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My Dad inspired a podcast

From a kitchen table to the Royal Albert Hall: how three Leeds alumni turned some dubious content into comedy gold.

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Herbert Read: a creative life

For more than 30 years, Herbert Read lived at the heart of radical changes in 20th century arts and political thinking. Rosalind McKever writes about Read’s abiding influence and his extraordinary life.

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The Peter Cross experience

Leeds was the ‘school of life’ that sparked a career in retail for the alum who now shapes the customer experience at one of Britain’s best-loved stores, John Lewis.

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And it's goodbye from Leeds

With Christmas now a distant memory, one moment from University Challenge will forever be immortalised in Leeds history.

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My Dad inspired a podcast

From a kitchen table to the Royal Albert Hall: how three Leeds alumni turned some dubious content into comedy gold.

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Herbert Read: a creative life

For more than 30 years, Herbert Read lived at the heart of radical changes in 20th century arts and political thinking. Rosalind McKever writes about Read’s abiding influence and his extraordinary life.

Read more

The Peter Cross experience

Leeds was the ‘school of life’ that sparked a career in retail for the alum who now shapes the customer experience at one of Britain’s best-loved stores, John Lewis.

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And it's goodbye from Leeds

With Christmas now a distant memory, one moment from University Challenge will forever be immortalised in Leeds history.

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From the Editor

Leeds, here’s your starter for ten:

What links 11th century monasteries to a sustainable fashion supply chain? Or a farm near Tadcaster to how we grow food in a changing climate? Or a cupboard-office under the stairs in our student union building to a world-conquering podcast?

OK, those questions are a bit more Leeds-centric than the ones facing our celebrity University Challenge team last Christmas, but they illustrate just how much Leeds connects people and places, past and future. It’s always exciting to be able to show just a small number of examples about why Leeds has such an amazing university community.

Last summer we undertook a huge alumni research exercise. More than 15,000 of you responded to our email, giving your thoughts on what it means to be a Leeds graduate, how connected you are, and how you might want to engage with the University in the future. I’m really grateful to everyone who took the time to respond. It will help us to make sure that we involve and engage alumni in ways that are relevant and valuable to you in the future.

But in the meantime, enjoy seeing what’s happening at Leeds, and across our alumni community right now!

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Phil Steel (English Language and Literature 1997)

Head of Alumni Engagement

Leeds Alumni Vice-Chancillor

From the Vice-Chancellor

This year the University will set out our new strategy for the period beyond 2020.

We are proud of our values and our many achievements over the past decade – and will build on these strengths to deliver an outstanding student education, with an increasingly international outlook and to equip our graduates for an era of unprecedented change. We will do this while advancing our position as a leader in research and innovation, working with partners locally and around the world to address the major challenges facing society and our planet.

Leeds alumni will have a crucial role to play through this new decade and long into the future. As our best ambassadors you have great influence, inspiring our students, and shaping our international profile and reputation. As the University’s most loyal supporters and volunteers, you make a huge difference to what our students and research leaders are able to achieve. You are valued members of the Leeds community and I hope that your lifelong association with the University will continue to enrich your lives.

2020 will also mark a year of change for me personally. I will be stepping down as Vice-Chancellor after seven years in post and forty-six years of continuous public service. I feel privileged to be Vice-Chancellor of this great University, and look forward to seeing many of you at alumni events over the busy months ahead. I will of course follow the University’s continued progress with great interest in the years to come.

I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks for your engagement with and support for the University over recent years. Leeds is on a very positive trajectory for the future, and that is in no small measure due to your commitment and generosity of spirit. Thankyou for all that you do for the University – it is much admired and greatly appreciated.

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Alan Langlands

Vice-Chancellor

Leeds Alumni From the Editor

From the Editor

Leeds, here’s your starter for ten: What links 11th century monasteries to a sustainable fashion supply chain? Or a farm near Tadcaster to how we ...

Leeds University Vice-Chancillor

From the Vice-Chancellor

This year the University will set out our new strategy for the period beyond 2020. We are proud of our values and our many achievements ...

Feeding the world

How can we feed a growing global population in a changing climate? A farm packed with smart technologies will help us find out.

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Magazine highlights

Leeds Alumni - Training for life

Alumni news

Training for life

The oldest working railway in the world, the Middleton Railway in south Leeds, has a long association with the University.

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Leeds Alumni - The kindness of a stranger

Supporter news

The kindness of a stranger

The support of a scholarship and the Plus Programme has brought an extra dimension to Meegan Worcester’s studies at Leeds.

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Research feature

Future Fashion Factory

With its roots in textiles, Leeds is spearheading a £5.4 million project to transform the UK fashion industry.

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What do you think?

We wanted to know what you think about your relationship with Leeds, and how we keep you connected, so we asked you.

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50 years since Live at Leeds

Valentine’s Day 1970. The Who record their seminal album Live at Leeds.

The Refectory fizzes with atmosphere as a band at the top of their game feed off an enthusiastic student audience. A half-century later, critics still laud The Who’s Live at Leeds as the quintessential rock concert recording, and amongst the best live albums of all time.

Which performers did you see at Leeds?

Send your memories to alumni@leeds.ac.uk

Credit: John Rettie (Civil Engineering), Union News photographer

Leeds Alumni The Big Get Together

The Big Get Together is our biggest global alumni event. Every year dedicated alumni volunteers organise events that bring Leeds alumni together wherever they are in the world. In 2020 we are supporting events that have a sustainability theme to enable Leeds alumni to join the University’s commitment to creating a sustainable future.

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