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									                                                                                                   Issue 4 | Summer Graduation 2007

                                                                  The Alumni Magazine of Leeds Metropolitan University

                                                                                 A history of pioneering education:
                                                                                       celebrating 100 years in Headingley
                                                                                                          a champion’s legacy

‘Leeds Metropolitan University is the greenest university
in the UK, according to People & Planet’s league table.’
The Times Higher, June 2007

For the alumni & friends of Leeds Metropolitan University Leeds Polytechnic James Graham College
City of Leeds College of Education Carnegie Physical Training College
City of Leeds Training College Yorkshire College of Education & Home Economics
Yorkshire Training School of Cookery Leeds College of Commerce Leeds College of Art (pre 1970)
Leeds College of Technology (pre 1970) Yorkshire Training College of Housecraft
Momentum Welcome
Now that our university is receiving one accolade after another,
the title of this publication, 'momentum', will be appreciated by
alumni all the more. Every time we are recognised as a
pioneering university, that should add value to the experience
that alumni received as students. Other people will increasingly
appreciate that you graduated from what is now acknowledged
to be, for example, the UK's most environmentally friendly
university and the only university to win a national
Arts & Business award this year. We won gold with the
Times Higher Education Supplement's 'outstanding contribution
to the local community' award and silver in their overall
'university of the year' category.

Whether you are just graduating or are one of our long-standing
alumni, please do stay in touch with your university.
Mark Roberts and I would be delighted to hear from you.
We look forward to seeing many alumni at two special events,
first the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley on
Saturday 25 August and then the first game of the
Guinness Premiership season on Sunday 16 September when
Leeds Carnegie play Gloucester at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

If you wish to return to study for another degree, now or later,
please add to our momentum. Our website is increasingly
                                                                    04 News
capturing the diverse activities of our existing and former
students. The daily series of reflections mean that you can
                                                                    08 A history of pioneering education:
                                                                        celebrating 100 years in Headingley
easily keep in touch with developments. Thank you for the
contributions you have already made and many congratulations
                                                                    12 Carnegie:
to all those who are graduating.
                                                                        a champion’s legacy

      Yours,                                                        16 Supporting sport

                                                                    18 Reunions

                                                                    20 Alumni News
      Professor Simon Lee
                                                                    22 Alumni Network

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Momentum News

When leeds met indian cinema
Leeds Metropolitan University has
established an exciting partnership
with the Indian International Film
Academy (IIFA) through which the
university has become its official
education partner. The partnership
offers students and staff the chance
to rub shoulders with champions of
Indian Cinema and strengthen
educational, business, arts and
sporting links with India.
    Since the first IIFA awards,
held in the Millennium Dome in
London in 2000, the ceremony has
been hosted in cities around the
world. In 2007 IIFA came to West
Yorkshire and Bollywood fans from
our region enthusiastically
welcomed the biggest stars in
Indian cinema over the weekend
7 – 10 June.
    The first event of the weekend
was a celebrity cricket match at
Headingley Carnegie Stadium            beating Yorkshire by one run. The    newly-restored Great Hall, was            Thursday to India’s Civil Aviation
which saw Indian and Pakistani         event was broadcast around the       renamed the Gandhi Hall.                  Minister Praful Patel.
cricket greats and A-list Bollywood    world with proceeds being donated    Doctorates were awarded to actor              Cementing our academic
stars compete against a team of        to the IIFA Foundation.              and IIFA ambassador Amitabh               partnership with IIFA two
Yorkshire cricketing legends and           On the Saturday of the           Bachchan, acclaimed writer,               professorships will also be
celebrities. The game, which had       weekend, the university awarded      director, and producer Yash               established at the university: the
members of the crowd on the edge       honorary doctorates to Bollywood     Chopra and leading actress                IIFA Chair for Global Cinema, and
of their seats, came down to the       stars at a special graduation        Shabana Azmi. An honorary                 an India 60 Chair celebrating 60
final ball with the IIFA team          ceremony at which the university’s   doctorate was also awarded on             years of Indian independence.

Leeds Tykes becomes Leeds Carnegie
                                                                            In a highly exciting partnership          taking the university’s men’s and
                                                                            development, rugby union                  women’s rugby union teams to the
                                                                            champions Leeds Tykes will be             highest levels.
                                                                            known as Leeds Carnegie when they             Stuart Lancaster was delighted
                                                                            return to the Guinness Premiership        by the news, “Through sporting
                                                                            in September 2007. Tykes, this            partnerships the profile of the
                                                                            year’s National League One                university and Carnegie has been
                                                                            champions, will return to rugby           raised significantly in the last three
                                                                            union’s top flight with a significantly   years; however, this partnership
                                                                            deeper relationship with Leeds            will take us to another level. I hope
                                                                            Metropolitan University.                  that all alumni will feel proud of
                                                                                 The new team, Leeds Carnegie,        their university and consider the
                                                                            is to be managed by Leeds Met and         new ‘Leeds Carnegie’ side to be
                                                                            Leeds Rugby, with the Vice-               their team and give us their support
                                                                            Chancellor, Professor Simon Lee and       as we return this year to the
                                                                            Director of Finance & Resources,          Guinness Premiership.”
                                                                            Stephen Willis, becoming directors.           Leeds Carnegie’s first
                                                                            In turn, the coach of the premiership     Premiership fixture will be at
                                                                            club, Stuart Lancaster, himself an        Headingley Carnegie Stadium on
                                                                            alumnus of the university, will be        Sunday 16 September against
                                                                            supporting Colin Stephens, Leeds          Gloucester, kick-off 3pm. Please
                                                                            Met Director of Rugby Union, in           come and support our club.
Momentum News

Centenary book celebrates our history
To celebrate the centenary of Leeds     further to the foundation of Kirkstall
Metropolitan University’s presence      Abbey which, coincidentally, is
in Headingley a group of university     celebrating 800 years this year.
students and staff is producing a           The theme for the book is ‘then
commemorative book which will           and now’ and chapters include a
outline Leeds Met’s significant         timeline of the Headingley Campus,
contribution to education and           the Grange, the Beckett family,
teacher training in Leeds through       establishment of the City of Leeds
our predecessor institution the City    Training College, the architecture of
of Leeds Training College, which        the campus, teacher education,
opened in 1907.                         curriculum, student participation
    Beckett Park, now our Headingley    and sport. The book will contain
Campus, was acquired for the college    many fascinating archive
in 1907 from Lord Grimthorpe, but its   photographs and will be available
fascinating history goes back much      for purchase in October.

