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Community  Newsletter
A condensed look at our local engagement

Welcome to our latest edition of the Community Newsletter. Produced by the Sustainability Service with contributions from across the University, our newsletter brings you a wide range of articles on community related projects.  From research co-designed by and benefiting local communities, to projects raising the aspirations of local young people. Projects showing student contributions to communties as well as those encouraging them to be good citizens, plus public events, lectures and activities welcoming visitors to campus. Our aim is to keep you up to date with what is happening on campus, as well as highlighting the ways you can get involved. We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter. Please share it with others through your social media or email using the buttons below. 

In this Issue 
Sustainability at Leeds
Making our economic, social, environmental, and cultural responsibilities a priority alongside our commitment to education and research excellence. Read more.
Keep up with us

Be Curious About Leeds and Yorkshire 

The University is opening its doors to the public on Saturday 25 March 2017, 10-4pm for our Be Curious event, showcasing research with a focus on Leeds and Yorkshire. Come along on the day to find out about our research that is conducted on, with and for Leeds and Yorkshire. Parkinson Court will be filled with a range of interactive stalls offering something for everyone to get involved. See ‘Wetropolis’ a flood demonstrator showing how extreme rainfall events caused floods in Yorkshire and discover new strategies to understand and prevent Foot-and-Mouth Disease. Come along for a personal health check, find out how the information can be used in research, and how this research can benefit everyday life. There will be plenty of fun activities for younger children including a ‘Let’s Go Viral’ treasure hunt and learning how important it is to wash our hands. Join us for this free, fun filled day of exciting discoveries and find out about the research done at Leeds which will benefit Leeds and Yorkshire. This event is open to all. For further information please go to or email the Public Engagement with Research Team.

Campus Developments Near Completion 

A new campus Landscape Strategy detailing our plans to enhance one of our greatest assets is to be published shortly. The strategy will create a new vision for campus – with inspiring, memorable and unique spaces – which complements our built landscape. Our aim is to conserve and enhance what we value most about our campus landscape whilst allowing it to evolve to sustainably meet the needs of the future. Also nearing completion is the Sports Park Weetwood development. The new outdoor cycling circuit and refurbished sports pavilion will provide cutting edge training facilities for cycling and triathlon in Leeds and will be open for use by students, staff and the public. To keep up to date with these and other upcoming campus developments visit the Campus Developments webpages or sign up to receive email updates.

How Well Do Our Students Know LS6?

With the student house hunting season officially underway the Sustainability Service are asking our students to think about how well they know the communities they will moving to. Combining a social media campaign,  directly engaging with out students at the House Hunting Fair and disseminating information with the support of landlord and managing agents, students have been encouraged to think beyond the bricks and mortar of their homes and understand what it truly means to live independently. Our engagement challenged and dispelled some common myths about living locally, provided information on the essentials of being a local resident as well as highlighting the benefits of getting involved in local projects, so that our students can make the most of their time in Leeds. This activity forms part of our year-round student education and behavior change campaign Living in Leeds.  For more information about our activities see our Supporting Students as Leeds Residents report. 

Young Learners Encouraged to Go Higher 

Young people from disadvantaged areas in Leeds including Armley, Beeston, Bramley, Gipton, Harehills, Holbeck, Hunslet and Middleton Park are to get an extra boost to encourage their progression into Higher Education. The University is working with universities and colleges across West Yorkshire as part of the Go Higher West Yorkshire partnership to deliver the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). Over the next two years the programme will help and support 10,000 learners from Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale and Wakefield to overcome barriers to accessing higher education. We are keen to make sure we understand local communities and provide activities that really help young people and families take advantage of the benefits higher education brings. We are looking for representatives from the third sector to join the NCOP steering group which oversees the strategic direction of the project or the Leeds working group which is concerned with implementation. Email Alice Taylor - NCOP Project Manager for more details or to register your interest.

This Girl Can: Uni

Two years on from the launch of the National Sport England campaign, This Girl Can, women and girls of all shapes and sizes are increasing their confidence and getting active together. Here at the University, our own Uni Girls Can campaign continues to inspire female students, staff and the local community to engage with sport and physical activity in a way that is right for them. With anything from nutritional workshops, introduction to weight lifting, bubble football and pole dancing, there’s something on offer for everyone. Plus, the team are always open to suggestions of activities to include in the programme. We’d love to see you at some of our upcoming events. For more information visit the Sport and Physical Activity webpages and to sign up This Girl Can: Uni Facebook.

