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Public Talk Explores Important Roles Played by Africans in the Abolition of Slavery

Dr Rob Burroughs

A Leeds Beckett University academic will explore Black history and the anti-slavery movement in the 19th century at a free event taking place on Wednesday 4 October from 12.30-1.30pm at Leeds Central Library. Dr Rob Burroughs will discuss the roles played by Africans in exposing atrocities in King Leopold’s Congo at the end of the 19th century.

This conversation explores black contributions to humanitarian history, and the ways in which these efforts have sometimes been obscured by attention to the heroics of white anti-slavery activists.

“It is increasingly well-known among historians and students that Africans and people of African descent played an important role in the abolition of slavery and slave-trading in the 19th century: not only by rebelling against it but also by participating in humanitarian campaigns against it,” said Dr Burroughs. “However, popular re-tellings of the history of slavery — for example the recent British films ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Belle’ — continue to emphasise the heroics of white patrons and leaders of the anti-slavery movement. Enslaved Africans sometimes feature in these kinds of texts as passive, often silenced, recipients of white charity, or as ghost-like figures encouraging guilty white slave owners to atone for their past sins.

“If Black History Month is about recovering the stories of marginalised historical figures in the making of regional and national histories and heritage, then it is important to take a closer look into the history of slavery and the anti-slavery movement, and to recover from its margins the roles of enslaved and formerly enslaved, individuals and groups in ending systems of forced labour.”

In this talk, Dr Burroughs will examine problems in popular representations of slavery, tracing these back to the early 19th century, before turning to some little-known examples of African agency in the fight against forced labour.
The event, which takes place during Black History Month, is part of Leeds Cultural Conversations – a series of free lunchtime talks organised by the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett University.

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Experts Discuss Initiative for Peace and Non-Violence


Marie Dennis

Leading international peace and non-violence experts, including key contributors to the Pope’s initiative for non-violence, are in Leeds in October to share their visions of the future.

On Tuesday 3rd October, Marie Dennis (who serves on the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network and has previously served on the White House Task Force on Global Poverty and Development), and Maria Stephen (whose role at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) focuses on the dynamics of civil resistance, violent conflict prevention and democratic development), will present ‘Non-violence works! An opportunity for the Christian community to engage in creative peacemaking’.

Maria Stephan

They will share their experience, including their work on the joint Vatican and Pax Christi International initiative to incorporate non-violence teachings into the Catholic Church’s approach to international conflict and war. Pax Christi International is a global Catholic peace movement working worldwide to establish peace, respect for human rights, and justice and reconciliation.

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George Lakey

On Friday 6th October, American activist and writer on non-violence, George Lakey,  presents ‘A divided Britain: What can we learn from the Nordics?’.

The talk will see him draw on his latest book, Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too, which takes a radical view of how we approach division and inequality and the responses we can make.

George’s lecture is the first in a new annual lecture series on non-violence in memory of Howard Clark, a pacifist and leader in the worldwide movement to replace violent struggle with non-violent conflict. Howard devoted himself to teaching and training people in the strategy and the art of non-violent action.

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Both talks are free and take place at Leeds Beckett University’s city centre Rose Bowl from 5.30-7.30pm.

There will also be a workshop for A Level and university students with Marie Dennis and Maria Stephan on Tuesday 3 October, 2-4pm. To book a place, or for any other queries, please email Dr Rachel Julian at




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Beanstalk Seeks Volunteers to Help Children Improve Their Reading


As the new academic year begins, literacy charity Beanstalk is calling for members of the community in Leeds to sign up to its 2017-18 intake of trained volunteers that will help children in local primary schools become more confident readers.

Low levels of literacy continue to be a persistent problem both nationally and locally. According to the most recent SATS test results, almost 3,000 of primary school leavers in Leeds did not achieve the expected level in reading. This can have a devastating impact on the lives of individuals and our communities, and is estimated to cost the UK economy £81 billion every year.

“The start of a new academic year is a critical time for us to ensure there is enough one-to-one reading support available for schools that have identified children that need extra help and encouragement with their reading,” explains Janet Skeen, Area Manager for Beanstalk.

“Without intervention, the outlook for children struggling with reading is concerning. It can lead to behavioural problems and can affect their future prospects in life and work. We need to recruit a further almost 200 more reading helpers in Yorkshire and Humber by the end of the academic year to ensure that we help more school children achieve the skills, confidence and imagination to reach their true potential.”

Beanstalk needs more compassionate and caring members of the local community that would like to volunteer as reading helpers in Leeds. For more information or to apply, please visit the website at or call Beanstalk on 0845 450 0307.


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‘Walk of ART’ Sessions Aim to Help Early Years Teachers Teach Art


Early Years and Key Stage 1 teachers are being invited to learn about teaching art, whilst helping to raise funds for Horsforth Walk of ART 2018.

