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A condensed look at our local engagement

Welcome to the Spring edition of our Community Newsletter bringing you news on how the University is making a positive contribution to local communities through our research, teaching and activities. Find out how we are welcoming visitors to campus through our public engagement activities, reducing our social and environmental impacts and the opportunities for you to get involved with our activities 

In this issue we provide an update on the University's campus developments. Current projects include a new Innovation and Enterprise Centre to boost innovation, productivity and growth in the region, and a new Bodington Pavilion and Cycle Track facility to provide state-of-the-art facility for the city's aspiring athletes.  

Also included in this edition: how we are achieving carbon saving and community benefits through our University-wide furniture reuse scheme;  the relocation to campus of the Bodington Hall sculptures; highlights from Celebrate Week celebrating the very best of students achievements; sporting events hosted on campus including the International Festival of Orienteering and the coming Skyride; details of our Spring into Summer 2016 adult learner programme; details on a new Student Lead Waste Working Group to reduce waste and increase recycling in residential areas; an update of our work with educational charity IntoUniversity; as well as our coming programme of public lectures and events.  

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University's Campus Developments Move Ahead

An ambitious programme of capital investment projects that will see the University's campus transformed over the next 5 years is underway. Current projects include a new Innovation and Enterprise Centre (UIEC) and a new Bodington Pavilion and Cycle Track. The UIEC will substantially raise the profile of the University’s research and innovation capabilities, whilst also creating new opportunities for innovation, productivity and growth within the Leeds City Region and beyond.  It will become home to technology start-up businesses as well as becoming a base for off-site corporate Research and Development and New Product Development teams. The Bodington Pavilion and Cycle Track, open for use by staff, students and members of the public, will include an outdoor, closed-loop cycling track located on the University Sports Park Weetwood (North) site. There will be a cutting edge 1.6km tarmac cycle track and refurbished pavilion, which will also be used as a base for British Triathlon’s elite training centre. The facility will also support elite athletes studying at the University, ensuring they have state-of-the-art facilities to train in to achieve their aim of competing on a world class level. To keep updated and let us know what you think about these and other developments, subscribe to our email newsletter here.
Social and Environment Benefits of Furniture Reuse 
With over 1,200 members the reuse@leeds message is now firmly embedded into the culture of the University. Since its launch in 2009, reuse@leeds has saved over £600k and 277 tonnes of CO2 by redistributing surplus furniture, fixtures and fittings. It is hard to imagine now that less than 10 years ago we were skipping over £1m of reusable furniture every year! Fast-forward to 2016 – the system is still well-used, and the behavioural changes have meant that people also reuse directly through local networks.  As part of the scheme we work with local company ‘Over2Hills’ who also recognise the importance of reuse. They refurbish our old furniture or provide storage and options to distribute our unwanted furniture to charitable organisations. Building on our successful scheme, we are planning an upgrade to give greater functionality, provided better links and benefits to community organisations and help spread our reuse message across the city. If you are a registered charity and would like to acquire our old furniture free of charge, you can contact Over2Hills directly on 01274876761.
Bodington Sculptures Find New Home on Campus
Our art trail continues to grow across campus following the relocation of two sculptures originally displayed on the Bodington Hall campus.  The inspiring Dalwood Frieze was commissioned from Hubert Dalwood which he described as ‘a composition in terms of the architecture of the building’. The statue Walking Figure, by the Coventry-born artist William Chattaway, was created in 1968 as part of a Triple Group (1968) with a seated figure and one lying horizontally. The artworks can be visited by the public. The Dalwood Frieze has been installed on the side of the stage@leeds building and the statue Walking Figure is now in a prime position in Parkinson Court. To find out more about the Dalwood Frieze join us on the 18th May for  a short talk from Nicola Wray of Historic England.  Find out more.

Celebrating Students Achievements: Celebrate Week 

During a week of awards and showcases in partnership with Leeds University Union, Celebrate Week again celebrated the very best of what students have achieved over the last twelve months. We came together to celebrate the stories of dedicated individuals, committed groups that work as a team, and the new partnerships which push the barriers of what can be achieved. These celebrations recognise the students who contribute to enriching our community on campus and beyond. Everything from students who are making residencies great places to live, international students who are increasing understanding of other cultures through activities on campus and local schools, sports achievements of students like Kim Daybell who has been selected for the Rio Paralympics, volunteers who give up their time to work with local organisations supporting local communities, and the activities of over 300 clubs and societies. For more information about the celebrations and the stories about students who make an invaluable contribution visit the dedicated website.  
Our annual Spring into Summer programme of learning-for-pleasure courses and events gives adults of any age the opportunity to widen their interests, develop their creativity and increase their cultural knowledge. Our 2016 programme will run from the week beginning 6th June with courses in creative writing, film, current affairs, literature, language and more. We will also be offering a number of FREE events in the areas of history, culture and current affairs. For more information about the courses and events that are available, visit the Lifelong Learning Center webpages.
IntoUniversity Food Week 
The Sustainability Service once again welcomed to campus the young people from IntoUniversity East Leeds, based in Harehills.  IntoUniversity provides local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve. is a s a learning centre work in disadvantaged postcode districts where young people may be three times less likely to go to University than those living in the most advantaged. The focus for the day was food themed educational activities.The children planted sunflowers, learnt about nutrition and healthy eating, and tried to recognise wonky vegetables. Special thanks go to our volunteers Emma, Sonya and Natalie  from the School of Food Science and Nutrition, Bardon Grange and Catering Services for helping us deliver the activities – the event was a great success!