Writing Back

Writing Back is an award-winning letter writing project, matching School of English undergraduate students as pen pals with older Yorkshire residents. Now in its third year, the project has so far seen 260 people exchange letters with one another.  The project greatly benefits both parties, with the exchanging of letters allowing participants to form long-lasting friendships. Older participants are typically signposted to the project by Leeds Neighbourhood Networks. The theme of this year's letters is 'Yorkshire', with students sending copies of historical images to their pen pals. One of the aims of the project is to tackle loneliness and social isolation among students and older people, although many of our letter writers would not class themselves as ‘lonely’! This is a great opportunity for older members of the community to share their knowledge and experiences with our student population. Writing Back are keen to reach more potential letter writers. Anyone who is interested in finding out more should contact Georgina Binnie 

Extra-Curricular Activities Available

Now in its second year, the ‘Societies into Schools’ programme supports student-led societies to develop exciting and engaging extra-curricular activities for pupils in local  schools. Before Christmas members of the Kickboxing and Krav Maga Societies delivered a kickboxing club to a group of twenty-five year pupils at Greenhill Primary School in West Leeds. Over six weeks, pupils learnt a variety of techniques and developed hand-eye (and foot-eye!) co-ordination, balance and confidence. Teacher Gemma Davies said ‘the children loved every minute and week on week they demonstrated that they were building their skills and improving’. Pupils also gave positive feedback saying ‘I love doing kickboxing, its good fun!’. There are a range of extra-curricular clubs, assemblies and workshops on offer to local schools for this year, with topics including kickboxing, drama, mental health and climate change. Contact the University’s Students into Schools team for more information or to register your interest.

Prioritising Human Needs in the Era of Climate Change

Prioritising human needs in the era of climate change" brings together three eminent scholars advocating a radically new view of sustainability research and action. The challenge of reducing human impacts on the environment has too often been framed through a purely economic lens, weighing only the monetary costs and benefits of new policies and technologies. Instead, this event advocates focusing on human well-being. Professor Gough of LSE, author of " A Theory of Human Need", will consider sustainable consumption from the perspective of climate change and human needs. Professor O'Neill, Hallsworth Chair In Political Economy at the University of Manchester, will discuss how best to challenge the growth imperative. Dr Buchs of the University of Leeds will present her new book on postgrowth and well-being. The event is scheduled 4-6pm, 6 February. Following a discussion, the event will end with drinks and refreshments in the foyer. Registration required.

DARE Art Prize Shortlist Announced

The University's Cultural Institute and Opera North have announced the shortlist for their inaugural DARE Art Prize. The five ambitious proposals include a whale choir, an exploration of cosmic bubbles, and chamber music scored beneath the limits of human hearing. Aimed at challenging artists and scientists to work together on new approaches to the creative process, the launch of the annual £15,000 prize is part of a programme in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the DARE partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds – now a world leader in building collaborations between the arts and higher education. Applications were received from across the globe, and the shortlisted artists have each demonstrated a desire to engage with researchers at the University in the creation of new work, in media ranging from music to sculpture, from holograms to interactive installations. Visit the DARE webpages for more information about the prize and the partnership. 

Forging the future of UK steel  

A blueprint for the future of the UK’s steel industry is set out in a new report by a cross-party group of MPs and Leeds University Business School. The report, ‘Steel 2020’, has been published by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel and Metal Related industries and is based on testimony collected from industry experts ranging from business leaders, research and development specialists and the workforce, through to the European Commission, international trade body representatives, politicians, and local authorities. Seven key areas of policy and regulatory reform have been identified in the report, which includes recommendations for the Government to incorporate into its industrial strategy. Find out more.

Creative Sparks  

Residents from care homes Halcyon Court and Simon Marks Court have spent nine weeks exploring the M&S Company Archive, and creating artwork inspired by what they found.  Each week, the group took a closer look at archive objects, from 1950s food packaging to a 1970s printed kaftan. Artist Sarah-Jane Mason then guided the group through techniques from batik and needle-felting to tie dye and silk painting. The objects have inspired memories which in turn have inspired the creative process. As well as reminiscing, the group have learned new skills and built new friendships. Activities play an important role in the care of people with Dementia, and both care homes aim to enhance residents’ quality of life and wellbeing by providing a varied range of social and creative activities. The finished work will be on display to the public at the  Archive until the end of February. To find out more about M&S Company Archive's resources for people with dementia see the ‘What’s On’ page of the website. 

