Momentum - Leeds Beckett University

Momentum - Leeds Beckett University

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Vice Chancellor’s Welcome This time of the year is ideal to reflect on the huge impact our University had, not only on our local community but worldwide. In January 2014 we welcomed HRH, The Princess Royal, to our University as she attended a conference organised by our MSc Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students and was given a tour of our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Suite. In April 2014 the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) confirmed the quality of our courses when they carried out our Higher Education Review - we were judged to have fully met UK standards in all four areas assessed and indeed were pleased to have had two areas of good practice noted: how we engage with collaborative partners and the embedding of employability within both curriculum design and approval and the delivery of our courses. We remain the only University in the UK to hold both the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) and Investors in People (Gold) accreditations and were proud to have retained the CSE standard in May 2014, confirming that we are now compliant in all 57 assessment criteria areas and achieving a further five ‘compliance plus’ judgments. In September 2014 we began an exciting new chapter in our University’s history, which dates back to our founding as Leeds Mechanics Institute in 1824, as we became Leeds Beckett University. The name change was greeted with positive media coverage: Look North featured our time lapse video

showing our new university name sign being positioned on the Portland Building façade. Our new look website, which is very distinctive in the sector, was launched on the same day and has a strong customer focus at its heart; again this has received very positive feedback. Along with our new name we began to positively tell the story of who we are and our new strapline: Opening Minds. Opening Doors was launched. This was chosen as it captures all aspects of what we do and what we are proud of: our teaching, our research, our work with businesses and other partners, and our community engagement.

It continues to be both an honour and a privilege to lead our University through such an exciting chapter in our development and our University’s continued transformation is testament to the commitment and dedication of colleagues across our University.

Another way in which we help prospective students pick the correct courses for them is by showcasing the achievements of our alumni community. If you would like to share your story with our alumni community please do; our email address is: [email protected] leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

I hope that reading about the collective accomplishments of our community across the last six months will evoke feelings of pride, help you to re-live fond memories and rekindle a sense of belonging, as I feel acknowledging the past is just as important as looking to the future.

In October 2014, I announced my decision to retire at the end of September 2015.

Professor Susan Price Vice Chancellor

Hello from Leeds Beckett University!

your stories on our alumni webpage – www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/alumni.

Over the last two years in my job as the Alumni and Partnership Engagement Officer at Leeds Beckett University, I have spoken to alumni from a range of different courses and backgrounds. I have witnessed first-hand the transition from Leeds Metropolitan to Leeds Beckett. Page four and five will give you an overview of our University’s development since The Grange was rebuilt in 1752.

From the editor Joe Taylor BA (Hons) Sports Marketing & Public Relations (2012)

More and more alumni than ever before are now engaging with us via our webpages, social media, email or face to face. If we can help you link up with old friends or you want any information, then please let us know. Alternatively, you can follow us on twitter or like our facebook page (information listed at the bottom of the page).

During my education at Leeds Beckett University, I represented our University 52 times on the rugby field. Each time was as good as the first. I was part of a recordbreaking team that won five Grand Finals. Our sports pages cover Varsity 2014 and other news on pages 14 and 15.

This issue sees more than 40 of our academic and support staff celebrate 25 years of service at our University’s Long Service Awards. Why not have a look at page 22 and see if you know any of the 43 members of staff celebrating the landmark of 25 years of service.

I’m sure a lot of you have memories of sporting and society events and we would certainly love to read them. This edition includes a new ‘Where are you now?’ regular feature and your stories, achievements and photos are vital in ensuring this page is successful. Who knows, you might feature in our 18th alumni magazine! You can upload

As an alumnus of Leeds Beckett, it has given me great pleasure to produce an alumni magazine for you all to read. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed working on it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts, Joe.

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Contents

Momentum Issue 17

Leeds Beckett University Alumni Magazine

REGULARs University News Upcoming Events Professor Donald Bligh Scholarship Alumni on social media Where are they now? Postgraduate success stories Ten things you’d know if you studied with us Your Momentum Sports news Research news Digging through the archives

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Features Leeds Beckett - Proud of our past, confident in our future

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See our University’s transition from 1752 up until the present day.

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Developing the Leeds Beckett landscape 16 Find out about our campus development.

Enterprise 17 22 Commissioning Editor: Patsy Robertshaw Editor: Joe Taylor Contributors Darren Aldred, Penny Brazier, Andrew Bush, Pete Butler, Kirstie Frenneaux, Thomas Gadd, Sam Gibson, Emma Gilbert, Julie Harris, Mikaela Hulme, Alex Keating, Thomas Lyon, Kiran Mehta, Georgie Mills, Fern Pullan, Keith Rowntree, Joe Swan, Anna Towers, Julia Williams. Correspondence is welcome and should be addressed to: Alumni Team, Leeds Beckett University, Bronte G05, Leeds LS6 3QS +44(0)113 812 3147 [email protected] www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/alumni

2 Momentum is published for the alumni and friends of Leeds Beckett, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds Polytechnic, James Graham College, City of Leeds College of Education, Carnegie Physical Training College, City of Leeds Training College, Yorkshire College of Education & Home Economics, Yorkshire Training School of Cookery, Leeds College of Commerce, Leeds College of Art (pre 1970), Leeds College of Technology (pre 1970), Yorkshire Training College of Housecraft. The views expressed within this publication are those of individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect those of our University.

Leeds Beckett University has charitable status. Our charity reference number is XN82088.

Find out how our Enterprise team may be able to help you develop your idea and turn it into a business.