Making music                                                                     Celebrating Northern design talent
                                                                                 The prestigious 2007 Northern           The awards evening included
                                                                                 Design awards dinner was held at    an exhibition of the work of 50
                                                                                 Headingley Carnegie Stadium in      finalists. Announced at the dinner,
                                                                                 June. The competition, now in its   the winners were: for Product
                                                                                 second year, seeks to encourage     Innovation and Conceptual Design,
                                                                                 creativity and excellence in        Anthony Greening, a student at
                                                                                 design, innovation, art and         Hull College; for Illustration, Fine
                                                                                 photography amongst young           Art and Sculpture, Tom Ashton-
                                                                                 people from the North, and was      Booth from Leeds Met; for Digital
                                                                                 founded by Leeds Met governor       Design and Photography, Lucy
                                                                                 Maurice Miller. Mr Miller,          Ridges, a student at the University
                                                                                 Director of Dean Clough in          of Central Lancashire. Anthony
                                                                                 Halifax, said that he hoped the     Greening took the top award as the
                                                                                 competition would become a          overall winner of the competition.
                                                                                 national or even international          Terry Hodgkinson, chair of
                                                                                 event. Indeed, sponsors are         Yorkshire Forward, was a guest at
                                                                                 already coming forward to support   the event and spoke of the
                                                                                 next year’s awards due to the       importance of design and the
                                                                                 overwhelming success of this        value of contributions by young
                                                                                 year’s competition.                 designers to the local economy.
Students, alumni, friends and staff     March to sing John Rutter’s ‘The
have been showcasing their              Sprig of Thyme’ conducted by
musical talents at regular events       musical director Andrew Dean.
held at the university. In              The Sprig of Thyme is a cycle of
November, Leeds Met staged a            folk songs from around the British
spectacular performance of Carl         Isles. Musicians rehearsed all day
Orff’s famous Carmina Burana in         to prepare for a well-received
the Graduation Hall at Headingley       evening concert performance at
Campus. The concert raised funds        Skipton Girls’ High School.
for Leeds Met Africa’s Durban                Following the success of the
Children’s Society Support Fund         first Summer Prom in July 2006,
and the Leeds Youth Jazz Rock           Leeds Met and partners the world-
Orchestra’s tour to Durban Arts         famous Black Dyke Band presented
Festival. The event featured            their second Summer Prom
professional soloists from Opera        Concert which took place at the
North and Leeds Met student             university’s Headingley Campus in
dancers, choreographed by               July. This year the Prom was in aid
Phoenix Dance Theatre.                  of Martin House Children’s Hospice
    Leeds Met Singers and Skipton       and featured special guests The
Girls’ High School joined forces in     Yorkshire Youth Brass Band.

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Momentum News

Kaiser Chiefs surprise Leeds Met gig
                                                                                                                    Leeds Met alumnus Ricky Wilson
                                                                                                                    returned to Leeds Met with his
                                                                                                                    band the Kaiser Chiefs in
                                                                                                                    February to play a surprise gig.
                                                                                                                    The band gave an exclusive
                                                                                                                    performance for local fans in
                                                                                                                    their home town at the Students’
                                                                                                                    Union Met Bar. The surprise
                                                                                                                    warm-up show was organised in
                                                                                                                    advance of the release of their
                                                                                                                    single ‘Ruby’ and to prepare the
                                                                                                                    band for a Radio 1 Doncaster
                                                                                                                    Dome gig the following week.
                                                                                                                        Ricky, who graduated from
                                                                                                                    Leeds Met in 2000 with a first
                                                                                                                    class degree in Graphic Art &
                                                                                                                    Design, shot to fame in 2005 with
                                                                                                                    the Kaiser Chiefs’ first album

Leeds Met: an award-winning university
In the last 12 months Leeds Met
has won four major awards which
recognise our pioneering work in
the community, our approach to
student fees and our respect for
the environment.
    Leeds Met was in the medals
at the prestigious Times Higher
Awards in November, winning
‘gold’ for ‘outstanding contribution
to the local community’ and ‘silver’
in the ‘university of the year’
category. The community award
was in recognition of Leeds Met’s
partnership with Bradford City
Football Club, which helped save
the club from collapse. In the
‘university of the year’ category the
award went to Nottingham
University; however, Leeds Met
was proclaimed ‘highly
commended runner-up’ and
singled out for praise for our low-
charging, high impact approach to
fees. Leeds Met’s Chancellor,
Brendan Foster, who attended the
awards ceremony, observed with          recycling a record amount and        the environment was again              Leeds Met’s energy comes from
the experience of a world-class         improving the local environment      recognised in June 2007 as Leeds       sustainable sources and future
sporting champion, “It’s always         through community initiatives and    Met was declared the UK’s              targets include saving 4million
better to come away with some           regeneration. 54% of waste is now    greenest university, coming top in a   kw/hs of electricity by July 2010,
medals.”                                being recycled at Leeds Met, which   league table of universities           reducing waste to landfill by 70% by
    In January Leeds Met picked up      helped the university secure the     compiled by People & Planet            December 2007, and increasing the
a Tidy Business Standards gold          gold award.                          published to coincide with World       diversity of trees and shrubs in
award for minimising waste by               The university’s commitment to   Environment Day. Already, 85% of       Headingley woodlands by 25%.
Momentum News

