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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

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.

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.

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

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