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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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