Senator George Mitchell brings peace to Leeds Met
                                                                            World-renowned US Senator and        estate which includes a new Rose
                                                                            peace envoy, George Mitchell         Bowl development for the Leeds
                                                                            visited Leeds Metropolitan           Business School. Several of the
                                                                            University in March to announce      university’s tower blocks will be
                                                                            the development of a new Senator     released to a private developer to
                                                                            George Mitchell Centre for Peace     be replaced by a mixed use
                                                                            and Conflict Resolution at the       complex, with the Senator George
                                                                            university. Vice-Chancellor,         Mitchell Centre for Peace &
                                                                            Professor Simon Lee, said, “We       Conflict Resolution, and Peace
                                                                            are honoured that Senator Mitchell   Museum, at its heart.
                                                                            has accepted an invitation to            Leeds Met has already
                                                                            become a Visiting Professor at       developed new learning facilities
                                                                            Leeds Met. As we encourage           at the Electric Press in
                                                                            world-wide horizons for all our      Millennium Square, Northern
                                                                            students he will help us and our     Terrace at Queen Square, The Old
                                                                            partner organisations develop a      School Board, Cloth Hall Court,
                                                                            peace centre and museum that is      Hepworth Point and Old
                                                                            worthy of his great name.”           Broadcasting House on
                                                                                 During his visit Senator        Woodhouse Lane. This
                                                                            Mitchell met students and staff      transformation in the Civic
                                                                            and ceremonially turned over the     Quarter, when complete will
                                                                            first piece of earth at Portland     match the university’s spectacular
                                                                            Gate in our Civic Quarter,           Headingley Quarter which
                                                                            signalling the beginning of a        includes the world-famous
                                                                            landmark redevelopment of our        Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Carnegie Challenge Cup                                                      Changing views
Rugby League’s premier knock-                                               Evidence of momentum in the          state-of-the-art music studios in
out competition, the Challenge                                              university’s estates development     James Graham, the site will be
Cup, which returns this year to                                             programme can been seen at our       redeveloped to provide teaching,
Wembley for the final, is now                                               Civic Quarter. The first of the      research and exhibition space for
called the Carnegie Challenge                                               tower blocks to be demolished to     the new George Mitchell Centre
Cup as Leeds Met further                                                    make way for new student             for Peace & Conflict Resolution.
develops its partnership with the                                           learning facilities is A building.       In line with Leeds Met’s
Rugby Football League. The six-                                             Formerly the home of part of our     environmental policy, where
year partnership is the first of its                                        Innovation North faculty which       possible, materials from the
kind between a higher education                                             has moved to accommodation at        demolished building are being
institution in England and a                                                our Headingley Campus, including     sorted for recycling.
national sports governing body.
     Richard Lewis, the RFL’s
Executive Chairman commented,
“The partnership between Leeds
Met Carnegie and the RFL is both
ground-breaking and unique in
sport. The RFL believes that the
partnership, involving both sports     reflecting the ‘carnival’
performance and academic study,        atmosphere of the Wembley
is tremendously significant and        tradition which began around the
shows the progressive nature of        time that our Carnegie College
the sport and the university.”         was founded.”
     Leeds Met’s Vice-Chancellor            This year’s Carnegie
Professor Simon Lee said, “The         Challenge Cup final will be played
competition reflects the style of      at Wembley on Sunday 25 August
our Great North Uni, engaging          in front of a potential 90,000
families and communities from          crowd with millions more
the UK and the wider world, and        watching on television.

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A history of pioneering education:

celebrating 100 years
in Headingley
Leeds Metropolitan University is preparing to celebrate 100 years
                            Alumni Alumni Relations, Mark Roberts
of education in Headingley; Head ofOfficer Della Vallance discovers
discovers more about our history
more about our history

Photograph courtesy of Simmons Aerofilms
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A history of pioneering education: celebrating 100 years in Headingley
Leeds Metropolitan University can trace its
history back to 1824, the year in which the
Leeds Mechanics Institute was founded. 2024,
therefore, will be a significant milestone as we
celebrate 200 years of providing access to
learning in Leeds. However, all our
predecessor colleges, of high renown in their
time and in their individual spheres of learning,
bequeath to us their distinction, individual
traditions and the persistence and example of
history, all of which combine to make Leeds
Met, today, a vibrant, pioneering university.
    Founded in 1846, another early component
of Leeds Met was the Leeds College of Art
which was to become one of the leading
schools of art in the country, nurturing the
talents of internationally-renowned artists
including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
Today, Leeds Met's Faculty of Art & Society is
proud to be the direct descendent of this
eminent institution. Art at Leeds Met
celebrated 150 years in 1996. The previous year     occupation in the area dates back to Roman
saw 150 years of commerce at Leeds Met, our         times. Following the dissolution of the
Business & Law Faculty's direct predecessor,        monasteries in the 16th century the land
the Leeds College of Commerce, coming into          passed into the ownership of a Yorkshire
being in 1845.                                      farming family and then to the Victorian
                                                    entrepreneur John Marshall before becoming
                                                    the home of the Beckett family.
Leeds Metropolitan                                      Maintained by the City of Leeds Training
                                                    College as a hostel since 1907, the oldest
University can trace its                            house on the campus, now called the Grange,
                                                    has developed from a prestigious farmhouse
history back to 1824, the                           designed in the Palladian style by James
year in which the Leeds                             Paine to a Victorian country residence. In its
                                                    gardens once stood a great terraced walk
Mechanics Institute was                             which stood five metres high and extended
founded.                                            across what is now the Acre. The walk had a         opposition but a passionate speech by James
                                                    sloping roof and a wall set with windows in the     Graham, the Secretary for Education in Leeds,
                                                    classical style. It was the longest such garden     in which he stated that Leeds was “the
    Our centres for the study of tourism,           feature in England and was used by Dorothy          metropolis of Yorkshire both commercially and
hospitality and events owe a great deal to the      and William Wordsworth who were friends of          educationally” won the case for the city
Yorkshire Training School of Cookery which          the then owner John Marshall.                       corporation and almost immediately 40 acres
was founded in 1874. Known for many years               During the academic year 2007-2008,             of the Kirkstall Grange estate was purchased
as the 'Pud School', its alumni still meet every    Leeds Met will be celebrating a century of          from the owner, Lord Grimthorpe, with
year, as they have done for over 100 years.         education in Headingley; 100 years since the        another 30 acres taken on lease.
    These four colleges were brought together       foundation of the City of Leeds Training                A competition to design the buildings for
in the 1960s on a site between Calverley Street     College in 1907. The College was opened on          the new college was announced and opened to
and Portland Gate. Known as the Central             19 October 1907 by Rowland Barran, one of           entries from Leeds architects. The winning
Colleges of Art, Commerce, Housecraft and           the members of parliament for Leeds. Its            architect would have responsibility for the
Technology, they were to form Leeds                 foundation was a response to the high demand        main building, to be called James Graham,
Polytechnic in 1970.                                for teacher training provision in England and       and one of the hostels, Brontë, with the next
    However, 2007 will also be a very               the national shortage of training college           placed architects by merit chosen to build the
significant year for Leeds Met. In 1976 the         places. The college received over 1000              remaining hostels. Plans were submitted by
college which gives Leeds Met its magnificent       applications in its first year, with 141 students   27 architects, with George W Atkinson
Headingley Campus joined the Polytechnic.           accepted for training in temporary                  adjudged the winner. Building commenced and
The City of Leeds Training College, a specialist    accommodation.                                      the site was ready for use, a little later than
teacher training institution, was founded in            The location for the building of the            anticipated, in 1912 providing for 300 female
1907 and in 1912 the training college moved         permanent college was to be chosen from ten         and 180 male students, with 60 resident
permanently to its impressive purpose-built         possible sites and even though it was the most      students in each hostel. The new buildings
100 acre campus in Headingley. The campus           expensive, at £42,000, the Kirkstall Grange         were formally opened on 13 June 1913 by the
was previously the site of a monastic farm          estate at Beckett Park was chosen by the local      Rt Hon Joseph Pease, the government's
connected to nearby Kirkstall Abbey, but            education authority. There was, however,            President of the Board of Education.
Celebrating our history
is important. Leeds Met
is proud that it has
been associated for so
many years with the
development of
education in Leeds and