My Room Your Office

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We find out whether alumus Graham Starkey’s (Physical Education, 1964) old bedroom on Headingley Campus has changed much in 50 years and whether it now works as an office for our Senior Infrastructure Officer, Mark Needham.

Leeds Beckett Long Service Awards 22 Do you recognise any of your old tutors receiving their Long Service Awards?

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Becoming Beckett On Monday 22 September we became Leeds Beckett University and welcomed more than 6,600 new students.

Oscar-winning director returns to Northern Film School

Our University also launched a new website, www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk, which delivers a more engaging and customer-focused experience for prospective students and other users.

Oscar-winning Leeds Beckett film graduate Peter Baumann returned to our University in September to talk to this year’s new filmmaking students.

Vice Chancellor Professor Susan Price described the name change as a “milestone” for our University. She said: “We don’t just help to create great graduates here at Leeds Beckett, but exceptional employees, dynamic citizens, and enterprising leaders. 190 years after our predecessor, Leeds Mechanics Institute, was established, we are looking forward to our future as Leeds Beckett University.”

Peter graduated with our Master’s degree in Filmmaking in 2012 and has gone on to win several accolades for his film Border Patrol, including a Student Academy Award in June this year.

All change at City Campus Library A major redevelopment project is taking place over the next four years at the Sheila Silver Library at City Campus. The work will involve the reconfiguration of one floor of the library each summer. Work was undertaken on refurbishing the third floor of the library during summer 2014. This area has now been completed and reopened to students, staff and visitors. We are keen to gather feedback about the redevelopment of the third floor. Please tweet any feedback or comments to @BeckettLibrary #librefurb.

Enterprising graduate rises to the occasion with bakery business Graduate Natalie Hall has turned her dream of opening a shabby-chic-inspired Sheffield bakery into reality, after being awarded our Vice Chancellor’s Enterprise Scholarship worth £3,000. Serving up a wide selection of pastries, sweet treats, savoury goods, Poppies Bakehouse, in 906 Ecclesall Road, Banner Cross, opened its doors to the public on Saturday 11 October.

Professor Price announces retirement Professor Susan Price, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, has announced her decision to retire at the end of September 2015. Professor Price has held the post of Vice Chancellor at our University since January 2010. Speaking about her decision, Professor Price said: “It has been both an honour and a privilege to lead our University through such an exciting chapter in our development. Our continued transformation is testament to the commitment and dedication of colleagues across the University and I’m extremely proud that we have been able to achieve such significant success during my tenure, with strong student recruitment, quality outcomes and financial results.”

Upcoming Events The first semester of Leeds Beckett University’s 2014/15 events programme has already seen a number of exciting and interactive events take place across our University.

These have included a celebration of the achievements of a cross-party team of MPs and soldiers, who, led by experts from Leeds Beckett Carnegie Great Outdoors team, completed an ambitious expedition of five peaks in the Ecuadorian Andes; our Annual Leeds Varsity where students from both our University and Leeds University competed across 22 sports; Peter Dodd, of Welcome to Yorkshire reflecting on ‘Le Tour’ and the legacy to the region; and a lecture from Dr Nicki Latham, Chief Operating Officer of Health Education England, which included a panel discussion from a number of senior health sector leaders. We are delighted to announce we already have a number of events confirmed for Semester two. We also have a number of other events in the pipeline. These include our Leeds Business School Guest Lecture Series, the launch of our new Retail Institute and our summer Varsity fixtures. Keep an eye out for these events and more at www. leedsbeckett.ac.uk/events or www.leedsvarsity.com for Varsity events. Details will be published as soon as they are confirmed.

Professor Alan Simson Professorial Inaugural Lecture

Café Connect

BUCS Wednesdays

Alan is a Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry. Further details to follow at: leedsbeckett.ac.uk/events.

Café Connect is a free quarterly networking event and open to all, but is especially suited to start-up businesses.

Weekly Sports fixtures at Headingley Campus in the British University and Colleges Sport competitions.

28/01/2015 17:30 - 19:00

28/01/2015 TBC

Rose Bowl, City Campus, Leeds, LS1 3HB

Old Broadcasting House – Business Lounge, LS2 9EN

www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/events

www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/events/ cafeconnect

American Football Varsity

Wayne Hemingway talks

Leeds Beckett Vs Leeds University American Football.

Wayne Hemingway MBE is an English fashion designer and the co-founder of HemingwayDesign and Red or Dead. Wayne and his wife Geraldine have received global acclaim for their designs.

01/02/2015 TBC Weetwood Sports Park, Leeds www.leedsvarsity.com

05/03/2015 17:30 - 19:00

Wednesdays throughout the academic year from 12 noon onwards Headingley Campus, LS6 3QW Visit www.bucs.org.uk to find out more about the fixtures taking place.

Enhance your Enterprise skills * Find out what it takes to set up a business or enhance your Enterprise skills and explore whether selfemployment could be right for you. 11/02/2015 TBC Rose Bowl, City Campus, Leeds, LS1 3HB

Rose Bowl, City Campus, Leeds, LS1 3HB

www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/eiastudents

www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/events

Leeds Enterprise Network

Creativity Enterprise and Innovation*

Professor David Carless Professorial Inaugural Lecture

Free quarterly evening network event, featuring inspirational entrepreneurial speakers, a free buffet and a great chance to network.

Improve your creativity using a variety of tools and explore examples of successful innovation to start and grow businesses.

12/02/2015 TBC

18/02/2015 TBC

David is a Professor of Narrative Psychology and will be delivering an Inaugural Lecture on his area of expertise. Further details will be available on leedsbeckett.ac.uk/events as soon as confirmed.

