Find your Beckett Uni-U
Are you a bundt baking footballer with green thumbs? Or maybe an animal loving musician with a fondness for quidditch? Leeds Beckett has you covered. Find your own Beckett Uni-U below and we'll explain why Leeds Beckett is such a great place for all these hobbies, interests and pursuits.
Our Beckett Uni-U class of 2018!
Our American Football teams cater for both men and women - from beginners to pro. Five of our female players made the GB squad this year and our Women's Head Coach is the GB Assistant Coach.
If you fancy yourself as a zoologist, we've got you covered. We have our on-campus animal life in the form of Carnegie Cat and Beckett Bear, and a bit further afield you can visit the meerkats at Tropical World and the polar bears at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
If you're into anime, you'll want to join our society for Geek Culture. Anime also gets its own day at the Leeds International Film Festival allowing you to see some of the best new and classic anime movies on the big screen.
Where do we start? There's the Henry Moore institute, Leeds Art Gallery, White Cloth Gallery, The Gallery at Munro House and a whole host of other spaces in and around the city. You may also want to visit our Art Degree students' end of year shows.
Leeds is the birthplace of the Clandestine Cake Club and hosts a bunch of other groups and events where you can get your bake on. If you'd rather just eat baked goods, there's a plethora of places to enjoy some tasty confectionery (including one set up by Leeds Beckett alumni).
Boardgamers can always find someone to roll with around here. Our Geek Culture society has regular gaming nights and there's other groups you can join like Leeds Meeples. We also have plenty of shops that stock card, board and role playing games.
Our Boxing club offers sparring and fitness-based sessions for men and women. Formidable at BUCS Competition, the team won five Golds and one Silver at BUCS last year.
Every year, Europe's longest running Caribbean carnival parade makes its way through the streets of Leeds. There's dancing, music, costumes and great food - get involved.
Cheerleading is a fast growing sport on campus. We have a match team which perform at our major events and on a BUCS Wednesday and a competition team which perform dynamic fast paced gymnastic based routines.
Like to dance? Leeds Beckett has a very successful Dance Club covering lyrical, jazz and hip hop. They compete across the UK and get to perform in front of a crowd of 13,000 at our Varsity game. Leeds is also home to two major dance companies, the Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Leeds is the home of LIFF - the largest film festival in the UK outside London, now in its 29th year. There's also a great selection of indie cinemas in the city with Hyde Park Picture House, Cottage Road and Minicine in one of the smallest working 1920s cinemas in the world underneath Armley Mills Industrial Museum.
Leeds is a foodie's dream. If you're into eating we have restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, bakers, supper clubs and street food stalls serving up dishes for every taste and budget - and if you want an extra special culinary experience, we're also in the middle of the county with the most Michelin Star restaurants outside of London. If you want to get your cook on, we also have great groceries, butchers and fish mongers as well as food and farmers markets for your fresh ingredients. Then there's all the food and drink festivals you can visit.
We have seven football teams (four mens, three womens) and three futsal teams (two mens, one womens) and we also have intra-mural leagues in five and seven-a-side for the less competitive students! When you're done playing, you can watch a live match at Elland Road.
If you want to get your game on, you can join our Gaming Society for regular tournaments and meet ups. Our Computing Society will also be hosting LAN parties. If you like to make games, you'll be in one of the best regions for game developers and publishers in the country.
If you have green thumbs, you'll have plenty of opportunities to put them to good use at Leeds Beckett. You can join our student volunteers every Thursday to work on the student allotment and get involved in other horticultural and conservation activities like the Leeds Beckett Pocket Beds. There's also an abundance of local gardens to admire including those at Roundhay Park, Harewood House and the RHS Garden at Harlow Carr.
Leeds Beckett is a seriously sporty uni so you're in the right place if you want to get fit. We have gyms on both campuses - the one on Headingley Campus was opened by Jessica Ennis Hill - with dedicated cardio and strength and conditioning rooms. We also have a full programme of fitness classes from aerobics to Zumba.
