taxi back, if it’s split between a few of you it should only be a couple of quid. Always sit in the back of the taxi if you’re on your own and make sure you use a reputable company, a card has been included in this pack with a list of recommended taxi firms. Drink lots of water when you get back, it should help fight off what is about to ensue.

House Parties Everybody loves a good party but treat them as you would any other night out, try your best to respect the person whose house it is and remember to keep your drink with you at all times. Don’t leave it somewhere and come back to it as you may not know what’s in it. If you have decided to throw a house party, be aware that you may not know everyone there, as friends may invite friends and so on…if there appears to be a lot of people you don’t know at your own party, try and get them to leave, especially if they are causing trouble. Remember you won’t be the only people who live in that street. Tell neighbours you’re having a party [or invite them] a few days before. Try and keep the noise down after midnight and if they do come round to ask you to keep the noise down, it’s best to respect their wishes.

Watch Your Drinks Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know, it may seem friendly but you don’t know whats in it. Never leave your drink unattended.


Make sure someone watches your drink if you do have to put it down. If at any point you think your drink might have been tampered with. Get another one! Oh and remember gents, drink spiking happens to you to.

The Morning After Keep drinking fluids ideally water or sports drinks Avoid tea and coffee, as much as it sounds like a good idea they de-hydrate you even more! Eat something! Ideally a fry up or other greasy food as the protein will release essential amino acids. Have a shower as it will help you sweat out the toxins. Have some pain killers. Don’t drink more!! Hair of the dog and all that, but it just delays the hangover for another day.

Drugs The College’s response if you are convicted of drug offences may well be to seek discipline, which could see you being expelled. Your degree isn’t worth that surely? •

You could be arrested if you are caught in possession (with it in your house, car, bag or pocket) or are found to be dealing it, which includes selling to mates. This could lead to you placed in a cell and a possible court appearance, as well as a conviction which could affect your future employment prospects. There is a significant risk to your health and in a lot of cases it is unsure what the long standing effects of certain ‘party drugs’ are. If you need help kicking a drug habit, see the “getting help” section on


Healthcare and Illness All students need to register with a GP practice in Leeds –straight away. The last thing you want to be doing when you are ill or feel unwell is to be trying to register, You can still visit your old practice when you go home as a temporary resident. There are tonness of GP practices in Leeds but if you are having trouble we can help you find one nearby. If you are struggling to pay for health care costs, fill in a HC1 form. This form is available from most medical practices and could entitle you to discount on eye and dental care.

What if illness affects my studies? You should inform your tutor or course administrator immediately. If illness prevents you from studying for more than seven days, you must obtain a medical certificate from your GP and forward it on to your tutor or Administrator as soon as possible. If you have to miss a submission deadline or assessment as a result of illness, you should see your GP whilst you are ill and obtain a medical certificate as evidence of the illness. More in-depth information on all of this can be found in your course handbook.

Supporting students with disabilities and specific learning requirements At the college we are committed to supporting you so that you make the best of your time with us. The Student Advice Team is your contact for any support you may need if you have a disability or a learning need. You will probably have let us know if you need any equipment or other support when you applied. If you find you need anything else please visit the team in Student Advice. If you develop a disability during your time with us, please let us know so that we can arrange support for you. If you are a Further Education Student the college will arrange your support. If you are a Higher Education Student you will need to apply for funding from the Disabled Student Allowance which is dealt with by the Students Loan Company.

Students with Learning Support Needs On your application form you may have told us that you have dyslexia or any other condition that affects your learning and we will have written to you with our outline of support. If you did not tell us, and find you would like some support with written assignments please contact Student Advice. The Learning Development Team offers a drop in service to anyone who needs help with their written work. For Further Education Students who require more than drop in support the college will arrange that for you. If you are a Higher Education student and need more time from our staff you need to apply for funding from the Disabled Student Allowance – through the Student Loan Company. If you have any further questions please contact Debbie or Christine who both work in Student Advice on 0113 202 8260


Sexual Health In the heat of passion, protection may not be the first thing on your mind; but STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) have increased at an alarming rate over the last decade and the group most at risk of contracting an STI are 16-25 year olds.

