SES is looking for speakers!

Hello everyone,


Thank you to everyone who came to our introductory meeting last week – a big thank you to Kelsie Root for sharing her experiences of last year’s showcase. We hope that this has told you a little bit about the upcoming event and what it would mean to take part. For those of you who couldn’t make it, this is what you missed:

The Student Engagement Showcase 2015 is on Wednesday 25th November from 1.45 – 5pm. Speakers don’t have to stay for the full event, but we hope that they’ll want to! Presentations will be in the Bettakultcha presentation format, which is electronically-timed to five minutes – you’ll find out more about this at the training session with the founder of Bettakultcha, Ivor Tymchak, on Monday 2nd November. You’ll have the team’s support throughout the next month and we’ll give you as much (or as little) help as you need. We’d like all speakers to join us in the room you’ll be presenting in a week before the showcase, on Wednesday 18th, for a quick run-through.

The event will begin with a short introduction and then the first six presentations, followed by a short workshop and coffee break. Next, the second set of speakers will do their presentations, after which we’ll have a longer workshop session. The showcase will end with a wide selection of refreshments and a chance to meet everyone participating at the event.

WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SPEAKERS. If you would like to apply, please send your expression of interest (and presentation topic) to by Friday 23rd October. Here’s a little more about what we’re looking for:

Research & Leadership Scholarships, Leeds for Life projects, internships, societies, volunteering, discovery modules, being a rep, making a difference… Let’s celebrate student engagement at Leeds!

Education is complex and comes in many forms. We want to hear how you’ve broadened your education whilst at the University of Leeds. Whether you attended an out-of-the-ordinary module, have been involved in a research scholarship, taken part in a society, set up your own enterprise, participated in volunteering programmes or been involved in one of the other countless opportunities available at university, we want you to raise your voice and inspire your peers.

The Student Engagement Showcase is looking for twelve inspiring students to share their stories of engagement at Leeds. You’ll receive exclusive training by one of the founders of BettaKultcha. BettaKultcha is a new underground phenomenon of public speaking sweeping the country – you’ll be performing a short talk in this new style to an eager audience at the showcase.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday 25th November is the date for the second Student Engagement Showcase, where we’ll be celebrating the university’s diverse range of opportunities for students.

We hope to see you at the event, if not as a speaker then as a participant. It’s a great way to meet some interesting people and to find out more about how you can get engaged at university.

Thanks for reading!

The Student Engagement Team


Student Engagement Showcase 2015

Hello everyone,

Welcome to our second event, the Student Engagement Showcase 2015 – back this year bigger and better than ever!

On Wednesday 25th November, we’ll be celebrating the various ways that students have expanded their horizons and broadened their degrees whilst at university. From involvement in societies to exciting research projects to participation in volunteering programmes, students at the University of Leeds have a wealth of opportunities of which they can take advantage. Our aim is to showcase the wide range of student engagement available and inspire its progression to students and staff alike.

Twelve inspiring students from across all faculties will be sharing their stories of student engagement at Leeds in the new public speaking style, BettaKultcha. The event will also feature interactive workshops designed to encourage both staff and students to develop new schemes to engage with, followed by refreshments.

This is the blog that’s running alongside the showcase. Here you’ll find a wealth of information relating to both the event and student engagement in general, so it’ll be a good resource to keep bookmarked even once the event is over. We’ll keep you updated with how preparations are coming, have interviews with our great speakers, and let you know about all the ways you can get involved with something a little different at university.

The showcase is organised this year by three student co-ordinators:


Hi! I’m Joanna, a third year English Literature student who’s still trying to pack all of the amazing opportunities the university offers into her final year. I knew as soon as I got to university that I wanted my degree to reflect more than my academic interests, and I’ve done some great projects that have really enhanced my university experience, from being a mentor to creating (and teaching!) workshops for schools to volunteering for my local charity shop and various arts organisations. This year I’m part of the leadership team for a charity enterprise group called Ukuthemba, where we’re working towards ending sexual assault in South Africa through multiple mediums, including implementing an educational programme.  My advice to those who want to broaden their university experience is to do something a little out of your comfort zone – I joined Backstage Society in my first year and worked in a theatre for the first time, and it was unexpectedly incredible!

12167439_989016367817997_188139540_nHello! My name is Dan and I’m a third year Neuroscience (BSc) student. Over my time at Leeds so far I’ve been dumbfounded by the amount of opportunities available to students during their degree and I’ve tried to take complete advantage of it during my three years at university. Personally I’ve been involved in Backstage Society at LUU and have worked my way up to become Stage Manager for the new production of West Side Story with SMS. (Shameless self-promotion: It’s on at the Riley Smith Hall in the Union from 1st – 5th December, come see us!) I’ve also been involved in many different science internships with the university including organising a two day event at the Leeds City Museum and creating a 21 day roadshow traveling all across the UK! My advice to new students is to always keep an eye out for new projects to get involved in, you never know what doors the experience will open for you.

12064125_989016521151315_1404727_nHey! I’m Georgiana, a final year International Relations student. I think helping students reach their full potential through co- and extra-curricular opportunities is an area where the University excels, and I’ve been lucky enough to experience many of these opportunities myself. At the end of my first year, I was awarded an Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship, which enabled me to conduct research on the responsibility to protect. Last year, with the help of the Leeds for Life Foundation I was able to take part in a 3-week study programme in Hangzhou, China, where I studied Mandarin and Chinese politics. I am the co-founder of the Practical Initiatives Network (PIN) society for students passionate about international development, and, this year, together with a group of students we are launching the Responsibility to Protects Student Coalition Leeds, a space for those who want to enrich their knowledge and debate about humanitarian intervention and prevention of mass atrocities. My advice to new students would be to quickly enter that Leeds-mindset-that-everything-is-possible, because there’s plenty of support available to you here.

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Thanks for reading!

The Student Engagement Showcase Team