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Abdul Quddus obituary

Abdul Quddus (MA Economics 1973), whose work helped to ensure access adult education, welfare and housing support for BAME communities, has passed away. Read his obituary.

Leeds magazine

The magazine for alumni of the University of Leeds. Read now.

Remembering Sir David Cox

A tribute to alumnus Sir David Cox (PhD Mathematics 1949, Hon DSc 2005) tells the story of one of the most important statisticians of the past century.

Recognition for Leeds graduates in the Study UK Alumni Awards

Thirteen Leeds alumni have been shortlisted in the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards 2022.

Tribute to Dr William Les Mercer

Leeds alum Dr William Les Mercer, FREng, CEng. FIMMM, FIGEM died peacefully in Solihull after a short illness on 16th September 2021. Read his obituary here.

Remembering alumnus Christopher Newton

Read a tribute to director, theatre leader, and actor Christopher Newton, who sadly passed away on 20 December.

How to make a wreath like a professional

Florist and alum Jenefer Baker (Music 2006) explains how to make your homemade wreath stand-out this season.

A year to remember

Join us, as we take a trip through the Leeds alumni highlights from all over the globe in 2021.

My Climate Story

In our podcast mini-series, hear from inspiring Leeds alumni around the globe who are helping to combat the climate crisis.

Jonathan Wild: A million tree promise

Meet the former Chair of Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate – synonymous with Yorkshire Tea and Bettys tea rooms – to uncover how a promise to his children grew into a lifelong mission to protect our trees.

Travelling to net-zero

Joscelyn Terrell (MEnv Environmental Science 2016) is working at the forefront of government policy in decarbonising transport, helping to set the UK as a world leader in the field. Discover the realities of electric cars, and what COP26 means to her.

Leeds Alumni Voices

Hear from expert alumni voices working to combat the climate crisis in our guest blog series.

Remembering Darminder Singh Chadha MBE

A tribute to Darminder Singh Chadha (MSc Geography 1968, PhD Earth Sciences 1972) tells how he fought racism and had a long career in hydrogeology.

Namrah Shahid: Changing the story with Hijabi Runners

By forming Hijabi Runners, Namrah Shahid (Chemistry 2016; MSc 2017; PhD 2021) is helping other South Asian and Muslim women realise that running could be for them, too. Find out more.

Cec Thompson: The most remarkable of graduates

This Black History Month, read about the most remarkable graduate, whose success on the rugby field was matched only by his achievements off it as he pushed himself from illiteracy to graduation.

Global winner in Study UK Alumni Awards 2021

We are delighted to reveal that alumna and entrpreneur Anu Shah (MBA 2012) has been announced as the Global Entrepreneur Winner in the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards 2021.

Claire Cashmore: The road to Tokyo

Eight-time Paralympic medallist Claire Cashmore MBE (Linguistic and Phonetics 2011, Hon LLD 2013) takes on a whole new challenge in her fifth Games. Read about her preparations for Tokyo 2020.

Talking taboos: Olivia Cotes-James

Named in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list, find out how Olivia Cotes-James (English Literature 2013) formed a female-led period care company, and is improving lives across a continent.

Secrets of the sporting elite

In his new book, Alistair Brownlee talks about secrets of success with legends such as Sir Ian Botham, Michael Owen and Paula Radcliffe. Now, Leeds alumni can win a signed copy.

Kate O'Sullivan: A passion born in Leeds

Deputy Chair of British Rowing Kate O’Sullivan (Mineral Engineering 1985) was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her contributions to rowing. Hear what Kate has to say on our latest podcast.

Tribute to Emeritus Professor Brian Sleeman

Alumni will be sorry to learn of the death of Emeritus Professor Brian Sleeman, former Professor of Applied Mathematics. Read his obituary here.

Welcoming the Class of 2021

Our alumni community welcome the Class of 2021 with messages of congratulations, support and advice.

Jack Windsor Lewis obituary

Former students will be sad to learn of the death of Jack Windsor Lewis, who taught Phonetics at Leeds and was an expert on English pronunciation. 

