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Tag Archive: Campus News 2018

  1. Donors honoured in new union

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    When students arrived at Leeds University Union in September, they found open spaces, bright colours, natural light and plenty of places to take a break. A year-long upgrade has modernised the building and created open communal areas, new shops and cafés, and purpose-built rehearsal studios. The derelict Raven Theatre, an underground in-the-round space once used for a host of performances, has been rejuvenated as the Pyramid Theatre and is used for productions by societies and visiting theatre groups. A glass roof between the Union and the Refectory enables light to flood in to a bright new atrium. Here, a donor wall shows the names of more than 400 alumni and other Footsteps Fund supporters who amongst them contributed more than £100,000 towards the cost of the upgrade.

  2. Union refurbishment uncovers lost mural

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    Contractors refurbishing the Union were amazed to uncover part of a mural painted in the 1970s by political refugees of Chile’s repressive Pinochet regime. For 40 years, this powerful piece of history hid behind a kitchen in LUU. Once discovered, building plans were changed to preserve the wall on which the mural appears. It now looks down on a modern meeting room and plans are under way to restore the rest of the artwork.

    Refugees from Chile came to Leeds in the mid-seventies through support from students and local trade unions. Do you remember the mural? Help us piece together its story here.

  3. Swords and scholarship

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    Sword-bearing knights, paradigm-shifting debate and the Iron Throne all featured as part of this year’s International Medieval Congress in July. Founded in 1994, the world-renowned annual conference attracts over 2,300 medievalists from all over the world.

    The next conference, to be held in July 2018, will be particularly significant as it marks the 50th anniversary of Medieval Studies at Leeds and the 25th Congress. “We often think of the Middle Ages as a period without much diversity,” says Axel Muller (MA History 1996), the Congress’s Director. “In fact, it was full of complex and fast-changing societies with huge amounts of social interaction.” Since 1967, Leeds has been home to an internationally renowned community of medievalists. Professor John Le Patourel led a group of pioneers to form a Centre for Medieval Studies and so the IMS (Institute for Medieval Studies) was born. Concurrently, Professor Peter Sawyer established the International Medieval Bibliography, the leading compilation of medieval scholarship, available in print and digital formats. Today the IMS is home to over 70 staff, postgraduate students and associates.

  4. High marks for Leeds

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    Latest accolades for Leeds

    • Leeds was The Times and The Sunday Times’ University of the Year 2017
    • One of the top five universities in the UK in the 2017 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey voted by students
    • Rated Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework. An independent panel judged that the University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students, of the highest quality found in the UK.”
  5. Edward Boyle Library reborn for today

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    When former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan opened the Undergraduate Library in 1975 it was an innovative, state-of-the-art, learning space. What became known as the Edward Boyle Library was at the heart of the university experience for generations of students. Now, after a £25 million investment, the ‘Eddy B’ is as popular as ever and is equipped for the way that students learn today. Although the structure of the building hasn’t changed and rows of bookshelves still chart its six floors, the Library’s technology-rich environment makes it markedly different.

    Students can meet round communal tables, pull up portable desks to high-backed armchairs that block out peripheral views, or sit at traditional desks designed to capture maximum natural light. There’s a café, computer clusters, a postgraduate area – and dedicated resources for the study of the physical sciences, engineering and social sciences.

  6. Nexus is new gateway for businesses

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    From September 2018, a new innovation and enterprise initiative (known as Nexus) comprising a £40 million campus-based centre will transform the University’s relationships with industry and help it bring its research to market. Nexus will provide businesses with a single gateway to Leeds’ broad world-class research and innovation expertise showcasing strengths in data, health, environment and engineering. At its core will be a vibrant and dynamic community of innovators spanning academia and industry. Nexus will provide access to office and lab space, shared areas for networking and collaboration, and Leeds’ state-of-the-art facilities, alongside an end-to-end professional support service.

    Its new Director, Dr Martin Stow, a PhD biochemist, has more than 25 years’ research and development experience both in large multinational companies at the Vice-President level as well as leading start-ups. He stresses its focus on addressing real world market needs and driving business growth.

    Roger Marsh OBE (Metallurgy 1976), Chairman of the Leeds Enterprise Partnership, which promotes the Leeds City Region’s interests nationally and internationally says: “Local businesses and entrepreneurs will have a place where they can engage and benefit from the knowledge and capabilities of the University, enabling the development of next generation technologies and products.”

  7. On the rails

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    The University is investing £10 million to develop the UK’s first dedicated centre for high speed rail technologies and system integration. The Institute will provide a centre for planning, design and construction. “We have a genuine opportunity to forge ahead and become leaders in a high speed rail market that is expanding rapidly,” says Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation.