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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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Young Musicians Take to the Stage with Trombonist Dennis Rollins

Dennis Rollins      Photo courtesy of Darren Cowley

Dennis Rollins Photo courtesy of Darren Cowley

Young musicians from schools around Harrogate and Leeds will take to the stage alongside acclaimed jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins on Friday 24th March, 7pm at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL).

Dennis Rollins is well known on the British and international jazz scene and will bring his unique style to GSAL for a lively day of music making, culminating with an evening performance.

Around fifty pupils aged 11-18 from GSAL, Harrogate Grammar School, Allerton Grange School, Abbey Grange C of E Academy, Crawshaw Academy and Garforth Academy have been invited to form an ensemble for the day. Comprising saxophones, brass and rhythm sections, they will be led by Dennis in creating a programme to showcase at the concert, alongside numbers performed by Dennis himself.

Dennis grew up in Bentley, Doncaster, and developed his musical talents with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. He is celebrated for his versatile and powerful approach to trombone playing and high-energy jazz-funk repertoire as well as his own take on more traditional tunes.

He has earned numerous accolades, including Trombonist of the Year at the inaugural Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards; British Jazz Award for Best Trombonist and the prestigious cross-Parliamentary Jazz Educator Award. He has performed with some of the world’s top jazz and pop acts, including Quincy Jones, the Jazz Warriors, Courtney Pine, Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies, Blur and Maceo Parker. He is also a formidable bandleader of jazz-funk outfit Badbone & Co and Velocity Trio.

The concert is open to all and tickets cost £7/£5 – available online at or on the door.


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Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Announces New Cricket College

YCF College

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, in partnership with education provider SCL, recently announced that a new Yorkshire Cricket College would be opening in September 2017.

The college will enrol students from the age of 16 on a two-year course that will have cricket training and matches built into the timetable. Located at Headingley Stadium, students will benefit from the world class training facilities, under the tutelage of Yorkshire Cricket coaches while studying for a BTECH Level Three in Sport.

“We aim to create a really good college – a great place to be educated, with a really good teaching environment”, said Nick Robinson, Project Manager at the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation. “The bonus is that cricket will be built into the timetable three times per week. Whether you want to become a serious cricketer or a keen club cricketer, the Yorkshire Cricket College will help students realise their potential.”

The curriculum offers a diverse range of units, such as the principles of anatomy and physiology in sport, leading to a BTECH level three. The qualification will give graduates a springboard and the opportunity to progress to further education, apprenticeships or a career. The cricket coaching and matches will allow students to work on all aspects of their game, as well as the holistic benefits that sport can offer – such as developing communication skills, teamwork and self-confidence.

“We find that combining education with sport and delivering programmes from inspiring sports facilities has the power to really engaging young people”, said Steve Franks of SCL. “We are delighted to be launching a cricket college with Yorkshire and look forward to making it a first class experience for all our learners.”


An Open Day for the college is on Wednesday 12th April and will take place in the East Stand classrooms at Headingley, starting at 6pm and finishing at 8pm. Presentations regarding the qualification and cricket coaching will be given as well as the opportunity to ask questions and scope out the facilities on offer.


For further information, please contact or telephone 0113 203 3632



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Student Jazz Night to Benefit Breast Cancer Haven

GSAL Jazz Club vocalist Niamh Hendron

GSAL Jazz Club vocalist Niamh Hendron

GSAL Jazz Club at The Grammar School at Leeds is holding a special gig to raise money for Breast Cancer Haven, Yorkshire, on Friday 17th March, 7.30pm in the school’s theatre foyer.

Talented student vocalists will team up with a professional jazz ensemble consisting of Adrian Knowles (double bass), Jason Scott (piano), Alex Hogg (guitar), and Gordon Kilroy (drums). As well as classics from the Great American Songbook, there will be interpretations of familiar pop tunes.

Sponsored by Daleside Brewery, this is the second year that the Jazz Club at GSAL has raised funds for Breast Cancer Haven, which exists to improve the quality of life for people affected by breast cancer by providing emotional, practical and physical support.

