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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Issue 2 | Summer 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Alumni Magazine of Leeds Metropolitan University

                                                                                                                                                                                               Around the world against the winds and currents:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dee Caffari

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Transforming the landscape of learning:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Changing views

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               When Leeds Met Chelsea Gold:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Garden design

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Being complementary:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Acupuncture & herbal medicine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Art & music:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Making it

     Alumni Office                         Editor Mark Roberts                      momentum                                                          For the alumni & friends of Leeds Metropolitan University Leeds Polytechnic James Graham College
     Leeds Metropolitan University         Assistant Editor Della Vallance          Momentum is a publication for alumni and friends of               City of Leeds College of Education Carnegie Physical Training College
     Leeds LS1 3HE                                                                  Leeds Metropolitan University and its predecessor institutions.
     t. +44 (0)113 283 3147
                                           Photography Kiran Mehta, Icon Media                                                                        City of Leeds Training College Yorkshire College of Education and Home Economics
     alumni@leedsmet.ac.uk                 Cover Photograph courtesy of Aviva plc   The views expressed in this magazine are those of individual      Yorkshire Training School of Cookery Leeds College of Commerce Leeds College of Art (pre 1970)
     www.leedsmetalumni.net                Designed by Leeds Met Media Production   authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the University.   Leeds College of Technology (pre 1970) Yorkshire Training College of Housecraft
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                                                                                            Momentum Welcome
                                                                                            Momentum equals mass times velocity. Our mass continues to
                                                                                            grow with 52,000 students currently studying at Leeds Met. The
                                                                                            speed of our acceleration in so many spheres of activity is also
                                                                                            encouragingly high.
                                                                                                Our sporting, cultural and educational partnerships are all
                                                                                            flourishing. Our Regional University Network, for example, now
                                                                                            embraces 14 partner colleges from Newcastle to Chesterfield
                                                                                            Colleges and from Grimsby to Belfast Institutes. Between us,
                                                                                            we have over 300,000 students in a commonwealth of lifelong
                                                                                            learning. To give but one example of our cultural partnerships,
                                                                                            the Black Dyke Band has brought our association to the
                                                                                            attention of 50,000 concert-goers in our first year of working
                                                                                            together. Similarly, our longest-standing sporting partners,
                                                                                            Leeds Rugby, sell 50,000 shirts each year with both the Rhinos'
                                                                                            and the Tykes' shirts bearing the Leeds Met rose.

                                                                                            “As we develop into the
                                                                                            equivalent on this side of the
                                                                                            Atlantic of a great American state
                                                                                            university system, a Great North
                                                                                            Uni, the wider world should value
                                                                                            all the more the university
                                                                                            experiences of our alumni.”
                                                                                                                                                                 04 News
                                                                                                In the coming year, I expect our estate developments to          08 Transforming the landscape of
                                                                                            begin transforming the landscape of lifelong learning. The              learning:
                                                                                            Carnegie Stand at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium will open on
                                                                                                                                                                       Changing views
                                                                                            1 September. In the Civic Quarter, we have already acquired
                                                                                            the Electric Press, Cloth Hall Court, the Old School Board and       12 Art & music:
                                                                                            Old Broadcasting House while refurbishing and extending the                Making it
                                                                                            Northern Terrace of Queen Square Court.
                                                                                                As we develop into the equivalent on this side of the Atlantic   16 Being complementary:
                                                                                            of a great American state university system, a Great North Uni,            Acupuncture & herbal medicine
                                                                                            the wider world should value all the more the university
                                                                                            experiences of our alumni. The pioneering quality of our former      20 Around the world against the
                                                                                            students has been demonstrated this year by Dee Caffari, the            winds and currents:
                                                                                            first woman to sail solo, non-stop, round the world against the            Dee Caffari
                                                                                            prevailing currents. Leeds Met is pioneering partnerships and a
                                                                                            low-charging, high impact philosophy against the trends of           24 When Leeds Met Chelsea Gold:
                                                                                            contemporary university education. Thank you for keeping in                Garden design
                                                                                            touch with us as our university embarks on the next phase of
                                                                                            our own momentous journey.                                           28 Supporting sport
                   Would you like to graduate again?                                                                                                             30 Leeds Met Mentoring
                   Leeds Met has a wide range of postgraduate and professional courses                                                                           31 Alumni Network
                         from Masters to PhD level, full-time and part-time, with
                   evening classes and flexible study options tailored to fit around you.                                                                        Cover photograph: Dee Caffari, Leeds Met
                                                                                                                                                                 alumna, the first woman to sail solo, non-stop,
                             For more details, and to receive a Postgraduate Prospectus,          Professor Simon Lee                                            around the world ‘the wrong way’.
                             call us on +44 (0)113 283 3113 or visit www.leedsmet.ac.uk           Vice-Chancellor

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     Momentum News                                                                                                                                 Momentum News

     In tune                                                                                                                                       Great Student Run 2006
                          Leeds Met      international awards for its                                                                                                                 alumnus and former Olympic
                          launched a     performances. Leeds Met is                                                                                                                   athlete Brendan Foster, and
                          new musical    delighted to have the band as a                                                                                                              Tracey Morris, local marathon
                          partnership    partner and recently supported                                                                                                               runner and Olympian. The race
                          with a         band members at the European                                                                                                                 winner, James Walsh, crossed
     performance of Handel's best        Brass Band Championships in                                                                                                                  the line just over half an hour
     known choral work, ‘Messiah’,       Belfast.                                                                                                  Leeds Met alumni                   later. The leading Leeds Met
     in December. A choir of                 As a curtain-raiser to our                                                                            enthusiastically supported the     alumni runner was 2005 Sports
     students, staff, alumni and         summer Graduation Festival this                                                                           2006 Great Student Run which       & Recreation Development
     friends was accompanied by the      July, the band played a                                                                                   was held in Leeds in April in      graduate Will Pratt who
     world famous Black Dyke Band        wonderful concert in the                                                                                  association with Leeds Met.        finished the race in 42 minutes
     and soloists from another of our    graduation hall on the                                                                                    The 10km race attracted over       19 seconds.
     cultural partners, Opera North.     Headingley Campus Acre - a                                                                                1500 students, staff and alumni        After the race a party
     Based in Queensbury, Bradford,      splendid occasion which brought                                                                           from universities, colleges and    atmosphere took over at the
     the Black Dyke Band, under its      together students, staff, alumni,                                                                         schools across the UK. The run     Headingley Campus as runners
     director Dr Nicholas Childs,        seasoned Black Dyke Band fans                                                                             started at the famous Sir Len      and spectators relaxed and
     regularly wins national and         and members of the community.                                                                             Hutton gates at Headingley         enjoyed refreshments and live
                                                                                                                                                   Carnegie Stadium and the           music, including a
                                                                                                                                                   course led runners into the city   performance from Leeds Met
                                                                                                                                                   centre before returning to         alumni Chris James and Rod
                                                                                                                                                   Headingley to finish at Leeds      Buchanan-Dunlop and their             In the days leading up to the   distance runner of all time, the
                                                                                                                                                                                      band Stateless, whose debut        run students and staff were        legendary Haile Gebrselassie,
     Carnegie X-stream                                                                                                                             Met's Headingley Campus.
                                                                                                                                                      The Great Student Run was       album is due to be released        encouraged by a visit to the       who thanked Leeds Met for
                                                                                                                                                   started by our Chancellor,         later this year.                   university by the greatest         supporting African students.
                                                                             army with sport science             At an altitude of 8,000 metres
                                                                             expertise which supported the       and in sub-zero temperatures,
                                                                             team's fitness preparations         the army ascent team pushed
                                                                             and gave vital nutritional and      on into the Hornbein Couloir, a
                                                                             psychological advice in             narrow exposed channel of
                                                                             preparation for the ascent.         crumbling rock at a 45 degree     When Leeds Met Africa
                                                                                 Leeds Met's support group,      angle to Everest's north face
                                                                             including John O'Hara and           where the air, starved of         Vibrancy, joy, drumming, art,      development in Africa.
                                                                             Louise Sutton, travelled to the     oxygen, cannot support human      film, music and the presence of        The Rt Hon Paul Boateng,
                                                                             Everest base camp to help with      life. However, the team's         two high commissioners             British High Commissioner to
                                                                             final preparations before the       biggest worry was the ominous     celebrated the launch, in May,     South Africa, was our honoured
                                                                             army team made their attempt        risk of avalanche. Returning to   of Leeds Met Africa.               guest at the launch and spoke
                                                                             on the summit to become the         report to Dave Bunting,               Over the past two decades      highly of Leeds Met's work in
                                                                             first Britons to climb the West     expedition leader, the team       Leeds Met has established          Africa. He encouraged the
                                                                             Ridge. On route to base camp        took the crucial decision to      partnerships with communities,     university to work to unlock the
                                                                             John reflected on the size of       place the safety of the           governments and institutions in    potential in Africa through
                                                                             the challenge: “The conditions      climbers above the                Africa, through which many         higher education.
                                                                             here are hostile and harsh;         overwhelming desire to reach      development projects have been         The launch continued with
                                                                             even the simplest activities        the summit.                       undertaken.                        a talk about Leeds Met's
                                                                             require great effort. The wind          Even though the summit            Leeds Met is also proud to     public health education work
                                                                             is particularly biting - this is    was not reached, many have        be home to more than 200           in Zambia and a preview
                                                                             still a very difficult              reflected on the success of the   students from 28 African           screening of 'AmaZulu: the
                                                                             environment and can only be         mission. Leeds Met alumnus        countries, and a place of work     Children of Heaven', a film        Met Africa is to provide a         capacity building, knowledge
                                                                             imagined if you have                and Carnegie staff member         for many staff with African or     produced by Leeds Met's            vehicle for the university's       exchange projects and
      Supporting and recognising         to reach the summit of Everest      experienced it. Tying shoe          Mike Gray summed up the           African-Caribbean heritage.        Northern Film School in            continued commitment to            volunteering, or through
      individuals and teams which go     by one of its most notorious        laces has never been such an        thoughts of many when he said         Leeds Met Africa celebrates    collaboration with the             seeking sustainable and            research and exchange
      beyond boundaries is an            and difficult routes, the West      ordeal. The view of Everest is      of the team: “You have inspired   the success of our experience      Rainbow Collective, a new          effective responses to African     programmes. In turn, these
      important part of Leeds Met's      Ridge, a route only previously      fantastic and brings home the       people, provided opportunities    to date, and provides a            production company formed by       development priorities. We         projects and experiences will
      vision. In just one such project   successfully climbed by 13          reality of the challenge that the   for personal development and      framework for extending our        graduates of the university's      will provide opportunities for     enrich the intellectual and
      the university has been            people.                             team have chosen to take on.”       learning and generated            contribution to the                School of Film, Television &       Leeds Met students, staff and      international dimensions of
      supporting a team of British           Staff at Leeds Met's                The final attempt on the        interest beyond the everyday.     advancement of economic            Performing Arts.                   alumni to make a difference        the university and enhance our
      Army soldiers in their attempt     Carnegie Faculty provided the       summit was made on 21 May.          That is success.”                 prosperity and social                  The primary aim of Leeds       through engagement in              global perspectives.