Leeds Among UK’s top five Universities Targeted by Employers 

Students at the University of Leeds are now the fifth most targeted in the UK by leading employers. The latest study conducted by High Fliers Research highlights graduate vacancies and starting salaries at the country’s 100 leading employers, including Apple, the BBC, the Bank of England, and Marks & Spencer. The rankings are based on the numbers of top graduate recruiters at campus fairs, recruitment presentations or other local university promotions during 2016-2017. The research report shows that employers are planning to increase their graduate recruitment by 4.3% in 2017, the fifth consecutive year that graduate opportunities have increased. Our students have access to a range of opportunities which enhance their employability to employers, from study abroad, through to work placements and volunteering, and our award-winning work with student business start-ups. Find out more.

Advanced Imaging Centre Will Give New Insight into Human Body  

A new £6.8m medical imaging centre which aims to transform the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from cancer, heart disease and musculoskeletal diseases has opened. The Advanced Imaging Centre is a collaboration between the University of Leeds, University of York and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. It comprises identical state of the art MRI facilities at Leeds General Infirmary and at the University of York. The researchers will work on a new imaging method which could boost the signal in MRI scanners by up to 200,000 times. This will give medical professionals new insights into the workings of the human body in health and illness, and also has the potential to make the development of new drugs more effective. Research team leader, BHF Professor Sven Plein, from the University's School of Medicine, said: “Eventually we hope that this technique, developed here in Yorkshire, can be applied to many MRI centres in the country and worldwide as a low cost alternative to methods in current use elsewhere.” Find out more. 

New Insight into Life and Death in Leeds 

The burial registers of Leeds General Cemetery are now available for students and the public to access and use for research, thanks to painstaking work by the University’s Special Collections. Containing entries relating to the 97,146 people buried at the cemetery, the 25 registers have been transcribed, digitised and made available through the Leeds General Cemetery Burial Registers Index. Leeds General Cemetery opened in 1835 as a public burial ground. The University of Leeds acquired the company in 1956 and the final burial took place there in 1969, although ashes continued to be scattered there until 1992. Today the site is a public green space, its name reverted to the original – St George’s Field. Dr Stella Butler, University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, said: “We are thrilled to be launching this online resource to give greater access to our collections. Find out more.

Upcoming Public Events on Campus

Date: Monday 6 February 
"Astrobiology: the Search For Life Beyond Earth" by Dr Lewis Dartnell
Find out more

Date: Monday 6 February
Prioritising human needs in the era of climate change
Find out more. 

Date: Tuesday 7 February
VAT Anti-fraud Policy, Third Party Liability, and the Rule of Law
Find out more

Date: Saturday 4 February
Living I was your plague; Dead I will be your death, O Pope’: Luther and Antipapalism
Find out more

Date: Friday 10 February
International Concert Series - Student Showcase
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Date: Monday 13 February
Debt in Just Societies
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Date: Tuesday 14 February
Tuesday Treasure: Children's Stories
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Date: Wednesday 15 February
ERC=Science² Public lecture: Cosmic Dust - from Stars to Climate
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Date: Wednesday 15 February
Women Breaking Barriers Presents... A Panel of Inspirational Women
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Date: Friday 17 February
International Concert Series - Savitri Grier and Richard Uttley
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Date: Monday 20 February
Peter Murray CBE on György Gordon and the artistic landscape of Wakefield
Find out more
Date: 21 March
Fracking Debate
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Date: Friday 24 February
Cottingley Fairies in Context
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Date: Monday 27 February
Corporate Wisdom with GE Healthcare
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Date: Wednesday 1 March
Opening Reception - Caught in the Russian Revolution
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Date: Thursday 2 March 
Archivist's talk - From Botany Wool to Winceyette: Winter at M&S
Find out more. 
Date:  Monday 20 March 
English Langauge Public Lecture
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Date:  Monday 6 March 
Rail Franchises, Competition and Public Service
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Date:  Wednesday 15 March 
The Seductions of Quantification: The Politics of Measuring Human Rights
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Date:  March 20 until May 5  
Colour and Space: Małgorzata Dobrzyniecka-Kojder and Magdalena Kacperska.
Find out more

Date:  Saturday 25 March  
Be Curious
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Date: Until 28th October
Classics in our Lunchtimes
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Useful Links 

Lifelong Learning Centre
Leeds for Life Volunteering Hub
Students in to Schools
Educational Engagement
Public Engagement with Research
Leeds Cultural Institute
Campus Developments
Leeds Sport & Physical Activity

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