Staying safe on and around campus

Staying safe on and around campus

Posted by nm365 at Jan 08, 2020 12:53 PM |

Following an incident, we would like to remind you to be vigilant and download our SafeZone app.

We have been informed of an incident which took place near Victoria Park Road and Welford Road on Monday 6 January, involving a 17 year old girl and a man who approached her.

There are simple precautions you can take to stay safe, such as sticking to well-lit and populated routes, and avoid wearing headphones if walking home alone. You can also download the University’s free SafeZone app – one of the leading safety apps on the market. With SafeZone, you are directly connected to the University’s security services whilst on campus, and to 999 if off campus.

How can I get SafeZone?

To register SafeZone on your phone, please follow these three easy steps:

Download the SafeZone App from your phone store using the links for iPhone/iPad or Android phone/tablet

  1. Launch the app and enter your University of Leicester email address (e.g. {student}
  2. Complete your profile and accept the terms of service


  • SafeZone only shares your location when you ask for help or check-in. It does not track you at other times so your privacy is always respected.
  • The app requires certain permissions to run, including “Location Sharing” to let us know where you are if you ask for help; “Notifications” to help us get in touch with you if required; Make calls or send SMS from the app to make it easy to reach us from within SafeZone; Fitness / Motion activity settings so battery use can be optimised (by location updates being reduced if you are stationary).
  • For more information visit:
Welcome to new students

Welcome to new students

Posted by nm365 at Jan 02, 2020 11:20 AM |

If you're new to Leicester, welcome! We hope you soon feel settled and at home. Here's a handy list of what you need to do now you have arrived.


  • Arrange to pay your fees
  • Complete online registration, including uploading a photo on My Student Record.
  • Attend your ID check or visa checkpoint in the Charles Wilson Building foyer, bringing along your documents: UK students: passport or UK long birth certificate, EEA or Swiss students: passport or national identity card, international students: passport and visa.
  • Register with the police, if it is a condition of your visa.
  • Get vaccinated: UK students – check that you have had your MMR and meningitis vaccinations, EEA/Swiss/international students – check with your doctor.
  • View your timetable on the Outlook or My UoL apps, Outlook on a computer or, one you have completed registration. See for more information.
  • Let us know if you have a specific learning difficulty, a diagnosed mental health or long term condition, or condition on the autistic spectrum, so we can support you from when you arrive.

Events on campus

We've got many welcome events and support to help you to find your feet including campus tours, Living in the UK Welcome workshops, fairs, information point and a Global Welcome cafe. See for more details about these and events throughout the year.

Find your way

Find out where you need to go using our campus map. If you get lost, visit the Welcome and Information Point, where you'll find our welcome team in their red hoodies. The Student Services Centre, in the Charles Wilson Building can also help you with any queries.


If you have any questions, have a look at the Welcome website, email or call 0116 252 2448

Follow us on social

For University of Leicester student life and events follow @leicstudentlife on Instagram and Facebook


Good luck in your exams

Good luck in your exams

Posted by nm365 at Jan 02, 2020 10:25 AM |

Good luck in your exams! As well as Happy New Year, we wish you all the best for your upcoming exams. You've worked hard over the holiday and we believe you can achieve your goals.

Destress activities

The Students' Union is running destress activities between Monday 6 and Friday 17 January, including aromatherapy, yoga, origami, calligraphy, craft sessions, board games, meditation and cake decorating.

You can keep up-to-date with events and activities on campus throughout the year on our student events page.

Exam tips

1. Take the pressure off yourself - whatever the outcome of your exams, you can still be successful and achieve your goals, even if it takes you on a different path.

2. Celebrate your achievements - review how much you've achieved each study session - it's probably a lot more than you think.

3. Look after yourself - have breaks, eat well, keep hydrated and exercise. This will help you to stay focused and health.

4. Read the question carefully and answer what is set.

5. Check your exam room in advance. They are not always on main campus (see below).

6. Plan fun things during your revision period and after your exams. Make sure you have something to look forward to.

Guide to exams

You can view a guide of what to expect during your exams on our website as well as the exam regulations. The exam period is Monday 6 January to Saturday 11 January 2020.

Viewing your exam timetable

Your personalised exam timetable is on:

  • Microsoft Outlook app on your mobile device
  • MyCalendar in the MyUoL app on your mobile device (read-only version)
  • Microsoft Outlook on your personal PC/Mac, or a University PC
  • If you are in the Medical School, the School of Medicine advises you of your medical exam commitments.
  • If you are a distance learning student, your dedicated distance learning hub administration team will provide full details. Dates are independent of the main campus based exams.

You can find a list of all the exams taking place on the main examination timetable.

