Leeds Beckett embarks on Polar expedition
The university is set to become the latest member of the University of the Arctic (UArctic) - an international network that promotes education and research in the Arctic and the circumpolar north region.
UArctic is made up of 186 global members and aims to promote viable communities and sustainable economies, and forge global partnerships.
Ranging from the University of Washington to the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, students at participating institutions can apply for an exchange grant to study at another organisation within UArctic.
Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett, said: “The University of the Arctic is committed to higher education and research in the North, and I am delighted Leeds Beckett University has the opportunity to join such a prestigious and globally important institution.
“This is a great opportunity for Leeds Beckett to make a significant impact in an area of the world that increasingly is becoming a focal point in terms of sustainability and its effect on the world’s environment.”
UArctic was launched in June 2001 and is endorsed by the Arctic Council, which aims to tackle adverse issues faced by people living in the Arctic region.
The long-term goal of UArctic is to create a strong, sustainable region by improving the lives of the region’s indigenous population.
There are currently only three other UK universities who are part of UArctic – University of Aberdeen, Durham University and University of Highlands and Islands.
Although not located in the Arctic, universities can be involved in UArctic in a number of ways including in research activity, funding bids and joint teaching opportunities.
Leeds Beckett’s formal membership of University of Arctic is set to be announced during the institution’s Annual Congress in Finland in September.