Celebrating Le Grand Depart
Students from our Northern Film School have been working with Martin Green this year to help produce the film content for the opening ceremony of the Tour de France. Martin Green, who was Head of the London Olympic ceremony in 2012, has been assisted by our students, who have helped produce and edit the film content for this year's event. The event will host the biggest stars in the cycling world including Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish as well as all 22 teams taking part in the Tour de France. The opening event will feature a variety of live entertainment acts and be streamed to millions of spectators through live TV broadcast. The event which is expected to be the biggest opening ceremony in the competitions history will kick off at on 3 July at Leeds First Direct Arena.
Elizabeth Chadwick a Graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University is presenting an alternative side of Yorkshire history, in her exhibition 'The Great Yorkshire Llama'. The exhibition, which has been running since Thursday 22 May, highlights the alternative side of Yorkshire heritage through 'electroknitting'. Through her art, Chadwick explores the rich textile heritage of Leeds. The exhibition is free entry to both adults and children and will run at The Bowery, Headingley until Friday 22 August.
To commemorate The Grand Depart, Leeds Metropolitan University will be holding a public event on Friday 4 July at the Rose Bowl. The event will consist of a series of inspiring talks from leading figures within the cycling world. Opening the event will be former British Tour de France winner, Stephen Roche. Roche will be joined by Peter Dodd from Welcome to Yorkshire, Chris Sidwells - an internationally renowned journalist and author, British cycling legend Brian Robinson and previous riders from the Tour de France competition. The talk will be a one day only event. For more information please click here.
Research recently published at Leeds Metropolitan University has uncovered some of the intricate complexities involved with stress coping in sport. The research was conducted on elite UK swimmers and explored the most effective ways for athletes to deal with sport-related stress. Researchers found that strategies of coping with sport-related stress relates to 'self-reliance'. Self-reliant coping strategies are some of the most effective ways in which elite athletes manage stressful situations.
To celebrate the Tour de France coming to the town of Addingham, Leeds Metropolitan University has been asked to run a small festival that will take place 4-6 July. Our Play Work, Early Childhood Education and Primary Education students will be among those working at the event, co-ordinating child activities. If you would like the opportunity to work at the event, see the Tour de France and gain valuable work experience contact Holly Prosho email email@example.com or tel. 0113 812 3102.
Trudi Entwistle, senior lecturer in Landscape Architecture, recently produced a piece of art titled 'Ripples' outside the village of Haworth in Bradford. The work of art is achieved out of the landscape itself and produces a 'wave effect' when viewed alongside the reservoir.
Dr Andrew Manley, a senior lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, recently gave a talk at the Duke of York pub in York addressing the question 'What does go on tour and does it always stay there?' Manley discussed the psychological demands of cyclists in the Tour de France competition as well as addressing what enabled the huge success of British cyclists in recent years. The event was the first planned in a series of 'Psychology in the Pub' events co-ordinated by the North East of England Psychology society.
Our Students recently competed in the 'Le game Jam' game competition. The game development competition tested our students' abilities to create a Tour de France-themed video game against the clock. The event, sponsored by leading video game companies, was part of the Grand Depart international business festival to promote Yorkshire's strengths in the business sector and raise awareness of the £950 million industry in the UK video game market. Jamie Sefton organiser of the event said the competition tests students' ability to 'Interpret the brief' as well as their creativity. The winners will be announced 4 July.
As excitement reaches fever pitch with only two days until the Tour de France gets underway in Yorkshire, Professor Jonathan Long assesses the potential of the Tour to increase adult cycling participation. Read more here.
We've collaborated with Leeds-list.com to create a commemorative map for visitors arriving in Leeds for the Grand Depart. The map highlights our new name change as well as insight on various cool things to do around Leeds as the greatest cycling race in the world sets off on its tour around Yorkshire. If you would like to receive a copy, please pick one up at our Student Hubs, or alternatively download the PDF here.