10 ways to make the most of you

University life is full of opportunities just waiting to be discovered – whether you’re at the beginning or end of your journey here at Leicester, it is never too late.

1. Boost your career prospects

We can support you in gaining experience - from getting an internship or part-time job to starting your own business. You can book a careers appointment in person, on the phone, or through Skype. These appointments give you the opportunity to get CV and application guidance, have a mock interview, or explore your options. Find out more information on our careers website.

2. Volunteer

There are lots of opportunities to get involved with volunteering through the Students’ Union, your academic department, and the Career Development Service. Volunteering gives you the chance to give something back and gain valuable skills.

3. Become a peer mentor

The trained student mentors on our peer mentoring scheme provide a friendly point of contact for new students, helping them to settle into university life. Applications to become a student mentor open in early 2017, so look out for updates if you want to become a mentor.

4. Get active

We have sports centres both on campus and in Oadby to suit all levels. There are over 30 sports clubs to get involved with who will be happy to welcome you whatever your level. These range from ultimate frisbee to dodgeball and hockey. We even do social sports events, such as zombie runs and UV zumba. Find out more on our sports webpages.

5. Get support when you need it

We all need help from time to time – no question is ever too small.

Our student services centre in the Charles Wilson building can assist with many queries including fees, immigration, counselling, and careers.

The #LeicsTalk confidential signposting service helps you find the right person to support you, whatever you need.

6. Get involved with the Students’ Union

The Students’ Union isn't just place to grab a coffee or enjoy a night out. The Union works to represent students and is the place to join societies or go for support. You could even get involved in Union politics and become a course rep or sabbatical officer.

7. Explore local culture

Attenborough Arts Centre – opposite the Centre for Medicine on Lancaster Road – hosts performances, exhibitions, workshops and courses. You can access courses and workshops at the concession rate and you can see a selection of performances for just £5. You also get a cheaper rate to hire the venue.

The Botanic Garden, close to Oadby accommodation, is open throughout the year, seven days a week, with free entry except on special event days.

8. Support gender equality

Find out more about our involvement with the HeForShe campaign, the UN's global solidarity movement for gender equality.

9. Get reading

Whether it is picking up Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood whilst waiting for the bus, discovering a new area of the library, or researching a potential career, find how reading can relax, inspire and inform you.

10. Get in touch

Let us know how we can work together to improve your experience through the feedback button on the MyUoL student app.

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