Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications Graduate School

Networking and Support


In this section:


The Graduate School promotes interdisciplinary networking and support across the Faculty, facilitating the sharing of good practice. We have set up a number of initiatives which include:

Induction – this is delivered by your Postgraduate Research Tutor, the Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, and the Graduate School Manger. They will give a brief overview of what you can expect from your candidature here at Leeds from progress and monitoring through to training and support. They will also take you through the PDR (Postgraduate Development Record) and some of the Faculty’s key policies and procedures.

Shared Mailing List – A shared mailing list has been set up for all PVAC PGRs, PGR Reps can circulate events, socials, and networking opportunities. Peer Mentoring for students who teach – the scheme has been set up so that recently appointed teaching assistants have access to support, advice, and guidance at peer level. Peers will normally have already completed one year of a TA contract, and will have attended mentoring training.

Welcome Event for new and existing students – normally held at the end of October, with new and existing students, 2nd and 3rd year students deliver 5 minute presentations about their research or experience so far, presentations from one student from each school. The presentations are following by drinks and refreshments.

PVAC Interconnections – PVAC holds events for UG, PGT, and PGR students, anything from coffee mornings to excursions to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Student Representatives

Each School in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications has a student representative and depending on the size of the school will have more than one. The student rep represents the student body on the Faculty Graduate School Committee and local Committees within your school.

Please contact the appropriate representative with any ideas / problems / issues you would like to be raised.

School of Media and Communication

Nely Konstantinova – mendk@leeds.ac.uk

James Mason – csjrm@leeds.ac.uk

School of Design

Elisabeth Dufton – sdead@leeds.ac.uk

Philippa Hill – sd13pjh@leeds.ac.uk

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural studies

Elspeth Mitchell – fh09erm@leeds.ac.uk

School of Music

Alannah Halay – mc09amh@leeds.ac.uk

Sarah Hall – mcsh@leeds.ac.uk

School of Performance and Cultural Industries

Sarah Little – pc10sl@leeds.ac.uk

Alison Andrews – ced3aa@leeds.ac.uk

Postgraduate Research Student Representative – PGR Representative Role Profile 2015

Postgraduate Research Student Representative – PGR Representative Terms of Reference 2015

Peer Mentoring Scheme

Peer Mentoring Scheme for Students who teach in PVAC

The peer mentoring scheme in PVAC is designed to help new Teaching Assistants (TAs) settle into the role by providing support and advice through peer mentoring. As a new TA you will be appointed a mentor from within your school, and you will be able to meet with them regularly during your first year in the TA role. Peer mentors are postgraduate researchers in their 2nd or 3rd year of the TA role, who have undergone training to help equip them as peer mentors. The scheme is beneficial to both mentors and mentees and offers development opportunities to early career researchers.

Peer Mentoring Aims

  • Support new Teaching Assistants into the role by giving them the opportunity to meet with current TAs within the Faculty during their first year in the role.
  • Provide advice and guidance on the TA role in PVAC
  • Share best practice and experiences within a supportive and trusting framework
  • Provide employability skills and development opportunities for early career researchers.

Scheme Rules

Confidentiality -building trust

Boundaries – how to make contact/how often

Meeting Management Agree on when and where to meet

Launch – 15/16

Training Support – Peer Mentoring Training delivered by SDDU.

For more information please contact the Graduate School Manager

Disabled Students Allowance

What is Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)?

DSA is funding available to most UK disabled students for additional support so that they are not disadvantaged in higher education. The funding is not means tested and does not have to be repaid.  However students will need to provide evidence of their disability to access it.

Why apply for DSA?

The support provided through DSA can make an enormous difference to student outcomes and their experience of university.  In addition, the Needs Assessment that forms part of the application process provides both the student and the University invaluable insight into how to manage the impact of disability.  Not only does it empower the student but also helps in the development and implementation of incisive practices.

What can DSA provide?

A wide range of support is available but often this includes equipment, such as computers and specialist assistive software, assistance from people, such as specialist one to one academic strategy development and other additional expenses such as travel and photocopying/printing.  The focus is on development of skills and independence.

How can I or students find out more about DSA and Needs Assessment?

I would be happy to answer any questions, but as a first step staff and students can visit our web site:



The Gov website provides further information as well as access to application forms:


Printable information sheets for staff and students are available from Disabled Students’ Assessment and Support (DSAS).

DSAS can also provide more general guidance to disabled students and the staff who work with them. They can be contacted through the DSAS reception on 0113 343 3927 or disability@leeds.ac.uk.

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