    James Graham himself suggested the
names for the seven hostels other than the
Grange which would retain its historic title.
He suggested the names of seven
distinguished people connected with
Yorkshire; for the men's hostels Cavendish,
after the Dukes of Devonshire associated with
Bolton Abbey, and Fairfax, after the important
Yorkshire noble family famed for supporting
the Parliamentarians in the Civil War, Sir
Thomas Fairfax being appointed Lord-General
of the New Model Army. The women's hostels
were to be Brontë, after the novelist daughters
of the Vicar of Haworth; Caedmon, after the
Anglo-Saxon poet and monk of Whitby Abbey;
Leighton, after Lord Leighton, artist and
President of the Royal Academy who was born
in Scarborough; Macaulay after Lord
Macaulay, reforming politician and
nineteenth-century MP for Leeds; and
Priestley after the chemist Joseph Priestley,
born in Leeds, discoverer of oxygen.
    James Graham wanted to call the final
hostel Forster rather than Priestley after
William Forster, nineteenth century MP for
Bradford and education reformer. Even
though Forster's education act paved the way
for elementary education for all up to the age
of 13, the Training College committee “did not
feel that its Yorkshire pride was strong enough
to overcome its rivalry with Bradford.” So        establishment. Plans for the event of war had     for so many years with the development of
Forster was dropped in favour of Priestley!       been prepared as early as January 1939 but        education in Leeds and Yorkshire. Now, as a
    However, only two years after the new         these soon changed and rather than relocate       university with world-wide horizons, the
buildings had opened war in Europe from 1914      to Loughborough and Sheffield the college's       legacy of our predecessor institutions provides
starved the college of students and saw the       activities moved to Scarborough, with             us with inspiration to continue to develop our
government take over most of the site, with       students living in the Southlands, Brooklands     buildings, curriculum and our pioneering
James Graham and some of the hostels              and Dorchester hotels during term time. The       approach to low-charging, high impact lifelong
becoming the No1 Northern General Hospital.       College finally left Scarborough for Leeds just   learning in Leeds.
Lectures had to be conducted in local schools     before Christmas 1945.
with houses outside the campus used for               Much more of the fascinating history of
accommodation. In 1913 there were 180 male        Leeds Met's Headingley Campus and the lives
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students; in 1918 there were just 19.             of those students and staff associated with it      from the air in the 1940s. Page 10
    War again disrupted college life between      will be told throughout our centenary and           Commemorative postcard form the 1920s.
1939 and 1945. When war was declared in           through a book which is being prepared to           Blue plaque at the Grange. Page 11 The
                                                                                                      Great Hall in James Graham in the 1920s
September 1939 the War Office took                mark this milestone.
                                                                                                      and today the newly restored and renamed
possession of the buildings, not as a hospital        Celebrating our history is important.           Gandhi Hall.
as before but as an administrative                Leeds Met is proud that it has been associated

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a champion’s legacy
In 2008 Leeds Met will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of its
In 2008 Leeds Met will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of its
Carnegie Faculty. Head of Alumni Relations, Mark Roberts, examines
Carnegie Faculty. Head of Alumni Relations, Mark Roberts, examines
the significance of the name Carnegie.
the significance of the name Carnegie.

