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Top five for experience

The University of Leeds has moved into the top five in this year’s Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, from sixth position last year, to fourth this year.

Every year, the Times Higher Education survey asks students across the UK to give their views about their university on a range of issues, from the quality of teaching and how well-structured the courses are, through to accommodation and support and welfare.

Our facilities, activities and societies and services such as security on campus, student welfare and support all feature particularly strongly. In the survey the students voted Leeds third for its facilities, including quality, convenience, library/opening hours, shop and bar amenities, and sports facilities.

We offer exceptional campus facilities too!

With first-rate accommodation, libraries and teaching facilities, the University is investing a further £520m to further develop the campus to support world-leading research and teaching.

This spring sees the completion of some of the most recent investments, including the £5m Brownlee Centre and cycle track and the £24.7m refurbishment of the Edward Boyle Library.

Already one of the best student unions in the UK, Leeds University Union was the first union to be awarded ‘excellent’ status in NUS quality accreditation and will provide even better facilities and opportunities for students following the completion of a £17 million upgrade in 2017.

The Union continues to receive one of the highest levels of satisfaction amongst students.

For more details visit National Student Survey results

The Edge gym treadmill

Our sports facilities voted top five for student experience

The University has moved into the top five in this year’s Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, from sixth position last year, to fourth this year.

Every year, the Times Higher Education survey asks students across the UK to give their views about their university on a range of issues, from the quality of teaching and how well-structured the courses are, through to accommodation and support and welfare.

Our facilities, activities and societies and services such as security on campus, student welfare and support all feature particularly strongly. In the survey the students voted Leeds third for its facilities, including quality, convenience, library/opening hours, shop and bar amenities, and sports facilities.

We are delighted that our sports facilities feature highly in the results. The Edge, our sports and fitness flagship facility aims to provide an exceptional experience for all our customers. A few ways in which we do this is through providing exemplary fitness equipment and offering an extensive range of exercise classes – we are committed to providing the best service to our customers and offering something for everyone.

For more details visit National Student Survey results

NEXUS construction

NEXUS – a future view

NEXUS

Watch an overview video of the construction of NEXUS.  You can find out more about Nexus by visiting the NEXUS project page on the Campus Developments website.

Find out more about NEXUS.

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Stage@Leeds bas relief

Architectural awards wins

Earlier this month, three University of Leeds projects were highly commended for their architectural prowess at the 26th Leeds architecture awards.

  • The installation of the untitled Bas-Relief sculpture on the side of the Stage@Leeds was highly commended in the public realm and landscape design category. Bodington Hall’s architects, Jones and Stocks, subcontracted Hubert Dalwood to create the frieze for the hall’s refectory block in 1961. The sculpture was saved and moved to Stage@Leeds and refurbished in spring 2016.
  • The Laidlaw Library received a commendation in the New Building Category.
  • The Multi–Storey Car Park was highly commended in the Young People’s Review category.

The prestigious awards recognise the contribution building and landscape design makes to the city. Nearly 80 nominations were received over 7 categories for the awards, with further honours given in the People’s Choice and Young People’s awards.

Brownlee Centre

Tribute to Brownlees

A new £5m University of Leeds sports facility is to be named after its most successful alumni athletes, Olympic heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.

The Brownlee Centre sits alongside a new 1 mile (1.6km) cycle circuit – one of the longest in the country –  at the University’s Bodington playing fields in north Leeds.

The unique centre, which opens in April, is the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training base and will provide the first permanent home for the world-beating Leeds Triathlon Centre.

Combining a strength and conditioning training suite, physiotherapy, medical and other support services with one of the longest cycle circuits in the country, this new world-class development will enhance facilities for both cycling and triathlon in the region.

Partnership funding from Sport England, UK Sport, British Cycling and British Triathlon is contributing £1million to the project, with the remaining funding provided by the University.