Parkinson Room, No 1 Leeds, 26 White Hall Road, Leeds

Rose Bowl, City Campus, Leeds, LS1 3HB

www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/events/ leedsenterprisenetwork-may

www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/eiastudents

18/02/2015 17:30 - 19:00 Rose Bowl, City Campus, Leeds, LS1 3HB www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/events

- Please note all events listed above are subject to change, please visit leedsbeckett.ac.uk/events for the most up to date events and details - Events with an * are available free of charge to alumni up to five years after their graduation

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Speaker Event

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Leeds Beckett

Proud of our past, confident in our future

Leeds Institute

City of Leeds Training College’s Coming of Age celebration souvenir 1752

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1824 – 1868

Art School antique room

Leeds Mechanics Institute, Leeds College of Commerce and Leeds College of Art are founded. Leeds Mechanics Institute becomes the Leeds Institute of Science, Art & Literature

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Walter Wade had New Grange rebuilt as a fashionable Palladian mansion. There is some evidence he employed renowned architect James Paine. The Grange remains the oldest building on Headingley Campus

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Yorkshire Training School of Cookery founded, renamed Yorkshire College of Education & Home Economics in 1966 Chemical laboratory

1824 LISAL bookplate

Carpenters’ workshop

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Leeds Technical School

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2005

Beckett Park was renamed Headingley Campus

1933

The Beckett Park campus was expanded with the creation of the Carnegie Physical Training College

1968

The Carnegie Physical Training College merged with the City of Leeds Training College (by then renamed the City of Leeds College of Education)

‘Yeoman of the guard’ postcard, Noember 1923

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1989

Leeds Polytechnic left the Leeds Local Education Authority, and became an independent higher education corporation

2006

Headingley Campus was extended beyond the confines of Beckett Park to include the Carnegie Stand at the Headingley Carnegie Rugby Stadium, which is opened by sports minister Richard Caborne

Oscar Wilde invited to visit The Grange

Leeds Metropolitan University Alumni Event brochure September 2007

1907 – 1912

The City of Leeds Training College was founded and moved to Beckett Park

2014

Our University became Leeds Beckett University

Leeds College Of Technology prospectus, 1934-35

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Leeds Polytechnic c1988

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1970 – 1976

Winston Churchill was a guest of Ernest Beckett and stayed at The Grange

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Macaulay Hockey Team, 1923-24

On declaration of war, the college was commandeered by the Territorial Force and the buildings were established as the 2nd Northern General Hospital

Leeds Polytechnic came into existence, formed from the amalgamation of Leeds College of Technology, Leeds College of Commerce, part of Leeds College of Art, and Yorkshire College of Education and Home Economics. Leeds Polytechnic was enlarged with the addition of James Graham College, the City of Leeds College of Education, and the Carnegie Physical Training College

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2025

1992

Leeds Polytechnic was re-designated as a university, under the title Leeds Metropolitan University, with power to confer its own degrees and other awards

2009 – 2010

The iconic Rose Bowl is opened by the Duke of Kent. The new home of the Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology, Broadcasting Place, is opened. Broadcasting Place was named the Best Tall Building in the World by the Chicagobased Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The Carnegie Pavilion was officially opened by celebrity chef James Martin City of Leeds Training College 1913

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City of Leeds Training Beckett Park. Open Day and Garden Party 1956



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The Professor Donald Bligh Scholarship

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he Professor Donald Bligh Scholarship is intended to support a student with financial assistance and personal encouragement from Professor Bligh himself. Donald tries to make each scholar think differently based on their strengths and weaknesses and encourages creative thinking. He does not assume any factual knowledge about the student’s discipline, but instead promotes how relationship of knowledge work can help. Professor Bligh said: “The Professor Bligh Scholarship was founded on my passionate belief that universities should be places where there is freedom of thought and where knowledge is discovered, developed

or created. This may be achieved in many different ways, such as development of new methods of enquiry; deliberately associating new ideas that would not normally be connected; challenging assumptions; interpreting experiments or feelings in new contexts; letting one’s imagination go into fantasy; positive and negative criticism and so on”. We are very grateful that Professor Bligh brings his wealth of knowledge to Leeds Beckett and gives students the opportunity to expand their thinking and excel further. He takes great pride in our University and his scholars as they continue to flourish.

Professor Donald Bligh

The scholarship has been a great success!

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hroughout the year, Donald has helped me greatly with developing my ideas and investigating them outside of an artistic background. This broad exploration has helped me think outside of the box when developing my practice and gained not only a better understanding of my course but also general knowledge that will go on to be influential after I finish university. Despite the differences in our intellectual background, we found a common ground with our open mindedness which then led to Donald introducing me to a seminar, Still Divided Cultures: researching the practice interactions of art and science. I got to meet people from all over the world and from many different backgrounds of education and research.