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     Momentum News                                                            Momentum News

     Champions of design                                                      Joash Woodrow: a remarkable artist
     The launch of a new                    Dewsbury College.                                                     1950s, a reclusive artist.         Christopher P Wood who was
     competition, ‘Design Champion’         Following his win Philip said:                                           Joash Woodrow was born in       instrumental in bringing Joash's
     attracted a high standard of           “I'm absolutely shocked and                                           Leeds in 1927. He studied at       remarkable work to light.
     entries, 92 of which, out of a         delighted. I feel really                                              Leeds College of Art in the late   Christopher, who studied fine
     total entry of 300, were short         privileged as this is the first                                       1940s, some years after            art at Leeds Polytechnic in the
     listed to contend for the £1,000       ever Design Champion                                                  prominent artists Henry Moore      early 1980s, has co-written his
     first prize. Leeds Met, in             competition.” The Graphics,                                           and Barbara Hepworth. He           biography.
     conjunction with regional and          Illustration & Photography                                            moved to London to continue his        Joash's drawings,
     national partners, instigated          prize was won by Leeds Met                                            studies but returned to Leeds in   watercolours and prints will be
     the competition to showcase            student Robert Swindells.                                             1956 to live with his Polish       exhibited at Liverpool
     the creative achievements and          Adam Saunders, also from                                              family. He continued to paint      University Art Gallery in Spring
     potentially commercial ideas of        Leeds Met, was awarded first      Local artist and Leeds Met          there until 1999.                  2007 and in Hull University Art
     current and former students            prize in the category for Fine    alumnus Joash Woodrow died in          In 2001, 750 paintings and      Gallery in Autumn 2007. Leeds
     and staff in the disciplines of        Art & Sculpture.                  February this year. The art world   4000 works on paper, likened to    Met will also host an exhibition
     art and design, creative                   The final 20 pieces of work   only recently became aware of       the style of Picasso, were         of Joash Woodrow's work in
     technology, photography and            in the competition now form       his talent, and moving tributes     discovered in his house in         2007 as part of the university's
     graphic design. The                    part of a touring exhibition      tell of his life as an              Chapel Allerton by fellow          prestigious centenary
     competition was also open to           which will be displayed in the    unrecognised and, from the          Leeds Met alumnus                  celebrations.
     students and staff from                Headrow Gallery in Leeds and
     colleges across the north of           at Dean Clough in Halifax.
     England which are part of                  The 2007 Design Champion
     Leeds Met's Regional                   competition will be launched
     University Network.                    this summer. Watch our            Peak of fitness
         The 2006 Design Champion           website for details.
                                                                              Nine Leeds Met and Rugby                With the aim of raising at
     is Philip Li, a student at             www.leedsmet.ac.uk
                                                                              Football League (RFL) teams         least £10,000 towards the
                                                                              took on the Three Peaks             RFL Benevolent Fund, Leeds
                                                                              Challenge in June, attempting       Met and our partners at the
                                                                              to scale the highest mountains      RFL accepted one of the UK's
      Championing style                                                       in Scotland (Ben Nevis 1344m),      most gruelling outdoor
                                                                              England (Scafell Pike 978m)         challenges. Before the event
      Leeds Met fine art alumnus                                              and Wales (Snowdon 1085m) -         the teams received fitness
      Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser                                              all in 24 hours.                    training from the British
      Chiefs was amongst Leeds Met                                                Leeds Met 'Team 1' was the      Army Everest West Ridge
      alumni who, in June, attended                                           first team to finish, completing    team including training days
      the preview evening of the                                              the challenge in 19 hours and       in the Lake District and the
      Faculty of Arts & Society                                               three minutes.                      Yorkshire Dales.
      end-of-year shows, along with
      students, families, friends,
      staff, the media and companies
      interested in emerging design
      talent.                                                                 Fees: making an impact
          In his daily reflection,
      Vice-Chancellor, Professor                                                                                                                     Leeds Metropolitan University is        The decision has been
      Simon Lee said: "It was almost                                                                                                                 now well known for making bold      justified by official figures
      possible to touch the                                                                                                                          and innovative decisions. None      which show an 8.3% increase
      atmosphere, which artfully                                                                                                                     more so than our decision to        in applications to Leeds Met
      captured the spirit of a                                                                                                                       charge full-time, home              despite a national downturn in
      student-centred university of                                                                                                                  undergraduate fees of only          applications to higher
      festivals and partnerships. As                                                                                                                 £2,000 a year from 2006, rather     education institutions of 3.4%.
      the exhibitions continue all week,                                                                                                             than the £3,000 possible as a       Our 'low-charging, high
      there is an art now to crafting yet                                                                                                            result of the Higher Education      impact' approach is a clear
      more opportunities for our                                                                                                                     Act 2004. In effect, Leeds Met is   example of Leeds Met leading
      students' talents to touch more                                                                                                                giving a £1,000 bursary to all      the way in offering access to
      lives, inspire more creativity and                                                                                                             home undergraduates entering        affordable, high-quality
      find more champions."                                                                                                                          this year.                          learning.

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                        Transforming the landscape of learning:

                        Changing views
                        Building upon current developments, Leeds Met has
                        ambitious plans for improving its estate and providing fit
                        for purpose teaching and learning facilities for our
                        students and our community. Stephen Willis, Director of
                        Finance & Resources at Leeds Met outlines how the
                        university is transforming the landscape of learning.

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     Transforming the landscape of learning: Changing views

     By the autumn of 2006 Headingley              universities are advertising on television
     Carnegie Stadium will have a new stand:       but we believe that working through
     the Carnegie Stand. Building, literally,      partnerships can achieve more.
     upon our historic and pioneering                   Changing views about higher education
     relationship with Leeds Rugby, the            also means not standing still and making do
     Carnegie Stand will not only provide 1,844    with outdated facilities which increasingly
     seats in its 4,550 capacity for spectators    fail to meet the needs of the twenty-first
     at Leeds Tykes' and Leeds Rhinos' games       century student learning experience. In
     but also give the university a permanent      recent years the university's presence in the
     base at the stadium incorporating 12          city centre has become our 'Civic Quarter'
     seminar rooms and learning space for up       with the move of the Leeds Law School to
     to 350 people; redefining our Headingley      impressive new premises at Cloth Hall Court
     Campus as a 'Headingley Quarter' to           in the heart of the city's legal and business
     complement our expanding Civic Quarter        district, and the Electric Press building in
     in the centre of the city.                    Millennium Square which has become the
         The partnership with Leeds Rugby and      home of our television, film and performing
     Yorkshire Cricket goes far beyond naming      arts courses. Significant development has
     the ground and a new stand; it is also        also taken place at Northern Terrace in the     be developed to provide facilities for more   Court, Electric Press, Northern Terrace,       signature building in the shape of a             teaching and learning facilities relevant to
     much more than a sponsorship deal. In a       historically significant Queen Square, one of   elements of the Faculty of Arts & Society     Queen Square Court and Old Broadcasting        horseshoe surrounding a glass-fronted            the needs of new generations of students
     recent interview with the Guardian            very few traditional Georgian city squares in   not already moved to Queen Square or          House, the Old School Board is                 reflective 'rose bowl' lecture theatre           can be provided. Our ambition to be a
     newspaper, Gary Hetherington, Chief           the centre of Leeds. Leeds Met now owns         Electric Press.                               transforming our Civic Quarter presence.”      complex which will be an iconic building in      'great north university', fit for the needs of
     Executive of our partners Leeds Rugby         most of this square and we have built new          One of the university's most recent            All these projects form part of the        the heart of the city. Housing seven lecture     students and the community in the twenty-
     said: “In many ways we're replicating what    accommodation and refurbished our               acquisitions is a Grade II listed building    university's £100 million estate               theatres, the largest of which will              first century, means we must provide
     happens in American sport where players       existing grade II listed property there to      adjacent to Leeds Town Hall. Fittingly, the   development plan which aims to change          accommodate 250 people and additional            world-class facilities and reach out to our
     come through the local university.”           provide teaching and learning space for         university will use a building, originally    the landscape of Leeds Met over the next       teaching and learning spaces, this first-        city and region, providing high-quality
         In the same article, I was also keen to   built environment students and staff, the       built in the nineteenth century as the        five to ten years, combining historically      class development will be the home of            education, accessible to all. In a highly
     stress the business reasons for the           first part of our Faculty of Art & Society to   headquarters of the Leeds School Board,       important buildings throughout the city        Leeds Business School, allowing the              competitive marketplace Leeds Met must
     partnership. At the moment universities       relocate from Brunswick Terrace before          which was, as the building’s 'blue plaque'    with twenty-first century design. Our          university to contribute evermore to the         continue to champion changing views in
     don't value their brands within their         its demolition.                                 states, “elected by the people of Leeds to    vision is to reach out across Leeds and        business and financial life of our city and      higher education.
     balance sheets; the more we can associate          Another acquisition is the former BBC      build sufficient schools to ensure that for   serve the city and its students' needs,        region. It is anticipated that this new
     with high-profile clubs and events, the       building on Woodhouse Lane opposite the         the very first time every child in Leeds      linking faculties to their relevant            landmark building will be a meeting place          Previous double page: Architects' plans for
     greater value our brand will carry. With      university's original tower blocks. To be       received an elementary education.” Our        employer sector clusters in the city,          for our regional capital's civic, educational,     the proposed Rose Bowl development at
     increased undergraduate tuition fees          called Old Broadcasting House, this             Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simon Lee,         bringing students closer to the world they     business and cultural quarters.                    Portland Way. Page 10: The new Carnegie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Stand at Headingley Carnegie Stadium and the
     starting this year, universities are in a     impressive building will house our              recently reflected that “students and         are training to enter.                             All these developments will mean that          Electric Press in Millennium Square. Page 11
     much more competitive environment.            Institute for Enterprise and also provide       guests of the university attending a recent       Forming the centrepiece of Leeds Met's     the 1960s tower blocks, which the                  (clockwise from top left): Queen Square,
     Leeds Met sees effective partnerships as      an excellent central location for university    reception in this building, now called Old    Civic Quarter transformation, following a      university inherited from Leeds Polytechnic        Cloth Hall Court, Stephen Willis and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Old Broadcasting House, Old School Board
     an extremely powerful and innovative way      showcases and exhibitions. The site             School Board, enjoyed remarkable views        successful planning application, will be the   and other predecessor institutions, can be         - all now part of Leeds Met's Civic Quarter.
     of getting our message across. Other          surrounding Old Broadcasting House will         over Millennium Square. Like Cloth Hall       Rose Bowl development at Portland Way - a      demolished and even more new, modern