A good head on his shoulders

Congratulations to Roy Ludlow for the publication of his book A Good Head on his Shoulders, a translation from French of a novel by Henri Troyat. The book costs £8.50, including postage and packing, of which £5 per copy will be donated to The Footsteps Fund. Copies are available from

Tackling viral diseases

Nigerian alumnus Dr Pelumi Adeyemi is working alongside colleagues from Leeds to tackle the deadly viruses causing sickness and diarrhoea in his community.

Help us welcome the Class of 2021

Send your congratulations message and words of support to the latest Leeds graduates.

Lucy Clayton: How to go to work

In our latest podcast episode, author and alum Lucy Clayton draws on years of experience to answer graduates’ questions.

Win a copy of the University’s first children’s book

A nocturnal bird with a supernatural reputation is the subject of the first children’s book to be published by the University. And we have five copies to give away.

Paige Kesemeyer: From homelessness to teaching

In this month's My Leeds Story, we discover Paige Kesemeyer's journey to qualify as a teacher with alumni scholarship support.

Obituary to Professor Malcolm Stansfield

Malcolm Stansfield (Agriculture 1958), a respected and much-liked figure in agriculture, has died aged 86. Read his obituary here.

Leeds alumni recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Read about the work of three Leeds alumni recognised in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Beaumont Awards 2021

The University of Leeds and Professor Adam Beaumont (Chemistry 1993; PhD 1996) have announced the winners of this year’s prestigious Beaumont Awards.

Olivia Strong MBE: A £7 million idea

Discover how a challenge between friends went on to raise over £7 million for NHS Charities Together during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Advice for today's graduates

Professor Adam Beaumont (Chemistry 1993; PhD 1996) discusses his inspiration for setting up The Beaumont Awards and offers his advice to today’s graduates.

The letter that changed my life

So many Leeds stories start thanks to support from alumni. For Makeen, the offer of a scholarship was a crucial milestone in his journey from civil war to becoming a doctor. 

Your volunteering stories

For Volunteers’ Week 2021, join us as we discover your volunteering stories. We meet the Leeds alumni making a difference to causes all around the globe.

Tributes to scientist Brian Hartley

Tributes have been paid to leading scientist Professor Brian Harley (PhD 1952) who passed away in May 2021.

Class of 2020: Lubiana Shabeer

In our latest My Leeds Story: Class of 2020, discover how medicine graduate Lubiana Shabeer (Medicine 2020) graduated early last year to join the NHS front line.

Tribute to former Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President

Former BCB President Kamal Ziaul Islam (BCom 1960), who is credited with moulding many of the finest talents in Bangledeshi cricket, has died at the age of 86.

An exclusive Q&A with Matt Haig

The Leeds Alumni Book Club would love you to join us for a live, exclusive Author Talk Q&A with in-demand author and Leeds alum Matt Haig.

The Silicone Straw Company: Working towards a plastic free future

After witnessing the damage caused by disposable rubbish in the Yorkshire Dales, Charlotte Walsh (MRes Chemistry 2013) decided to use her expertise to help create a greener future.

Chrysi Philalithes: The power of innovation

We gain invaluable insight from the former Chief Digital Officer of (RED) Chrysi Philalithes (Economics & Politics with North American Studies) ahead of her Leeds Alumni Voices event.

From Leeds to the International Space Station

Catch this special edition of our My Leeds Story podcast, as Mark is in conversation with materials science and technology alum Matthias Maurer, an astronaut with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Leeds alumni success in 2021 business plan competition

Two enterprising alumni received a financial boost to their businesses after winning The University of Leeds 2021 Business Plan Competition.

Class of 2020: Ahmed El Ghazawy

In our latest My Leeds Story: Class of 2020, read about computer science graduate Ahmed El Ghazawy, his journey from Egypt to Leeds, and why he went on to become a Link to Leeds Ambassador.

Top entrepreneurs: Study UK Alumni Awards success

Two Leeds alumni have been nominated as finalists in the Entrepreneurial Award category of the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards in Saudi Arabia.

Escaping poverty: the learnings that shaped Madan Luthra

Growing up as a refugee, Dr Madan Luthra (PhD Biochemistry 1972) soon learnt that education would prove his lifeline. We discover his astonishing journey.

When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was away with the fairies

A hundred years on, we look at the curious tale of the Cottingley Fairies, and how a childhood prank fooled even the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

Winners of the Early Career Publishing Prize announced

Three alumni are celebrating their success in the inaugural Leeds Early Career Publishing Prize, which celebrates PhD research.

Feature for Leeds

Could you be the star of our next University of Leeds postgraduate guide? We are looking for Leeds Alumni who studied for a postgraduate degree at Leeds to share their stories with our future students. Get in touch. 

The Big Get Together 2021

The Big Get Together (BGT) is back. And we’ve got some catching up to do. Check out all the BGT events and activities happening this year, as alumni come together all around the globe in-person or online.

Music for royalty: Study UK Alumni Awards success

Dr Joanne Yeoh (MA Music 1999) has been awarded the Professional Achievement Award in the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards in Malaysia.

Listen: My Leeds Story - Maria Marqués

Catch the latest episode in our Class of 2020 podcast series as sociology graduate Maria Marqués discusses her experience of swapping Spain for Yorkshire and reflects on the challenges of finding work as a 2020 graduate. 

Study UK Alumni Awards success in Pakistan

Dr Hifza Rasheed (PhD 2018) has been awarded the Professional Achievement Award in the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards in Pakistan following her work to improve water quality for millions.

Creating forests to combat climate change

Dr Cat Scott (MSc Energy and Environment 2009) is working to put more trees back on the landscape, helping the nation achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Listen: My Leeds Story - Plus Programme

In this podcast episode, Ed catches up with Lucy Holehan, a Plus Programme Officer at the University. Find out more about Lucy's role, and exactly how the Plus Programme is making a difference.

Tribute to engineering pioneer

Engineering pioneer Dick Barr OBE (Mechanical Engineering 1941), who built early jet engines during the Second World War before going on to found Centrax, has died at the age of 100.

Leeds through the ages

Discover the University’s rich history as we share a series of online exhibitions from the Library exploring stories from the past.

Passing of iconic London bookshop co-founder

Leeds alum Peter Dorey, one of the co-founders of London's iconic Gay's the Word bookshop, has died at the age of 73. Read his obituary. 

Obituary: Dr Jeremy Toner

Alumni will be greatly saddened to learn of the death, on 20 January 2021, of Dr Jeremy Toner, Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Transport Studies. Read his obituary.

Class of 2020 - Meri Croft

As part of our My Leeds Story series celebrating the Class of 2020, we spoke to Meri Croft, a Fine Art graduate who used her art to capture the uncertainty she faced after graduation. Her work went on to feature in the Guardian, and was later sold by New Blood Art.

Tribute to Dorothy Foulds

Tributes have been paid to popular teacher, Dorothy Foulds (History 1954), who has died at the age of 87. Read more here.

Love at Leeds

From blossoming romance during lectures to dances at the Saturday night hop, read the heart-warming stories of love found at Leeds this Valentine's Day.

My Leeds Story podcast: Fay Walsh

Listen as we catch up with PhD student Fay Walsh, finding out how a PhD scholarship has changed her life, allowing her to pursue a passion for biological sciences and produce research with real-world implications.

The Caroboo adventure

Discover how married couple Charlotte (Biology 2010) and Darran Miller (MSc Advanced Clinical Practice 2016) have ventured into the land of chocolate with their new vegan choco bar, Caroboo.

Alumni spotlight

From LS6 to every corner of the world, so many of our Leeds alumni have a story to tell. Explore just some of their journeys by visiting our alumni spotlight page.

Class of 2020 - Jonas Kitadi

As part of our My Leeds Story series celebrating the Class of 2020, we spoke to Jonas Kitadi, a sociology graduate who recently started working for the social work charity Frontline.

