Student support

Undergraduate student receiving support at the University of Leeds

At the School of Medicine we aim to support you throughout your studies, providing a nurturing and friendly environment from day one.

We know that, for many of you, university may be your first time living away from home or even in the UK. We also understand that our students face many challenges, both academic and personal. With this in mind we have a substantial range of student health and counselling services available. Led by a team of experienced administrators, our University student support team are well placed to address any queries you may have whilst studying at Leeds. 

In addition to the support provided by the School of Medicine, Leeds University Union operates a student advice centre which offers comprehensive advice on all aspects of student life.

Personal tutors

Key to our student support provision is our personal tutor programme. As a student at the School of Medicine you will be assigned a personal tutor who will work with you to help identify and address any problems, ensuring that you are able to make the most of your learning opportunities at Leeds.

Personal tutors are usually doctors (for medical students), or relevant allied health professionals (for Cardiac Physiology, Audiology, Radiology and Medical Ultrasound students), and academic staff who are assigned to support you during your time with as an undergraduate student. The role of a personal tutor is to provide you with academic and/or pastoral support should you require it, or alternatively to refer you to a person or service better placed to help you. The advice offered by personal tutors may be specific to your course, personal life or your future career. 

Counselling services

The School of Medicine is aware of the significant life challenges experienced by our students over the course of their studies. To help, we have services in place to support you during difficult periods.

Your personal tutor will be on-hand as the first point of contact and the Student Counselling Centre can work with you to maintain your health and wellbeing. It's important to us that our students don’t suffer in silence and that you can reach out to your personal tutor or the wider University support network to seek help when you need it. 

Programme-specific support

There is a wealth of resources available to support you with issues specific to your studies, such as timetable clashes. Our programme staff, personal tutors and the Learning and Teaching Office are all on-hand to resolve concerns and queries you may have.


During your time studying at the School of Medicine you will have the opportunity to self-reflect and will be encouraged to begin thinking about different career pathways and the necessary skills required to achieve your career objectives. Thinking about your career options early on will help you to make sound future decisions and will increase your motivation and job satisfaction.

Settling in to living in the UK

Every year we welcome over 9,000 international students to the university from over 150 countries. This makes Leeds a wonderful diverse and very popular destination for international students. To help these students settle in, we offer a wide range of support to help you adapt to life in the UK and make the most of your time here.