If you home life or studies are being affected by a noisy neighbour, help is at hand to get you a good night’s sleep. The University is working with Leeds City Council’s Antisocial Behaviour Team and the other universities and colleges in the City to minimise noise nuisance in local communities. Whether the noise is a one-off, a regular occurrence, during the day or an evening, you can receive help by reporting the nuisance to the services detailed below. For practical tips on parties to avoid causing any problems for your neighbours and enforcement action, take a look at ourStudents in Communities webpages.
Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team
Statutory noise nuisance is investigated by Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team. They can be contacted through the following.
Noise that happens during the day: Complete theonline formor call the team on 0113 222 4402, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Noise that happens at night or at weekends/bank holidays: The Council operates a night-time response service in partnership with West Yorkshire Police. If the problem is noise outside of office hours, please ring 0113 376 0337. This is available from 6pm to 3:30am. Noise at night-time should only be reported when the noise is occurring. The service availability is subject to demand and although they may not be able to stop the noise for you, they may provide further evidence to back up your allegations.
Universities and Colleges Neighbourhood Helpline
The Helpline is a 24-hour dedicated voicemail and email service operated by the University of Leeds in partnership with Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Trinity University College, Leeds City College and Leeds College of Music. The Helpline is a service for all members of the local community to help resolve any neighbourhood problems involving our students and to build better relationships between neighbours.
Get in touch with us if your are experiencing any problem with your student neighbours. We can work with you and prevent this from becoming a recurring issue. Contact Us: by telephone (24hr voicemail service): 0113 343 1064, by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or complete ouronline form.
At the University of Leeds, we recognise the value to staff and alumni becoming school governors and the positive impact this has on children, communities and the University. We also have a clear strategic commitment to widening participation and to positively contribute to making Leeds the great City it is.
As part of our commitments, we are working in collaboration with the charity Governors for Schools to increase the number of staff and alumni serving as School Governors in schools across Leeds and West Yorkshire. Our programme has been developed to provide support to both existing and prospective school governors. As well as helping staff and alumni interested in school governance to find vacancies, we offer support and networking opportunities to everyone involved in our programme.
Have an interest in influencing and making a difference to children’s education and give children the best possible opportunities in life.
Have the ability to work collaboratively to meet a school’s aims and objectives.
Want to put your skills and experience to good use and offer schools on outsider’s perspective.
Have an interest in gaining new insights into the education system.
Would like to develop new skills and experience to enhance your own professional development.
Would like to act as an ambassador for the University’s work with local schools.
Staff and Alumni interested in becoming School Governors can register with our charity partner Governors for Schools here.Someone from the charity will be in touch about next steps with being matched with a school.  Please note, that Governors for Schools is a registered charity and operates independently from the University of Leeds. Your progress and any school placement details will be collected and monitored by the University.
Training and Support
New School Governors can benefit from a package of training and support from the start of their roles. Through our charity partners, all staff and alumni have access to a suite of e-learning modules, monthly webinars and 6 months access to The Keys up to date intelligence, tools and resources.
The University of Leeds School Governors Network
Any staff and alumni interested in becoming a school governor or are already working with schools can register to be involved with our School Governor Network. Members benefit from our programme of support. Networking opportunities include a Jiscmail group and networking events through the year to facilitate the exchange of experiences, share best practice and provide support to staff and alumni in their roles. Register your involvement by completing a short questionnaire, herehttp://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/university-of-leeds-school-governors-network-registration/
None are planned at the moment but do come back and check again soon!
Hot Topics for School Governors Webinar- Free Webinar
Thursday 16 May @ 8am-9am, or
Monday 20 May @ 7pm-8pm
This free webinar will help governors in maintained schools and academies get up to speed with what is happening in education that is relevant to their role. The session will be invaluable preparation ahead of board meetings this term.
This term’s topics will include:
New Relationship & Sex Education Guidance
New Teacher Recruitment Website
New Related Party Transactions reporting requirements for Academy Trusts
New Interactive School Financial Value Standard (SFVS) 2019-20
DfE funding to schools for Teachers’ Pension increases
If other stories surface between now and the day, the list may be subject to change.
N.B. This webinar will be held on two dates. You can select which session to attend on the sign-up page.
In this free webinar we’ll look at what governors in maintained schools and academies need to know if they are recruiting a new headteacher.
