April 2020

Stay at home resources

Useful things to know and do, Leeds style, during the pandemic, wherever you are now.

Do let us know if you have created any online resources that might be useful for fellow Leeds alumni.

Keep active and healthy at home

Join our sports centre staff who regularly post new fitness and wellbeing videos, blog posts and more. The Edge is closed, but personal trainers, class instructors and our Health and Wellbeing Team are here for you.

The Edge Gym

Many of us have been turning to yoga to stay fit and healthy while our outdoor movements are restricted. Join Joanna MacArthur on May 19 for her free webinar to explore how yoga can benefit both our personal and professional lives.  

Getting your cultural fix

Though we may all be confined to our living rooms, culture is not cancelled! Leeds University Library Galleries have pulled together their top eight picks of how you can get your cultural fix with just a few clicks.

Have you started to appreciate art and culture more during the pandemic? In his blogpost, Professor Frank Finlay, director of the Cultural Institute, explores the role of creativity during lockdown. Support and advice for artists during this time is also available on the Cultural Institute website.  

In the build up to their final-year degree show, students from the School of Fine Art have embarked on a new project, 'Simmer Sundays'. With a page dedicated to their work, and a weekly video uploaded to their YouTube channel, each contribution allows the artist to showcase some of their work, as well as allowing a glimpse into the space where their vision becomes reality. 

Molly Higgins - Simmer Sundays

Getting creative

Whether you're in need of a moment of mindfullness or an outlet for some creativity, take some time to get creative with colour in your campus. There are three locations from across campus for you to download and colour in, so give it a go and share your creations with us!

New ways to stay entertained

Forget scrabbling around to find the missing pieces from the dusty puzzles under the bed. You can now complete an online jigsaw with the University Galleries collection of jigsaws inspired by pieces from their collection. 

Their physical venue may be closed, but that hasn't stopped stage@leeds from putting on a show. Their digital platform, stage@leedsDigital, continues to host performances and events. Their Close Knit event is available until 1 June, and other performances can be seen on their facebook page

Feeling Fruity? You can relive your student days thanks to Leeds Student Radio - enjoy the Fruity experience without the entry fee with their virtual event.

Virtual Fruity

If classical music is more your style, you can watch video concerts recorded in the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall. With concert recordings taken over the past five years, whether you're a fan of brass bands or gospel choirs, there's something for every taste. 

Three things to do at home

Finding yourself with more time on your hands than normal? From curating yourself to creating the perfect portrait, three Leeds experts offer insight on being productive whilst at home.

Learn something new

If you're looking for a productive way to spend time in lockdown, why not check out the online courses available on Futurelearn? From a module on Environmental Challenges, to learning the basics of coding, there's a whole range of options to suit your interests.  

Four of these courses are also available on the Government's new platform The Skills Toolkit, which provides online courses to help improve digital and numeracy skills. 

Whether you're a teacher by trade or have suddenly become one by default, the University is dedicated to supporting schools and students. A selection of free, short, online courses, covering subjects from STEM to Arts, are available for teachers and secondary school students as part of the FutureLearn Schools initiative. 

The Be Curious festival may have been rescheduled for 10th October, but you can still get involved and learn about the world leading research that goes on at the University of Leeds. Researchers from across the University have pulled together to create some amazing resources and video content for the very first #BeCuriousGoesVirtual festival, which will be taking place throughout June. Stay Curious and join the events on Twitter - there's something for everyone:

  • 1 - 7 June - Demonstration Week
  • 8 - 14 June -  Arts and Crafts Week
  • 15 -21 June - Question Week

Advice for your business

Finding it difficult to sift through all of the information relating to support for you business? Check out the Nexus website for resources and advice - from how to plan for change, to guidance on what support is available from the government for UK businesses.


Updating your information

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