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Carnegie: a champion’s legacy
                                                       Leeds Met’s Carnegie Faculty of Sport &             Carnegie Premier League is soccer’s top flight.
                                                       Education.                                              Carnegie, therefore, synonymous for
                                                           Could Andrew Carnegie have imagined how         decades with philanthropy, arts, learning and
                                                       well-known his name would be in the 21st            world peace, is now becoming more widely
                                                       century not just in Yorkshire but around the        known for its sporting association, emanating
                                                       world: Carnegie College, Carnegie Hall in New       from Leeds Met’s Yorkshire base to the rest of
                                                       York, Carnegie Medals, Carnegie libraries, arts     the world; carried on shirts, through TV
                                                       centres, peace organisations and educational        coverage, on match tickets and in newspaper
                                                       and charitable institutions?                        reports. It is, however, perhaps Leeds Met
                                                                                                           Carnegie’s partnership with Headingley, itself
                                                                                                           an international brand for over a century,
                                                                                                           which has attracted the most public attention
                                                       It was Carnegie’s belief                            and acclaim.
                                                       that his personal wealth,                               Negotiations between Leeds Met, Leeds
                                                                                                           Rugby and Yorkshire Cricket to form a
                                                       beyond that required to                             pioneering partnership, unique to the UK, began
                                                                                                           in 2003, culminating in 2004 with the historic
                                                       supply the needs of his                             announcement that the world famous stadium
Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish industrialist,          family, should be                                   would be renamed ‘Headingley Carnegie’,
born in Dunfermline, Fife, in 1835, in humble                                                              bringing together two names which stand for
circumstances. His family emigrated to
                                                       regarded as a trust fund                            excellence in sport. As a symbol of this
America when he was a child. Carnegie’s thirst         to be administered for                              partnership a new stand at the rugby ground to
for knowledge and commitment to hard work                                                                  replace the Eastern Terrace was built.
enabled him to establish himself in business           the benefit of others.                                  Fittingly it was exactly one hundred years
and go on to create a steel empire which in                                                                after the first game of the new 13-a-side form
1901 at the age of 65 he sold for nearly half a                                                            of the game, rugby league, was played in
billion dollars, receiving over half of this as his        An article on the BBC’s web site earlier this   Headingley, that the new Carnegie Stand was
personal fortune. He would devote the rest of          year proclaimed, “The UK is going Carnegie          opened, the first major development at the
his life to philanthropic activities. By the time of   crazy.” The reason for this headline? Leeds Met.    rugby ground for 70 years. At the opening,
his death in 1919 he had given away over                   Followers of English rugby union and rugby      before a game between Leeds Rhinos and
$350million to projects around the world.              league, soccer in Northern Ireland and              Warrington Wolves, Gary Hetherington, Chief
     It was Carnegie’s belief that his personal        international test cricket will know the name       Executive of Leeds Rugby remarked, “Leeds
wealth, beyond that required to supply the             Carnegie. It will be on the replica shirt they      Rugby is focussed on achieving excellence both
needs of his family, should be regarded as a           might wear if they are fans of Leeds Carnegie       on and off the pitch and our partnership with
trust fund to be administered for the benefit of       RUFC, formerly Leeds Tykes. The Leeds Met           Leeds Met provides so many opportunities and
others. Many wealthy individuals have felt, and        Carnegie rose is proudly displayed on Leeds         benefits for us both.”
continue to feel, compelled to contribute to           Rhinos’ shirts, rugby’s Challenge Cup now               Shortly after the Carnegie Stand had been
charitable causes, but Carnegie was perhaps            bears Carnegie’s name, as does the annual           opened, Yorkshire County Cricket Club revealed
the first to state publicly that the rich have a       match between Superleague and Australian            plans for a major new development at its
moral obligation to give away their fortunes.          rugby league champions, the Carnegie World          internationally famous test cricket ground with a
This sentiment is echoed by some of today’s            Club Challenge; and in Northern Ireland the         proposal to build the ‘Carnegie Pavilion’. If
billionaires, such as Bill Gates in the US and Sir
Tom Hunter in the UK, who have themselves
been likened to Andrew Carnegie.
     Carnegie College was opened in Leeds at
Beckett Park in Headingley in 1933, part of the
City of Leeds Training College, one of Leeds
Met’s predecessor colleges. Eight years
previously in 1925 the trustees of the Carnegie
United Kingdom Trust, one of the organisations
established with funds from the legacy of
Andrew Carnegie, made enquiries about
undertaking a project related to the health of
children. It had been suggested by the Board of
Education that there was an urgent need for a
college to train teachers of physical education.
The Trust made a grant of £30,000 and the new
college, Carnegie College, was founded. It was
officially opened on 13 October 1933 with the
first formal intake of students, 59 in total, in
1934. 2008 will be the 75th anniversary of the
foundation of Carnegie College which is now
approved, work is due to start by 2008, coinciding
with the 75th anniversary of Carnegie College.
The artist’s impression of the proposed pavilion
includes a new public entrance to the ground, a
media centre and four spacious floors which will
not only provide players’ facilities, retail space,
food outlets and hospitality space but also, as in
the Carnegie Stand at the rugby ground,
dedicated lecture theatres and teaching rooms
for Leeds Met students.
    About the proposals Stewart Regan, Chief
Executive of Yorkshire County Cricket Club
remarked, “This is one of the most exciting and
innovative partnerships in sport, combining
educational and sporting facilities and providing
both Leeds Met and Yorkshire Cricket with a
win-win position. It will certainly help Yorkshire
County Cricket Club to achieve its business
goals and the university to expand its learning
facilities further.”
    Leeds Met does not attempt to hide its
vision to be a world-class regional university –
a vision inspired by the well established model
of an American state university in which
teaching in the classroom and sport in the
stadium are not only united as an integral part       As a champion of opportunity, Andrew Carnegie
of university life but also as an identifiable and
proudly supported element of the local
                                                      would hopefully have approved of how Leeds Met,
community. True to this vision, Leeds Met took        today, values his legacy and his name.
a controlling stake in Leeds’ rugby union club,
the Leeds tykes, in May this year, announcing
that, on its return to the Guinness Premiership       is already proving significant as Leeds Met has     hard work - wealth which he knew he must give
and top flight rugby, the club would be known         seen applications for its courses increase in the   away. As a champion of opportunity, Andrew
as Leeds Carnegie.                                    last two years against the national trend. Some     Carnegie would hopefully have approved of how
                                                      universities stick with using traditional methods   Leeds Met, today, values his legacy and his
                                                      of advertising on television and in newspapers;     name; proud of the opportunities it gives us to
                                                      Leeds Met’s approach is different - making          champion our vision to be a world-class,
With pride in our Northern                            headlines by adding value to the student            regional university and enable those who, like
roots, Leeds Met has                                  experience, and our region, through strategic       Andrew Carnegie, have the determination to
                                                      and innovative partnerships with our local clubs.   use all their talents to the full.
brought Carnegie back                                      Another significant development for Leeds
to prominence as a                                    Met has been our growing partnership with the
                                                      Rugby Football League. The RFL’s flagship
sporting brand which                                  knock-out competition is the Challenge Cup,
                                                      which is now known as the Carnegie Challenge
has undoubted                                         Cup. With rugby league’s origins in the North,
international resonances                              Leeds Met, in striving to become a ‘Great North
                                                      Uni’, has consciously allied itself with this
far beyond sport.                                     international competition which showcases the
                                                      game from local club level to Superleague
                                                      champions, all the way to the final at Wembley
    These partnerships between Leeds Met,             Stadium in front of a crowd of up to 90,000 with
Yorkshire Cricket and Leeds Rugby are the first       millions watching on television.
of their kind in the UK between a university and           With pride in our Northern roots, Leeds
professional sports clubs. The new facilities         Met has brought Carnegie back to prominence
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represent an extension of Leeds Met’s                 as a sporting brand which has undoubted               The Carnegie Challenge Cup.
Headingley Campus, creating a Headingley              international resonances far beyond sport.            Page 14 Andrew Carnegie. Artist's impression
Quarter, enabling the university to add                    Andrew Carnegie’s legacy to the world was        of the proposed new Carnegie Pavilion for
                                                                                                            Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Page 15
significant and unique value to the student           a conviction that philanthropy was a
                                                                                                            Leeds Rhinos Matt Diskin and
experience. Brand exposure on television and in       requirement of the wealthy to enable                  Jamie Jones-Buchanan in front of the
the press, not just in the UK but around the          individuals and organisations to make a               Cranegie Stand.
world, also provides targeted advertising which       difference. His personal wealth came through