Fundraising News Have you ever wondered what your life might have been like without the education and experiences you had at our University? What if you’d never met the people you shared your time at university with? For many of our graduates, it’s an experience they will never forget. It’s the beginning of a path that winds throughout their lives. But as you can imagine, not everyone with a desire to

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The connections I made on the day will last beyond my degree and will hopefully broaden my understanding of wider topics. The scholarship Donald funds has opened up many opportunities. Throughout the year, I have curated / involved myself in exhibitions all over the country and without Donald I wouldn’t have been able to fund these trips. Donald has given me the confidence to carry on with my practice and research after I graduate, no matter which path I choose. He has inspired me to expand my thinking and push myself in whatever interests I pursue. I will be sad to see the scholarship come to an end but I know Donald and I won’t lose touch”.

study at Leeds Beckett makes it here to have the kind of experiences you did. There are still students who’ve demonstrated how exceptional they are; people who’ve worked hard at their studies – sometimes in extremely challenging circumstances – and achieved great results. But for reasons beyond their control, they just don’t have the financial backing they need to come here. With increasing competition for university places and fundamental changes in the way higher education is funded, it is imperative we do not deter students

Annabel Crossley

Annabel was the recipient of last year’s scholarship here are her thoughts on why scholarships are so important in terms of developing student talent.

of exceptional potential from applying to us. Bright Futures Scholarships offer a lifeline in the form of financial support to undergraduate students who might otherwise be unable to afford a university education. Early next year, one of our students will call you to discuss your time at our University, your experiences after graduation and your views on supporting Bright Futures Scholarships. Each member of the team is a current Leeds Beckett student who enjoys speaking to our graduates and updating you about what is happening here. I know they are looking forward to speaking to you!

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Make a donation, make a difference www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/giving

Leeds Beckett University is committed to providing the highest-quality student experience and opportunities for talented individuals regardless of their background. Since 2013, with the support of alumni like you, we have been able to award 26 Bright Futures Scholarships. Bright Futures Scholarships offer a lifeline in the form of financial support to gifted undergraduate students who might otherwise be unable to afford a university education. We would like to increase this number in 2015, so please make a donation and make a difference. For more information or to donate, please visit our website www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/giving or call 0113 81 23145

Our Alumni On Social Media In keeping with the times, we are introducing a new article, ‘Our Alumni On Social Media’. This article highlights all of our favourite alumni engagement over the last six months and we hope you enjoy reading the tweets and Facebook posts as much as we have. Michael Crawford’s tweet is our favourite from over the last six months. It highlights his 14-week internship at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Michael was an Assistant Venue Manager at the Olympic Park with our University’s Employability Partnerships team. As you can see, he was one of 70 Leeds Beckett students and alumni to take part in this fantastic opportunity, which increased their employability and enhanced their CVs. We’d like to thank Michael and our alumni for getting in touch. If you’d like to feature in ‘Our Alumni on Social Media’ page in our next issue, then get in touch and tell us about your suggestions for the new alumni magazine name or any other feedback you have.

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Where Are They Now? Alumni Profiling

Christopher Knight

BA (Hons) Sports Marketing & Public Relations, 2014 Christopher took a different route to graduation than some students, as he received an invaluable opportunity to complete a year’s internship with Nike as an Account Executive. Following his graduation earlier this year, Chris became an Account Executive at the creative strategic agency Forever Beta. He is very proud of his internship with Nike, but Chris is firmly focused on the future: “I firmly believe in thinking big and looking forward, so I hope my big career highlight is yet to come.”

In light of his successes since graduation, Chris would start an entrepreneurial society [if he were to repeat his student experience], and highly recommends our University to others wanting to succeed: “There are some great lecturers who really understand the qualities of individual students, and how to help them develop.” Chris is the co-founder of Samply, a company producing a smartphone application which allows firms to distribute product samples to the app’s users in return for capturing customer feedback. He is indebted to Leeds Beckett for awarding him the £1,500 Business Concept of the Year accolade at the Leeds Beckett University Enterprise Awards earlier this year.

Daniel Fairburn

Leontia Reilly

After graduating with a first class honours in Business & Marketing Studies from our University in 2005, Daniel relocated to Saigon, Vietnam, where he moved into the furniture industry, finally becoming Head of Product Development and Marketing at ScanCom International.

Leontia graduated from our University in 2006 with a degree in Contemporary Creative Practices. Since then, she has worked at and run galleries in London and abroad, in addition to organising and running her own art workshops.

BA (Hons) Business & Marketing, 2005

During his six years there, he worked with a number of high-profile clients including IKEA, Laura Ashley, BoConcept and the Home Retail Group which owns Argos and Homebase. Daniel is currently the Director and Founder of Out & Out Original, a furniture company in Doncaster committed to supplying ethically sourced and produced pieces.

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Kate Slegg-Newton

BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture, 2005 Kate graduated from our University in 2005 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. She carried out a year in practice with Birmingham City Council before returning to our University to pursue her postgraduate diploma in the same subject. In 2007, she accepted the position of Landscape Architect’s Assistant at the Warwickshirebased Barry Chinn Associates. Since then, she has obtained her professional Chartership and has been promoted to Landscape Architect at the company. Kate continues to work on a wide variety of projects, building upon the success of her first forays into the field. She said: “I remember seeing my first completed scheme constructed onsite. I still get the same joy every time another scheme is completed.”

BA (Hons) Contemporary Creative Practices, 2006

“My course helped me to always endeavour to be self-led. It really developed my ability to lead projects from their conception to their completion. I also learnt how to think conceptually – a great asset in this line of work.” Leontia is currently the Managing Director of the London-based Leontia Gallery, which she opened in April 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling.

Jake Henry

BSc Sport & Exercise Science, 2011 After graduating from our University in 2011, Jake relocated to the USA, where he worked for New York Red Bulls coaching football to three to 17 year olds. He returned to England in 2013 to continue his coaching qualifications and joined Nottingham Forest as a coach in the clubs youth academy. Jake was initially attracted to our University when he attended an open day and learnt about the research that staff and students were undertaking across a of fields. He still works at Nottingham Forest on a part-time basis as the club’s Under 12 Academy Coach, which fits perfectly with his full-time role as Coaching Research Assistant with the Football Association.

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RAISE YOUR GAME A postgraduate qualification from Leeds Beckett University can help you reach new heights.