Tickets (£7/£5) are available from



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North Leeds Music Centre Celebrates 50 Years

The Walters from Meanwood who have been involved with North Leeds Music Centre as students, helpers and teaching staff

The Walters from Meanwood who have been involved with North Leeds Music Centre as students, helpers and teaching staff

North Leeds Music Centre is celebrating bringing music to North Leeds of 50 years with a free concert on Saturday 18th March, 3pm, at Allerton C of E Primary School.

Performing at the concert will be musicians from the current Training Orchestra, Concert Band, String Orchestra and Senior Orchestra – plus a special ensemble of past students and staff led by David Bellwood, who was orchestra conductor from 1986 to 2006.

Since 1967, thousands of children and adults have passed through the doors of North Leeds Music Centre (formerly known as Scott Hall Music Centre and North West Leeds Music Centre) on Saturday mornings, to learn an instrument, play in an ensemble, and discover the joy of making music.

It is one of seven music centres across the city providing local communities with music tuition for all ages.

“This concert is a wonderful chance to celebrate the centre’s proud history and on-going success”, said Councillor Lisa Mulherin, executive member for children and families. Thousands of children and adults have passed through the doors over the past 50 years, to discover the enjoyment that making music can bring.”

Ex-students are also being sought to join in with the alumni ensemble or share their old photos, programmes etc. More information can be obtained by contacting the head of centre, Mark Sturdy, on 0113 378 2850 or


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School Children Say ‘No’ To Exploitation


Children from 15 primary and secondary schools across Leeds, will come together during Fairtrade Fortnight on Thursday 9th March to run an afternoon of workshops which they have planned around the theme ‘Take a Break for Fairtrade’.

The aim is to educate each other about Fairtrade and how it is enabling farmers around the world to earn a fair wage and lead dignified lives. Supported by Leeds DEC and the city’s Fairtrade group, the seventh annual Fairtrade School Celebration is taking place next Thursday 9th March at Leeds Civic Hall. The official opening is at 1pm with speeches by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and Councillor Mulherrin.

During the event the children will run workshops, including child slavery in the cocoa trade, Fairtrade trivial pursuit, chocolate tasting and learning about the journey of the cocoa bean. Throughout the afternoon, they will be thinking about effects of unfair trade and at 2pm will symbolically break a giant paper chain covered in words relating to exploitation.

For some of the participants this will be this first time they have organised peer-education activities, for others they enjoyed it so much last year they are taking part again!

“It’s really exciting to run a workshop at the Civic Hall and work with other children”, said Poppy Fletcher (8) from Ireland Wood Primary School.

Fairtrade Fortnight occurs in February/March every year and people all over the UK raise awareness about the positive difference it makes. Leeds is a Fairtrade City and many organisations and businesses support Fairtrade. More widely, Yorkshire led the way to become the UK’s first Fairtrade Region in January 2013.



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Revolutionary Russia revealed in Leeds


A new exhibition at the University of Leeds reveals the dramatic events of the Russian Revolution from a new, British, perspective.

Caught in the Russian Revolution: the British Community in Petrograd, 1917-1918 is the latest exhibition at the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, University of Leeds.

The exhibition, opening on 1 March, marks the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which changed the course of world history.

Offering a unique perspective on this violent episode, the exhibition focuses on the British community in St Petersburg, renamed Petrograd at the start of the First World War.

The community was well established from the 18th century. Several generations of families helped to develop the city’s infrastructure and commerce. The Revolution in February 1917 disrupted all their lives and the Bolshevik seizure of power in October destroyed any hope for their future in Russia.

This exhibition draws on the Leeds Russian Archive, which includes eyewitness accounts in the form of diaries, letters, and photographs to explore a pivotal moment in world history. The exhibition celebrates 35 years of the Leeds Russian Archive at Special Collections in Leeds University Library. The LRA has been designated as nationally and internationally important by Arts Council England.


