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Page last updated: 11/01/2021

Student support

Information about support available for our applicants and students, including learning support, finance support, wellbeing support and support for disabled students.

Plus Icon What financial support will be available?

Digital Access Fund scheme

To ensure you are able to access the enhanced digital learning experience at Leeds Beckett, we have established a dedicated fund to provide financial support towards a Windows or Apple laptop.

The fund opened on 1 September and applications must be submitted and completed before Friday 28 May 2021. You must be fully enrolled to access the means-tested fund. The scheme is open to home and EU Undergraduate and Postgraduate students studying a full-time or part-time course. If you are studying part-time, you must be studying at least 50% of the full-time equivalent course. This means that it should take you no more than twice the time to complete the course, than if you were studying full-time.

Distance learning students are not eligible to apply.

You must have applied for all student funding available to you (including the Maintenance and Tuition Fee Loans, any grants from the Student Loans Company and any postgraduate loans) before you can apply to the fund. If you are an undergraduate student, you must be studying on a course that is eligible for statutory student funding. Once you apply, we will assess your financial ability to purchase a laptop and will take into account your household income and your own personal finances.

If you are studying an undergraduate course you will need to demonstrate your household income through your means tested student loan. If you are an undergraduate student and have not been means tested by the Student Loans Company, you will need to tell us why on your application. 

If you are a postgraduate student, you will need to evidence your parents’ income if you are under 25. If you are over 25, we will need to see evidence of your income. In both instances we will look at evidence such as a previous year’s P60. 

 
Once we have all the information we need on your application, we aim to assess it within five working days. If your application is approved, our supplier will contact you to give you access to an online portal where you can choose your device. Once you have chosen your device and paid any outstanding balance, our supplier will deliver it within 10 working days.
 
Any awards will be in the form of a non-transferable £500 voucher. The voucher can only be used with an approved University supplier and will contribute towards the cost of your laptop. We cannot make payments from this fund in cash or via bank transfer.
 
It is advisable to order your equipment as soon as possible after you receive your voucher code. Vouchers must be redeemed by Friday 25 June 2021. Any vouchers that have not been redeemed by 25 June 2021, will be void. The voucher can only be used to purchase a Windows or Apple laptop and a limited number of accessories, such as a mouse or a keyboard.
 
Any laptops you purchase will need to meet the minimum or recommended university specification below. However, we would urge you to refer to the technical specifications related to your course before purchasing your equipment.

 

 

Minimum Specification

Recommended Specification

Processor

Dual-core 2 Ghz

Dual-core 3.4 Ghz

RAM

4 GB

8 GB

Storage

128 GB

256 GB

We have worked with our supplier to ensure that any educational discounts available through the manufacturer, are applied to devices you purchase through this scheme.  

The value of the voucher is fixed at £500. If you choose a device that costs more than £500, you will be required to pay any remaining balance to the supplier before the device is dispatched to you. If your chosen device costs less than £500, you will not receive the difference between the two prices. If you experience any issues with the delivery of your device or where there is a fault with the device, you will need to resolve this with the supplier or through the manufacturer warranty.  

As the device belongs to you, you will also be responsible for the maintenance of the device. We also recommend that you ensure you have an appropriate insurance policy for your device, or the device is covered by an existing policy.  

Living Expenses Support Scheme (Hardship Fund)

If you fall into financial hardship or anticipate financial hardship related to the current Covid-19 pandemic and other funds are not available to meet essential living costs, you can apply for a non-repayable award from our Hardship Fund. 
 
If you cannot meet day-to-day living costs such as rent, food, bills etc, because you have lost income or cannot get part time work, or have relied on family support which has now reduced, you can apply for a mean tested award of between £100 and £3,500.
 
The award will be dependent upon circumstances and family income, and current home and EU students can apply. Please note that awards cannot be guaranteed as funds are limited and we are unable to provide any support towards payment of tuition fees.

Plus Icon What learning support will be available?

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources. Library support will be provided 24/7 online.

We have also created a range of materials, information and videos to help you prepare for starting university.

Plus Icon Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and printers and borrow books.

The Library and Student IT Advice Service is available by online chat, email or phone, and provides support on using the University’s online and digital services, finding information, borrowing, Office 365, MyBeckett, online meetings, saving your work, passwords, etc. They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

  • online (including 24/7 chat): 
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies. 

Plus Icon Support from your school

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to university specialist support services as appropriate. They can also arrange for a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript on your behalf. You may also like to contact your Course Representative or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course related questions.

Plus Icon What wellbeing support can I access?

We believe the wellbeing of our students is very important. We will be offering the same high-quality support services in the next academic year as usual. These will mainly be delivered online and cover money advice, mental health support and disability services.

Our Students’ Union will also be providing their usual support and activities, some of which will be delivered online, covering welfare, education, housing and social matters.

If you have any questions about life at our University in general, you may contact the Student Advice Hub to speak to one of our Student Services Advisers. This team, consisting of recent graduates, are able to support you throughout your time here. They will make sure you have access to and are aware of the support, specialist services, and opportunities our University provides. Our Student Advice Hub will be operating via live chat, video, telephone and email services. Telephone lines - 0113 812 3000 will open as usual 09.00-17.00 Mon-Fri. You can book an appointment via telephone or online video chat with an adviser via the link on our Student Advice Hub webpage. This is where contact details for all specialist support services can also be found. You can also email the team at studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Plus Icon What support will be available for disabled students?

If you have declared a disability on your UCAS application, our Disability Advice team will already have been in touch you about getting support in place for the start of your studies. Do check your text messages and emails for information from them. Click on the link in the email they sent you, to the online registration form on the Disability Advice website. Once you have completed the simple online form, you will be guided step-by-step by the process to accessing the full range of support available from the University and through Government funding called Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). This can range from things like exam adjustments, such as extra time; specialist software; and one-to-one mentoring and study skills tuition.

If you have a long term health condition, such as diabetes, epilepsy, or a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression; a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia; or a physical disability, such a hearing or visual impairment and have not declared it on your application form please contact the Disability Advice team as soon as possible to start the process of getting support in place.

Plus Icon I won’t be able to attend in person because I am shielding/someone in my household is shielding. Can I do the course completely online?

Yes, in most cases this will be possible. We have put plans in place to allow students who are unable (or do not wish) to come onto campus to ensure all of the content and support can be provided online. There are some exceptions to this:

Undergraduate courses

  • BA (Hons) Filmmaking
  • BA (Hons) Dance
  • BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance
  • BA (Hons) Performing Arts
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (all pathways)
  • BSc (Hons) Dietetics
  • Bsc (Hons) Nutrition
  • Bsc (Hons) Safety, Health and Environmental Management
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy

Postgraduate courses

  • MA Choreography
  • MA Performance
  • MSc Biomedical Science
  • MSc Medical Biochemistry
  • MSc Biomedical Science Research
  • MSc Dietetics
  • MSc Nutrition in Practice
  • MSc Health and Safety
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Safety
  • MSc Environmental Health
  • IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control
  • MSc Physiotherapy
  • MSc Occupational Therapy
  • MSc Sports & Exercise Therapy
  • MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine
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