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                                                 Art & music:

                                                 Making it
                                                 Creativity in art, radical politics and new ideas in
                                                 sound combined in the 1970s and 1980s to create
                                                 a new music movement in Leeds. Alumni Officer
                                                 Della Vallance meets Leeds Polytechnic fine art
                                                 alumnus Paul Fillingham to find out more.
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     Art & music: Making it
                                                                                                 development of the era's independent
                                                                                                 musicians, Geoff stated that “any viable
        With its reputation for diversity and open-                                              activity, cultural comment, any cultural
        mindedness inherited from predecessor colleges,                                          concern can be considered as art.”
                                                                                                     Polytechnic art students tended to
        Leeds Polytechnic School of Art and Leeds                                                avoid living in the student residences,
        College of Art, the Leeds School of Contemporary                                         preferring to live in the more culturally
                                                                                                 diverse areas like Chapeltown and
        Art & Graphic Design has a reputation for                                                Meanwood. This is true of Soft Cell front
        attracting art students with progressive views                                           man, Fine Art graduate of 1980, Marc
                                                                                                 Almond, whose life in a damp
        which has often nurtured avant-garde musicians.                                          Chapeltown bedsit is portrayed in his
                                                                                                 autobiography, 'Tainted Life'.
                                                                                                     Marc and fellow Leeds Poly art
                                                    movement of politically motivated, post-     student Dave Ball developed their
     “In terms of unrestrained creativity,
     Leeds was the place to be.” Leeds              punk synth-pop. Bands like Soft Cell,        synthesiser-based musical style while
     Polytechnic alumnus Paul Fillingham            Ultravox, Scritti Politti, the Mekons, Fad   they were students at the Polytechnic
     recalls the politically charged atmosphere     Gadget, CUD and the Three Johns were         and went on to make the highest selling
     in Leeds during the late 70s and early         all associated with talented art students    British single of 1981, 'Tainted Love'.
     80s. “Yet arriving in Leeds at the start of    and lecturers from the Polytechnic Art       Pioneers of the electro-pop movement in
     the 80s was a sobering experience for a        School. The turn of the 21st Century has     the eighties, their legacy is still highly

                                                                                                                                               Photo: EMPICS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo: EMPICS
     young art student from Nottingham. The         seen further talented artists rising up in   visible in many of today's bands.
     atmosphere was unexpectedly dark and           the music scene with multi-award             Soft Cell's live shows provided a contrast
     angst-ridden. The Yorkshire Ripper             winning group the Kaiser Chiefs and up       to the traditional rock norm of the time,
     loomed large; he had just murdered a           and coming indie band Blackwire linked       with Almond's early stage act
     young university student in Headingley.”       to the Leeds School of Contemporary Art      characterised by attacks on consumer
         Into this unrest, Punk and New Wave        & Design.                                    society and gender stereotypes, backed       Gartside, founded and fronted the band
     movements had emerged, making an
     enduring impression on British culture
                                                        The city into which these 70s and 80s
                                                    bands first emerged was one burdened
                                                                                                 by an audio visual show created by
                                                                                                 fellow Leeds Polytechnic student
                                                                                                                                              Scritti Politti together with fellow Fine Art
                                                                                                                                              student and drummer Tom Morely. Scritti
                                                                                                                                                                                              “any viable activity, cultural
     and sowing the seeds for the musical
     revolution that was about to take place in
                                                    by a weight of social and economic
                                                    upheaval. Unemployment was increasing
                                                                                                 Steve Griffiths.
                                                                                                     Paul Fillingham started his own post-
                                                                                                                                              Politti released several top-five tracks
                                                                                                                                              during the eighties. The name Scritti
                                                                                                                                                                                              comment, any cultural concern can
     Leeds during the 80s with the emergence
     of Soft Cell.
                                                    and anxiety was rife, with the city living
                                                    under the shadow of the Yorkshire Ripper
                                                                                                 punk band 'Smart Cookies' with fellow
                                                                                                 students Russ Fisher and Robert Smith
                                                                                                                                              Politti was chosen as a homage to the
                                                                                                                                              Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci.
                                                                                                                                                                                              be considered as art.”
         The focus for this creativity which        whilst the National Front and Anti-Nazi      using facilities provided by the Art         Frank Tovey, who performed under the
     fostered so much talent during the period      League vied with each other for              School. He remembers: “The Fine Art          guise Fad Gadget, graduated with First-
     was the Leeds Polytechnic School of Art.       ideological bragging rights - often          department had its own recording studio.     class Honours in 1978. Frank, who died in       challenging project to make 'art out of       'Parva' to multi-award winning superstars
     The Polytechnic had been created in 1970       resulting in violence.                       Set up by lecturer John Darling, the         2002, was one of the pioneers of                noise'. John Hyatt, now Professor John        over the last few years.
     bringing together a number of separate             Small venues like the Fforde Green       studio was a ramshackle collection of        synthesizer music in the late seventies         Hyatt, had a Henry Moore printmaking              Ricky Wilson was an honoured guest at
     colleges including the prestigious             and the Cosmo Club were integral to the      two-track reel-to-reel tape machines,        just before Marc Almond and Dave Ball           fellowship at the time.                       this year's Faculty of Art & Society
     Leeds College of Art. Founded in 1846,                                                                                                   came to study at the Poly. In interviews,           The Art School's musical heritage,        end-of-year festival at which another year’s
     the College of Art attained a reputation                                                                                                 Green Gartside remembers the Poly as            clearly, was not restricted to students.      students' work was on public view. This
     for excellence which fostered, in the early                                                                                              radical, with the majority of students          Graphic Design tutor Kevin Lycett             year's graduates continue to show the
     decades of the twentieth century, a group      “In terms of unrestrained creativity,                                                     producing critically-driven and                 achieved acclaim with The Mekons.             same progressive and creative thinking
     of prominent artists and sculptors                                                                                                       theoretically informed art. At this time Art    Likewise Dennis Leigh, an influential tutor   evident in the output of our art students of
     including Henry Moore and                      Leeds was the place to be.”                                                               School bands played regularly in the            in the early nineties, aka Jonny Foxx,        previous generations, including that of the
     Barbara Hepworth.                                                                                                                        Polytechnic bar and the Fine Art                pioneered dance music in the early            1970s, modernists like Henry Moore in the
         Today, the Leeds Metropolitan University                                                                                             performance area.                               eighties and was also a founder of top ten    early 20th century and back to the
     Faculty of Art & Society, like its             rise of independent bands, whilst Leeds      analogue effects boxes and an                     Carl Puttnam who graduated from            chart-toppers, Ultravox.                      foundation of the Leeds College of Art in
     predecessors, has a reputation for diversity   Warehouse provided an inspirational          unfathomable patch-bay. Darling was          Fine Art in 1987 formed three-piece cult            Two decades later, a band whose           1846. Undoubtedly, this reputation for
     and open-mindedness to students'               showcase for recent record company           responsible for Soft Cell's debut            band CUD which found fame in the North          music is influenced fittingly by, amongst     unrestrained creativity in art and music still
     approach to study. This reputation has         signings. In 1982, riding the wave of        recording 'The girl with the painted         of England in the late eighties. Carl, a        others, Soft Cell, emerged. The Kaiser        makes Leeds Met the place to be.
     attracted art students with progressive        excitement that swept the region, the        leather face' which appeared on the          performance art student remembers               Chiefs, fronted by Ricky Wilson, who
     views, resulting in a constant stream of       BBC produced a documentary entitled 'A       Some Bizarre record label. The carefully     being introduced to fellow students             studied Graphic Art & Design at Leeds          Previous double page: Paul Fillingham (right)
     talented but often avant-garde artists and     town like New Orleans' featuring several     crafted track almost never made it when      William Potter and Mike Dunphy. He went         Met and graduated in 2000, have seen           as a fine art student in 1983, recording a Smart
     musicians emerging from its courses.           Art School bands from the period and         a section of tape was accidentally erased    on to start the band after Fine Art             their idiosyncratic artistic and energetic     Cookies demo in the studio. Page 15:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Marc Almond of Soft Cell and Ricky Wilson of
         Some of those who studied in the 70s       current Head of School, Geoff Teasdale.      during the recording process.                lecturer, John Hyatt, lead singer of the        theatrical performance style take them         the Kaiser Chiefs; both studied art at Leeds Met.
     and 80s became part of the historic            Defending the school's role in the               Fine Art graduate of 1977, Green         Three Johns, approached him with a              from relative obscurity as rock band

