Transition to Leeds

This is a hub for all our offer holders to engage with live events and recordings which are designed to inspire and involve you with our community before you arrive in Leeds.

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POLIS transition to Leeds

Welcome to Transition to Leeds

Welcome, and thank you for considering the University of Leeds for your taught postgraduate programme with the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) in September 2024. As an offer holder you are welcomed to join the Transition to Leeds programme, which will introduce you to Leeds and your academic programmes.

The School will be organising online talks held by academics to help you understand your programme until June 2024. 

For any questions relating to Transition to Leeds activity, please contact

If you have any queries relating to your offer, please contact the admissions team on for Masters study and for Undergraduate study.

Upcoming events

Meet Your MA Programme Leader – an open Q&A event with our Programme Leaders: Tuesday 14 May, 10:00 – 11:00 (UK time).

Get to Know the MA at Leeds – an MA overview event: Thursday 6 June, 10:00 – 11:00 (UK time).

Please note, the dates and times of these events may change. Please check this page regurlarly for up-to-date information.

How to join a talk

Live talks will be held on Zoom. As these events are exclusive to our offer holders, we will send a joining link by email approximately one week before each event. If you do not receive this please email our School Support Office on

As we are not recording these events, we recommend you tune into these events live.

Watch previous talks by some of our faculty

6th April 2022: The Challenge of Water and Sanitation for All in Rapidly Growing Cities with Professor Anna Mdee.

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28th April 2022: The War in Ukraine: How Did It Come to This? with Dr Adam Tyson.

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13th May 2022: The International Politics of State Recognition in a Transitional International Order: Upheaval or Continuity? with Professor Edward Newman.

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8th June 2022: Terrorism on TV: Popular culture and security with Dr Louise Pears.

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30th June 2022: The Politics of Global Challenges: Climate Security, Classical Security and the Energy Transition with Professor Richard Beardsworth.

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7th July 2022: Mobilizing for Water in the Ecuadorian Andes with Dr Geoff Goodwin.

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18th July 2022: Videogames and environmental activism – playful change in a changing world with Dr Nick Robinson.

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Useful links

Choosing a new place to live and study can be a daunting experience. We have lots of ways you can explore Leeds and connect with current students or university representatives.

In line with the university strategic goal of addressing ‘global challenges’ and with the faculty goal of advancing the social sciences, we have set out a ten-year research and educational vision.

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Experience our campus with our interactive 360 virtual campus tour

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Chat informally to current students from around the world and read blogs about their experience to get a real feel for life in Leeds.

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Following our recent online events, you can watch the subject talks on-demand, with recorded Q&A from our academics and student ambassadors.

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Our single-site campus is located right next to the city centre and there are excellent transport links to the rest of the UK.

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If you are a former student of the University of Leeds, you may be eligible for a 10% alumni bursary. Find out if you are eligible.

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