Traditionally most headteachers are recruited in summer term, so this timely webinar will prepare governors for their part in the process and ensure they understand their responsibilities. We’ll explore the full process of headteacher recruitment including the initial steps, advertising, shortlisting and selection techniques.
This free webinar will explore how governors, trustees and those serving on local academy committees can ensure, through rigorous self-evaluation and reflection, that governance is effective and fit for purpose within their school or trust. We will explore both the rationale behind effective self-evaluation and some of the tools and techniques that boards can use.
Governors for Schools webinars are supported by Lloyds Banking Group
How to get involved with School Governance- Free Webinar
December 18 @ 11.30-12.30pm
We believe the key to improving school performance is effective governance. By finding, nurturing and supporting a committed network of governors we help to drive systematic change in how schools operate.
Find out how you can get involved and what the benefits are to you and the community in a free webinar hosted by Governors for Schools. Governors for Schools exists to improve educational standards so that children and young people have the chance to realise their full potential.
Effective School Governance- Free Networking Event
December 19 @ 12-1pm
Led by the Leeds Governor Support Service, this lunchtime session will explore what it takes to become an effective school governor and run an effective school board. This is also a great opportunity to meet and network with other school governors over a mince pie.
If you are a School Head or Chair of Governors looking to fill a current vacancy, you can register your vacancies with our partner Governors for Schools. They offer a bespoke matching service focused on finding the best school governors to support schools across England. Register your vacancies through this link.
This initiative complements the existing staff opportunities offered through the Sustainability Strategy. See the other staff opportunities available through the Sustainability Service here.
Positive Impact Partners (PIP) is the University’s flagship programme designed to increase collaboration with the Third Sector, build capacity and positively contribute to our local communities.
Through PIP we connect staff together with local Third Sector organisations to exchange knowledge and skills, share resources and form new collaborative partnerships, designed to create mutual benefit. Our programme benefits our PIP partners, the University, Third Sector organisations and in making a positive impact on society.
PIP has matched local charitable and social benefit organisations with staff who can provide advice on a range of professional and business skills, as well as knowledge on a wide variety of academic disciplines. The diverse skill set available at the University has enabled Third Sector organisations to succeed where they have been previously struggling and helped build capacity in the city to deal with societal issues.
In return, PIP has created University research and curriculum projects and offered volunteering, internship and research opportunities for our staff and students. Staff also gain new insights from their Third Sector partner’s background and history that can be used in their own personal and professional development.
The PIP offer to staff and Third Sector partners is formed through the programme based on the objectives developed by partners with our support through the PIP induction workshops. The personal PIP plans we offer partners involve a combination of networking opportunities, workshops on a particular area of expertise, one to one expertise and support or the creation of new collaborative partnerships to deliver new mutually beneficial projects. Ultimately, PIP is about the creation of organisational and personal development opportunities for everyone involved!
Get Involved- Third Sector Partners
Find out more about the range of support and benefits PIP provides to the third sector, charitable organisations, state-funded schools and any other societal-benefit organisations, and how you can get involved.Find out more and apply.
Get Involved- Staff
Find information on how staff benefit from working with the Third Sector and how you can get involved. Find out more and apply.
See the other staff opportunities available through the Sustainability Service here.
Hello – I’m Amy, one of the four new Sustainability Architects here at the University of Leeds. My role as part of the Sustainability team is to encourage and promote student and community engagement with all things sustainable!
As part of this I hope to continue to develop the role of a “Sustainability Representative” within each school. Their role would be to put sustainability on the agenda by integrating knowledge of it into teaching and assessments, promoting sustainable practice within their school and departmental society encouraging other students to get involved, share their ideas and help to develop new initiatives for both environmental and social sustainability.
Being from Leeds, I understand how important it is to integrate students with the local community. There is no better way of doing this than through sustainability! I aim to do this by promoting volunteering and community engagement projects within the University and Union setting – bringing to the attention of students what is available for them to get involved in around Leeds.
I hope to create an environment where students feel they are able to get involved with sustainability and make a difference!
Hey I’m Will, a second year Environmental Science student at the University of Leeds. I am planning to take a year out of University during my third year, hoping to gain more valuable experience in sustainable roles. As well as representing the sustainability service at events, I hope to increase student engagement in sustainable practices, particularly focusing my efforts on halls of residences and sport societies.
Hi I’m Shara, I am currently studying my masters in Sustainability and Consultancy here at the University of Leeds. My undergraduate degree was in International Relations and my dissertation looked at environmental change and energy security in the European Union. After taking a break from University to work and travel, I started to look into sustainability in a wider context, which lead me back to higher education.