If you can't see your timetable on the MyUoL app, see our guide for how to fix it.

Finding your exam location

Avoid panic and rushing around before your exam by checking your exam room in advance. Find a list of all exam rooms, including a map, on our website.

Big Shed Conferencing (93 Commercial Square, LE2 7SR) and Fraser Noble Hall (2 University Road, LE1 7RA) are not on main campus and you will need to allow yourself extra time to get there.

Get support

There is a variety of support available to you during your time at Leicester. Visit or get in touch with the Student Services Centre in the Charles Wilson Building.

Mitigating circumstances

If a recognisably serious or significant event beyond your control has affected your health or personal life and as a result you are, or have been, unable to attend an exam on time you need to let us know, by submitting a mitigating circumstances request within seven calendar days. If you leave an exam on medical grounds you must obtain a medical certificate immediately after leaving the exam room.

Thank you for making a difference

Thank you for making a difference

Posted by nm365 at Jan 02, 2020 11:45 AM |

Since the launch of Make a Difference Weeks in October 2019, you've made an incredible impact through supporting causes in the local community.

The themed Make a Difference Weeks included practical volunteering, fundraising, campaigning and awareness raising.

Make a Difference in schools took place in October where over 150 enthusiastic student and staff volunteers spent a few hours in three local primary schools getting creative making clay diyas, door hangings, paper fireworks, rangoli patterns for Diwali. Volunteers also spent a morning supporting young children with their reading to help make reading a fun experience. Over 1000 children benefited from University of Leicester volunteers. Wolsey House Primary School commented: “The students were brilliant and were very helpful in the classroom".

November's  Make a Difference Week focused on benefiting the local community. 125 plant pots were decorated with shiny gems and ribbon which were then filled with a plant. Volunteers wrote messages of kindness which were attached to the plant before they were given away as part of World Kindness Day.  13 volunteers also befriended elderly residents in two Leicester care homes.

The final Make A Difference Week, in December 2019, centred on homelessness. The shoebox challenge was a huge success, with 72 shoe boxes were filled, wrapped and handed to The Y, a local youth homelessness charity.

Make a Difference Weeks are one-off volunteering activities that don’t require ongoing commitment, giving you the opportunity to gain experience and support your personal development, well-being and sense of community.

The next Make A Difference Weeks are Monday 10 to Friday 14 February (wellbeing themed), and Monday 16 to Friday 20 March (environment themed).

For more details and to find out about future opportunities, visit


Vacation guide: events and changes to services

Vacation guide: events and changes to services

Posted by nm365 at Dec 06, 2019 05:20 PM |

Find out more information events and changes to services in December and January, including during the vacation (Saturday 14 December-Sunday 5 January)


You can attend events at The City accommodation over the vacation even if you do not live there. Check @uolcityliving (Instagram), @citylivinghalls (Facebook) for details. For The Village events over the vacation, if you are going with someone who is staying at The Village, you are welcome to attend. Stay up-to-date at Oadby Student Village on Facebook.

Find out more events and full details at

Vacation opening times

University services will have different opening times between Saturday 14 December and Sunday 5 January.

Student Services Centre

The Student Services Centre is open 9.00am-2.00pm on Thursday 19 December and 9.00am-3.00pm from Friday 20 December. The Student Services Centre is after this until Wednesday 1 January 2020. Welfare, careers (including over the phone and Skype), visa, Unitemps, and counselling appointments will all run when the Student Services Centre is open. Visit for more information.

Sexual health, Headspace, Turning Point and independent sexual violence adviser clinics do not run during the vacation. For information on how to access clinics off campus, visit

David Wilson Library

Closed on Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 December and Wednesday 1 January. Varying open times during the rest of vacation. Please visit for more information.

Students' Union

Open 8.00am-5.00pm during weekdays and clsoed and weekends. The Students' Union reception is open on weekdays between 11.00am-3.00pm. The Students' Union will close for Christmas on Friday 20 December and reopen on Thursday 2 January. Visit for more information.


Closed from Saturday 14 December, reopening on Monday 6 January. Email to leave a message.

Need support?

There is a variety of support available to you during your time at Leicester.

In an emergency?

If you are in an emergency call the emergency services on 999. You can also call Security on 0116 252 2888 or use our Safezone app - see for more information.


If you want to report a non-emergency, call Security on 0116 252 2023, or visit the Security Lodge, opposite Danielle Brown Sports Centre, which is staffed 24 hours a day.

You can disclose, and get support from an adviser, or report anonymously, using our online reporting system:


The Samaritans are open every day of the year if you need someone to talk to - call them on 116 123.

Find more information at

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