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      Being Complementary:

      Acupuncture &
      herbal medicine
      As Leeds Met's Faculty of Health launches a new degree course in
      complementary therapies, Alumni Officer Della Vallance finds out more
      about these ancient treatments from Dr Biddy Unsworth,
      Principal Lecturer in the School of Health & Human Sciences.
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     Being complementary: Acupuncture & herbal medicine

                                                                                                                                               therapies such as
                                                                                                                                               acupuncture and
                                                                                                                                               herbal medicines,
                                                                                                                                               although ancient
                                                                                                                                               practices, have
                                                                                                                                               increased in popularity
                                                                                                                                               dramatically since
                                                                                                                                               the 1970s.

                                                                                                                                                   At present only Chiropractors and
                                                                                                                                               Osteopaths are registered by law under
                                                                                                                                               the Chiropractors Act 1994 and the
                                                                                                                                               Osteopaths Act 1993 with both professions
                                                                                                                                               being regulated by respective general
                                                                                                                                               councils. The NHS recommends that
                                                                                                                                               patients considering complementary
                                                                                                                                               therapies should use a qualified                   Taught by staff from the School of
                                                                                                                                               practitioner who is a member of a              Health & Human Sciences as well as
     Complementary therapies such as              acupuncture, aromatherapy, chiropractic,      medicines - there is, therefore, a need for    regulatory body. As well as chiropractic       drawing on expertise from across the
     acupuncture and herbal medicines,            herbal medicine, homeopathy,                  more evidence-based research and an            and osteopathy, acupuncture, homeopathy        faculty and external visiting lecturers,
     although ancient practices, have             hypnotherapy, massage therapy,                academic approach to an area of health         and herbal medicine were recently              students will be encouraged to develop a
     increased in popularity dramatically since   osteopathy and yoga. Complementary            care which shows no sign of waning in          regarded by a House of Lords Select            holistic approach to factors that influence
     the 1970s, with an estimated one-third of    therapies are just that - complementary -     popularity.                                    Committee on Science & Technology to           health and the experience and perception
     the UK population having tried at least      and the NHS's advice is that therapies are        But there are sceptics. Many in the        have the best professional organisations       of health in different communities,
     one form of complementary therapy to         taken alongside mainstream medical            health profession are concerned that lack      and self-regulating bodies of all the          cultures and individuals, and the high level
     treat pain and illnesses.                    treatment and in consultation with a GP,      of regulation, formal training,                complementary therapies.                       of personal and interpersonal skills
         Dr Biddy Unsworth has worked in          not as a replacement. However, it is          standardisation, practitioner accreditation        In general, training for complementary     needed to be a reflective and therefore an
     Biology for 24 years. She has lectured in    known that complementary therapies may        and scientific evidence mean that many         therapists has in the past been provided in    effective practitioner.
     microbiology, epidemiology, public health,   interfere with the efficacy of conventional   alternative therapies act as no more than      the private sector and provision, according        Leeds Met's degree is designed to
     human evolution and health studies and       treatments and drugs; some patients have      a placebo, having an affect because of the     to the same House of Lords Select              produce graduates who have a thorough
     has acted as a course leader and a           reported suffering uncomfortable              patient's belief that the therapy will work,   Committee, showed unacceptable                 knowledge of complementary approaches
     scheme leader. Dr Unsworth now serves        reactions brought on by the interaction       or that treatments can be detrimental or       variations in the standards of content,        to human biological and psychological
     as Head of the Health Sciences &             between prescribed drugs and herbal           worse, dangerous.                              depth and duration.                            function in health and illness. “Students
     Environmental Quality groups in Leeds                                                                                                         Leeds Met's new undergraduate              will study human physiology,
     Met's School of Health & Human                                                                                                            degree course in Complementary                 pharmacology and pathophysiology to
     Sciences.                                                                                                                                 Therapies focuses on acupuncture and           support the development of diagnostic
         Dr Unsworth was delighted when
                                                  “We aim to provide students with both a                                                      herbal medicine, and will mean that Leeds      skills,” confirms Dr Unsworth, “while
     Professor Mike Thomas suggested the          thorough knowledge-base of complementary                                                     Met will be one of only a handful of           being encouraged to develop an
     School develop a new degree course in                                                                                                     universities in the UK offering degree level   understanding of the different
     Complementary Therapies. Her                 approaches to human biological and                                                           training in this field. “We aim,” explains     philosophies and models of
     experience is vital to the development of    psychological function in health and illness, as                                             Dr Unsworth: “to provide students with         complementary therapy and research
                                                                                                                                                                                              methods, enabling them to establish and
     the course as herbal medicine brings                                                                                                      both a thorough knowledge-base of
     together her biology background and          well as a firm understanding of scientific                                                   complementary approaches to human              critically evaluate the evidence-base for      Previous double page, page 18:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Acupuncture is increasingly popular
     lifelong interest in plants and their                                                                                                     biological and psychological function in       complementary practice.” The course will
     healing properties.
                                                  theory, research methods and experience in                                                   health and illness, as well as a firm          also give students the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             as a complementary therapy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             This page: Students learning the
         In the UK, many General Practitioners    the practical applications of both acupuncture                                               understanding of scientific theory,            undergo clinical practice experience and       healing qualities of herbal medicines
     are able to refer their National Health                                                                                                   research methods and experience in the         placements.                                    and a student observing a
     Service patients for a wide range of         and herbal medicines.”                                                                       practical applications of both acupuncture         The course, understandably, has already    professional acupuncturist.
     complementary therapies such as                                                                                                           and herbal medicines.”                         attracted many applicants for 2006 entry.

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                                                 Around the world against the winds and currents:

                                                 Dee Caffari
                                                 In May this year Dee Caffari succeeded in becoming the first woman in history
                                                 to sail single-handed, non-stop around the world ‘the wrong way’.
                                                 Professor Carlton Cooke watched his former Carnegie student’s progress with
                                                 interest, and was in Southampton for her homecoming.

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     Around the world against the winds and currents: Dee Caffari
                                                                                                                                                                                          become a skipper in that year's race. Dee
                                                                                                                                                                                          was the only female skipper in the 2004/5
                                                                                                                                                                                          Global Challenge and led 18 amateur
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “I kept setting myself goals,
                                                                                                                                                                                          yachtsmen, west-bound, around the world,
                                                                                                                                                                                          proving that she had the talent and skill to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sometimes only an hour or so ahead,
                                                                                                                                                                                          manage the physical and mental burden of          but I never thought about giving up.”
                                                                                                                                                                                          leading an amateur crew over seven,
                                                                                                                                                                                          challenging, six-week legs.
                                                                                                                                                                                              During a stopover in Cape Town, Dee           and into the Southern Ocean without a fully            Overcoming all these challenges, 178
                                                                                                                                                                                          was asked to consider a new challenge by          functioning autopilot system is not an             days after leaving Portsmouth, Dee Caffari
                                                                                                                                                                                          sailing legend Sir Chay Blyth. In 1971 Sir        option.” Emails from the shore team                crossed the finishing line between the
                                                                                                                                                                                          Chay had become the first person to sail          described what Dee had to do to fix the            Lizard and Ushant, France on Thursday
                                                                                                                                                                                          around the world, solo, by a west-bound           problem. “I have been having cryptic emails        18th May 2006 to make history and enter
                                                                                                                                                                                          route, against the prevailing winds and           asking me to get various bits from different       the record books. Three days later she
                                                                                                                                                                                          currents. His suggestion was that Dee             parts if the yacht. I am not sure if I feel I am   sailed into Southampton to be greeted by
                                                                                                                                                                                          should attempt to become the first woman          on Crystal Maze or Scrap Heap Challenge?”          hundreds of supporters. Stepping onto
                                                                                                                                                                                          to complete the same solo journey, once           Dee wrote in her diary. But the problem            land for the first time in nearly six months
       Photograph courtesy of Aviva plc