This year I hope to increase the range of individuals engaged in sustainability; moving it out of traditional circles and into mainstream discussions so it’s accessible for everyone.
My name is Ileyas Mogeh and I am a student sustainability architect. I am currently on my second year of BA Politics. Being a sustainability architect is an exciting way to make a positive impact in your community. As an architect, you are able to do this through your area of interest, for example in my case this is democracy. This ensures that the role is enjoyable, whilst also challenging and developing your knowledge of sustainability within higher education . By August, I hope to have helped embedded sustainability in the student community through increased participation in democratic activities.
The Sustainability Service recently hosted a workshop for students from IntoUniversity (http://intouniversity.org/) on the importance of biodiversity.
The session started with an introductory activity on biodiversity and its importance, then the students were asked to become landscape designers for the day and design new flower beds for our campus, encouraging them to use their knowledge of different species and their role in the ecosystem. They were also given some guidance before designing the flower beds such as examples of plant species that could be planted on campus and incest species that could be attracted to the flowers.
The workshop not only allowed the students to embrace their creativity, it allowed them to work in teams and make decisions together about the design of the flower beds.
The 3 final winners will be picked soon and they will be planted at the entrance of the Parkinson building in spring to enhance biodiversity on campus. Don’t forget to follow our blog and social media accounts for updates on the designs.
University life for many students involves making a move out into the communities of Leeds with friends and running a household for the first time. Moving in to your own home is an exciting time for every student. Many areas close to the University have a high proportion of students living within them, but no area could be considered as being ‘student only’. Your neighbours could be like you, young professionals, elderly people or a family. Call around to your neighbours and introduce yourself. You’ll be living next to each other for a year so you might as well call in and say hello!
To help you settle into the local community and make the most of your time here in Leeds, see our Guide to Living in Leeds or scroll down, for our top tips on living in Leeds. Students make a great contribution to the City – the University attracts the brightest students from diverse backgrounds. As with every community, some things, such as bins on streets or noisy parties, can still cause problems. This information has been put together to help you avoid these issues as well as helping you to make the most out of your time living in Leeds. Have a read, pick up some tips and enjoy your time in the City!
Parties and Noise
We know that the majority of our students are considerate neighbours but there has been an increase in complaints about noise nuisance to the University over the last two years. The complaints are from both local residents and fellow students. Most of the complaints received are about the noise from house parties.
The universities are working closely with Leeds University Union, Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team and West Yorkshire Police to minimise noise nuisance in local neighbourhoods. This term, Leeds University Union (LUU) will be sharing advice for students hosting or joining a house party. Follow LUU’s social channels or read their latest blog to find out more.
Where severe or repeated complaints are made about student homes, the University will follow ourGeneral Disciplinary Procedure, and this could lead to:
A fine of up to £500
Disqualification or conditions imposed around a University service or facility
Ordering an apology to an aggrieved individual and/or compensation, and/or payment for damage to property
Suspension from the University
In extreme cases, expulsion from the University
Leeds City Council Regulations
Leeds City Council also responds to complaints about anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance. It has already issued legal notices to a number of our students who are causing a noise nuisance. The legal notice can result in a criminal conviction, confiscation of any noise-making equipment, fines of up to £5,000 and closure notices on a house to prohibit entry by visitors or even occupants. You can find out more about this on theCouncil website.
Did you know that 8 out of 10 green bins in Hyde park are contaminated?
Waste and recycling services in Leeds are likely to be different from what you are used to. These easy to follow guidelines will help you keep Leeds clean and environmentally friendly. For waste arrangements on campus and in University accommodation see ourReuse, Recycling and Waste Guide.
When is your bin day?
Your black bin collection is weekly and green recycling bin collections could be monthly or fortnightly. You can check your bin days here. Want to always remember your bin day & know what to recycle? Download the new Leeds Bins App. Search for ‘Leeds Bins’ and download the App now!
Pavements are for People
Wheelie bins must not be left on streets between collections – not only does it look unpleasant, they cause an obstruction for people who need to get past on the pavement; bins cause an obstruction especially for a guide dog and wheelchair users and people with pushchairs.