Passing of renowned Leeds lecturer

Former Leeds lecturer and astrophysicist Shashikumar Madhusudhan Chitre, who is known for his extensive work on solar physics and research into gravitational lensing, died on 11 January. Read about his work and legacy.

Class of 2020 - My Leeds Story

Despite graduating in the most challenging of circumstances, we know our Class of 2020 will go on to achieve great things. Hear from some of our most recent graduates about graduating during a pandemic and their plans for the future.

Leeds alumni recognised in New Year Honours

A number of Leeds alumni have been recognised in the New Year Honours 2021 lists.

Winter graduation

Catch up on the video and written messages of congratulations for the Class of 2020.

Bobbi Rae: Bringing joy to the streets of Leeds

Discover how artist and designer Bobbi Rae (Textile Design 2013) is using her talent to improve public spaces in the city.

Leeds alumni Advent calendar

Join our 25-day celebration of our University community, packed with stories, videos, quizzes – and the chance to win some exclusive prizes! 

Restoring Hardknott Forest

Researchers, schoolchildren, donors and volunteers alike are helping to restore one of Britain’s largest oak woodlands. Now, through a simple comment on social media, alumni around the globe can make a difference too.

Alumni spotlight: Beth Calverley

Find out how poet Beth Calverey (English Language and Literature 2015) is helping others to experience the power of poetry.

Class of 2020 - George Higginbotham

As part of our My Leeds Story series to celebrate the Class of 2020, we spoke to George Higginbotham, who studied medicine. Hear about his experience of graduating early to join the NHS frontline in the fight against Covid-19.

Col Needham: 30 years of IMDb

Col Needham has been described by The Guardian as the most powerful Brit in Hollywood. We found out more about the Founder and CEO of IMDb ahead of his Leeds Alumni Voices event in November.

Artwork at the heart of campus

Watch, as curator Layla Bloom takes Leeds alumni on an exclusive tour of three highlights from The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery – featuring the oldest pub in Leeds, and one of Yorkshire's finest beauty spots.

Class of 2020 - Maria Marqués

As part of our My Leeds Story series to celebrate the Class of 2020, we spoke to Maria Marqués, a Sociology graduate from Spain who swapped the sunny streets of Barcelona for the buzz of Leeds, and has no plans to go back anytime soon.

Life at LinkedIn: Catching up with Katy Davies

With companies across the world adopting new working practices to combat the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the role of internal communications has never been more important. We caught up with Katy Davies (Management Studies 2003), Senior Employee Communications Manager at the global professional networking site LinkedIn to find out more.

Queen's Birthday Honours

A number of Leeds alumni have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Leeds alum's Emmy success

Set designer Alison Harvey (Fine Art 1988) has helped to shape some of the biggest films and TV series of the last 20 years. Now, she has received an Emmy for her work on The Crown.

Sustainability through everyday fashion

Rupa Ganguli (MSc Textile Management 2001) is passionate about making sustainability part of our everyday lives. Discover her story, and watch her Leeds Alumni Voices event.

Passing of Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE QC

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Anne-Marie Hutchinson (International History and Politics 1980; Hon LLD 2016). Anne-Marie was recognised as the leading lawyer of her generation.

Class of 2020 - Victoria Purcell

As part of our My Leeds story series, read how 2020 geophysical sciences graduate Victoria Purcell overcame several challenges throughout her degree, balancing study and assignments with raising her son.

Helping the homeless: Roger Quick and St George’s Crypt

Read about Reverend Roger Quick (Music 1979; Theology 1996) and his journey from client to chaplain at St George's Crypt, a charity for the homeless, in our latest alumni feature.

Tributes paid to Dr Ronald Turner

Dr Ronald Turner (Medicine 1957), a GP who volunteered in Africa and worked with refugee children in Kosovo, has died aged 88. Read his obituary here.

Graduating during a recession: Advice for the Class of 2020

With the Class of 2020 facing uncertainty and anxieties over their future, we ask those who have walked this path before: What advice do you have for those embarking on their careers?

