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School of Geography

Gaby Kenton, School Rep

Hey, congratulations on securing your place at Leeds!

My name is Gaby and I am your Undergraduate Geography School Rep for the 2016-17 academic year. I’m studying BA Geography with Transport Planning and will be entering my third and final year. My interests include keeping up-to-date with anything transport-related, exploring Leeds and making use of Leeds’ shopping centre. I have also been fortunate enough to spend my summer working as a rope course specialist at a camp in upstate New York, for the second year running.

What can new students expect?

With all the expectations of what university might bring, Leeds didn’t disappoint. From the beginning, moving in was made a stress-free process. Helpful staff in the accommodation office answered my questions over the phone, via email and then allowed me to start getting settled in as soon as I arrived despite there being 600 students in my accommodation. 

I also found the range of activities during freshers week such as intro lectures and the GeogSoc BBQ allowed me to make best friends. 

My biggest piece of advice is to make the most of everything, because if you don’t do it, you’ll never know what benefits you might have got. My personal highlights from my first two years include the GeogSoc Amsterdam trip and also the end of year ball which allows all Geography students to socialise and celebrate the successes of the academic year.

What will be your role as School Rep?

I will be working alongside students on all undergraduate Geography programmes and at all levels to create change, based on their views, through Student-Staff Forums. In particular I look forward to helping you (as fresher’s) to ensure that you have the tools to create a strong start to your time here at Leeds. Some of the tools which helped me are the UniLeeds app, to look at my timetable from my phone (from teaching in week 1, not for induction!) and the VLE app which allowed me to preview lecture material. Facebook helped me find people both in my accommodation and on my course, I'm friends with people that I met on there today!

I’ll be around during induction week to answer any queries that you may have and throughout the course of the year.