The Leeds Conservatoire Students’ Union (SU) is run by a team of students who are individually elected by the student body. Their main task is to represent the voice of students, which they do by managing a group of volunteer course representatives. These are students responsible for gathering the opinions and concerns of students on their course and feeding them back to faculty staff and conservatoire leaders.
The SU also works closely with the Students Services Team to make sure that students are aware of potential mental and physical health issues. They promote diversity and equality, making sure that underrepresented groups are heard and included.
Alongside these responsibilities, the SU also runs the clubs and societies at the conservatoire as well as arranging various social events throughout the academic year.
Students are able to join a club or society whilst they study at the conservatoire, providing a great way to relax after a day of study or rehearsal. These clubs also provide students with the opportunity to make new friends in a comfortable environment or try new experiences alongside their studies.
There are 15 clubs and societies available, including cultural interests and hobbies. Examples include the African-Caribbean society, climbing, film, LGBTQ+, netball and more. Full details on the clubs and societies, including meeting times and how to become a member, can be found on the students’ union website.
Students are also encouraged to start new clubs and societies if they cannot find one they want to join. They will be fully supported by the students’ union in doing so.
Leeds is one of the UK’s largest cities and is extremely popular with students, with four universities and several colleges creating a significant student population.
With a vibrant cultural scene, Leeds is the perfect city in which to be a music or performing arts student. The city boasts a huge variety of music and performance venues, big and small, catering to all tastes. They include: First Direct Arena, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Playhouse, Leeds Grand Theatre and Northern Ballet.
The city also hosts renowned events and music festivals relevant to conservatoire students. These include the Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds International Piano Competition and the famous Leeds Festival with major music headliners.
Being a student city, there are hundreds of big chain and independent restaurants, cocktail bars, craft breweries, pubs and nightclubs all located in the city centre, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.
Leeds is home to amazing shopping from huge shopping centres offering every high-street brand, to high-end independent boutiques, to the famous Kirkgate Market and everything in between. It’s also a sports-lovers’ paradise with football, rugby, and cricket matches to catch throughout the year.
When the hustle and bustle of city life gets a bit much, students can head out into the great outdoors for some peace and quiet. The spectacular Yorkshire Dales and Peak District can both be easily reached by car and make a great day trip.
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