Food for thought: meet Ellen Manning

Ellen Manning (English 2004) has come a long way since her days as a student reporter at the Leeds. From the Royal Wedding to London 2012, explore her fascinating story journey in our latest alumni feature.

My Leeds story - Gina Baker

Each month, 'My Leeds story' shines a spotlight on a member of the Class of 2020 to celebrate their journey. First up, we spoke to Gina Baker, an engineering masters graduate who made history at Leeds and ended up going viral on Twitter in the process. Discover her Leeds story.

Leeds research focussed on the coronavirus threat

Across the University, from arts and humanities to fundamental science and engineering, teams are developing new ideas and redirecting existing research to help the world cope with the pandemic. Discover some of the work here. 

Right up your Street

Showing true determination to lift the nation’s spirits this summer, Alumni band Hyde Park Brass embarked on a tour of streets across the UK. Find out more about life on tour in the middle of a pandemic. 

Death of Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson (Performance and Cultural Industries 1972) died on Friday 21 August. He was a leading thinking on education who drew 66 million viewers to watch his TED talk "Do schools kill creativity?"

What is history?

"We seek to understand the past by determining and ordering ‘facts’; and from these narratives we hope to explain the decisions and processes which shape our existence." Francesca Morphakis, PhD Candidate in History at the University of Leeds, considers the most fundamental question of all. Read her fascinating thoughts on "What is History?"

Obituary: Jim Wright

We were sad to hear of the passing of Jim Wright, who has died aged 83. An inspirational and gifted teacher, Jim was a member of academic staff in the department of psychology at the University of Leeds for more than 30 years. Read about a dear friend and colleague to all who knew him during that period.

Blackbaud data security incident

July 2020, Blackbaud data security incident

The story of 70 years of dancing for Leeds Morris Men

When assistant lecturer in Spanish Ted Purver danced two jigs at a carnival on Leeds campus in 1950, it would be the beginning of Leeds Morris Men, a club that this year is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Read their wonderful story.

The London Cabbie’s Quiz Book

Think you know London inside-out? You may be surprised. A new book release from writer, jazz musician and London cabbie Ian Beetlestone (English 2000) features enough trivia about the capital to surprise even born and bred Londoners. Pit your wits against the world’s smartest taxi drivers.

Birds on the wires

Some people simply enjoyed the beauty of a viral photo of Australian cockatoos gathering on five phone lines. BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg (Russian 1991) did more - he thought the birds looked like musical notes, so he played their song. 

Music for Ghost of Tsushima

Composer Ilan Eshkeri (English and Music 1999) dipped into traditional Japanese music to write the score for the new action-adventure video game 'Ghost of Tsushima'. With film scores and composition for The Sims behind him, Ilan faced the challenge of writing sword fighting music.

Obituary: Professor John Astington

Professor John Ashtington (English 1966), scholar, actor, outdoorsman, and Grandad. John published influential books and many papers on Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He sadly passed away on December 11 2019 - obituary.

Leeds alumna creates lockdown cinema experience

When the work stopped coming in, Rhian Hughes (Music 2016) decided to focus on creating her own. Rhian organised the Multi Story Picture House Drive-Up Cinema – a socially distanced outdoor cinema experience to allow people to enjoy that ‘going out’ feeling in a safe manner.

Dame Ingrid Roscoe, Leeds alum, art historian and former Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

It is with sadness that we hear of the passing of Dame Ingrid Roscoe (History of Fine and Decorative Arts 1985, PhD 1990, Hon LLD) who taught art history and supported the University and West Yorkshire in many ways. Obituary

Leeds researchers perform crucial work in understanding COVID-19

A University of Leeds study, funded by the Jon Moulton Charity Trust, aims to provide invaluable insights into the transmission of COVID-19.

Leeds alum to work with The Duchess of Cambridge

Congratulations to Hannah Cockburn-Logie OBE MVO (MA Social and Public Policy 2000) who has been announced as the Private Secretary to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. Hannah was awarded an OBE in 2017 for services to the relationship between the UK and India.