Fancy a game of quidditch? If you're a massive Potterhead you can join the Leeds Beckett Harry Potter Society and get involved in a game. There's also the annual Sorting Hat Ceremony, trips to Harry Potter Studios, quizzes, boardgame and film nights.
Leeds (and Yorkshire in general) has a lot of history, and we do a good job of showing it off in museums like Royal Armouries, Thackray Museum, Leeds Museum and Armley Mills as well as our Victorian Town Hall, 12th Century abbey at Kirkstall and mansion houses like Harewood House.
Hockey is one of the biggest clubs on campus with eight teams. The club raised £15,000 for charity last year by completing five marathons in five days and tackling the National Three Peaks. We also have a partnership with Leeds Hockey Club to provide weekend hockey.
If you're a seasoned multilinguist or fancy picking up a new language our Languages for All courses are free and there's courses for all ability levels. This year, you can study Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
(Live Action Role Playing!) Don your armour and get involved in one of the many local games including the ones run by Fools and Heroes in nearby Meanwood Valley. Where better to LARP than in a wood that may have influenced Tolkien's Middle Earth?
Avid readers are in for a treat - We have a number of published writers on staff and our libraries are well stocked and open 24/7 every day of the year. We also have our own book club, which is one of many book clubs around the city. Then there's the local literature festivals, Headingley Lit Fest and Ilkley Literature Festival (which has featured innumerable famous authors, including Nobel prize winners like Ted Hughes and Benjamin Zephaniah).
If live music is your thing, you'll love Leeds, with festivals like Live at Leeds, Slam Dunk, and Leeds Festival - which you can work at through our festival volunteering scheme. Leeds is also home to some of the best music venues in the country, including the Brudenell Social Club, First Direct Arena and, of course, our own Leeds Beckett Students' Union.
Do you know your pentatonic scale from your phyrigian mode? Leeds Beckett is the place to be for budding musicians with our JAMES accredited studios, open mic nights and music societies. Follow in the footsteps of Kaiser Chiefs, Pulled Apart by Horses and Rudimental and start your path to rock stardom in Leeds.
As the home of the Beckett Online newspaper, BeRadio and BeTV, our BeMedia Society is the place to go if you're into the printed word, taking to the airwaves or being on the box.
Snap happy? Then you can head out into Leeds where there's fantastic architecture, scenery, people and events to shoot. You might end up showing your work at White Cloth Gallery which specialises in photography and film, and if you're running low on materials we have a bunch of great camera shops including vintage camera specialist West Yorkshire Cameras in the Corn Exchange.
Leeds is one of the top shopping destinations in the UK thanks to all our shopping arcades and quarters (including Thornton's, Grand, Queen's, Victoria and Central) and Shopping Centres (including the Corn Exchange, Trinity, Merrion, St. John's and The Core), full of great independent shops and top high street brands.
Our Snowsports Club boasts a Winter Olympian (James Machon) as one of their alumni and are one of the biggest clubs on campus with over 200 members. And if you want to hit the slopes in your own time, there's the indoor real snow slopes at Xscape up the road in Castleford.
Leeds has a thriving Steampunk scene and its own Steampunk Market where you can peruse loads of stalls, enjoy live entertainment and take part in Tea Duelling and Coffee Jousting.
Don’t let being landlocked stop you from enjoying the surf. You can join our Surf Club and take regular trips to Scarborough - and further afield - to be beside the sea. Lessons are provided for absolute beginners.
Our Tchoukball team hosted the European Winner’s Cup back in 2013, and 5 of our female alumni represented Team UK at the World Championships. This summer, four alumni and two current students will represent Team UK at the European Championships in the Czech Republic. We have two squads, with both men and women playing on the same team.
Leeds is a great place to be a theatre fan. It's home to three major theatres, Leeds Grand Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the City Varieties Music Hall. There's also a range of smaller venues, amateur drama groups and festivals arranged throughout the year. We also recently opened a new purpose built studio space at Headingley Campus - Beckett Studio - which hosts performances and provides specialist rehearsal and class space for students from our performing arts courses.
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