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

All students with an offer to study on a programme in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) in September 2022 are offered the opportunity to participate in the Transition to Leeds programme, a series of interactive talks delivered by academics in the School, as well as induction activities, running until July 2022. This is a great opportunity to discover more about the School and its academic community.

All events will be held online, with a variety of live synchronous events and online learning resources. Recordings of the live events are made available after the event.

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.

Recordings of our events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to join a talk

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

If you cannot join the live event you will be able watch it on demand on this page. Recordings will be available below in the week following the event (see above for the latest videos).  

Upcoming events

POLIS Social Event: Friday 22 July from 11:00 – 12:00 (UK time), 16:00 – 17:00 (UK time).

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.

More on The politics of global challenges

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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