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Kate Slegg-Newton (BA Honours Landscape Architecture, 2005)

Kate Slegg-Newton (BA Honours Landscape Architecture, 2005)

Kate graduated from Leeds Met in 2005 with a degree in Landscape Architecture, and carried out a year in practice with Birmingham City Council before returning to our University to pursue her postgraduate diploma in the same subject. In 2007, she accepted the position of Landscape Architect’s Assistant at the Warwickshire-based Barry Chinn Associates. Since then, she has obtained her professional Chartership and has been promoted to Landscape Architect at the company.

Following graduation from our university, Kate studied Ecology and Conservation at Warwick and obtained her Chartership. She also got married, moved to Birmingham and started a family. Despite such a busy personal and professional life, Kate remembers her time at Leeds Beckett fondly, commenting on how it helped shape her life into the path she’s following today: “My experiences at Leeds Beckett helped me gain independence and a wide range of knowledge and skills suitable for developing a successful career. I made some great friends there, who I’m still in touch with today, ten years later.”

Kate values her time as a student highly, praising the unlimited opportunities to design something extraordinary that she was given while at university: “The resources available and the unlimited potential for projects make a great concoction to help you stretch your creative muscles.”

She is quick to recommend Leeds Beckett to others considering study here, commending the lecturers and the well-managed and up-to-date resources. She goes on to highlight the ways in which our University is established within the city and the friendly student atmosphere: “Leeds is a lively and vibrant place – a brilliant city to move to when leaving home for the first time.”

As a Landscape Architect for Barry Chinn Associates, Kate continues to work on a wide variety of projects, building upon the success of her first forays into the field: “I remember seeing my first completed scheme constructed onsite. I still get the same joy every time another scheme is completed.”