Lambeth GP Food Co-op - planting gardens to improve health and wellbeing

The food we eat is vital to our health and wellbeing. Yet as Edward Rosen (International History & Politics 1971) has proven, food can enrich our lives in ways far beyond simply filling our stomachs.

The Lambeth GP Food Co-op, an innovative scheme which Edward helped to pioneer, improves the health and wellbeing of NHS patients in Lambeth.

Volunteers' Week 2020

In celebration of Volunteers’ Week 2020 we shine the spotlight on some of the great work being done by our alumni community.

Obituary: Reverend Doreen Harrison

Ambleside’s first woman priest, the Reverend Doreen Harrison, has died aged 87. Having graduated in Geography from Leeds University in 1953, Doreen devoted her rural ministry to caring for the scattered farming community, visiting farming families, schools and parishioners. Read her obituary here.

Alumna's journey to become Bishop

When she performed in York Minster with the LUU Chamber Choir in 1992, Sophie Jelley (Theology and Religious Studies 1993) never imagined she’d be invited to return to the same spot for her ordination as Bishop of Doncaster 28 years later. Read about Sophie’s journey from Leeds, to Uganda, and back again

Leeds alumnus nominated for global award

Winston Liew (Law 2011) has been nominated as a global finalist in the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards 2020. It follows his work as a placemaker and curator, designing community spaces in his home country, Malaysia, and across the globe.

Obituary: Professor Mohamed Hyder

Renowned Kenyan professor Mohamed Hyder (PhD Biology) has sadly passed away. Amongst other things, Mohammed was a leading figure in the management of the country’s national parks. Read his obituary here.

World Bee Day 2020

In celebration of World Bee Day 2020, we spoke to Sustainability Research Institute Lecturer and Campus Bee Network Founder Dr Jen Dyer, to learn more about what is being done to help the bees here on the University of Leeds campus.

Obituary: Professor Monty Losowsky

Professor Monty Losowsky (Medicine 1955), has died at 88. Under his oversight as the University liaison, St James's Hospital became the largest teaching hospital in Europe. Read his obituary here.

2020 Student Support Fund launches

The Student Support Fund has been launched to help students succeed in their studies despite barriers they may face as a consequence of the pandemic.

Find out more about how you can help vulnerable students during the crisis.

Leeds alumna's record-breaking campaign

Run 5K, donate £5, and nominate 5 others to do the same. Read about the campaign that began as a challenge between friends and family members, and has gone on to raise over £5 million for NHS Charities Together.

Disability: I lost my legs but am still dancing

In December 2007 Kat Hawkins was a first year student spending most of her evenings with the dance society. Then she contracted meningitis B, and things changed forever. Read her remarkable story to rediscover her love of dance.

Adapting to a changing planet

Leeds postgraduate students are playing a crucial role in climate change research across the globe, helping communities to adapt to a changing planet.

From the Kenyan savanna to Canadian Arctic, as part of our sustainability themed Big Get Together, find out how alumni-supported bursaries have helped the students to make a difference

Leeds alumnus elected as Labour Party leader

Alumnus Sir Keir Starmer has been elected leader of Labour Party. Read about his journey from the University, how he maintains close ties with the School of Law, and the thoughts of lecturers and students who have worked with him along the way.

Leeds community tackles coronavirus

As the University steps up to tackle coronavirus, alumni, staff and students are at the forefront of this fight. We share the stories of our community members who are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.

Malcolm Chase obituary

Social Historian Malcolm Chase has sadly died aged 63 after suffering from a brain tumour.  During his time at Leeds, Malcolm explored British labour history and political radicalism during the 19th century, and his pioneering work on Chartism is particularly well known. In addition to his outstanding scholarship, he was an enthusiastic and inspiring educator. Read his obituary here.

Alumni feature: A safer environment for disabled people around the world

Visually impaired activist and campaigner, Amy Kavanagh (History 2010), has used social media to create a positive movement across the globe. After encounters with overenthusiastic helpers did more harm than good, Amy’s campaign – #JustAskDontGrab – was born. Read about her journey from Leeds here.