                                                                                                                                                                                          described as 'the impossible voyage.' Dee         was solved. A relieved Dee wrote: “You see,        she was met by HRH the Princess Royal.
                                                                                                                                                                                          recalled: “I had 7,000 miles to make my           and all of you thought that sailing around         She was also delighted to see Professor
                                                                                                                                                                                          decision. The more I thought about it the         the world was just about sailing. Let me tell      Carlton Cooke and Eddy Lloyd, her former
                                                                                                                                                                                          more I wanted to do it. By the time we            you, the sailing is the easy bit!”                 lecturers at Leeds Met, and to receive a
                                                                                                                                                                                          reached Boston I had decided I wanted to              Ten days later Dee and Aviva were              letter of congratulation from the
                                                                                                                                                                                          attempt it.”                                      rounding Cape Horn and heading into the            Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simon Lee.
                                                                                                                                                                                              A number of months of preparation             treacherous Southern Ocean. Over the next              The inevitable question which Dee is
                                                                                                                                                                                          followed. Dee would use the same steel            90 days Dee was to cross Nemo Point, the           now asked in every interview is, 'what next?'
                                                                                                                                                                                          hulled Challenge 72ft Class yacht she             world's most isolated place, encounter             Dee has launched herself as a motivational
     Carlton Cooke, Professor of Sport &                         degree in Human Movement Studies in                                                                                      skippered in the Global Challenge race,           storms, icebergs and lightening strikes until      speaker to pass on her expertise to others
     Exercise Science at Leeds Met was                           1994 and stayed at Leeds Met for another                                                                                 with one difference - no crew. At over            reaching the Cape of Good Hope, the                but doesn't intend to stop sailing. However,
     determined to be in Southampton to                          year to take the Postgraduate Certificate                                                                                37 tons Dee's yacht 'Aviva', named by her         Atlantic Ocean and the final leg home.             other adventures are planned off the water.
     welcome home his former student, Dee                        of Education to qualify as a teacher. After                                                                              sponsors, was built to withstand the                  In her interview with Mark Roberts,            In November this year Dee will be going to
     Caffari, after her epic journey around the                  five years Dee left teaching to take her                                                                                 extreme conditions of a long-distance             Dee was emphatic that at no point in the           Tasmania to take part in the Mark Webber
     world - the first woman in history to sail                  yachting qualifications to become a                                                                                      west-bound journey, very different from           journey, even at the most difficult point did      Pure Tasmania Challenge, a gruelling
     the globe, non-stop, single-handed, 'the                    professional sailor. “I became a teacher                                                                                 Dame Ellen Macarthur's trimaran 'B&Q' in          she think about giving up: “I kept setting         six-day, 600km adventure race combining
     wrong way', against the prevailing winds                    because I wanted to share my knowledge                                                                                   which she sailed around the world, solo,          myself goals, sometimes only an hour or            cross-country trekking, mountain biking,
     and currents.                                               and love of the outdoors,” Dee                                                                                           'the right way' in 71 days. Dee's journey         so ahead, but I never thought about giving         road cycling and kayaking.
         Carlton, an experienced sailor himself,                 remembers, “but my early introduction to                                                                                 was expected to take about 170 days.              up.” One of Dee's heroes is New Zealand                There will, no doubt, be more extreme
     remembered very clearly the leadership                      sailing by my father and my experience at                                                                                    On the 20th November 2005 Dee                 yachtsman and environmental campaigner             challenges to come; perhaps including

                                                                                                                                                       Photograph courtesy of Aviva plc
     qualities, confidence and competitive                       Leeds Met had sown a seed which would                                                                                    Caffari left Portsmouth to begin the 'Aviva       Sir Peter Blake who tragically died in             sailing around the world 'the right way'.
     nature of a student who thrived on the                      grow and lead me to realise that my                                                                                      Challenge'. Throughout her journey Dee            2001. Like Blake, Dee is driven by a
     challenges and the unpredictable nature of                  destiny was a life on the water.”                                                                                        kept a diary; as much a companion as a            respect for nature which is reflected in her
     the outdoors. “The human movement and                           Carlton Cooke saw signs of this                                                                                      means of communication with the tens of           love of sailing: “It's about being out there
     physical education courses at Leeds Met                     ambition when, as part of the Carnegie                                                                                   thousands of supporters around the world          using the forces of nature; you don't know
     were then, and still are today, a synthesis                 course, he led a group of students,                                                                                      tracking her progress on her website.             what's coming next.”
     of theoretical and practical learning,”                     including Dee, on a sailing expedition in                                                                                    Aviva encountered its first major storm           Learning how to cope with solo sailing
     Carlton explains, “students learn about                     Scotland. “We were sailing 34 foot yachts                                                                                just seven days into the journey. After the       was important. Amazingly the first time Dee
     biomechanics, physiology, psychology,                       with crews of six up the Sound of Mull to                                                                                experience Dee wrote in her diary: “Last          had sailed solo was when she began the
     anatomy and nutrition, but then apply this                  Tobermory,” recalls Professor Cooke, “I           After finishing her teaching career Dee                                night I felt as if I went on a trip to a theme    Aviva Challenge in November. The challenge
     knowledge through vocational projects and                   remember receiving a message from the         travelled the world and returned to the UK                                 park and took a ride on the Black Hole            of sailing around the world was something
     physical activity such as outdoor adventure                 Carnegie boats ahead that they were           to start a job with Mike Golding Yacht                                     roller coaster. I was feeling battered and        for which Dee could train and prepare, but
     or dance.” It was this practical application,               experiencing very strong winds and should     Racing; within three months she was                                        bruised, tired, cold and hungry and also in a     for someone who so obviously enjoys talking
     Dee affirmed in a recent interview with                     be ready for a change in conditions. I was    skippering a 67 foot yacht and in the                                      bizarre way I was pleased with myself.” But       and interacting with people, the hardest part
     Mark Roberts, Head of Alumni Relations at                   below deck at the time. I asked Dee if she    months to follow completed a number of                                     this was only a foretaste of things to come.      was going to be the mental challenge of six
     Leeds Met, which attracted her to the study                 needed my help. She said no. In fact she      offshore races. Watching the Global                                            After encountering problems with the          months of enforced solitude. But unlike
     at Carnegie: “I was interested in dance; the                was a better sailor than I was. When we hit   Challenge round the world fleet leave                                      yacht's autopilot for a while, the unit finally   Chay Blyth, Dee had the web, email and a
     diversity of the Carnegie course attracted                  the bad weather Dee took charge and           Southampton in 2000 Dee was determined                                     broke down on Christmas Day. Dee's shore          satellite phone, and the release of a diary          Previous double page and page 22:
     me - and the buzz of activity I encountered                 organised the other students - a clear        to be involved the next time the event took                                team was concerned that the future of the         posted each day for the world to read,               Dee and ‘Aviva’ during sea trials.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Above: Professor Carlton Cooke
     when I came up for open day.”                               indication of Dee's sailing skill and         place, four years later. In 2004 her                                       voyage was threatened if the autopilot could      always signed off, in a spirit of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 congratulating Dee in Southampton.
         Dee Caffari graduated with a BA (Hons)                  leadership qualities.”                        opportunity came when she was asked to                                     not be fixed: “Continuing past Cape Horn          anthropomorphism, from 'Dee & Aviva'.

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                                                                 When Leeds Met Chelsea gold:

                                                                 Garden design
                                                                 After five Leeds Met students win a gold medal at the
                                                                 Chelsea Flower Show, Head of Alumni Relations, Mark Roberts,
                                                                 finds out more about Garden Design & Landscape Architecture
                                                                 courses at Leeds Met.

      A solid oak bench, lush dramatic
      fresh spring foliage in a shaded area of
      moisture loving plants. Emphasis on leaf
      contrast and flowers provides dramatic accents.
      Further back the planting evokes a meadow with
      swathes of grasses interspersed with flowers.
      Sedum screens and a sandstone wall sweep into the
      space, providing form alongside water flowing down
      a rill, creating sound and intrigue. A smooth rendered
      wall to the rough surface of the granite setts; the warm
      tones of sandstone to dark slate, emphasise contrasts
      in texture and colour.

