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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 Carnegie: 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, Contents 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 Vice-Chancellor 22 Alumni Network Momentum | Summer Graduation 2007 3 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. Momentum | Summer Graduation 2007 5 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 ‘Employment’. 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. Momentum | Summer Graduation 2007 7 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 Momentum | Summer Graduation 2007 9 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 Yorkshire. 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 Previous double page: Headingley Campus 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 Momentum | Summer Graduation 2007 11 Carnegie: 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. Momentum | Summer Graduation 2007 13 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 Previous double page: 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 satisfaction. 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 Alumni Network Alumni benefits successes and awards, our bold The Alumni Office is currently developing a new package of commitment to being a low-charging benefits and services for our 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 www.leedsmetalumni.net. which makes Leeds Met a university When our new benefits package of surprises. is lunched we will let alumni Each year Summer Graduation know through our e-Newsletter. marks the end of one academic year and the beginning of the next. The Alumni Sports Pass coming year, however, affords us a Alumni are entitled to use the special opportunity to look back at University's sports facilities at our history as we continue to the Headingley Campus and celebrate 100 years in Headingley; Civic Quarter. You will need to Leeds Met is proud to be an award- months or years hard work. 100 years since the opening of the purchase a Sports Pass at the winning university. Following our Looking beyond graduation, the City of Leeds Training College on 19 very competitive price of £100 for gold and silver success at the Times university continues to be proud of October 1907. In that year 141 a whole year's sport - you won't Higher awards, more recently the the achievements of its alumni not students were enrolled. This year find better value than this in the about 8,000 will graduate, swelling region and you will have access university has won gold for being only in their diverse careers for the numbers of our alumni around to the full range of our top-class green; Leeds Met has been which a university education has the world. Please keep in touch with facilities. Contact the Alumni recognised as the most prepared them, but also through Office for more details. environmentally friendly university work in the community, volunteering, your university and help us, with in the UK. Graduation is an sporting achievements or those pride, to keep up the Leeds Met occasion for similar pride with each moments in life which bring pride or momentum. Alumni library student’s individual award happiness such as the birth of a With all good wishes, membership representing a gold medal in their child or marriage. Do keep in touch Leeds Met alumni can extend own personal competition. All and let us know about those things their Library membership on an graduates are winners and in the of which you are proud. annual subscription basis. formal setting of our graduation hall The university very much hopes Your membership will cost £50 the shake of our Chancellor’s hand that alumni are proud of the place Mark Roberts for a year. Interested? Contact bestows the prize after a number of where they studied, proud of our Head of Alumni Relations the Alumni Office for an application form. Alumni online - register today Graduate careers advice If you are seeking further help Keep in touch with Leeds Met and fellow with your career the Career alumni through our website Development Service is able to www.leedsmetalumni.net. More than provide you with access to just a source of useful information, the impartial advice and information site also acts as a portal to enable on a wide range of job and alumni to be part of the university learning opportunities. community from a computer at home or The service can help you to make work and keep up with all the latest the right choice about jobs and news and events. Visit the site today further study options available to and register to access the member you, help you develop career areas. Once you have registered you skills and employability, and help will be able to keep in touch with you find a job or a course. friends, post messages, organise www.leedsmet.ac.uk/careers reunions, promote your business, email@example.com network and stay in touch. 0113 283 5995 Keep up to date! Register for e-news You don't have to wait for Momentum to arrive to get updates from Leeds Met. 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