You can get it free from: your GP, the CASH Clinics including Citywise, The Shakespeare Medical Walk in Centre in LS9 (open 8am-8pm every day of the year) as well as from a number of participating pharmacies. Failing that you can buy the Morning After Pill over the counter from any pharmacy (£20-25). If you’d rather not ask for Emergency

Most STI’s are treatable however many do not have symptoms, so if you have had unprotected sex it is best to get yourself checked out. 1 in 9 16-25 year olds have an STI!

Contraception you can always ask for Levonelle (The brand name).

The only way to protect yourself against an STI is by wearing a condom. Even if you are using other methods of contraception you should ALWAYS USE A CONDOM and try to get tested regularly for STIs at a GUM/ CASH Clinic. Some STIs including HIV may not be detected by a blood test for a few months later and many people can have an STI like chlamydia for years without experiencing any symptoms.

You will be given 1 pill to be taken immediately and the health care worker will give you all the information you need there and then. The worker will always suggest that you look at other more effective long term methods of contraception such as the pill or implant and encourage you to use condoms.

You can get free condoms from your GP, from CASH clinics across Leeds and from pharmacies which participate in the Free to Under 25s scheme. See for details. If you are using a condom remember that if lubrication is needed, use water based products only such as KY jelly and lube. Oil based products such as baby oil, petroleum jelly, body lotions, massage oils etc can damage the latex in condoms making them ineffective.

The Morning After Pill This is also known as Emergency Contraception and can be taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after sexual intercourse. The sooner it is taken the better – if taken within the first 24 hours it is 95% effective. There are lots of places you can get it in Leeds for free including during the evenings and weekends.

How does it work?

Other Form of Contraception The Pill There are a number of different pills available and your GP will help you find the best one to suit you. Like the implant it works by releasing hormones into the body to stop you getting pregnant.

The Implant This is a small, flexible rod inserted into the arm just under the skin by injection It is over 99% effective against pregnancy and once you have had it fitted you are protected for 3 years. It is great if you are a bit forgetful and are likely to forget taking a pill every day.

Other Forms of Contraception There are other forms of contraception that are available. For more information please speak to your GP or visit your nearest CASH clinic for more information.


Details of where these are can be found at:

Leeds and the North’s Gay Scene,



Unplanned pregnancy can cause a lot of distress but there are many support services available. The Counselling Service can offer urgent appointments if you make them aware that it is in regards to pregnancy, usually within 24 hours. The Student Advice team can offer advice. If you think that you may be pregnant, it is essential you seek advice quickly, such as your GP. The College Counselling Service can offer an urgent appointment if you make them aware that it is regarding pregnancy. This is normally within 24 hours. If you are pregnant and decide to continue with the pregnancy it does not necessarily mean that you will have to leave your studies permanently. Financial support is available from the College for Foundation Diploma students and through the Students Loan Company for FD Degree and BA Degree students.

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Going to college often provides an opportunity for many gay students to openly be themselves, moving away from the ‘fishbowl’ environment of their home town can provide a new start. People tend to much more open minded at College and University so instead of hiding their sexuality, they choose to ‘come out’ to their new friends. Coming out to family and friends can at times cause a lot of distress but there are many support services available during your time here, which are confidential and non-judgemental. The Students’ Union have established links with other local universities LGBT groups as well as our own LGBT society to provide you with more opportunities and information If you want any advice on issues such as homophobia/discrimination, safe sex advice, coming out or you simply want to know about

in strict confidence. We are associated with Leeds Metropolitan University’s LGBT Society which is a great place to meet other people as they often organise events and social activities throughout the year. Check out their website at For any further advice contact the Leeds LGBT switchboard on: 0113 245 3588