                                                                                                                     Momentum | Summer Graduation 2007   15
Momentum Supporting sport

Festival atmosphere for Carnegie Great Student Run
Leeds Metropolitan University
again staged a very successful
Carnegie Great Student Run in
April this year. Over 1,500 runners
entered the 5km race from
Headingley Carnegie Stadium to
Leeds Met’s Headingley Campus.
Alongside the competitive
runners, a large number of
students, alumni, staff and friends
ran, keen to experience being part
of this enjoyable mass
participation event; many ran for
charity, in fancy dress or just for
the personal challenge and
    The first to complete the 5km
run was Jorge Thomas in 15
minutes and 27 seconds. Next
across the line was GB
international Rory Fraser closely
followed by Leeds Met staff
member Ian Mitchell, then Leeds           Former Great Britain Rugby         Erica and supported by friends and     was won by Sam Hornshaw.
Met student Drew Graham. The          League captain Mike Gregory, who       former team mates.                     Supporters cheered competitors
University Challenge between          has Motor Neurone Disease,                 Many other runners joined in       on and congratulated all those
Leeds Met and University of Leeds     crossed the line in 20 minutes and     the festival spirit included those     who entered at the after-race
was won by Leeds Met.                 38 seconds alongside his wife          taking part in the fun run, which      party at Headingley Campus.

Tackling the moor walking challenge                                            Football reunion of the year
Following the success of last         Yorkshire Moors from
year's Three Peaks Challenge,         Osmotherley to Ravenscar.
Leeds Met Carnegie Great              Participants, including university
Outdoors and the Rugby Football       students, partners and staff, of all
League recently organised             abilities, began the challenge in
another long distance endurance       teams aiming to finish the route,
event to raise money for the RFL      non-stop, in less than 24 hours.
Benevolent Fund.                          The challenge aims to raise at
    The Lyke Wake Walk is a 42        least £10,000 towards the RFL
mile walk or run across the North     Benevolent fund.

                                                                               Eighteen six-a-side teams battled     founded the tournament and have
                                                                               against each other in the sun and     been attending each year for the
                                                                               rain in this year’s Carnegie Cup      last 10 years. Their captain, Chris
                                                                               football tournament on Headingley     Conway, who graduated from
                                                                               Campus. Almost 200 Leeds Met          Carnegie in 1987, was delighted
                                                                               alumni, students and staff played     with his team’s performance. “We
                                                                               throughout the day in ten minute      are the oldest team in the
                                                                               games at the football reunion of      tournament and we played pretty
                                                                               the year.                             well” said Chris. His team travel
                                                                                   The university’s Leeds Met 2’s    every year from all over the
                                                                               took the Carnegie Cup, with the       country to get together and take
                                                                               runners up being Leeds Met 3’s        part.
                                                                               Freshers. The plate was won by            After the tournament the
                                                                               Leeds Met 4’s closely followed by     teams were ready for the kick off
                                                                               Conway's Team of the 80s.             of the FA cup final on the big
                                                                                   Conway’s Team of the 80s          screen in the student union bar.
Momentum Supporting sport

Honour for first AU President                                               Scottish Exiles at home at Leeds Met
                                                                            Leeds Met and Scottish Rugby         access state-of-the-art playing
                                                                            have announced a three-year          and sports-science facilities.
                                                                            partnership to establish a               Frank Hadden, who graduated
                                                                            coaching base for Scottish Exiles    in 1979, said: “We know that there
                                                                            Rugby Union at Headingley            are thousands of Scottish
                                                                            Campus, where both the current       qualified players in England and
                                                                            Scottish national coach, Frank       we value the enormous
                                                                            Hadden, and his predecessor, Ian     contribution Scottish Exiles have
                                                                            McGeechan, now Director of           made to Scottish Rugby over the
                                                                            Rugby at London Wasps, studied.      years. I welcome this partnership
                                                                                The deal will enable the         as it will enable young Scottish
                                                                            Scottish Exiles to run a             Exiles players to access high
                                                                            development camp and assist in       quality coaching and have a
                                                                            the creation of an elite Exiles      support network in place that will
                                                                            academy on the campus; Scottish      give them every chance of
                                                                            qualified players will be able to    realising their full potential.”

After two years serving as Leeds      years. She is now at the end of the
Met’s first President of the          maximum term allowed for
Athletic Union, Emma Beith who        sabbatical officers and celebrated
graduated in 2005 with BA (Hons)      by organising the Athletic Union’s
Sport & Recreation Development        first Sports Awards.
was honoured during the recent             Fine Art alumna Charlotte
Athletic Union Sports Award           Harris, who was the youngest ever
ceremony with a portrait painted      winner of the National Portrait
by fellow alumna Charlotte Harris.    Prize in 2003, was commissioned
    Emma’s partnership with the       by Vice-Chancellor, Professor
University of Leeds resulted in the   Simon Lee, to paint Emma, along
hugely successful Varsity Day         with the three other Students’
tournaments over the last two         Union sabbatical officers.

Claire makes a splash
                                                                                                                Carnegie alumna Claire O’Hara
                                                                                                                took the Silver Medal at the World
                                                                                                                Championship Squirt Boating finals
                                                                                                                held in Ottawa, Canada in April.
                                                                                                                Claire won Gold in the 2007
                                                                                                                National Indoor Freestyle
                                                                                                                Championship in Birmingham.
                                                                                                                    This was her first attempt at
                                                                                                                medals at the World Championship,
                                                                                                                building on her success in 2006
                                                                                                                when she won European and
                                                                                                                British titles. In the lead up to the
                                                                                                                competition Claire made use of
                                                                                                                facilities at Headingley Campus
                                                                                                                offered by Leeds Met Carnegie.
                                                                                                                    Claire, who graduated in 2004
                                                                                                                with a BA(Hons) Sport & Recreation
                                                                                                                Development, is a Chief
                                                                                                                Watersports Instructor for
                                                                                                                Nottingham City Council.

