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Tag Archive: Supporter News 2018

  1. Award for frontline medics

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    A legacy from Dennis Parker (Medicine 1953) will fund an annual Innovation Prize, awarded to the student whose idea is judged to have the greatest potential impact on education, leadership, teamwork, clinical practice or the community. Dr Parker served as a medical officer in the RAF and was awarded the MBE in 1967 for services with the British Joint Services Training Team in Ghana. The inaugural prize went to student James Nicholson who developed the Leeds Medical Student Community First Responder Scheme. The scheme has given students the chance to support the care of acutely ill patients outside the hospital, building on a range of skills integral to the University’s medical curriculum. Thirty medical students have been trained so far in basic life support, providing oxygen therapy and using a defibrillator.

  2. Alex is students’ TV guide

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    Broadcast Journalism students benefit from the expertise of Alex Gardiner (Politics and Parliamentary Studies 1989) who comes back to campus every year to talk about working in television. Alex, who until recently was managing director of factual programme maker Shiver, provides insight and careers advice to students, offering reassurance about their future careers: “Leeds gave a lot to me, so it’s good to give something back. And in doing that I get a lot back myself so it becomes a virtuous circle.”

  3. Gifts bring brain cancer hope

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    With the support of generous donations to our Footsteps Fund, Leeds researchers are pushing forward their search for a new treatment for brain cancer. Professor Susan Short’s research group, based at Leeds Cancer Centre, is investigating the use of an oncolytic virus which can be injected into patients to target and kill brain cancer cells. If successful, the virus will attack tumours while leaving healthy cells unharmed and ‘switch on’ the natural defences of the patient’s immune system to recognise cancer cells and destroy them.

    Following our appeal in autumn 2016, gifts flooded in to support this research. More than 1,000 donors contributed a total of £137,000 to support this pioneering research – enabling Leeds to recruit a full-time Lead Research Radiographer. This valuable new member of the team will work closely with patients taking part in clinical trials of the new treatment and monitor possible side effects. More patients will be able to participate and receive the pastoral and medical support they need. “This support is so valuable,” says Susan. “I truly hope we can repay your faith in our work by delivering a new therapy which could be genuinely life-changing for patients facing this terrible disease.”

  4. Using micro bubbles to revolutionise treatment

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    Leeds scientists are developing a potential way to load tiny ‘microbubbles’ with drugs, send them around the body and then remotely release anti-cancer drugs at exactly the right place. Currently, a patient receiving chemotherapy is given drugs to attack and kill cancer cells. But these drugs also spread around the patient’s entire body, causing damage to healthy cells and side-effects such as fatigue, hair loss and nausea.

    Researchers believe their approach could lead to big changes in cancer treatment, reducing the amount of drug a patient would have to be given – and avoiding the worst of the side-effects. Donations from alumni over the coming months will help Leeds to accelerate this research. To support this work, visit campaign.leeds.ac.uk

  5. Sanders is our man in Taipei

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    One of our many overseas volunteers, Sanders Chen (MA Business Administration 2012), ensures that the University of Leeds Taiwan Alumni Association continues to go from strength to strength. The Association hosts an annual reunion which sees large numbers of Taiwanese alumni come together to network, dine and share memories of life as Leeds students. For this year’s Big Get Together, Sanders organised a barbecue in Taipei – and the association even has its own Dragon Boat racing team!

  6. Florence offers first-hand advice

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    The Leeds Network is an online platform which enables students to read examples of what Leeds graduates have gone on to do, as well as to ask the alumni questions. Florence Henry (International Relations and Political Communications 2016) joined soon after graduating: “The graduate job market is hard, and as a student it’s hard to know all the career opportunities out there. Speaking to alumni is a great way to help students learn more about the graduate employment world and work out how best to market their experience.” Students can view profiles of more than 1,000 Leeds alumni.

  7. Students’ transatlantic experience

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    Alumni support enabled 15 undergraduates to take part in a seven-day Leeds to New York Student Leadership Programme. The students participated in a series of intensive workshops, visits and events through which they explored the challenges facing business, community and cultural leaders in the two cities. The programme is designed to meet the demand of employers worldwide who are looking for the kind of talent to work fluidly across different geographies, sectors and generations.

    The programme was funded by alumni donations to the Footsteps Fund, while Leeds alumni on both sides of the Atlantic gave practical support by becoming involved in the sessions, hosting visits to business premises and passing on their own skills, knowledge and experience. Marc Steatham (History 1983), Principal of Allen Street Marketing in New York was one of the alumni involved. “It was great to see so many undergraduates investigate issues, formulate answers and present their findings with such professionalism and passion,” he said. “I feel the future is safe!”

  8. Our next generation of scholars

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    IntoUniversity students took part in a special study session on flooding and environmental planning run by consultants Mott Macdonald, whose Managing Director is alumnus Mike Haigh (Civil Engineering 1981). IntoUniversity centres, supported by donations from alumni, work with children from disadvantaged backgrounds in inner-city Leeds, inspiring them to succeed in education.