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     When Leeds Met Chelsea gold: Garden design
                                                                                                          unified the space and praised the
                                                                                                          design's creative use of textures.
                                                                                                              Major sponsorship for the garden
                                                                                                          came from the Leeds office of
                                                                                                          development company HBG Properties
                                                                                                          Ltd. HBG have recently purchased a nine
                                                                                                          and a half acre site in central Leeds,
                                                                                                          which includes a substantial disused
                                                                                                          Victorian viaduct, formerly the main line
                                                                                                          for Leeds to London trains. In the next
                                                                                                          academic year, Leeds Met Landscape
                                                                                                          Architecture and Garden Art & Design
                                                                                                          students will be exploring the conversion
                                                                                                          of the viaduct into a raised park, a green
                                                                                                          link to the centre of Leeds.
                                                                                                              Through Leeds Met's partnership with
                                                                                                          HBG, students will have opportunities to
                                                                                                          explore ongoing real-life design
                                                                                                          challenges and the university looks
                                                                                                          forward to developing a mutually
                                                                                                          beneficial relationship.
                                                                                                              'A Garden for Robin' is the latest in a
     The popularity of television gardening                Cyrus Design; their own company formed         series of awards won over many years at
     programmes and celebrity status for                   to take an idea inspired by a garden in        major RHS shows by Leeds Met students
     gardeners like Alan Titchmarsh, Monty                 Adel, near Leeds, to Chelsea. 'A Garden        and alumni. In 2005 Jane Hudson and
     Don and Kim Wilde might signal that                   for Robin' is a re-interpretation of the       Erik de Maeijer, who studied at Leeds         'A Garden for Robin' is the latest in a
                                                           widely acclaimed York Gate garden              Met in the 1990s, exhibited for the fourth
     gardening as a leisure activity is as
     popular as ever. However, garden design               designed by untrained horticulturalist         year in a row in the prestigious Show         series of awards won over many years
                                                                                                          Garden category winning a Silver Medal
     and landscape architecture is also
     increasing in popularity as a profession.
                                                           Robin Spencer. Following Robin's
                                                           premature death at the age of 48, his          for their Cancer Research garden. Jane
                                                                                                                                                        at major RHS shows by Leeds Met
         Leeds Metropolitan University is one of           mother, Sybil, maintained the garden until     and Erik - a husband and wife team -
                                                                                                          also appeared on the BBC series Small
                                                                                                                                                        students and alumni.
     only a handful of universities and colleges           her death in 1994. The garden is now in
     in the UK which offers undergraduate and              the care of Perennial, the Gardeners'          Town Gardens, designing and building a
     postgraduate courses in Garden Art &                  Royal Benevolent Society; a charity which      modern domestic courtyard garden.                 A group of Garden Art & Design                The courses at Leeds Met emphasise
     Design and Landscape Architecture: a                  offers support to horticulturalists in need.   Leeds Met graduate Matthew Unwin won          students last entered a garden at the         the design of landscapes and gardens to
     Gold Medal for a group of Leeds Met                                                                                                                Chelsea Flower Show in 2003.                  meet social, environmental and technical
     students at this year's Chelsea Flower                                                                                                             'Transcendence', entered in the Chic          requirements while encouraging artistic
     Show in the Courtyard Garden category                                                                                                              Garden category, was awarded a Silver-        creativity. The project-based structure
     indicates that the university is fulfilling its       Chelsea is the Oscars of the garden                                                          Gilt Flora award and beat off stiff           of the courses encourages students to
     role nurturing design talent for the future.                                                                                                       competition from professional garden          understand urban and rural landscapes
         Chelsea is the Oscars of the garden               world and it is the aspiration of almost                                                     designers from the UK and abroad.             and responses to the aesthetic,
     world and it is the aspiration of almost                                                                                                           This year the Leeds Met team had eight        functional and emotional needs of the
     every designer to win gold. “To design                every designer to win gold. “To design                                                       days to create their garden, the final        user of the garden or landscape - 'the
                                                                                                                                                        stage of a process begun months before.       spirit of place'.
     and build a garden for the RHS Chelsea
     Flower Show is incredibly exciting” said
                                                           and build a garden for the RHS Chelsea                                                       Head of Landscape Architecture at                 The profusion of popular gardening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   programmes, celebrity chefs, glossy food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   magazines and coffee table cookery
     John Walker, one of the Leeds Met
     team. “For me it's a distillation of all
                                                           Flower Show is incredibly exciting.”                                                         Leeds Met, Edwin Knighton, is keen to
                                                                                                                                                        stress the amount of work involved in
                                                                                                                                                                                                      programmes shown on our television
                                                                                                                                                                                                      screens does give professional garden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   books has not translated into a decrease
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in the sale of microwave ready-meals and
     we've learnt.” John, who graduates in                                                                                                              developing a design. “In the case of the      design and landscape architecture good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   other processed foods. Is the same true
     2006 with a BA (Hons) Garden Art &                                                                                                                 design for Chelsea, the students were         publicity, but as award-winning students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for gardening?
     Design, was truly inspired by his                        The students' four metre by four            a Silver-Gilt Flora award for his show        inspired by another garden and the            like John Walker and teacher Edwin
     studies: “Leeds Met has given me a                    metre garden was also awarded 'Best in         garden 'The Bigger Picture' at the Royal      people who created it. However, in the        Knighton say, 'making-over' a garden in a
     great opportunity to re-focus my                      Show' in its category by the judges who        Horticultural Society's Tatton Park           professional world in which most of our       few days does perhaps give a false            Previous double page: ‘A Garden for Robin’.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Page 26: The Cyrus Design team. Final
     life-long interest in design, the natural             were impressed by the use of space             Flower Show in 2005.                          students will go on to practise, the          impression of all that is involved in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    year BA (Hons) Garden Art & Design
     landscape and horticulture.”                          which made the garden seem bigger                 Matthew graduated with a degree in         requirements of the client, whether a         creating a well-designed garden or            students (left to right) Paul Ashton,
         The group of five students, Diane                 than it actually was. One of the best          Landscape Architecture in 1996 and now        private commission or for a public space,     landscape. To use the example from            Simon Street, Diane Appleyard, John Walker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and Dawn Johnson. Page 27: Diane
     Appleyard, Paul Ashton, Dawn Johnson,                 courtyard gardens the judges had seen in       runs his own garden design business,          must also be considered alongside the         another comparable high profile field, the    preparing the plants at Headingley Campus.
     Simon Street and John Walker make up                  many years, they noted that the curves         Landcraft Design.                             particular creative style of the designer.”   increasing number of cooking

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     Momentum Supporting sport                                                                                                                       Momentum Supporting sport

      Headingley Carnegie Stadium                                                                                                                    Bradford Bulls crowned Carnegie World Club Champions
                                                                               Stars of rugby and cricket past    seen decades of rugby and          Hundreds of Leeds Met alumni        In a thrilling match Bradford
                                                                               and present joined                 cricket achievement would now      were part of the nearly 20,000      Bulls came out on top with the
                                                                               representatives of Yorkshire       be known as Headingley             crowd at Huddersfield's             score at full time 30-10. Leeds
                                                                               Cricket, Leeds Rugby and           Carnegie Stadium.                  Galpharm stadium in February        Met student Ian Henderson,
                                                                               Leeds Met to unveil an historic        Leeds Met alumni Lewis         which saw the Bradford Bulls        who is himself from Australia,
                                                                               partnership which will help        Jones, former Leeds and GB         win the 2006 Carnegie World         was part of the winning
                                                                               secure the future of sporting      rugby league star, and David       Club Challenge against Australian   Bradford side. Leeds Met
                                                                               excellence in Leeds and            Gent, Regional Director of Sport   champions Wests Tigers.             alumnus and Chancellor,
                                                                               Yorkshire.                         England, were in the audience to       Through Leeds Met's             Brendan Foster, presented the
                                                                                   Brendan Foster, former         hear the announcement.             partnership with the Rugby          trophy to the winning team.
                                                                               Olympic athlete and Chancellor     Brendan Foster was delighted       Football League, the Alumni             The Alumni Office hopes
                                                                               of Leeds Met, announced to         that the partnership meant that    Office was able to secure a         that at future sporting and
                                                                               invited guests and the media at    two names which stand for          block of tickets which were         cultural events we will again be
                                                                               the press conference, that in a    excellence in sport, Carnegie      offered to alumni from Bradford     able to offer free and
                                                                               probably unique partnership, the   and Headingley, were now           and Huddersfield. Tickets were      discounted tickets to alumni.
                                                                               famous sports ground which has     united.                            limited, and alumni                 Update your details with us to
                                                                                                                                                     enthusiastically took up the        make sure that you don't miss
                                                                                                                                                     offer with all the tickets being    out on future offers and
                                                                                                                                                     allocated in a couple of days.      mailings.

     A champion year for student sport
                    In 2005 Leeds         all to get involved.
                    Met's new Athletic         Two high profile events at                                                                            Catherine champions deaf tennis                                        Commonwealth Games
                    Union was             the beginning and end of the
                    launched to           2005/6 academic year, the                                                                                  Leeds Met alumna Catherine          she reclaimed the Women's          Two Leeds Met students were
      promote and administer              inaugural Leeds Universities                                                                               Graham, who graduated in            Doubles title from the             selected to represent their countries
      student sport at the university.    Varsity Day with the University                                                                            Sport & Exercise Science in         defending champions Alex and       at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
      The creation of the Athletic        of Leeds and the Athletic                                                                                  2004, has won both the              Beth Simmons. Catherine and        in Melbourne in March this year.
      Union, the development of           Union Sports Ball, launched                                                                                Women's Singles and                 Sharon also won bronze                 Amanda Evans played netball
      partnerships with professional      and then celebrated an                                                                                     Women's Doubles at the 2006         medals in this year's              for Wales and Richard Buck was
      clubs, increased coaching and       extremely successful year for                                                                              National Deaf Tennis                Deaflympic Games in                selected to represent England in
      the establishment of a              Leeds Met.                                                                                                 Championships in Gloucester.        Melbourne.                         the 4 x 400m relay.
      scholarship scheme have all              In October, Emma Beith, our                                                                               Catherine won the                                                      Amanda, who studies Physical
      been extraordinarily beneficial     first Athletic Union President,                                                                            Woman's Singles title in both                                          Education, received her first senior
      for university teams during the     lifted the Varsity trophy in front                                                                         2003 and 2004 while she was                                            cap recently in a match against
      year, with many clubs achieving     of a crowd of over 3,000                                                                                   studying at Leeds Met. She                                             Jamaica. Her team finished 8th in
      notable successes and ensuring      students at Headingley Carnegie                                                                            benefited from a Leeds Met                                             the games, narrowly missing out to
      that the university’s British       Stadium at the end of a day of                                                                             Carnegie Sport Scholarship in                                          South Africa in the 7th place play-off.
      University Sports Association       sporting competition between                                                                               recognition of her outstanding                                             Amanda also plays in the
      (BUSA) ranking has improved         the two Leeds universities.                                                                                sporting achievements for                                              national Netball Superleague for
      from 23rd to 16th.                  Playing in a spirit of friendly                                                                            these two years and was able                                           Leeds Met Carnegie; one of eight
          Sports clubs at Leeds Met       rivalry, Leeds Met won in 10         year in BUSA and Varsity              Rounding off the year, the      to receive expert coaching                                             elite teams in the country to take
      compete at a very high standard     sports with the University of        competitions and won their         sports celebration of the year,    while pursuing her academic                                            part in the UK's premier domestic
      with other top sporting             Leeds winning in four.               BUSA League, scoring on            the Leeds Met Athletic Union       studies. “For me, superb                                               netball competition.
      universities on a weekly basis in        This year's BUSA highlights     average 50 points in every game.   Sports Ball was held at Elland     university sports facilities                                               Richard studies an Individual
      BUSA competitions.                  include the Men's Football Club,        Commenting upon the year        Road on Saturday 13 May. Over      were as important as my                                                Program of Study (IPOS) in
          The Athletic Union also         Leeds Met Sports Club of the         Emma said: “The inaugural          500 students, staff and friends    academic needs when                                                    Business. He previously
      promotes sport and outdoor          Year, whose 1st team won the         Varsity Day got our sporting       were there to celebrate an         choosing where to study. I was                                         participated in the 2004 Junior
      activities for all students and     West Yorkshire Premier League,       year off to a great start and      extraordinary year of sporting     overjoyed with the standard at                                         World Championships and the
      staff of whatever standard and      received the FA Charter              since then Leeds Met has           achievement and the annual         Leeds Met” said Catherine.                                             Junior Commonwealth Games,
      also runs an extremely              Standard Award and became            enjoyed unprecedented BUSA         Sports Awards paid tribute to          Catherine clinched her third                                       where he won a bronze in the 400m.
      successful intra-mural              Leeds and district Senior Cup        success. Having been               team and individual                women's singles title with a                                               Both Amanda and Richard
      programme in a number of            champions.                           re-elected for a further year I    performances. Leeds Met            6-3, 6-3 win over defending                                            receive Carnegie Sports
      sports at a more informal and            The Men's Rugby League 1st      am really excited as Leeds Met     looks forward to further           champion Beth Simmons.                                                 Scholarships for their excellence
      recreational level, encouraging     team have not been beaten all        sport is definitely on the up.”    success in 2006/7.                 Along with Sharon Templeman,                                           in sport.

