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The Leeds student experience is even more special thanks to the support of our alumni. Here are some ways Leeds alumni have had an impact by giving time, expertise or funding.

  • 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

    The kindness of a stranger

    Estranged from her father and having lost her mother to cancer, Sustainability and Environmental Management student Meegan Worcester studied for her A-levels while sleeping in the living room of her brother’s student house in Nottingham. “I didn’t have a desk so I’d stay on after school to revise,” she says.

    She was determined to get to Leeds, having “fallen in love with the place” at an open day. After achieving high A-level grades she enrolled in 2018: “My brother and I came up on the train, but when he left I felt very alone. Other girls’ parents were saying they’d send money and visit. Everything was sorted for them.”

    Meegan threw herself into the Plus Programme, a year-round suite of tailored support for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. “I joined lots of their Freshers’ Week events because I knew there would be people like me there.” There were. Meegan is one of more than 800 students whose studies are currently supported by a scholarship funded by alumni and other donors. “This helps financially, of course,” she says. “But it’s also good to know that a stranger thinks you’re worthy of support.”

    Find out more about supporting scholarships at campaign.leeds.ac.uk

  • Tailored prognosis

    Tailored prognosis

    For patients and their families, the moment of a cancer diagnosis is something that will be remembered vividly for years. Giving patients detailed information is crucial in helping them come to terms with the diagnosis.

    But no two cases are quite the same. Doctors currently have only limited ability to tailor their advice on survival to individuals. Research supported by Geoff Oatley (Gas Engineering 1959) is mining a wealth of NHS data to analyse the impact of pre-existing health conditions on cancer survival, which will help to develop a tool for clinicians to give a more accurate prognosis to each client.

  • First-hand career support

    Alumni in Beijing provided information and advice about their careers to more recent graduates

    First-hand career support

    Senior alumni across the world are helping recent graduates by opening their networks, sharing contacts and creating development opportunities. Last year, nearly 170 recent graduates learned from alumni volunteers about their chosen field of work at sector-specific workshops in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhao and Hong Kong.

    Find out more about alumni volunteering at alumni.leeds.ac.uk/volunteering

  • Mentoring future leaders

    Frances Milner (Theology and Religious Studies 1993) alumni mentor on the Alumni Leadership Mentoring programme, with her mentee, Lewis

    Mentoring future leaders

    One-to-one mentoring can give students the know-how to thrive in their future career and help them work out what they want to do after graduation. Since 2016, 37 alumni have taken part in the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme by helping develop students’ leadership, networking and communication skills in a professional and supportive environment.

    Through one-to-one meetings, mentors help students to explore their strengths and weaknesses and how to make the most of them in a professional setting. The mentors also support students with their communications and relationship building skills. Our students feed back that the programme helps to build their confidence as they begin their career.

    Leadership mentors are just some of the 994 Leeds alumni who have given more than 14,000 hours of mentoring time for Leeds over the last three years.

    Find out more about alumni volunteering at alumni.leeds.ac.uk/volunteering

  • Therapy by robot

    MyPAM uses video games to encourage stroke survivors to rebuild their hand and arm function

    Therapy by robot

    Your gifts to support stroke rehabilitation robotics are pushing forward development of the MyPAM Robot, which provides valuable exercise to those with reduced arm function. Alumni have donated £77,835, enabling our undergraduates to refine the video games at the heart of the robot, with the aim of optimising its performance in upcoming clinical trials.

  • Supporting children to achieve

    IntoUniversity is bringing a new dimension to learning in inner-city Leeds

    Supporting children to achieve

    Established with donor support, our IntoUniversity centres are raising aspirations and attainment among young people in inner-city Leeds. In 2018 – 19, almost 4,000 children aged 7 to 18 took part in sessions run by the Beeston and Harehills centres. Of those who were school leavers, 70% progressed to university in 2019.

  • An exercise in wellbeing

    An exercise in wellbeing

    Mental health is an important issue for the University and our students. Over the past year, student demand for our student counselling services has increased by 35%. Gifts from alumni to the Footsteps Fund have established the innovative Lifestyle and Wellbeing Programme, which uses exercise and physical activity to support students’ overall health – tackling issues around stress, diet, lifestyle and sleep. Thanks to alumni, 183 students benefited from this programme last year.

    Find out more about the Footsteps Fund at campaign at www.campaign.leeds.ac.uk/footsteps-fund

  • Historic collection

    A sea chest from a ship commanded by Lord Nelson is one of the most outstanding pieces in a remarkable collection bequeathed to the University by former antique dealer John Victor Bedford. Originally concentrated on the history of furniture, the scope of Mr Bedford’s lifetime of collecting grew to incorporate all aspects of the classic English home – interiors, furnishings, paintings, drapery, lighting, architecture and gardens.

    Now a gift from the trustees of his will is enabling these resources to be opened up for scholarship, research and public engagement in the Brotherton Library.

    Find out more about leaving a gift to Leeds in your Will, at campaign.leeds.ac.uk/your-legacy

  • Insightful career experience

    Insight days enable students to better understand what a career involves, helping them develop their skills, and work out what career they might be suited to. The days involve visiting a workplace, meeting different staff, and often taking part in exercises or workplace activity.

    Many of these days are set up thanks to alumni who work with their employer and colleagues to organise the days. Thanks to alumni, students benefited from insight days at a wide variety of organisations last year, including video game developer Square Enix, wealth management company LGT Vestra, Longley Farm dairy, the Ministry of Housing and Wigan Council.

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