All drinks cans, plastic bottles and food cans should be washed out before placing in green bins/bags to avoid contamination. Squashing them will give you extra space in your bin. It is important that your recycling is kept dry and your recycling bin lid is kept closed. Ensure no wet paper or cardboard goes in your recycling bin and that all your cans and bottles are emptied first. If your recycling gets wet, the paper and cardboard will become soggy and cannot be recycled. For more information visitLeeds City Council’s A to Z of reusing, recycling and waste disposal guide.
Community Clothes Exchange–Swap you unwanted clothes for a whole new wardrobe! Leeds Community Clothes Exchange is a community project encouraging the recycling and exchange of clothes and accessories in order to develop community spirit, reduce consumption and raise awareness of unethical consumer habits. They meet monthly at the Woodhouse Community Centre.
Recycling Opt-in Areas
In some areas of Leeds, including areas of Headingley, there have been long-running problems with green bins being used for general waste. This includes the Ash Road upper Cardigan Road areas of Headingley (see this map for details of the areas this applies to). Households in this area must opt-in to receive a recycling collection. You can opt-in by email@example.com order a green bin. The council is prioritising green bin deliveries to this area, so they should be delivered within two weeks. If you need to get recycling out (or if you ever have additional recycling waste), you can present your recycling in thin, transparent bags (such as kitchen bin liners or carrier bags). As long as bin crews can identify that the waste is uncontaminated recycling, it will be collected. Opting into the scheme means that you agree to:
Sort, store and present your household’s recycling correctly
Keep your bin within the boundaries of your property until collection day – not in the street
Put out your bin on the kerbside before 7am on your collection day
Keep recyclables dry
Return your bin to your property as soon as possible after it has been emptied
Please deposit all your glass bottles and jars (including metal screw lids) in bottle banks:
Hyde Park Corner, in the carpark by the skatepark
Outside Headingley Taps, on North Lane
Behind Co-op / next to Burley Park railway station on Cardigan Lane
At Sparrow Park on the corner of Chapel Lane and Cardigan Road
Woodhouse Street at the rear of TJ’s Bar and Grill
Hyde Park Road by Leeds Grand Mosque
Your Right to Vote
As a student, you are eligible to vote in local elections in both your home constituency and here in Leeds. Leeds City Council elected members you elect to represent you have a real impact on the services you receive as a student, including policing, landlord accreditation, health services, and recycling and waste. In fact, they have more say on everyday things that Government do! Make sure you register and take part in elections to make sure that local services meet your needs while you are living here in Leeds.
Getting involved with the local community is easy, enjoyable and there are many different ways to do it- why don’t you get to know your community better and gain some essential skills at the same time!
Meet new people, enhance your employability skills and make a contribution to the community by volunteering. Opportunities can range from working in local schools, supporting the elderly and refugees, conservation work and much more. Whatever time commitment you are able to offer there is something on offer to suit all tastes.
Join the Leeds Citizens Paneland share your opinions about local services and issues that affect your community. Through the panel you will have the opportunity to take part in a number of surveys each year which are used by the City’s decision-makers to shape local services. You may also be invited to attend discussion groups and workshops.
Join a Resident Association
The best way to meet new people, find out what is happening in your area and get involved is by joining your local resident group. Resident Associations are groups of local people who work together to: represent the collective views of their community, enhance their neighbourhoods and organise community events and activities for all to enjoy. Resident groups in the area are in the process of establishing Neighbourhood Forums to shape the future amenities provided in the area. See the Guide to Living in Leeds for details about the associations and how to get in contact.
Energy Performance Certificates
Make sure you get a copy of your gas safety and energy performance certificates from your landlord. Legally you should be provide with a copy of these. You can also Get an Energy Performance Certificate for your property here.
White Rose Energy: The new not for profit gas and electricity alternative for Yorkshire
Households from Leeds and across Yorkshire can now buy their gas and electricity from White Rose Energy, a new supplier designed to provide fairer, more transparent gas and electricity prices. White Rose Energy was launched by Leeds City Council in partnership with Robin Hood Energy, a not for profit company run by Nottingham City Council. White Rose Energy is available to all gas and electricity consumers, regardless of whether they own or rent their own homes. Find out more.
Leeds is a large vibrant city, and the vast majority of students do not come in to contact with crime during their time here, you may hear about crime issues during your time here. By taking simple precautions you can protect you and your property.
Keep your property safe- 50% of student Burglaries are through windows & doors being left open or unlocked. Keep your doors and windows locked even when you are home.
Keep yourself safe- keep to well-lit areas when making your way around after dark.