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     Mentoring                                                                                                                                                    Alumni network
                                                                                        Bereket to the university facilities including the library, where he
                                                                                        was given a guest pass.
                                                                                            “I'll never forget the look on his face when he saw the size of the
                                                                                                                                                                  Alumni Network
                                                                                        library: he was astonished and highly excited at the thought of                                                                                   reunions, met up with university    or simply visit and share
                                                                                        getting his hands on the wonderful range of resources. Initially we                                                                               friends or told us about their      reminiscences. Another
                                                                                        met every two weeks and focused on whatever Bereket felt was                                                                                      successes and achievements.         significant anniversary occurs
                                                                                        important at the time. Some sessions were dedicated to CV writing                                                                                     Leeds Met alumni obviously      in 2008 when Carnegie College
                                                                                        and job hunting, others about living practicalities and later accessing                                                                           like keeping in touch, as this      celebrates 75 years since its
                                                                                        higher education, including scouring Leeds for scholarship                                                                                        year we were ranked as one of       foundation in 1933.
                                                                                        opportunities at postgraduate level. Once Bereket became more                                                                                     the friendliest universities in         Commemorating dates in our
                                                                                        established, we met just once a month and at a bookshop in town.                                                                                  the country by the Friends          history offers an opportunity to
                                                                                        We would have coffee (often Ethiopian) and chat about life in general.                                                                            Reunited website. The               reflect both on the significant
                                                                                        During the meetings I learnt a lot, not only about the turmoil in                                                                                 university is delighted to help     contribution that our university
                                                                                        Ethiopia, but also about Africa in general, and about the arduous life                                                                            alumni get back in touch and        has made to education and our
                                                                                        of a refugee in the UK. There were times when I could have                                                                                        very pleased to offer advice        continuing vision to be a world-
                                                                                        screamed out in frustration for Bereket as he fought through red                                                                                  about how to contact lost           class regional university with
                                                                                        tape and inefficient bureaucracy to make ends meet.”                                                                                              friends and plan reunions. With     world-wide horizons, using all
                                                                                            “During our meetings I realised just how knowledgeable, talented,                                                                             excellent facilities available at   our talents to the full. Our
                                                                                        passionate and resilient Bereket was. This gave me the added                                                                                      our Headingley Campus, at           celebrations should honour the
                                        Photograph courtesy of Yorkshire Evening Post
                                                                                        impetus to strive harder for him and increase my support and                                                                                      Headingley Carnegie Stadium         past but look to the future as our
                                                                                        networking further. Bereket strove to become more involved in the                                                                                 and at Civic Quarter, the           Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor,
                                                                                        community, writing articles for newspapers, attending seminars,                                                                                   university is able to host          staff, governors, partners,

      LEEDS MET                                                                         giving guest lectures for the 'Together for Peace' week. He was even
                                                                                        nominated for a peace award in Leeds.”
                                                                                                                                                                  Welcome to the
                                                                                                                                                                  second issue of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the last two years the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      university has got back in touch
                                                                                                                                                                                                      with over 50,000 former
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          reunions for you if you want to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hold an event in Leeds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2007 marks a century of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              friends and alumni work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              together to support the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              aspirations and talents of every

      MENTORING                                                                         “During our meetings I
                                                                                                                                                                  Momentum. I hope
                                                                                                                                                                  that you have found
                                                                                                                                                                                                      students, many of whom now
                                                                                                                                                                                                      regularly keep up-to-date
                                                                                                                                                                                                      through our website and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          education in Headingley as we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          celebrate 100 years since the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foundation of the City of Leeds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              new generation of students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please keep up the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Leeds Met momentum.
      A refugee mentoring scheme set up by Community
      Partnerships at Leeds Met in partnership with the
                                                                                        realised just how                                                         many items of                       e-Newsletters. Reports of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      reunions which have taken place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Training College in 1907. To
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          commemorate our centenary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              With all good wishes,
                                                                                                                                                                  interest in this edition
      Refugee Council and other agencies.                                               knowledgeable, talented,                                                  of our magazine for
                                                                                                                                                                                                      over the last year represent only
                                                                                                                                                                                                      a fraction of the activity of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          we would be particularly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pleased to hear from alumni
                                                                                        passionate and resilient                                                  alumni and friends
                                                                                                                                                                                                      alumni who have attended
                                                                                                                                                                                                      events at Leeds Met, contacted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          who studied with us at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Headingley in the past and          Mark Roberts
      A refugee mentoring scheme set up by Community Partnerships
      at Leeds Met in partnership with the Refugee Council and other                    Bereket was.”                                                             of Leeds Met.                       the Alumni Office to organise       would like to arrange a reunion     Head of Alumni Relations

      agencies has been running since early 2004. To date, 30 members
      of staff have volunteered to provide mentoring support to
                                                                                            Eventually, about 15 months after Jo and Bereket first met, and
      Leeds-based refugees with either an academic or professional
      background who are actively seeking employment or higher
                                                                                        thanks to a team effort, including Elspeth Jones, Dean of the
                                                                                        Leslie Silver International Faculty, Meg Message, Vice Chancellor           Alumni online - register today                                                                            Keep up to
      educational opportunities. Refugees from around 13 different
      countries with backgrounds in teaching, accountancy, law,
                                                                                        Professor Simon Lee, Dr Max Farrar, Head of the Community
                                                                                                                                                                    Keep in touch with your university                                                                        date! Register
                                                                                        Partnerships Office and Dr Eddie Halpin in the School of Applied
                                                                                                                                                                    through our website
      journalism, engineering and many other professions are benefiting
      from individual support, encouragement and practical advice.
                                                                                        Global Ethics, Bereket is now settled and studying for a MA in
                                                                                                                                                                    www.leedsmetalumni.net. More
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for e-news
                                                                                        Development in Global Societies at Leeds Met. Eddie Halpin
          Jo Appleton, lecturer and course Leader in the School of                                                                                                  than just a source of useful                                                                              You don't have to wait for
                                                                                        already sees great potential in Bereket and has talked about him
      Languages at Leeds Met's Leslie Silver International Faculty, has                                                                                             information, the site also acts as a                                                                      Momentum to arrive to get
                                                                                        becoming a guest lecturer on the course in the future.
      spent the last two years volunteering through the Leeds Met                                                                                                   portal to enable alumni to be part of                                                                     updates from Leeds Met.
                                                                                            “All in all, I've found my mentoring experience incredibly
      scheme, mentoring an Ethiopian refugee.                                                                                                                       the university community from a                                                                           Sign up for our alumni
                                                                                        interesting and humbling. I've been very lucky to have been paired
          “My first degree was in Development Studies and so when I                                                                                                 computer at home or work and                                                                              e-Newsletter and receive the
                                                                                        with such a wonderful man who shares some of my ideals and
      approached Meg Message in the summer of 2004 to become a                                                                                                      keep up with all the latest news and                                                                      latest alumni and university
                                                                                        passions in life and who has taught me so much. I'm sure our
      volunteer mentor, she had the perfect match for me. Bereket had                                                                                               events. Visit the site today and                                                                          news, and invitations to events
                                                                                        friendship will continue well into the future.” Says Jo.
      a wide variety of skills, qualifications, work experience and                                                                                                 register to access the member                                                                             each month direct to your
      interest in global development,” says Jo.                                                                                                                     areas. Once you have registered                                                                           inbox. You will then be able to
          Initial meetings were held at Leeds Met, with support from the                  Volunteers provide only one hour of mentoring support                     you will be able to keep in touch                                                                         click through to our website
      Refugee Educational Training and Advisory Service (RETAS) and                       every two weeks but the effect can last a lifetime. If you                with friends, post messages,                                                                              for full details. Sign up today
      Meg Message, Head of the Refugee Mentoring Scheme. “We soon                         would like to become involved in the Leeds Met mentoring                  organise reunions, promote your                                                                           by sending an email to
      discovered that we had some things in common which helped our                       scheme please contact Emma Butcher on 0113 283 3039                       business, network and stay in touch.                                                                      alumni@leedsmet.ac.uk.
      relationship to grow.” said Jo. Volunteering involved introducing

