Alumni e-newsletter

August 2017

Welcome to the August edition of your alumni e-newsletter. Last month over 6,000 new graduates saw years of hard work and education pay off as they crossed the stage and were welcomed into our alumni community. Congratulations to them all. As well as 6,000 graduates, we also welcomed nine Honorary Graduates to our alumni community, who you can read more about later in this newsletter, where we also find out how money raised at the Inaugural Carnegie School of Sport Reunion is being used to support current student-athlete Daniel Gardiner, pictured above.

University news

An update on our planned Creative Arts Building.
The planned £75 million state of the art new building in our City Campus, which will provide an iconic home for our School of Film, Music & Performing Arts and our School of Art, Architecture & Design’s fashion provision, received planning permission last week. Find out more.

Scholarship recipients graduate after support from Chancellor Sir Bob Murray CBE.
Five students who were previously selected to receive a scholarship from Sir Bob Murray CBE to support them during their studies, are all celebrating after achieving a 2:1 in their degrees. Find out more.

Student-athlete heads to World University Games in Taipei thanks to alumni-funded scholarship.
Current MA Sport Business student, Daniel Gardiner, is heading to the World University Games this month after being awarded the first Carnegie School of Sport Scholarship using funds raised at the Inaugural Carnegie School of Sport Reunion held earlier this year. Find out more.

Spotlight on: Marc Cowan

Just four years after graduating from Leeds Beckett, Marc has been granted an O1A American visa - a type of visa that is only given to individuals with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business or athletics industries by the United States government. Often called the “Logistical Entrepreneur” Marc has had multiple achievements across different sectors and is the highest ranking individual for his age in the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation in the UK which holds over 17,000 members. Read his story.

Alumni news

Four alumni receive Honorary Doctorates from Leeds Beckett University.
Paralympic Campaigner Dr Bob Price OBE, Diving Coach Ady Hinchliffe, Shantona Women’s Centre Chief Executive Nahid Rasool, and Parasport athlete Kadeena Cox MBE, were all awarded honorary doctorates last month by the University. Find out more.

Architecture alumni's work to temporarily transform Leeds City Centre.
Bo Muchemwa and Steve McCloy studied Architecture at Leeds Beckett, graduating in 2010. They both work for major architectural practices in London but maintain a close working relationship. Following an ideas competition run by Park Here & Play and Project Office at Leeds Beckett, their design Redscape (pictured below), will transform Victoria Gardens for two weeks in August. Find out more.

Upcoming events

The Artist as Explorer – Aletia Upstairs at Edinburgh Fringe.

An interactive performance installation with sound, music and film. This piece of work is curated, created and performed by Leeds Beckett University PhD student Aletia Upstairs in collaboration with Richard Demarco. Find out more.

Cultural Conversations.
Hosted by the Centre for Culture & the Arts here at Leeds Beckett, the Leeds Cultural Conversations series starts again next month. Showcasing the leading research being undertaken by our academic staff, the series kicks off with Professor Jayne Raisborough at 12:30 on Wednesday 6 September at Leeds Town Hall and continues monthly until May 2018. Find out more and book your place.

Leeds Business School Guest Lecture Series.
Our Leeds Business School Guest Speaker series kicks off again in October. In a link-up between Yorkshire Bank and Leeds Business School, Chairman of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, Roger Marsh, joins us to discuss the recently refreshed strategic economic plan for the region including likely impacts from Brexit and how the region can deal with this challenge. Watch last year's lectures and find out more about the latest series.

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