Stories and objects on display include:

  • Patent of hereditary Russian nobility granted to George Baird by Alexander II, 1872

George Baird belonged to a Scottish civil-engineering and ship-building dynasty. The patent of nobility was granted by Emperor Alexander II in recognition of George, and his family’s, contribution to the development of St Petersburg and Russian shipping from the late 18th century. This unique artefact is an intricate handmade object which comes with the huge seal of Alexander II, and represents the integration of British families, like the Bairds, into Russian life prior to the Revolution.

  • Reverend Lombard’s prison mug, letters and drawings, 1918

Reverend Bousfield Swan Lombard was Chaplain of the British Embassy and English Church in Petrograd from 1908 to 1918, and a central figure in the British community in Russia. During the October Revolution, shortly after drinking tea together in the British Embassy, Reverend Lombard witnessed the murder of his friend Captain Francis Cromie, naval attaché and Royal Navy submarine commander. Reverend Lombard, alongside many of the remaining British community, was subsequently imprisoned. Lombard’s prison mug, letters he received and drawings he made whilst incarcerated, act as vivid reminders of the brutal end to the British Community in Russia.


To accompany ‘Caught in the Revolution’ The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, will be displaying a selection of objects, textiles and jewellery from the Leeds Russian Archive curated by Richard Davies. On display 11 February – 10 June 2017.


Public events

A varied programme of public events will be held to accompany the exhibition. Highlights include:

  • 1 March, 18:00 – 20:00 Opening Reception – Celebrate the opening of the new exhibition. Free and open to all. If you would like to attend please register here:
  • 23 March, 13:00 – 14:00 Free Lunchtime Talk: Curator and archivist Richard Davies explores the British expatriate experience during the Russian Revolution.
  • 26 April, 13:00 – 14:00 Free Lunchtime Talk: Vera Pavlova, a visiting research fellow at The University of Leeds, examines Russian theatre around the time of the Russian Revolution.
  • 25 May, 17:30 -18:30 Chris Sheppard Lecture: Helen Rappaport, alumna of the University of Leeds, will give a lecture on the subject of her latest book: ‘Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917’.
  • 21 June, 13:00 – 14:00 Free Lunchtime Talk: David Jackson, Professor of Russian & Scandinavian Art Histories at The University of Leeds explores Russian Art during the Russian Revolution.

Full details of the events programme can be found at

Photography by Ken Kajoranta

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Ending homelessness – A Talk at Leeds Trinity University


Ways to end homelessness will be discussed tomorrow, Wednesday 1 February at Leeds Trinity University by an international charity which provides help for homeless and disadvantaged people of all ages around the world.

The free talk will be delivered by Mark McGreevy OBE, Group Chief Executive of Depaul International. Currently based in Chicago, USA, Mr McGreevy works with the Institute of Global Homelessness; an academic institute founded in partnership between Depaul International and DePaul University in Chicago.

Mark McGreevy 3

Mr McGreevy will talk about the different challenges we face when examining homelessness as a global phenomenon, and suggest ways to reduce and end homelessness.

“Homelessness is a growing globally as a result of political unrest, natural disaster and urbanisation,” he said. “The strategies to deal with this problem are complex and one size doesn’t fit all. However, there is an evolving global movement of researchers, practitioners, policy makers and advocates thinking creatively about how we might tackle this issue in both the developed and the developing world.”

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The topic is particularly pertinent with the latest release of figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government which show more than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England’s streets which is a 16% increase on last year.

Mr McGreevy is the first speaker for Trinity Talks; a prestigious series of high-profile lectures for Leeds Trinity’s 50th Anniversary. Other speakers include author Gervase Phinn and former Minister of State for Faith and Communities Baroness Warsi.

An engaging and inspiring speaker, his talk will be of interest to anyone involved with homelessness, social policy, psychology, charities and community – but everyone is welcome to attend.

His talk begins at 7.00pm on Wednesday 1 February with a light buffet and refreshments beforehand, and will conclude with a Question and Answer panel sessions.

The event is free to attend, but guests are asked to register their attendance at


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