                                                                                                                Momentum | Summer Graduation 2007   17
Momentum Alumni News

Alumni recognised in Queen’s birthday honours
Congratulations to two alumni, Dee         can play such an important part in
Caffari and Cyril Villiers, who have       the lives of young people that I am
been awarded honours in the                delighted to have the role that I have
Queen's birthday honours list              played in Yorkshire recognised by
     Record breaking yachtswoman,          this award.”
Dee Caffari, a Leeds Met alumna,               Cyril graduated from Carnegie
who was awarded an honorary                College in 1956 and after teaching
doctorate by the university in 2006,       became Director of Solihull Athletic
has received the MBE for services to       Stadium before moving to Sports
sailing. About her award Dee               Council in 1967, becoming its
commented, “We have a great sailing        Regional Director. Paying tribute to
heritage here in the UK and I am           other volunteers, he commented,
very proud to have been able to play       “The award also reflects the
my part in carrying this forward by        selfless dedication of the thousands
setting the record as the first woman      of volunteers who are the backbone
to sail solo non-stop around the           of British sport who create, sustain
world against the prevailing winds         and develop the provision of
and currents.”                             opportunities to participate and
     Sport Scientists from Leeds Met       enjoy sport and ensure the support
are currently working with Dee on          for those young people and the
her physical conditioning and              disabled with potential who aspire
fitness as she prepares for her next       to be our next generation of
big challenge, the 2008 Vendee             champions.”
Globe race.
     Dee’s autobiography ‘Against the
Tide’ is soon to be published.
     Cyril Villiers is voluntary Chief
Executive of SportsAid Yorkshire &
Humberside, which he founded over
thirty years ago; he has dedicated
the past eleven years since his
retirement to developing the charity,
making sure it fulfils its objectives to
raise funds and distributing grants to
assist emerging athletes who have
no other financial support to turn to.
     On hearing the news of his
award of an MBE Cyril said, “Sport

Critical acclaim for Leeds Met filmmaker
                                                                                    A critically-acclaimed film by 28     caught up in the chaos of the
                                                                                    year old Leeds Met alumnus            American 'Shock and Awe'
                                                                                    Mohamed Al-Daradji has now            campaign. Shot on location
                                                                                    been shown at over 45 film            amidst the war-torn streets,
                                                                                    festivals in 25 countries,            ‘Ahlaam’ is a masterpiece
                                                                                    including at Cannes and at an         considering the conditions under
                                                                                    exclusive screening by BAFTA.         which the crew filmed; facing
                                                                                    The film was also nominated as        being shot, kidnapped, tortured
                                                                                    Iraq’s official entry for the         and imprisoned from both sides.
                                                                                    Academy Awards foreign-                   Mohamed, who received an MA
                                                                                    language film category.               in Film & Moving Image
                                                                                        The film, ‘Ahlaam’, which had     Production from Leeds Met, said,
                                                                                    its UK premiere at the Leeds          “I’m really pleased, it’s great
                                                                                    International Film Festival, is set   news, we need to keep promoting
                                                                                    in a Baghdad asylum and follows       the film, we’re going to be very
                                                                                    the lives of three Iraqi people       busy.”
Momentum Alumni News

Alumnus opens batting for Ireland        Tsunami volunteer making a difference
Carnegie alumnus William                 Alumna Carol Wootton, who
Porterfield played for Ireland in        graduated in 2003 with an MSc in
the 2007 Cricket World Cup which         Information Studies has been
took place in the Caribbean. The         putting the knowledge she gained
22 year-old left-handed opening          during her degree to good use.
batsman from County Derry was                When Carol saw images of the
part of the triumphant Irish side        tsunami that tore across Southern
which beat Pakistan in the group         Asia in December 2004, she was
stages to qualify for the Super          moved to help. Her opportunity
Eights. More recently Will has           came in August 2005 when Premila
been in action for an improving          Gamage of the Sri Lankan Library
Ireland side as they took on the         Association came to England to talk
might of India and South Africa in       about how the tsunami had affected
recent international one-day             schools and libraries in Sri Lanka.    Colombo, through some of the
matches. Will graduated in 2006          After meeting Premila, Carol           areas worst affected by the
with a BA(Hons) in Physical              volunteered to go to Sri Lanka at      tsunami. Many of the children at
Education.                               her own expense to deliver             the school Carol visited have lost
    Will commented: “I managed           workshops on story telling to          family and friends.
to break into the full Ireland team      librarians and teachers. Carol             Carol is already planning her
during the course of last summer         explained, “The idea of the            fourth trip for later this year. Asked
after graduating from Leeds Met          workshops was that the staff I         about her plans she said, “The
and was obviously delighted when         trained would pass that training       work is more rewarding then words
the World Cup squad was                  down to others across Sri Lanka.”      can explain and the children are so
announced. I scored runs in the              Carol returned to Sri Lanka in     appreciative. I plan to continue for
ICC tournament in Kenya back in          February this year. Part of her trip   as long as I can make a difference
February but to play in the World        took her to Andaragasyaya, one of      or until I am told I am no longer
Cup and get the results we have          the poorest areas in Sri Lanka, a      needed. Somehow I feel that could
managed has been unbelievable.”          seven and a half hour journey from     be a very long time away.”

7 year itch
Seven years on, a group of Leeds
Met alumni returned to the
university to exhibit some of the
work they have created since
graduating. The exhibition, called
‘7 year itch’, which was held in the
university Gallery. Amongst the
group of graduates involved was
Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs.
     7 Year Itch was staged alongside
the School of Contemporary Art &
Graphic Design final year degree
shows and brought together friends
who met and worked together during
their BA Graphic Art & Design
course at Leeds Met. As well as
Ricky Wilson, alumni involved
included Tim Blackwell who now
makes films for the Kaiser Chiefs,
and Steve Lewis who works for
Virgin Media with fellow graduate
Lee Walker. Over the last seven
years others alumni involved have
produced work for a variety of clients
including the BBC and MTV, Prada,
Habitat, Tesco, Yahoo and the
Victoria & Albert.

                                                                                Momentum | Summer Graduation 2007   21
Momentum Reunions

                                     Alumni celebrate inaugural meeting in Delhi
  The Alumni Office would
  be delighted to hear               Leeds Met alumni enthusiastically
  from alumni who are                supported the university’s first
  thinking about                     alumni event in India which was
  arranging a reunion and            held in June at the Shangri-La Hotel
  can offer help and                 in New Delhi. Almost 60 alumni
  advice about getting               from Delhi, as well as other cities
                                     and states in India, including
  back together. If you
                                     Kolkata, Jaipur, Haryana and West
  would like your reunion            Bengal, attended the reception and
  featured in momentum               dinner which included thought-
  please send a report               provoking speeches from special
  and photograph to us.              guests Sir Mark Tully, former BBC
                                     correspondent in India, and Anil
  We would be particularly           Sachdev, founder of strategic HR
                                     consulting firm Grow Talent.
  interested to hear from
                                         During the evening alumni were
  alumni of the City of
                                     brought up to date with changes and
  Leeds Training College             developments at the university,        Presentations of pictures and films   Met India Alumni Association and all
  as we celebrate 100 years          especially the university’s new        also brought back happy memories      who attended expressed their
  in Headingley in 2007.             partnership with the Indian            of study at Leeds Met.                intention to keep in touch and meet
                                     International Film Academy.                The event launched the Leeds      again soon.

