A gateway to discovery
Discovery Way, home of Leeds’ new Nexus building connects the campus to the city and locates business and research together.
Walking up Woodhouse Lane from Leeds city centre you will notice a striking new route into the University campus. On the site of the old Fenton Street, Discovery Way leads up past the EC Stoner Building and towards the Roger Stevens lecture theatre block. Located on Discovery Way is Nexus, which brings business and research together in the same building.
The new £40 million Nexus building has five floors of offices, labs, event spaces and a café, forming a hub for the city’s growing innovation community.
Businesses can join the Nexus community and even locate their business in the building’s high-quality office and lab workspace. Open for less than a year, this growing community already includes a diverse range of innovators, start-up companies, SMEs, business advisory partners and funding networks.
The Nexus team builds relationships between business and the University to develop partnerships that drive economic and societal impact. The team works to connect these organisations to the right support to allow their ventures to thrive. Whether that’s research and innovation collaborations, funding opportunities, recruitment or continuing professional development.
Find out more at nexus.leeds.co.uk
The University of Leeds has fully divested from significant fossil fuel extractors and has set out seven bold principles it will adopt to help tackle the climate crisis. The principles have been approved by the University’s governing body, its Council, and outline the ambitious steps Leeds is taking to support the global transition to a low-carbon future. They commit to a 2030 net-zero carbon footprint target and a drive to achieve no direct carbon emissions by 2050. They also include a commitment to reorient research and teaching away from the fossil fuel sector over time.
In deep water
A conference in the Great Hall marked the tenth anniversary of renowned interdisciplinary research group water@leeds, one of the largest centres for water research in the world. Collaborators in academia and industry joined speakers from water@leeds to highlight the impact of the research on society and the economy. Changing climate and rainfall patterns, growing global populations, shifting land use patterns and increasing water consumption all provide challenges that water@leeds is helping to address.
Thanks a million
One million pieces of single-use plastic have been removed from use across campus a year on from the launch of the joint University and LUU pledge to go single-use plastic-free by 2023. The target was set to inspire staff and students to drive operational changes and encourage innovative research.
Welcoming new alumni
Leeds welcomed almost 3,000 new members into our alumni community in December. Students, supported by friends and family, graduated at 21 ceremonies over seven days.
The new graduates included 1,000 international students from 50 different countries. The graduates received an alumni pin to celebrate their new status as Leeds alumni.
They join 8,000 graduates from earlier in 2019, swelling our alumni community to almost 280,000 people across the world. Leeds has one of the largest and most diverse alumni communities of any UK university.
Wolfson Centre tackles major health challenges
A new research centre brings together expertise from the universities of Leeds and Bradford with Bradford Teaching Hospitals. Based at Bradford Royal Infirmary, the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research will address key priorities – childhood, ageing and safe care. Professor Mark Mon-Williams, the University’s academic lead for the centre, said: “Our goal is to bring together researchers from a range of disciplines to improve health outcomes for everyone.”
Accolades for the gender agenda
The University’s commitment to gender equality has been recognised with a total of eight awards under the Athena SWAN charter. In November, Leeds Medical School was the first medical school in England to achieve a gold award. The national charter recognises commitment to gender equality in terms of representation; progress of students; journey through career milestones; and working environment for staff.
Peering on their peregrinations
Get ready to binge watch Leeds’ peregrines in their custom-built nest high on a Parkinson tower ledge. Last year, our popular nest-cam provided an engrossing story of four fluffy chicks, from incubation to their first flight. Meanwhile, students, staff and local birdwatchers congregated on Woodhouse Lane for a chance to see the world’s fastest birds.
Watch the nest this year at alumni.leeds.ac.uk/peregrines
Roadmap to a carbon neutral city
A new report, produced by Professor Andy Gouldson and his team in the School of Earth and Environment, sets out how Leeds can become carbon neutral by 2030. It outlines innovative measures including switching the heating network to decarbonised hydrogen, retrofitting domestic, public and commercial buildings and promoting ambitious levels of walking and cycling.
Still partying at 80
Since it opened in 1939, the Old Bar in the LUU Building has been the social venue of choice (or convenience) for thousands of students. Once alleged – but never conclusively proven – to have the longest bar in Europe, it has been refurbished many times but never lost its character. In December LUU held a 1930s-style party to celebrate the Bar’s 80th birthday.
New building honours Esther
Following a 2018 Leeds magazine story, the University will name a new building after a graduate who saved the lives of intellectuals fleeing persecution. The Esther Simpson building is under construction on Lyddon Terrace. It will include space for the business and law schools as well as a central teaching area.
Read Esther’s inspirational story at https://alumni.leeds.ac.uk/news/grace-under-pressure