The weekly evening sessions will be run by local artist Penny Rowe, in collaboration with Horsforth Walk of Art founder Lara Rule and the art charity SKIPPKO. The first term will run from September to December 2017 and will cost just £5 per session. The money will go directly into the Walk of ART Schools project.

Participants will learn about a different artistic principle each week and about how that principle can be adapted to the classroom.

The sessions will be led by Penny Rowe who has spent the last four years organising and running art clubs in schools, and has been working with the Aspire School Partnership for the past two years on a multi-school sculpture project.

“Assisting individuals, whatever their age, to understand their own artistic process has become my strongest drive”, said Penny. “I know that if children in particular can understand how creation works, they will grow in confidence and develop skills that will inevitably effect culture in a positive way.”

Lara Rule welcomes the chance to help more people learn about art whilst raising money for Walk of Art preojects. “As an Early Years Teacher myself, I am keen to nurture children’s innate drive to express themselves, to test the world and its materials, and to create. I want to be able to use the creative arts to build language, mathematical, technical and scientific skills. With this course, we are creating a space for teachers of any artistic ability to learn specific skills, and be able to discuss how to use these skills.”

The sessions will take place at Greatminster House, Lister Hill, Horsforth, on Mondays at 7.30pm from September. This is one of SKIPPKO’s Blank Canvas’ properties which bring empty commercial buildings back into use for the benefit of local artists and people.

The next Walk of ART will run from 7th – 9th July 2018. It is free to attend, exhibit and participate in, with participants being encouraged to give something free to the community. It uses creativity as a platform on which to create meaningful and lasting community relationships. The three-day event aims to showcase local talent and encourage people to try something different.

For further information regarding the art classes, or to book a space, please email or send a message on Facebook –

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Fantastic Results for Allerton Grange Under New Grading System


Following the new grading structure for English and Maths GCSEs, the results for Allerton Grange show rapid progress in student achievement. Over the last twelve months students have improved, on average, by two full grades in English, and one and a half grades in Maths.

Excellent outcomes have been achieved across all subjects in the Arts, including Art & Photography, Drama, Music and Technology. Languages have equally achieved well above national average results in French, German, Spanish and Urdu.

“We are extremely pleased that our results show rapid progress for our students in both English and Maths under the new grading system”, said Mike Roper, Head Teacher. “Allerton Grange is a school that supports each individual student to achieve their full potential, no matter their ability level or starting point. Therefore, we welcome the new structure that focuses more on progress. Our strengths lie in high standards of teaching, focusing on differentiated learning, which stretches and challenges all abilities, achieving progress for our students. I am proud of their achievements and look forward to welcoming them back into the Sixth Form in September.”


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Horsforth School A-Level Results Consistently Higher than National Average


Horsforth School is exceptionally pleased to announce their A-Level results. Over a quarter of all grades awarded are A* or A, significantly higher than the national average.  A typical Horsforth student left the Sixth Form with the equivalent of three grade Bs at A-Level. This, combined with a nearly 100% pass rate for the eighth consecutive year, has ensured that all students will progress successfully.

“We are so proud of the fantastic results achieved again this year”, said Dr Paul Bell, Headteacher. “Our thanks go, not only to our students for their professionalism, but also to our parents and carers who have been so supportive over many years. We wish our students the very best of luck for their futures.”

For prospective students interested in Horsforth School’s ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rated Sixth Form, please visit Limited places are still available for September 2017.





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Leeds College of Art Leads the Way in Student Satisfaction


Leeds College of Art is the highest ranked independent higher education arts institution in the Nation Student Survey for the second year running.

The National Student Survey (NSS), measures student satisfaction based on teaching, tutor support, feedback, and learning of final year students at education intuitions across the UK.

The survey results confirmed that 91% of final year students at Leeds College of Art reported overall satisfaction with the quality of their course, ranking higher than all UK specialist arts universities and all universities in Yorkshire. This NSS result is the highest student satisfaction rating Leeds College of Art has ever achieved.

The industry standard facilities at the College were also ranked highly, with 92% reporting satisfaction with the learning resources, including workshops, IT resources and the College library.

The NSS is a nationally recognised annual survey commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, giving final year undergraduate students an opportunity to provide anonymous feedback on what it has been like to study on their course.

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Leeds Trinity Highest in Region for Employability


Leeds Trinity University is the highest performing university in Yorkshire and Humberside for employability, with 96.8% of students employed, or in further study, within six months of graduation.

The figures come from the 2016 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey and it places Leeds Trinity above all other universities in the region and 17th nationally. The results are 2.5% above the national average and 0.6% above its nearest competitor, Leeds Beckett University.

“We have a whole-University approach to embedding employability within the curriculum at Leeds Trinity, and as the only University in the country to offer and embed compulsory professional work placements into every single undergraduate degree; I am exceptionally proud of our strong performance in employability”, said Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University.