10% alumni discount on postgraduate study is available.*

Visit one of our open days: leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

For full details visit: leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate

*Terms and conditions apply.

PG success stories Share your postgraduate success stories through emailing our team.

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Shaun Walsh

Elizabeth Chadwick

Corporate Systems Improvement Project Manager, William Hill

Artist / Digital Media Assistant at Leeds Museums and Galleries

MSc Management, 2014

MA Art & Design, 2006

“After leaving the Army I worked as a technician for a civilian company. Over time I knew I wanted more from my career and to move into management. My Masters allowed me to interact with fellow students and lecturers, giving me an insight into the different ways people approach tasks – something which is invaluable in my current role as project manager.”

“I would not be where I am today, exhibiting my own work, if it wasn’t for my postgraduate course. The support from my tutors was fantastic – they encouraged me to follow my passion in creating art by understanding programming to use an electronic knitting machine.” Get in touch [email protected]



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Ten Things

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It’s fine to have a cat living on your campus who has his own twitter feed #carnegiecat

you’ll know if you studied in Leeds

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Climbing the hill from Kirkstall to Headingley felt like climbing Everest

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You can watch a movie in The Cottage and drink beer in real glasses

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You’ve used Amber Cars to get home with no money by leaving them your student card

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No matter what the result, there’s only one winner at Varsity!

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The Poly Bop will always be the best student night out in Leeds

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Cheese on a Friday was a right of passage

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Nothing beats a sunny afternoon spent in The Oak’s beer garden

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You can legitimately watch the Test Match whilst sat in your actual lecture

Although there are about 300 streets in Hyde Park they all appear to have the same six names

Your Momentum We would love to know your feedback. You can give us your feedback suggestions in two ways:

[email protected] tweet @BeckettAlumni

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We are constantly looking for new and effective ways of communicating with our alumni. As ever, we are looking forward to hearing from you. If want to host a guest lecture or organise a reunion please let us know so we can help facilitate your request.



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Sports News

Ali Jawad sets World Record!

Emily Scarratt: World Cup Wonder! Leeds Beckett alumna Emily Scarratt has achieved her ultimate goal. She has become a World Cup winner. Emily, who first became interested in rugby when she was only five at her local rugby club Leicester Forest East RFC, not only was top point scorer, but also achieved a better kicking percentage than Jonny Wilkinson in his 2013 World Cup victory. These are all unbelievable achievements which have sparked an increase in the interest and support of women’s rugby, with more and more women and girls wanting to play the game. The RFU are ensuring this years World Cup legacy is maintained and sustained by running projects to get girls involved in the growing game. In an interview with Scarratt, she highlighted that student sport has played a massive part in helping her become the player she is today. She said that the Leeds Beckett facilities and the support were invaluable to her progress in rugby and gaining a degree. Varsity also had a big impact on Scarratt’s experience at Leeds Beckett, as she commented, “It’s great to have such a rivalry for one, and something that means so much to the whole university, it really brings everyone together for a common goal!” It makes us proud to know that Leeds Beckett played a part in making her the player she is today, a world-class athlete.

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Alumnus Ali Jawad has set a world record at the IPC Powerlifting World Championship in Dubai. Jawad, who was born without legs, competed at international level in Judo. In 2006, Jawad discovered the sport of powerlifting and just two years later he was representing Great Britain at the Paralympic games in Beijing. However, the night before he was set to compete, Jawad was hit with illness which was diagnosed as Crohn’s disease. Despite this shocking news, Jawad continued to compete, placing 4th and narrowly missed out on a medal at the London 2012 Paralympics. At the IPC Power-lifting World Championships this year, Jawad lifted 190kg in the 59kg class, which earned him a gold medal. Not content with that, Jawad proceeded to smash his own world record in the Commonwealth Games in August, lifting 194kg! This outstanding performance also sealed him the bronze medal, in a wide ranging 49-72kg category. Jawad hopes to reproduce his success by winning the Paralympic gold in two years time.

Bronze for Beddoes

Other Achievements

Leeds Beckett alumna Emma Beddoes secured a Commonwealth bronze medal in doubles squash, describing it as “the pinnacle” of her career. Beddoes and doubles partner Alison Waters beat their Australian opposition in straight games to claim the bronze. The girls secured a comprehensive win, with game one ending 11-3 and game two ending 11-5. Beddoes started playing squash when she was eight, encouraged by her parents who both played the game, and turned professional in 2007. With Beddoes currently ranked a career high number 20 in the world, she feels confident about the future and wants to become stronger each year.

• Alastair Brogdon was named in the England Men’s Hockey Squad for the 2014 Champions Trophy after being part of the squad which won the bronze medal in a nail-biting penalty shoot out at the Commonwealth Games • Sam Quek was part of the silver medal winning Women’s Hockey squad at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow • James Denny picked up a silver medal at the Common Wealth Games in the men’s 10m synchro diving alongside partner Tom Daley and narrowly missed out on a medal at the European Championships, taking fourth place • Scott Thwaites won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in the men’s cycling road race • Alistair Brownlee won gold at the Commonwealth Games in the men’s triathlon • Alistair, Jonathon Brownlee and Vicky Holland were all part of the mixed triathlon relay gold medal winning squad at the Commonwealth Games.

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Leeds Varsity

Leeds Beckett Dominates Leeds Uni for the Tenth Year Running in Exhilarating Finale to Varsity 2014

Autumn 2014 saw the start of a new era for Leeds Beckett University as we move forward, but our sporting success continued with a triumphant win over the University of Leeds in this year’s Varsity contest.