“This is a real honour,” said Alistair Brownlee, “Having the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon centre in Leeds will ensure that the city continues to be a hub for triathlon. It brings together the facilities top athletes need in one place to create a world class training environment. It is a real boost for both participation and elite sport in the area and will hopefully help the next generation of Leeds athletes on their journey to Olympic success”

Alistair studied Sports Science and Physiology at Leeds and won gold in the triathlon competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

His brother Jonny, who took silver in August, added: “We can’t wait to bring our bikes up here and try it. The track is a great addition to Yorkshire’s cycling facilities and will benefit cyclists and other sportsmen and women of all abilities.
“We’re both really pleased to continue our relationship with the University and I hope that what we’ve achieved can inspire everyone who uses the facilities to try their hardest, whether it’s in competitive sport or in building confidence on two wheels.”

brownlee brothers on tarmac machine

Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands, said: “The University is extremely proud of Alistair and Jonny’s achievements and it is fitting that this unique world-class facility, which will inspire thousands of people to be more active, is to be named after two of our most successful sportsmen.
“Our graduates have dominated top level triathlon and cycling at various events, an achievement which everyone in Leeds can be proud of. Opening The Brownlee Centre and new cycle circuit reinforces our vision of becoming the number one provider of higher education sport and physical activity experience in the UK.”

At last year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games, all three of the men’s triathlon team were Leeds alumni, with Gordon Benson joining the medal-winning Brownlee brothers. The University is one of the UK’s leading sports institutions, with the Brownlees following in the footsteps of a number of Olympic champions.

Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport and Physical Activity at the University, said: “We’re really pleased to acknowledge the fantastic sporting success of the Brownlees in such a practical, permanent way.
“We are so proud of Alistair and Jonny and of their continuing relationship with the University – from regular training at our facilities, to the inspiration they provide students, staff and members of the public alike with their achievements.
“We are also pleased to have played a part in their success by providing excellent training facilities and by tailoring their degrees to allow time to prepare and compete.
“The facility they are putting their name to represents a success story for cycling and triathlon in Leeds and beyond. It will ensure athletes of all abilities have some of the best facilities in the UK available close to home.”

The 6 metre-wide circuit will provide a traffic-free environment for cyclists of all ages and abilities – including University students, staff and the wider community – for recreation, coaching and competition.

Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s Director of Cycling, said: “Leeds – and the wider West Yorkshire region – has produced countless successful elite sportspeople over the years, and one of British Cycling’s key aims has always been to ensure that elite success translates into mass participation, and that those inspired by Britain’s finest cyclists have high quality facilities at which to develop their own skills and confidence on a bike.

This new cycle circuit will deliver exactly that for the people of Leeds, and we look forward to seeing locals, regardless of age, ability or previous level of experience on a bike, take advantage of the facility once it is open.”

Four of the six Team GB Rio games triathlon competitors – including the Brownlees’ fellow University of Leeds alumnus Gordon Benson – will be based at the new facilities.
Bodington Playing Fields are no stranger to elite athletes, having hosted numerous national standard cross country competitions. Its running routes are also used weekly by Leeds Triathlon Centre’s elite training squad, which includes the Brownlees. The site will also continue to be used for grass sports including football and rugby. The next phase of development will see three additional grass pitches, with work scheduled for completion in September 2017.
The University has invested over £25m in new sports facilities over the past 10 years and these improvements complement nearby Sports Park Weetwood, the University’s flagship 100-acre facility used by students and members of the community for hockey, football, rugby, cricket, lacrosse, American football and more.

 

Find ouit more about the development on our campus developments website. 

If you have any questions about this story please contact Tilly Hall: n.c.hall@leeds.ac.uk, 0113 343 7525.

Commercial and Campus Support Services away day 2017

CCSS Away Day

Commercial and Campus Support Services Away Day on 4 January was a great success and a fantastic way to kick start the New Year!

Colleagues from across the service presented ‘A Day in the Life of CCSS’ and we welcomed our speaker Liggy Webb, to discuss the ten strategies to help us be more resilient, cope well with change and make a positive difference. We celebrated our people in the Spotlight Finals Award Ceremony, where the Vice Chancellor awarded the overall winners. This year we presented the awards using videos to show the importance of Spotlight in highlighting our staff. Take a look at the Spotlight Finalists videos.

The afternoon saw much fun and games, with everyone competing for a coveted medal in table football, Neuron Racer, bar skittles, giant Connect 4, Jenga and darts. Making new friends over tea and cake was a real pleasure and we look forward to the next one!

For those who were not able to join us we extend our thanks for keeping our services running. Many thanks also to the People Working Group for expertly organising the day. Copies of all the literature from the day, including a book on Resilience, can be collected from Harriet Boatwright. There is also further reading on resilience at www.thelearningarchitect.com.