Emotional Distress During College life you may encounter some difficult times for various reasons which could lead to some emotional distress. Never feel that you are alone or have no one to talk to about any issue concerning you or a friend. Please remember there are people in the College who want to listen; The Student Advice Team and The Counselling Service. Starting College and moving away from home and your family and friends can be tough. A new home, a new city and new people means that it is a time of great, normally positive change. You may at times feel lonely or homesick and that everyone’s made loads of friends and settled in fine. However, you are not the only one! Despite people’s outward appearances they will have undoubtedly experienced nerves and anxiety about moving away. During Freshers week start talking to that person stood next to you in the queue, smile and introduce yourself. Use the obvious questions such as ‘Where are you from?’, ‘What Course are you on?’ You’ll be sick of hearing them by the end of the week but they are great ice breakers.

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Remember, everyone’s in the same situation – the person will probably be grateful you have spoken to them. College is a great place to meet likeminded people, whatever your interests.

confidential support and counselling. If you would like any more information come and speak to either ourselves in the Students’ Union or Student Advice.

Here are a few great ways to meet new people

Deadlines and Stress

Join a Club, Society or Activity

Deadlines tend to be clumped together, which is unfortunate to say the least and it can feel like the walls are coming in.

Throughout the year there will be different activities going on as well as societies in certain interests that may take your fancy. More information can be found on our website ( and through the Students’ Union Facebook page.

Do not fear for the key is to: PLAN, start your work well in advance of the deadlines, work out how long you need to spend researching, planning and then creating the work.

Join the Students’ Union The Students’ Union is a great way to get involved with others in the College. As well as being part of a great team, you will gain a different insight into the way the College works and have the opportunity to meet loads of students from this College and beyond. Keep an eye out online and around college for ways you can get involved!

Volunteering The Students’ Union can provide opportunities to become in local and national volunteering through local and national programmes that give you the chance to take part in loads of different projects. There’s something to suit everyone and it looks great on your CV.

Don’t leave it until the last minute, going to the pub always seems like a good idea at the time but those hours will have to be made up some when else (normally at 4 in the morning somewhere around the end of term). Make sure you check the availability of workshops and print rooms as soon as you know you’re going to need them. Waiting lists get very long around the end of term for all of the college resources and although dropin is available, queuing up at 7 in the morning to get something printed is far from ideal. Here are some of our tips to help reduce the stress of deadlines: •

Pop in and speak to us for more information

Depression Most people at some point feel fed up but usually this just a short term occurrence. However these feelings can become severe and begin to make an impact on a person’s ability to function. The college has a great support network and if you feel that you would like to talk to someone please talk Student Advice who can offer

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Eat properly! Without food or water your brain can’t function properly so whatever work you do won’t be to the best of your ability. Take breaks every hour or so and try and get a little exercise in to clear your head. Try to get to bed early and do something else to help you relax before sleep Be positive! Tell yourself you can do it. Remember there’s a reason you’re here

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Useful Contacts Students’ Union Mosaic CafÊ Blenheim Walk Leeds LS2 9AQ 01132028296

Student Advice Blenheim Walk 0113 2028111 2028 Monday – Thursday: 9am-4.30pm Friday: 9am-4pm

Learning Development Team / Study Skills Office Frances Bosley Room G22 0113 2028054 College Switchboard 0113 2028000

Some other useful numbers Emergency Services - 999 West Yorkshire Police - 101 Fire Brigade - 01274 682311 NHS Direct - 111 Leeds General Infirmary - 0113 2432799 St. James’s Hospital - 0113 2433144 21 29

Leeds GUM Clinic - 0113 3926724 or 0113 392672 Family Planning Association - 0845 122 8690 Samaritans - 08457 90 90 90 MIND-0300 123 3393 NUS Extra - 01625 413277 Leeds City Council - 0113 222 4444 Metro [local transport] - 0113 245 7676 NHS Walk in Centre - 0113 295 1132 FRANK -24 hour drugs helpline - 0800 77 66 00 NHS Smoking Helpline - 0800 022 4 332 Drink Helpline - 0800 917 8282




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