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he opening weeks of each academic year sees the two long-time rivals clash in a wide range of sports, from badminton to cricket, American football to water polo, and table tennis to biathlon. This year saw Leeds Beckett bidding for an unprecedented tenth successive Varsity win. By the time the men’s rugby union team kicked off the contests final event at Headingley Stadium, every member of the 13,000 strong crowd knew our overall lead was unassailable. University of Leeds rugby union player Richard Mayne was one of the passengers killed when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine earlier this year. A minute’s applause was held in Richard’s memory prior to kick-off at Headingley, with cheers and stamping coming from both sides’ supporters. Kick-off was met with raucous cheers from both sets of supporters. Beckett were quick off the mark as Josh Longson scored a try off the back of a penalty less than four minutes in. Will Cargill converted and it was 7-0 to Beckett. University of Leeds

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were quick to retaliate, with Jamie Guy converting a penalty to put the redbrick on the scoreboard. Luke Paynter was next to cross the line for Beckett, but with a failed conversion by Cargill after the ball bounced off the right goalpost, the score was 12-3 to Beckett. Longson and Cargill were the dream pair again, putting Beckett ahead 19-3 with 24 minutes played. Leeds Uni were not giving up, though – a converted try and a penalty from Jamie Guy meant they closed out the first-half following a rapid scramble to19-13. After a half-time dance-off between Beckett Bear and the Uni Gryphon, the teams were loudly welcomed back to the pitch and action resumed. University of Leeds were first to capitalise on their renewed energy, with an Ollie Roberts try and Guy conversion putting them 19-20 in front for the first time in the match. Beckett showed their customary resilience, and with less than 15 minutes left in the game, Cargill kicked us back in front with two penalties to make it a 25-23 score line. However, the lead didn’t last long, as University of Leeds edged ahead once more. Beckett needed to regroup quickly – and as



the Beckett supporters whipped themselves into a frenzy, Courtney Raymond equalised and Cargill showed his mettle in converting. Two more converted tries followed quickly, courtesy of Keane Naylor, Alessandro Ricci and Cargill. Beckett closed out the game in fine style, with a final scoreline of 46-30. Varsity has grown in popularity at both universities over the last 10 years, with thousands now turning out every year to cheer on their respective teams. A Primary Education student from Leeds Beckett said: ‘Varsity is an amazing event. This is my final year, and I thought it was so important to come and cheer on the guys one last time. Leeds Beckett’s Head of University Sport, Sally Nickson, said: ‘This year’s Varsity was a keenly contested competition supported by about 15,000 participants and spectators, making this one of our city’s largest and most exciting annual student events’. It was an exhilarating and triumphant retention of the Varsity trophy from Leeds Beckett University for the tenth-year running.

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Developing the Leeds Beckett landscape Leeds Beckett has a proud history and an ambitious outlook. It is commited to continuous development of its physical assets to meet the need of our students. We started as the Leeds Mechanics Institute in 1824. The Beckett Park site became home to the City of Leeds Training College, with many of the buildings surrounding the Acre having Grade II listed status. Leeds Polytechnic was re-designated as Leeds Metropolitan University in 1992. The identity of the University continued to develop, with the renaming of the Beckett Park site as Headingley Campus in 2005 and the renaming of the institution in September as Leeds Beckett University. With such a continual development in our University’s identity, it is no surprise that the physical landscape of the institution is also under constant review in order to ensure it provides the best facilities possible. The three main aims of the current Estates Strategy Plan are to make an effective use of space, assess the condition of the property portfolio, and to work on carbon reduction. Paul Riley, the Head of Capital Projects, said: “In 2007, our University’s estate was 36 percent physically larger than it needed to be. Since then, we have disposed of poor quality, non-operational buildings and we now have a 20 percent smaller physical footprint that still meets demand. We exceed the standard building regulations in terms of providing thermal insulation, and

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we are always making intelligent decisions regarding energy saving.” A flagship addition to our University’s portfolio has been the Broadcasting Place complex, home to the Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology (AET). The site provides teaching and office spaces, student residences and a new Baptist church. It received the Best Tall Building Overall award by CTBUH in 2010. Extensive refurbishment has also occurred, with floors five to 10 in the Calverley and Portland buildings completely renovated, as has the third floor of the Sheila Silver Library. Jo Norry, Director of Libraries and Learning Innovation, stated: “Since opening in 2000, the Library has seen a 40% increase in occupancy and has introduced 24/7/365 opening hours. The refurbishment will create spaces that inspire collaboration, discussion and ideas, solitary research and creative thought, and can adapt to evolving technologies. The redesign will deliver the kind of 21st century flexible and collaborative space our students need and expect.”

At Headingley, the all-weather pitches have been refurbished, new physiology and biomechanics labs have been created, and work on a new food engineering facility in Macaulay has commenced. Possible future developments at City Campus include the refurbishment of the remaining floors in the Sheila Silver Library, the Portland Iconography Project and reconfiguration of the groundfloor. At Headingley, there is potential for an increased refectory, more lecture theatres and the creation of a clear drop-off point. Paul said the institution’s developments needed to embody our 21st century forward-thinking approach, particularly in light of the recent name change. He said: “We want to be distinctive. We don’t just do a signage project when we change names, we look at things strategically. How large do we need to be to become a presence in the city? Where does signage need to be positioned to make the most impact? Can we make a landmark at little extra cost? It’s important to make the university’s world-class facilities part of the cityscape. We want our students to be blown away by our University.”