“When we celebrated our 50th Anniversary earlier this year, I commented that our ambition was to become the University in Leeds for outstanding graduate employability. I’m confident that through our extensive partnerships with businesses, ongoing development of courses, to include industry-relevant modules, and our thriving Leeds Trinity Business Network; even more of our graduates will see the benefit of studying here.”

Supporting aspiring entrepreneurs is also a big focus for the University, with advice, office space and workshops offered through the Enterprise Centre on campus. 2016 Business graduate Gareth Craven launched his online art commissioning business, Hire an Artist, whilst studying at Leeds Trinity. He has since received a £50,000 investment from former-Apprentice contestant Raj Dhonata; made it to the final of Britain’s biggest small-business competition The Pitch; and received the ‘Duke of York Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ from Prince Andrew.

Leeds Trinity University has been recognised nationally for its commitment to employability, being shortlisted as a finalist in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2017 and a finalist in the Green Gown Awards 2017 for Employability.

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Investigative Journalism Course Keeps Reporters Safe



Leeds Trinity University is hosting an investigate journalism course to teach the latest tips for working in the industry.

Holding Power to Account is a two-day event in May, aimed at employees from media organisations of all sizes, who need to stay safe while tackling challenging assignments.

It will be delivered by some of the country’s biggest names in journalism, media law and regulation, as well as experts on the most up-to-date online research techniques, including checking the authenticity of photographs and other evidence.

Organiser Nigel Green, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Leeds Trinity University, has more than 30 years’ experience as a crime and investigative reporter.

“The event is aimed at investigative journalists, but will also cater for a wide range of media-related business people,” said Nigel. “Workshops will offer a chance for presentations and discussion, and crucially it will be very practical and useful, with experts on hand to teach the latest skills and knowledge.”

Speakers already lined up for the event include: Justin Walford from The Sun, who has the tough task of keeping one of Britain’s most contentious papers safe in a world of ever-changing laws and regulations; Leila Haddou from The Financial Times who teaches advanced online research skills; and Dominic Harrison from Channel 4, who has advised on a diverse range of programmes and films including Dispatches, Unreported World, Escape from Isis, Walking the Americas and more.

Holding Power to Account takes place on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 May, 9.30am – 5.30pm at Leeds Trinity University. It costs £20pp for one day, or £30pp for both days.

The event is free for Leeds Trinity University staff, students and alumni.

To secure your place, please visit the Leeds Trinity website or for more information contact Nigel Green on

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Students Team Up with Fuel for School to Bring Healthy Food into the Classroom

Fuel For School Landscape

Education students at Leeds Beckett are helping primary schools across West Yorkshire to teach children about healthy diets and avoiding food waste as part of an initiative by the Real Junk Food Project.

As part of the Fuel for School initiative, the team helped to create an education pack containing a range of interactive classroom activities for primary school children aged between six and 11. It is designed to be used by teachers of any subject to support both the National Curriculum requirements for cooking and nutrition and the goals of Fuel for School.

Fuel for School began as a partnership between the Real Junk Food Project and Richmond Hill Primary School in Hunslet. The aim was to remove hunger as a barrier to learning, highlight the importance of nutrition and wellbeing in learning, and raise awareness of the vast amounts of wasted food.

Richmond Hill joined forces with the Real Junk Food Project to provide free breakfasts to all 600 pupils at the school and found that this had a positive effect on their behaviour, concentration and attainment. This was followed by a community pay-as-you-feel café and daily market stall in the school grounds.

Fuel for School is now working with more than 35 primary schools in the Leeds area, delivering surplus food once a week, which is used for breakfast clubs, ingredients in cooking classes, or through school market stalls.

To cope with the increasing demand for information, the Leeds Beckett students were tasked with developing educational resources and activities which both support Fuel for School’s core values and provide an opportunity for pupils to use some of the surplus food provided in the classroom.

Fuel For School Portrait

The new educational pack was launched recently at Leeds Beckett University’s Headingley Campus, where Adam Smith, Founder of The Real Junk Food Project, Nathan Atkinson, Head Teacher Richmond Hill, and Kevin Mackay, Co-ordinator of Fuel for School, presented and demonstrated the work to a range of schools from across West Yorkshire.

“It has been a privilege to work on this project”, said Dr Anne Temple Clothier, Senior Lecturer in the Carnegie School of Education. “It has been a delight to be engaged in a multi-disciplinary team and to co-create social innovation. This innovative project has greatly enhanced the professional development of the students and their employability. Working in a range of problem solving sub-groups, they experienced situations mirroring real-life professional practice.”

The Real Junk Food Project was founded four years ago by Adam Smith, who was appalled to find out that around one third of all food produced across the world ends up in landfill. Adam started with a pay-as-you-feel café in Armley where food that would have been wasted is cooked and served by volunteers. Food can be paid for by either money or time and labour. This has led to an international network of 110 cafes which has, so far, saved more than 107,000 tons of food from being wasted.

Adam has now opened England’s first pay-as-you-feel surplus supermarket in Pudsey.


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