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Liz Margree (Theology and Geography 1995) and Jon Spooner (English Language and Literature 1996) accept a national award on behalf of the Unlimited Theatre Company.


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Lawrence Potter, Russian Studies 1975
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Lack of sleep damaging for children

More than a third of primary school children are failing to get sufficient sleep, according to Leeds research. The study has linked poor sleep with difficulties in paying attention in class, keeping up with school work, forgetfulness and absenteeism.



Professor Derek Gray (1950-2017)

Professor Derek Gray has passed away aged 67. Derek graduated from Leeds in Medicine in 1974.



Tackling youth vulnerability

History Graduate Sam Black (2013) is taking part in the Year Here programme in London, developing social innovations to tackle the issue of youth vulnerability. He’s currently working at an Alternative Provision designing and experimenting with methods to improve student engagement. Interested students can get involved here.



Simon Armitage new Professor of Poetry

World-renowned poet Simon Armitage has been announced as the University of Leeds’ first Professor of Poetry. Professor Armitage returns to the School of English 20 years after taking up his first academic post, when he taught creative writing to Leeds students following an earlier career as a probation officer.



Global Digital Week

John Munn (Management 2017) is launching Global Digital Week (23-29 April 2018) in partnership with a number of educational institutions across the world. He aims to educate and inspire people to develop digital skills. John's looking for volunteers for the project. Contact him for more information.



Leeds powers into top 10 Good University Guide

Leeds has secured its place in the top 10 universities in the UK, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. Last year, Leeds was named University of the Year by the Guide, having been runner-up for the award in the previous two years.



Painting donation

Philosophy graduate Roger Godden (2012) has donated to the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery "The Artist and The Gardener", a 2015 oil painting by Neil Simone. The painting was inspired by, and includes, one of Roger's poems.



Data and health research

Health researchers from Leeds have launched a major survey to see if people would be prepared to allow their lifestyle data to be matched against their health records. The survey aims to gauge whether the public would support such large-scale data analysis.



The Good Slice

Three alumni have launched The Good Slice, a social enterprise serving wood-fired pizza and, via a one-for-one model, providing meals for children in Africa. Kitty Mitchell (Textile Design 2016), Edward Kellard (International Business 2016) and Elliot Blackler (Politics 2017) are working with charities in African countries to deliver the project.



The impact of poor sleep

Inadequate sleep at night leads to poor memory and increases the risk of depression, anxiety and stress, according to research from Leeds. A study found those that slept less than five hours a night found it difficult to function effectively during the day.



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