Alumni e-newsletter

June 2017

Welcome to the June edition of your alumni e-newsletter.
We were delighted to welcome alumni back to campus for our Inaugural Carnegie School of Sport Reunion Lunch last weekend. Alumni from as far back as the class of 1957 joined us for lunch, a tour of campus and to hear from fellow alumni, Rugby Union legend Stuart Lancaster and Olympic Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom.

The following day almost 5,000 miles away, alumni joined together in Lagos, Nigeria to reconnect with each other and their University over dinner.

University news

Leeds Beckett enjoys teaching excellence success
Our University has been awarded ‘silver’ status in the National Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This is a nationally recognised mark of quality for the education offered to current students and applicants to the University.
Find out more.

Creative Arts Building plans announced
We are pleased to announce plans for a state of the art building at our City Campus to create a new home for our School of Film, Music & Performing Arts, which includes the internationally renowned Northern Film School, as well as our School of Art, Architecture & Design’s fashion provision. Plans submitted for the 14,500 square metre scheme, of which the artist's impression is shown below, will provide an iconic home for academic, creative and cultural activities in the civic heart of Leeds. Find out more.

Leeds Beckett backs European Capital of Culture 2023 bid
Our University is joining with the University of Leeds and Leeds Trinity University to back the city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023, opening up potential new international connections for the project via our diverse alumni and partners and helping the bid connect with Leeds’ huge student community. As part of the University’s support for the bid, Project Office, a design and research collaboration of staff and students at Leeds Beckett, held an ideas competition for alumni of Leeds School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture for the temporary transformation of the public realm outside Leeds Art Gallery.

Music students’ album out now
A new album by folk-rock singer Tom Williams, performed, arranged and recorded by music students was released last month. Tom was the students’ Artist in Residence in 2016, recording his new album All Change with students as part of his residency. Tom is currently on tour with three Leeds Beckett music students, with support from alumna Cat-Una who is accompanied by Senior Lecturer in Music, Bob Brazill. Find out more.

Spotlight on: Councillor Jane Dowson

Jane graduated from our BA (Hons) Service Sector Management course in what is now the School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality Management as a mature student. Since 2004 she has been a local Councillor representing the Chapel Allerton ward in Leeds and this year became the 124th Lord Mayor of Leeds. We caught up with Jane recently, who told us about her recent appointment. Read Jane's story.

Alumni news

Queen's birthday honours for alumni
Andy Banks, BA (Hons) Human Movement Studies, 1987, has been awarded an MBE for services to sport. Andy is best known for coaching Tom Daley to a world title and Olympic bronze. Edward Ziff, Chairman and Chief Executive of Town Centre Securities who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in 2013, receives an OBE for services to the economy and community. Congratulations to both. Find out more.

World Triathlon Series success for alumnus Alistair Brownlee
Olympic gold-winning alumnus Alistair Brownlee has once again taken gold in the World Triathlon Series event in his hometown, with brother Jonny coming a close second. As well as Leeds Beckett being an education partner of the event, up to 100 students were given volunteer roles including supporting the athletes on the course, working in registration, swim start, transition, wayfinding and the transport team. Find out more.

75 years of Physiotherapy education
This year marks 75 years of Physiotherapy education at Leeds Beckett and we're celebrating with an event next Friday. Karen Middleton, CEO of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Janice Martin, Head of Physiotherapy at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will be speaking at the event. Former students, teaching staff, clinical industry colleagues, and friends will gather in the Rose Bowl for afternoon tea and tour of the Clinical Skills teaching suite, before heading to the Dry Dock pub. Find out more.

Leeds Beckett alumni and daytime TV stars publish garden design bible
Harry and David Rich – the Rich brothers – who both completed BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Design degrees at Leeds Beckett, have published their own garden design bible: Love Your Plot. Their principle is that every garden is unique; and that, whether you own a large country estate, a modest garden or a small urban balcony, the key is to look for inspiration in nature that is relevant to your space. Find out more.

Graduation is coming

We are looking forward to welcoming our newest graduates to our alumni community next month. Years of determination and hard work will be recognised as we confer our students’ awards from 24 to 28 July 2017, over 14 ceremonies. Graduation celebrates the academic achievements of our students and all of the work of our academic community in supporting our students. As students graduate they become part of our global alumni community, beginning the next chapter of their relationship with the University. We’d love to share your advice and wisdom with graduating students, so please take the time to let us know the one thing you wish you’d known when you graduated on Twitter, tweet @BeckettAlumni.

We’re always pleased to hear what the members of our alumni community have achieved. If you’d like to share your news with Leeds Beckett then send us your story and don’t forget you can keep up to date with the latest news from your University via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.