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        The Alumni Office would be happy to hear from alumni
                                                                            Pud School Reunion                                                     Carnegie class of '81 celebrate 25 years
        who are thinking about arranging a reunion and can                  Memories of student days in        Home Economics and enjoyed          Graduates from the Carnegie        special. There hasn't been a day
        offer help and advice about getting back together.                  the 1930s to 1980s were            catching up with old friends,       class of 1981 BEd Physical         gone by in my life that I haven't
                                                                            rekindled in October as alumni     reminiscing about their years       Education held a reunion in        thought about something or
        Mark Roberts, Head of Alumni Relations at Leeds Met,
                                                                            and former staff of the            as students in Leeds. Kathleen      June and celebrated 25 years       somebody from my time at
        would be delighted to help groups get back together and
                                                                            Yorkshire Training College of      Keighley was part of a group of     since their graduation.            Carnegie.”
        provide hospitality at the university and a warm welcome.
                                                                            Housecraft, the 'Pud School',      ten alumnae who attended the            The three-day celebration         Leeds Met staff members
                                                                            visited Headingley Campus for      reunion and who were students       brought alumni from all over       Eddy Lloyd, who taught the
                                                                            their annual reunion.              at the college in the late 1940s;   the world back to Leeds Met's      group when they were students,
     Law School alumni reception                                                Founded in 1874, the           she hopes that even more            Headingley Campus after            and Mike Gray, who was a
                                                                            Yorkshire Training College of      friends will be able to attend      Martin Gregory who has spent       Carnegie student at the same
                                                                            Housecraft was affectionately      next year.                          the past 20 years in the United    time, also attended and
                                                                            known as the 'Pud School'. It          Alumnae Sally Warburton         States decided to try to contact   remembered stories and
                                                                            became part of Leeds               and Gill Hooper both graduated      his Carnegie classmates who        characters from college life 25
                                                                            Polytechnic in 1976 and today      with BA (Hons) Home                 all first met in 1977 on the       years ago. The group was               The group Met at Headingley     playing sports at Headingley
                                                                            the Tourism, Hospitality &         Economics in the 1980s at           Physical Education course.         particularly delighted to see       Campus on Thursday where           Campus before attending a
                                                                            Events School at Leeds Met         Leeds Polytechnic. They also            "It was the greatest four      former member of staff Merv         they where greeted by the          reunion dinner at Headingley
                                                                            continues its traditions through   hope that more of their friends     years of my life," said Martin.    Beck who taught most                Vice-Chancellor, Professor         Carnegie Stadium in the
                                                                            courses in Food Systems,           will be able to attend in 2006.     "Every single person was so        members of the reunion group.       Simon Lee. They spent Friday       evening.
                                                                            Hospitality Management and             Blazers, old college
                                                                            Retail Marketing.                  magazines, exam papers and
                                                                                Alumnae travelled to Leeds     examples of students' work
      Alumni of Leeds Law School          the city for our students and     from all over the country. Many    were on display with other
      joined current students, staff      partners.                         of those who attended are          fascinating items and               Carnegie Cup 2006                                                      Brew Club’s golden reunion
      and course mentors at Cloth             Representatives of local      retired or current teachers of     photographs from the archive.
      Hall Court on the evening of        legal firms, including Irwin                                                                                                                                                    Five alumni of Carnegie College    late-night tea. Each assigned
      Wednesday 22 March at a             Mitchell Solicitors, Addleshaw                                                                                                                                                  celebrated 50 years of             himself tea-making duties on
      reception to celebrate the Law      Goddard and Lee & Priestley,                                                                                                                                                    friendship in 2005 when they       one of the Monday to Saturday
      School's recent move to the         attended, many of whom act as                                                                                                                                                   met in Kimberley, in the           brew-up nights and thus was
      city's business and legal           mentors to students studying                                                                                                                                                    Canadian Rockies, to celebrate     formed ‘The Brew Club’.
      quarter. Alumni were given          on the Legal Practice Course.                                                                                                                                                   the Golden Anniversary of their        After Carnegie the six
      tours of the new building by            Head of the Leeds Law                                                                                                                                                       days at Carnegie.                  friends pursued their separate
      students and staff and enjoyed      School, Claire Morris,                                                                                                                                                              Ben Fryer, Peter Moody,        careers on two continents and
      presentations by the Student        welcomed our guests on behalf                                                                                                                                                   Clive Ridgeon, Barry Simmons,      in six countries and each
      Law Society, Street Law Project     of the school and stressed the                                                                                                                                                  Harry Swarbrick and Bill           married and raised families;
      leaders and academic staff.         importance of the partnerships                                                                                                                                                  Wakefield first met in September   however, they stayed in touch.
          Vice-Chancellor, Professor      the university is building with                                                                                                                                                 1955 when they arrived in Leeds    In 1994 four of the Brew Club
      Simon Lee, himself a Professor      its alumni, and our neighbours                                                                                                                                                  to begin a 10-month programme      gathered in British Columbia.
      of Law, welcomed guests to          in Leeds' business district and                                                                                                                                                 at Carnegie College.               Then in 2000, the entire group
      Cloth Hall Court and outlined       the importance of the                                                                                                                                                               Soon after that initial        rented a house in a Yorkshire
      further details of the              mentoring programme for                                                                                                                                                         meeting, the six students          village for a week-long 45th
      university's plans to develop       students which local law firms                                                                                                                                                  started getting together for       anniversary celebration.
      new buildings and facilities in     generously support.                                                                                      Twenty-four Leeds Met student,     3rd and 4th placed teams,
                                                                                                                                                   alumni and staff football teams    competed in the plate.
                                                                                                                                                   came to the Headingley Campus         In the cup final Leeds Met's
     1976 Rugby Union 1st XV                                                                                                                       on Saturday 20 May and             Athletic Union 3rd team
                                                                                                                                                   competed in the 2006 Carnegie      'Freshers' beat the AU 2nd
     Members of the cup-winning           player coach of the team from                                                                            Cup, our annual six-a-side         team 'BUSA winners'. The
     1976 Leeds Polytechnic 1st XV        1972, and team mate Clive                                                                                competition. Rain did not          plate competition was won by
     Rugby Union team 'the Poly           Webster got back in touch in                                                                             dampen spirits as teams            Metro Stars, a team of recent
     Ollies' returned to Leeds over the   2000 and decided that they                                                                               competed throughout the            graduates, with Martin
     weekend of 12 – 14 May for their     should get the team together                                                                             afternoon for the 2006 title.      Lowrie's 1990s alumni team
     annual reunion. They kicked their    again. Since then they have                                                                                  After the group stages,        runners up.
     weekend off by meeting the           contacted over 50 former club                                                                            eight teams, the top two on           To register your interest in
     current Leeds Met cup-winning        members and held an annual                                                                               points from each group went        entering a team in next year's
     men's Rugby Union 1st XV.            reunion. This year, over the                                                                             forward into the cup finals and    Carnegie Cup, please contact
         Tony Horsfall, who was the       weekend, 30 members attended.                                                                            eight teams, the group stage       the Alumni Office.

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      Momentum Alumni network

      Leeds Met teachers excel                                              You're the friendliest!
                                                                           A unique university league table        Leeds Met was named the
                                                                           assessing the UK's higher           eighth most friendly.
                                                                           education institutions not by           Mark Roberts, Head of
                                                                           academic results, but by their      Alumni Relations at Leeds
                                                                           'friendliness rating', has found    Metropolitan University, said, “I
                                                                           Leeds Metropolitan University       have been privileged to attend a
                                                                           is one of the friendliest places    number of recent reunions and
                                                                           to study in Britain.                more are planned for the
                                                                               The survey, carried out by      months ahead. Former
                                                                           the website Friends Reunited,       students who studied together
                                                                           calculates its results by           at Leeds Met, and who made
                                                                           analysing e-mails sent              strong friendships, increasingly
                                                                           between the site’s 12 million       want to keep in touch and are
                                                                           members who are alumni of           keen to get back in contact to
                                                                           British universities and            mark milestones such as 25
                                                                           colleges.                           years since graduation.”

      Leeds Met alumni were well           Alongside David, awards
      represented at this year's        were also won by 2002
      Regional Teaching Awards.         graduate Navdeep Uppal, who
      Not only was the award for        teaches at St John's CofE
      Regional Teacher of the Year      School in Bradford, Elodia
      won by a former Leeds Met         Eccles, who graduated in 1975
      student, but three more awards    and Alyson Million, who
      were won by our alumni.           graduated with a BEd
          David Kirk, head teacher of   specialising in art & design, in
      Ash Green Primary School,         1995.
      Halifax, won the top teaching        The Teaching Awards Trust,
      award at the prestigious          which has a mission to
      ceremony in Harrogate in          celebrate excellence and
      June. David, who graduated in     promote best practice in
      1991 with a BEd (Hons) degree     education, receives support
      specialising in primary music,    and endorsement from all the
      will now go through to the        major teaching unions and
      national final later this year.   associations.

      Charity rickshaw run
                                                                           This year a team of Leeds Met       supported this now traditional
                                                                           Business School students            fundraising event as they had
                                                                           competed again in the annual        done in previous years.
                                                                           Charity Rickshaw Race in Hong           The race, which takes place in
                                                                           Kong and came sixth overall out     Hong Kong's Central District, is
                                                                           of a field of 30 teams, winning a   always well supported by many
                                                                           'fast puller' trophy.               institutions and is the highlight of
                                                                               Leeds Met, with our partner     a day of fun and games which
                                                                           the Vocational Training Council,    raises money for good causes.
                                                                           delivers business,                      Congratulations to Team
                                                                           management, accounting and          Leeds Met, who all wore
                                                                           finance degree courses in Hong      specially designed kit on the
                                                                           Kong and our students and           day, for their efforts and their
                                                                           alumni enthusiastically             success.
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