Cup-winning rugby alumni return                                              Alumni reunited - 20 years on
                                                                             Computing alumni who graduated           Principal Lecturer John
                                                                             in 1987 met in June for a 20-year    Harvey welcomed everyone to the
                                                                             reunion at Headingley Campus.        event by talking about the class of
                                                                             Alumna Sarah Zimmerman (nee          1987 - cricket matches played on
                                                                             Morris) arranged the event           the Acre, discos in the Grange
                                                                             through the Leeds Met Alumni         and the end of year dinner at
                                                                             Office with the help of fellow       Headingley Stadium, now
                                                                             alumnus Richard Vincent. Guests      Headingley Carnegie. Many
                                                                             and staff came together and          alumni had travelled a great
                                                                             talked about university life,        distance to be at the event - from
                                                                             careers in computing and their       as far away as Cincinnati and
                                                                             future plans.                        Maryland in America.

The triumphant mid-1970s Leeds           The reunion marked our
Polytechnic rugby union team,        intention to found a Leeds
which won the British Polytechnic    Carnegie Rugby Association. If you
Cup in 1974 and the Yorkshire        played men’s or women’s rugby,
Silver Trophy in 1976, returned to   either league, union, or both, at
Leeds for their annual reunion in    Leeds Met, Carnegie, City of Leeds
May. The team held its dinner at     College or Leeds Polytechnic, at
Headingley Carnegie Stadium on       any level then please do get in
Friday, and were joined by           touch with the Alumni Office. We
members of the current university    would be particularly delighted to
men's and women's rugby league       hear from alumni who would like
and rugby union teams, and their     to assist in setting up the
coaches, rekindling memories of      Association and become involved in
their own student days.              organising activities.
Momentum Reunions

Thailand Alumni Festival                                                    Engineering alumni - 35 years on
Leeds Met alumni in Thailand                                                A group of ten Mechanical &            Training College of Housecraft. Most
joined students, staff and                                                  Production Engineering alumni met      of the group were employed by local
partners in a festival atmosphere                                           at the Yorkshire Aero Club for the     engineering firms and studied
which included masterclass                                                  first in what should become an         alongside their day job through day
lectures and an information day                                             annual reunion event, 35 years after   release and evening classes.
and culminated in an evening of                                             they graduated.                             During the event the group
networking at an alumni reunion                                                  In September a group of former    resolved to make the reunion an
reception.                                                                  students of Leeds Polytechnic met at   annual function. If you studied on
    Masterclasses were delivered                                            the Yorkshire Aero Club. Members       the Leeds Polytechnic HND course
by two of Leeds Met’s leading                                               of the group studied between 1968      between 1968 and 1971 and would
academics, Professor Claudio                                                and 1971 and many had not met          like to join G Clough, C Muff, J
Vignali and Glenn Bowdin, in                                                since finishing their studies. The     Sykes, D Major, A Scott, B
events planning and retailing                                               event was organised by Andrew          Hollingsworth, M Smith, T
marketing management; subjects                                              Scott and attended by nine other       Collinson, P Johnson and D Tait for
which have been identified by the                                           alumni and their partners, a number    the 2007 reunion please contact
                                                                            of whom studied at the Yorkshire       the Alumni Office.
Thai government as key priorities
for economic development.
    Rossukon Mahutthanasakul,         with Leeds Met staff and each
who completed an MSc in               other. The masterclasses are a
International Hospitality             chance to continue learning from
Management at Leeds Met in            world-class academics at Leeds
2004, said: “This Alumni Festival     Met and I’m sure that many
is a great opportunity for Thai       students who have attended this
students who studied at Leeds         Festival will be proud to act as
Met to get together and share         ambassadors for Leeds Met
their successes and achievements      throughout Thailand.”

Leeds Met Malaysia Alumni Reception                                         Carnegie reunion – class of 76 & 77
                                                                            The Carnegie Class of 1976 and             The group was delighted to see
                                                                            1977 reunion weekend met for           the campus looking so magnificent,
                                                                            lunch at Headingley Campus. Over       and impressed with the new
                                                                            the weekend 45 alumni returned to      Carnegie Sports Centre facilities.
                                                                            Leeds to meet friends first made       Alumni were guest of the university
                                                                            over 30 years ago. There was ample     at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on
                                                                            time for reminiscences and a formal    Saturday afternoon and watched the
                                                                            reunion dinner was organised. It       Leeds Tykes overcome Doncaster
                                                                            was the fourth reunion for the         Knights; they were delighted to see
                                                                            group, following the efforts of Gary   that the Carnegie name is once
                                                                            Dodds, Elaine Taylor and Alison        again flourishing, both within the
                                                                            Gardner in previous years.             university and the city.

Leeds Met welcomed alumni from        each other and hear about their
Malaysia to a reception at the        various successes and
Concorde Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.       experiences, as well as discussing
Hosted by Chris Bailey, Dean of the   their aspirations for the future
Faculty of Arts & Society, the        and find out more about their
reception was part of a two-day       contribution to the development of
festival with our partners IUACC      Malaysia. Many alumni have
Education Consultants.                developed highly successful
    The event gave alumni the         careers using qualifications gained
opportunity to keep in touch with     at Leeds Met.

                                                                                                                   Momentum | Summer Graduation 2007   19
Alumni network

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                                                                                                                           developing a new package of
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                                                                                 university, our championing of the
                                                                                                                           graduate members. Further
                                                                                 creative, the adventurous, the
                                                                                                                           details will shortly be available
                                                                                 unrecognised, the disadvantaged           from our website
                                                                                 and the unconventional in society
                                                                                 which makes Leeds Met a university        When our new benefits package
                                                                                 of surprises.                             is lunched we will let alumni
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                                                                                                                           the Headingley Campus and
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