Future Fashion Factory

With its roots in textiles, Leeds is spearheading a £5.4 million project to transform the UK fashion industry.

Feeding the world

How can we feed a growing global population in a changing climate? A farm packed with smart technologies will help us find out.

My Dad inspired a podcast

From a kitchen table to the Royal Albert Hall: how three Leeds alumni turned some dubious content into comedy gold.

Alumni feature: Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe has been writing since he was a child. Now a published author of five chapbooks of poetry, LGBT+ History Month Poet Laureate, and with his first full-length collection nearly finished, he’s come a long way...

Next Vice-Chancellor appointed to the University of Leeds

Professor Simone Buitendijk has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds.

Live at Leeds 50 years old

14 February marks 50 years since The Who recorded their album Live at Leeds right here in the Refectory. Listen closely to the album, named by Rolling Stone magazine as the best live album ever, and you'll hear an audience full of our very own alumni. What was it like 50 years ago, when bands like The Who, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin played at Leeds? Our alumni tell the story of these legendary days. 

Alumni Feature: Podcast creator lines up with the stars

Jake Warren (Social Policy 2013) finds himself in illustrious company. He will soon line up alongside the likes of Emma Barnett, Frank Skinner, Peter Crouch, Greg James and Zoe Ball at the Audio & Radio Industry Awards, where his podcast, Conflicted, has been nominated for the Best Independent Podcast. Explore Jake's story - from Bakery 164 sandwich recommendations, to his top three favourite podcasts, to his founding of a multimedia story telling company, Message Heard.

Running with the pack

Toronto Wolfpack are the world's first professional transatlantic sports team, competing in rugby league's top-level professional club competition. Wolfpack Vice President, Commercial Jon Pallett (MBA 2011) shares his insight about the challenge of marketing a club that is based more than 3,000 miles away from their competitors.

World-beating Leeds stands out in Class Central’s list of best online courses

Class Central’s Best Online Courses of 2019 uses learner feedback to rank online courses from around the world. The University of Leeds stood out with four courses in the line-up – more than any other institution in the world

Leeds flying high for top employers

Students at the University of Leeds are among the UK’s top ten most targeted by leading employers.

MBE for Leeds alumna

Dr Eileen Burns (Medicine 1981), has been awarded an MBE for her services to medicine. 

Deaf people at risk of being 'excluded from astronomy'

The deaf community risks being excluded from aspects of modern science because the number of new advances is outpacing the development of sign language to explain them, a leading researcher says.

Leeds crowned Christmas University Challenge champions

For the first time in the show’s history, a Leeds team was crowned University Challenge Champions after winning last year’s Christmas special. Find out more


Greenland losing ice 'faster than expected'

Greenland is losing ice faster than in the 1990s and is tracking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s high-end climate scenario.

Walking and cycling to work linked with fewer heart attacks

Walking and cycling to work were associated with fewer heart attacks across 43 million adults in England, according to a new national study.

Fungi could reduce reliance on fertilisers

Introducing fungi to wheat boosted their uptake of key nutrients and could lead to new, ‘climate smart’ varieties of crops, according to a new study from Leeds.

Training the next generation of biological scientists

The White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York have received renewed Government funding for 150 PhD researchers in the biological sciences.

Sir Alan Langlands to step down as Vice-Chancellor

Sir Alan Langlands is to step down as the Vice-Chancellor of the University during 2020 after seven years in post. He will continue to undertake his full duties and responsibilities at the University until a new Vice-Chancellor formally takes up post.

Shining a light on creativity in Leeds

A confluence of art and biology forms part of University's Light Night offering this year. Light Night is the UK’s largest annual arts and light festival. It will see the transformation of some of the Leeds' most recognisable spaces over 10-11 October, with artworks and performances.

Finding an effective way to reduce pressure ulcers

Expensive high-tech air mattresses are only marginally better at preventing pressure sores and ulcers than a specialist foam mattress, according to the results of a major study by Leeds.

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