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Enterprise Want to start your own business, social enterprise or enhance your enterprise skills? Simon and Stuart

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eeds Beckett graduates are recognising the need to set themselves apart from the crowd in an increasingly competitive job market. Alongside developing their employability skills, many are seeking new opportunities to explore self-employment, source niche markets and combine a career with doing something they love. If you have thought about setting up a business or just want to give your enterprise skills a boost but don’t know where to start, the Enterprise & Innovation Academy For Students can help. This free service offers training, mentoring and support while you study or for up to five years after your graduation.

Leeds Beckett graduate Simon Edwards and his brother Stuart cofounded Beanify, an online coffee club that delivers freshly-roasted beans and ground coffee direct to subscribers doors each month. Having welcomed their first customers in February, the brothers have since taken up premises at our Digital Hub, been nominated for enterprise awards and are now looking to secure funding with the help of the Enterprise & Innovation Academy for Students to expand their business to corporate customers.

Over the past 13 years we have supported more than 200 student businesses

Be inspired by our graduate entrepreneurs

If you are driven to tackle social problems or the environment, we can also help you set up a social enterprise. In the last year, working with charity UnLtd, we have successfully awarded grants totalling £30,000 to 14 social enterprise projects. Alongside the advice and support available to start-up businesses, we also have competitive office rates in our Enterprise & Innovation Centres, now home to more than 200 businesses. Our tailored packages give you the flexibility to grow your businesses, and our specialist Digital Hub, which is run in partnership with the Yorkshire Post, is a creative co-working space to support digital and creative start-ups and provides expert training to businesses in this sector.

Get in touch! leedsbeckett.ac.uk/alumni LeedsBeckettAlumni @BeckettAlumni

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John Macleod

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Since graduating in 2010, John Macleod has been involved in setting up several successful businesses, taking full advantage of the help and support provided by the Enterprise & Innovation Academy for Students. He recently launched a successful online crowd-funding campaign in a bid to raise £40,000 to expand his business magazine, The Professional. The magazine is a quarterly publication filled with features, profiles and business advice specific to Leeds. John sees the growth of enterprise in Leeds as the main contributor to the success of his magazine.

Kirstie Frenneaux, Enterprise and Innovation Academy Project Manager said “Over the past 13 years we have supported over 200 student businesses and there is more help than ever before. We have expanded our offer to include free online workshops to build business skills. We can help you to test the feasibility of your idea before you make the leap. Plus, our Business Advisor is available on a one to one basis to help mentor businesses and can help you to access funding to give your business a kick start.”

“I created the magazine to champion the inspiring people and companies in the Leeds business community through storytelling, rather than the ‘reporting’ on news”.

To find our more information, please visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/ eiastudents.



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Research provides food for thought

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With children’s food habits featuring regularly on the UK’s news agenda and the recent introduction of free school meals for infants, it’s easy to see why Dr Hannah Ensaff wanted to explore parents’ motivations for sending their children to primary school with a packed lunch. Mark Dorey caught up with Hannah to discuss her findings.

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annah surveyed more than 1,000 parents of primary school children in England to find out about the content of their child’s packed lunch. This revealed parents’ motivations for sending their children to school with a packed lunch, as well as exploring what parents choose to include. “Our initial results have given us a real insight into parents’ perspectives when it comes to providing a packed lunch for their children in primary school,” said Hannah, who led the research.

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“Dietary habits and food preferences established during childhood are likely to continue into adulthood. Parents’ viewpoints are therefore critical; they directly influence food availability and diversity for children.”

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My Room, Your Office Room 104 in The Grange has changed functionality over time. It brings back fond memories for Graham and is now Mark’s new office.

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raham Starkey (Physical Education, 1964) was a PE teacher for 29 years after graduating. He also played rugby league for Rochdale, Huddersfield and Oldham and was coach at Wigan and assistant coach to Team GB in 1982. He retired from teaching in 1993, and now organises UK tours for people who play lawn bowls. He has since visited Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, the USA and South America. He recently organised a reunion at our University for the ’61-’64 cohort of students, and is planning next year’s event, due to take place from 3-4 July 2015. Mark Needham (BSc (Hons) Business Information, 2002) is a Senior Infrastructure Officer within our University’s Information Media Technology Services (IMTS). He held a temporary position in our University library working on the IT helpdesk during the final year of his degree, and received a permanent position in the Computer Services team upon his graduation. Mark has been working at Leeds Beckett ever since.

Graham came to the Beckett Park site (now Headingley campus) in 1961 to study for a Physical Education degree, and lived in The Grange from his very first week. “The first thing I thought when I saw the building was that I was pleased it wasn’t one of the hostels that were more uniform in style that surrounded the Acre. It seemed special and different. It was smaller too, so it seemed more homely.” Mark recalls a similar experience when he first saw The Grange on an Open Day in 1998. He added: “It was the first building I saw, after walking up from Headingley Station. It didn’t look like what I expected from a university structure, but it was clearly a really prominent and historic building.” Things have changed in The Grange even since Mark was a student here just over a decade ago: “It’s changed a lot! They’ve done a good job of making an old building look modern – I was expecting an oldlooking room when IMTS moved up here last month.” For Graham, living there in the 1960’s, The Grange was very much a different place from Mark’s experiences of it today. “We had a really cosy room. There were four of us staying in it – one of them was also doing PE, and the others were doing courses with the City of Leeds Training College. The building was full of full-time residents just like us – at least 50, I should think. There were lots of activities to take part in, and studying took up a lot of time too.”