Student Lead Waste Working Group Established

The Sustainability Service has established a new University-wide working group focusing on reducing waste and increasing recycling in residential areas close to campus. Membership of the group involves students with a keen interest in reducing the social and environmental impacts of other students. This includes NetImpact, the Sustainability Action Group, Leeds University Union,  Student Sustainability Architects and individual green reps from residencies.  The meetings will provide an opportunity to share ideas and explore ways to address ongoing problems with waste, in particular high levels of additional waste associated with the student changeover period. Student representatives are currently scoping a number of projects to complement the existing Leave Leeds Tidy project and further reduce the amount of reusable goods sent to landfill.

International Festival of Orienteering Arrives on Campus 

On Easter Friday the University campus played host to Day 1 of the 50th Annual Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering.  The four-day festival of orienteering has become the most prestigious event in the UK orienteering calendar. The campus event was the culmination of 18 months of collaboration between the JK organising team and key Sports and Physical Activity and Leeds University Union staff. The event was awarded World Ranking Status, which ensured the competition was also graced by world class athletes, in addition to over 2000 orienteers competing in age categories ranging from 8 to 85. An enthused participant said, “The number of positive comments I heard over the course of the day are a testament to all the hard work you and your teams put into the event. University of Leeds Campus is a great sprint area with a new updated map, challenging courses, assistance of the University and the excellent organisation all made for a memorable event”.
Skyride Returns to Campus
The University will again be welcoming over 8,500 riders on Sunday 17 July as they cycle though campus for the 2016 Sykyride.  The University will host an activation zone involving activities for everyone, including: Bling your Bike, smoothie bike, bike doctor, bike fit, as well as hot and cold refreshments. The route will take participants directly through campus from Hyde Park, going across the precinct, past the new Laidlaw library and The Edge before exiting towards Millennium Square in the town centre.  Find out more and register your free place at
Environmental and Sustainability Research Event
You are invited to attend the Environmental and Sustainability Research and Networking Event on Thursday 19th May 2016. This event is an opportunity for Leeds based community, grassroots and third-sector groups active in environmental and sustainability issues to meet with University of Leeds academics working on these topics. The aim of the event is to provide an opportunity to explore mutually beneficial opportunities and co-create research agendas. Looking forward to seeing you there. For more information and to register your interest in attending visit the Eventbrite page. Places are limited and tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis. If you require more information about this event please contact Emily Boldison
Coming Public Lectures and Events

10 May, Understanding Fashion: Selling not just Clothes but Fashion
This is a unique opportunity to explore fashion advertising, featuring examples from the M&S archive collection including wonderful 1950s and 1960s cinema adverts. Find out more. 

10 May, Next object in the History & Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects Lecture Series
How can objects help us to understand what science is, and has been in the past? Find out as we examine the history and philosophy of science in a series of 20 monthly lectures. Find out more. 

10-18 May, Mangoletsi Lecture Series: Doing and Undoing Things with Words 
This year's public 'Mangoletsi Lectures' in the School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science will be given by Prof Rae Langton (Cambridge). Find out more

12 May, 17:00 - 18:00, Great Hall, Picture this: How modelling molecules builds our understanding of life
Nobel Prize winner, Professor Michael Levitt will explain how his work helps us understand how molecules behave – giving a unique insight into many areas of life from physics to medicine. For more information, please contact Lucy Gray (0113 343 3086). 

17 May, 16:00-18:00,  Room G19, Old Mining Building, Matters of Testimony: Interpreting the Scrolls of Auschwitz – Book Launch
You are invited to the book launch for Matters of Testimony: Interpreting the Scrolls of Auschwitz, written by Nicholas Chare (Université de Montréal) and Dominic Williams (University of Leeds).

18 May, Public Art Short: Celebrating Dalwood
Join Nicola Wray of Historic England for a short talk on this significant public artwork by Dalwood, which has recently been listed and re-sited at stage@leeds. Find out more.

19th May, Environmental and Sustainability Research Event
This event is an opportunity for Leeds based community, grassroots and third-sector groups active in environmental and sustainability issues to meet with University of Leeds academics working on these topics. Find out more. 

23-25 May, Pint of Science: Real Scientists in Pubs Near You! 
The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub! Find out more. 
6-22 June, Spring into Summer Programme
Learning-for-pleasure courses and events giving adults of any age the opportunity to widen their interests, develop their creativity and increase their cultural knowledge. Find out more.

9 June, Reading the Scrolls of Auschwitz
The Scrolls of Auschwitz are a series of eyewitness accounts of Nazi genocide. We will explain what they tell us about the Sonderkommando and their importance for our understanding of the Holocaust. Find out more.

13 June, Britain and the EU: Is Britain really a European society?
Britain’s international relations with its neighbours, and whether it sees itself leading, shaping, or even just sharing a joint regional European project will be discussed at this public debate. Find out more.

14 June, Ask the experts about the UK and Europe
Want to know the facts about the UK and the EU? We invite you to ‘Ask the expert’. Our town hall event offers the people of West Yorkshire the opportunity to put their questions to leading specialists. Find out more.

21 June, Exploring Canada’s National Aboriginal Day
A journey through cinema, thinking in particular about the Native North American perspective. We will be asked to rethink popular representations of ‘Indians’ on screen. Find out more.

7 July, Environmental Studies (ES) Academy 2016
Hosted by the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds, the Environmental Studies Academy offers local schools a unique way of learning through inspiring science sessions. Find out more.

Keep up to date with the University's public events and lectures by visiting our events pages. 
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