Welcome to Physics and Astronomy

We are delighted you are joining us. Here you can find all the information you'll need for your School induction. To help you feel settled and ready to start a new and exciting chapter of your life you can find more information about arriving at Leeds in the Arrival section of our For Students website. Find out more about starting your studies on our School of Physics and Astronomy welcome page.

Induction Week

During induction week, you will:

  • Meet key academics, including your personal tutor and learn about the school.

  • The School and academic society PhysSoc will also host online social events where you will have the chance to meet other students in the School.

  • You will also receive more information about what support and wellbeing services are available both in the School and at the University should you need any additional support during your studies.

  • Hear more from the Leeds University Union, where you can sample and join a whole host of societies.

Registration, IT access and Minerva

You can find more information about being a student in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences including key people in your School and your student handbook on your School's Organisation page on Minerva. To access Minerva, you will need to register and get a University username.

Isaac Physics

Students may wish to practice or refresh their Physics knowledge prior to starting in September for this the school recommends the Isaac Physics website. Isaac is an Open Platform for Active Learning (OPAL) designed to offer support and activities in physics problem solving to teachers and to students transitioning from GCSE (Y11), through to Sixth Form (Y12 & 13), to university. It combines an online study tool with face-to-face events at partner schools and institutions across the UK.

Go to the Isaac Physics website, click on “A Level” to bring up A Level Resources, and click on the Problem Solving tile. In the Physics section, you can then click on topics Mechanics/Waves/Fields/Circuits/Physical Chemistry to bring up a selection of problems on a “board” further down the page. There is also a Maths section that is relevant. You can click on the green tiles 1-6 on the right to select the level of difficulty.

International Students

For further information about the University of Leeds international student welcome and orientation programme see the For Students website.

Mature and Part-Time Students

The Lifelong Learning Centre supports mature students throughout their journey into education. We have a specialist team that are on hand to assist you in taking that first step to further your career, explore a new subject or develop your academic skills. See the Lifelong Learning website for ways to get in touch with the team and upcoming online events.

Contact Us

Throughout your induction and your programme, should you need any help or advice don’t hesitate to ask the Taught Student Office at physics.student.support@leeds.ac.uk.

Things to Look Forward To