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The Grange now houses the whole IMTS team in various offices. At the moment Mark shares with two other colleagues: “It’s a quiet room, with only three of us in here. It’s really bright, thanks to the aspect windows, and warm with the radiators, even in such a spacious room.” Many of the original features still exist in the room. Graham remembers these well, in particular the window overlooking the neighbouring Cavendish building. While using the room for his office Mark has not noticed the original features. He had failed to see the dado rail and coving until we pointed them out. Graham remembers the room to be pretty much the same shape, but it now has new radiators and furniture. One element of the room that has withstood time is the windows. The windows in room 104 are still the original single-pane windows, as when Graham arrived on Headingley Campus in 1961. Although they have undergone a few licks of paint, they are still the same huge wooden windows.

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Graham Starkey (Physical Education, 1964)

Mark Needham (Business Information, 2002)

Leeds Beckett Long Service Awards Do you recognise anyone?

A lot can happen in 25 years, and this is certainly true for our Long Service Award recipients. Many of them will have seen our University evolve and change over their time with us. Some will have started their careers with Leeds Polytechnic or Harrogate College and have seen our name change to Leeds Metropolitan and then to Leeds Beckett University this September.

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he name of our University is not the only thing to have changed during this time, as the physical landscaping of Leeds Beckett has also evolved with the transformation of City Campus through the construction of the Rose Bowl and Broadcasting Place. However, our Headingley Campus provides us with a strong visual reminder of our foundations and heritage through the 19th century buildings surrounding the Acre and The Grange, built in 1752. Similarly, the Long Service Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the values of the people who have

Ian Crossland Learning Officer, Media Services Learning Support Officer, Carnegie Faculty

dedicated their careers to our University and remain at the heart of Leeds Beckett and its success. It is important for all of us to value our heritage whilst embracing new opportunities, and the long-serving colleagues celebrated at this year’s Long Service Awards ceremony exemplify the need to adapt and develop, both individually and as an organisation. The awards are a reflection of the warmth and community that make Leeds Beckett a great place to work, which is evidenced on a daily

basis through the interactions within our University. In short, our Long Service recipients are a vital part of what makes Leeds Beckett University an Investors in People (Gold) employer. The ceremony for the Awards took place in the Acre Room at Headingley Campus. Dr Adrian Richardson (Principal Lecturer, Carnegie Faculty) was one of the recipients, having joined the University in 1989 as a Senior Lecturer. He said: “I enjoyed meeting some old colleagues at the event I hadn’t seen in a while. It was good to

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Jeffrey Gold Lecturer Professor of Organisational Learning, Faculty of Business & Law

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Stephen Wilkinson Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology

reflect on all the different departments and faculties I had been associated with in my 25 years here.” Linda Hepworth (Personal Assistant, Carnegie Faculty), who came to us in 1989 as a Word Processor Operator, said: “The booklet containing everyone’s career histories was a very nice touch, and made for interesting reading. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole event.” Feel free to look at some of the staff images and details in on this page and see if you know and recognise any names.

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Digging through the archives Education of the Body Alumna Sue Altree got in touch with our Alumni department regarding her grandfather, Ernest Major. Ernest was the first warden of Carnegie College of Physical Education. Sue contacted us about tracing an image she saw at our 75th anniversary of Carnegie in 2008. During this event, our University’s online archive of images and films were showcased, which featured Ernest, Mrs Major and their two dogs relaxing in their garden in front of Carnegie Hall. These films were taken during 1936-37 Carnegie at the time by Carnegie student Ambrose Congdon. We asked our archivist, Keith Rowntree, to track down these images. He did better than that, he found a cinefilm of them, which was in our online archive. Sue was delighted, as we managed to discover the story of Ernest, which lead Keith to writing the following article. “Ernest Major was the first warden of Carnegie College of Physical Training (CCPT) from 1933 to 1939. He was born on 28 July 1898 in Blackburn, Lancashire. In 1901 his father, William Major, was a gymnastic and fencing master at the Thomasson gymnasium in Bolton. He later became a Gymnastics Instructor for the Municipal Borough of Leigh in Lancashire. From the very beginning, sport had a significant influence on Ernest. He himself would become an influential advocate of gymnastics, especially in relation to physical education. Ernest studied at the Silkeborg College of Physical Training in Denmark from 1913 to 1915 under Hans Grunnet Junker. Junker was a gifted and pioneering teacher of gymnastics and his school attracted applicants from across the world. Prior to

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Ernest’s appointment as warden of CCPT, he was Organiser for Physical Education at Manchester and in 1932 he was made a member of the Carnegie Advisory Body. At this time, across Britain the authorities had become keenly aware of the physical condition, or lack of it, among the population, something that became obvious during conscription in the First World War. Carnegie College of Physical Training was set up in 1933. Ernest’s leadership as first warden of Carnegie created the foundation of Carnegie’s reputation as a centre of quality in the teaching of physical education at both a national and international level. One of Ernest’s highlights was attending. the 1936 Berlin Olympics One thousand

students from 30 countries were invited to take part, with the Carnegie College of Physical Training representing Great Britain. In 1968, Ernest bequeathed his book collection to the College and in the same year the City of Leeds college of Education and Carnegie College of Physical Education merged. His core collection was combined with similar books from the College Libraries to form the Carnegie Historical Collection, which is now held in the Archive And Special Collections, standing as a memorial to Ernest’s achievements at Carnegie. Ernest Major steered Carnegie towards its position as one of the leading physical training colleges in Britain and beyond.”

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Correspondence is welcome and should be addressed to: Alumni Team, Leeds Beckett University, Bronte G05, Leeds LS6 3QS +44(0)113 812 3147 [email protected] www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/alumni facebook.com/LeedsBeckettAlumni @BeckettAlumni

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