Cycle crime- None of the 110 bikes stolen on campus last year used a D-lock. Only leave your bicycle in well lit and trafficked areas and use a D-lock. Use a helmet and lights, particularly when travelling at night.
End of year can be a hectic time for students. As soon as you have completed your last exam you are only a matter of weeks away to when you need to have packed up your things and move on to a new tenancy. Before your thoughts turn to taking time off, having a holiday and seeing family, take a little time to prepare for your move and save yourself some money and hassle in the process! See our Moving out checklist for our top tips to help with taking the stress out moving househere, or read below for some of our ideas to help prevent good items from going to waste:
Charity Shops-There are a number of charity shops in central Leeds and Headingley that would really appreciate your unwanted items. Some charities, such as Emmaus and Slate, will collect bulky items from you free of charge. For more information on Leeds reuse services see the Pass it on Leaflet.
Freecycle–This is a great website for finding a loving new home for all of your unwanted stuff.Gumtree & Ebay-These are both really easy to use and a great way to match up unique items to unique buyers. Keep an eye out for free listing days on eBay.
Yard Sale-Hold a Yard Sale and invite your neighbours to take part.
Fat Brain–As a student, you are likely to end up with loads of books that you no longer need, that other students will. There’s a real market for second-hand books.
CEX & Music Magpie-You may be surprised at the price you get for your old ipod or phone. You can also sell on your old DVDs and CDs.
Leftover Food- If you have any leftover food that is going to waste. Why not offer it to your neighbours? You may be leaving for the summer but your neighbours might not be! Alternatively, you can drop off any leftover food to the Rainbow Junktion Cafe at All Hallows in Hyde Park.
Student Sustainability Architects build capacity to deliver sustainability projects and bring new ideas and a student perspective.
They take the lead on delivering projects that align with strategic objectives and also develop their own ideas to increase student participation with sustainability.
Student Sustainability Architects are part-time paid positions and also provide support for student engagement activities, events, campaigns and initiatives.
Each support delivery of a core project in line with the University Sustainability Strategy. The aim of this role is to support the University Sustainability programme with particular emphasis on student engagement and may include working across multiple faculties/services to help deliver projects.
Past projects have ranged from increasing sustainability-themed dissertations and student representation in political activity to helping to spread recycling knowledge across Halls of Residence and developing a Sustainability Reps network across faculties and schools.
Main Duties and Responsibilities for Sustainability Architects include:
Supporting a core project in line with the University’s Sustainability Strategy. This could include but is not limited to –
> The Student Citizenship Programme
> The University-wide behaviour change programme
> Embedding sustainability into the curriculum
Promoting Sustainability Services at Open Days, in faculties and schools and other partner events throughout the year.
Supporting the marketing of the service and communication of the Sustainability Strategy by, for example, using social media to publicise events or contributing to our Sustainability Service blog.
Supporting student-facing activities when necessary.
Assisting with sustainability campaigns and projects when necessary.
Benefits to Students
Gain invaluable paid work experience by supporting a core project in line with the University’s Sustainability Strategy;
Work with teams from across the University to address common challenges and to create actionable change;
Explore career options and gain the skills and experience to get a head start;
Increase knowledge and awareness of, and help to deliver and embed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals;
Contribute to Leeds as a civic university, intent on making a difference;
Contribute to the University’s commitment to addressing global challenges;
Gain exposure to a wider network of students and staff interested in and working on sustainability;
Develop skills applicable in the workplace including; event planning, running workshops, communication and presentation skills, teamwork and using initiative to solve problems;
Opportunity to attend skills building and development sessions; and
Expand your understanding of the broader aspects of sustainability.
Benefits to Staff
Gain additional resource to drive and deliver sustainability projects relevant to School or Service in line with the Sustainability Strategy and Blueprint objectives;
Contribute towards student satisfaction and engagement to provide an exceptional learning experience;
Work with teams from across the University to address common challenges and create actionable change;
Increase knowledge and awareness of, and help to deliver and embed the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
Contribute to Leeds as a civic university, intent on making a difference;
Contribute to the University’s commitment to address global challenges;
Gain experience in supervising a student(s);
Gain exposure to a wider network of students and staff interested in and working on sustainability;
Supports Staff Architects and Blueprint teams to deliver their objectives;
Gain new insights, ideas, expertise and skills from students; and
Expand your understanding of the broader aspects of sustainability.