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Welcome to the July newsletter


A warm welcome to everyone and especially our new alumni community members from the Class of 2021. It was wonderful to see so many of you at our recent Graduation events on campus. We are so proud of you all and wish you the best of luck for the future.

Amongst those graduating were Francesca Zagajewski (Exercise, Health and Nutrition). Francesca's mother Siobhan (MA Health and Wellbeing, 2020) and her father Frank (MBA, 2016) both graduated from Leeds Trinity too.

Read about our Class of 2021 graduates.

New book published for Emily

Congratulations to alumna Emily Kerr (MA Broadcast Journalism 2009) who has recently had her new book Duvet Day published. Duvet Day is a romantic comedy and is published by One More Chapter, a division of HarperCollins.

It's currently out in e-book and the paperback is coming out on 19 August. Find out more.

Emily works as a Content Editor at ITV Calendar News, producing the main 6.00pm programme. She writes fiction in her spare time.

2022 Commonwealth dream

Sport and Exercise Sciences student Matthew Gray is aiming to qualify for the senior finals at the British Swimming Championships and the selection trials for the 2022 Commonwealth Games after a 15-month pause in competitive swimming.

He competes in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and is making a return to competitive swimming with City of Leeds Swimming Club after competitions were halted due to the pandemic. Read more.

Working at Wimbledon

It was great to hear from alumna Charlotte Swift (Broadcast Journalism, 2016) recently, who is Journalism Co-ordinator for BBC World Service Sport. 

Charlotte had been covering the Wimbledon Tennis Championships for two weeks. This involved working with former British number one ranked player, Greg Rusedski (pictured with Charlotte above). 

Her next job is working on Test Match Special for two months as an on-site producer.

Featured alumni — Surinder Rall

Surinder Rall graduated in July with a degree in Working with Children, Young People and Families. 

36-year-old Surinder balanced university life with raising her daughter and working as a Service Lead at Leeds Mind’s Suicide Bereavement Service – her dream job and where she will continue to work following her graduation.

“Leeds Trinity has given me a place to belong, and I hope to stay involved with the University in some shape or form.”

Read Surinder's alumni profile.