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Welcome to the February newsletter


We are always extremely proud when our alumni inspire and champion positive change. Recently, alumni Samantha Fray and Kafayat Adegoke (pictured above) have spoken about the need for wider representation in the media, sharing their experiences as Black women in the media industry. They have urged media organisations to reflect on their current policies to create a more diverse workforce at all levels.

You can find out more about Sam's interview on Industry Voices and Kafayat appearing on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch as part of a guest panel with Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke. Read the full story. 

We were also very proud to see our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Egbu, share his story with the Yorkshire Evening Post this month, on how higher education can be more diverse. 

2020/21 mentoring scheme update

Our first cohort of the myFuture Connections programme is coming to an end this month following excellent support from our alumni and business partners.

In a challenging year, we matched 66 mentoring partnerships. Students have gained skills and confidence in speaking to employers and developing professional relationships to support their employability.

Our next scheme will be running in Summer 2021 specifically for our Class of 2021 graduates. If you are interested in finding out more, please email our Graduate Employment Manager, Tim Feather.

Celebrating our student key workers

We are exceptionally proud that our Primary and Secondary PGCE students have stepped up to become key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, undertaking their teacher training placements safely throughout the national lockdown.

All trainee teachers were allocated schools in September 2020, despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. This was achieved due to the collaboration of the Leeds Trinity Partnerships, Placements and Employment team and its strong network of 600 schools. Find out more.

This is alongside so many of our alumni doing incredible work in schools and other roles, around the world.

PGCE opportunities

Are you inspired by the story above, or maybe setting your sights on a new career? Find out how you could enhance your career prospects by joining us at one of our upcoming Postgraduate Virtual Open Evenings.

Taking place from Tuesday 23 – Tuesday 30 March, our Virtual Open Evenings will give you the opportunity to meet our lecturers, learn about course content and assessments, and find out about finance, postgraduate loans and the application process. Book your place today.

Featured alumni - Claire Whittleston

It was great to welcome alumna Claire Whittleston (Communication and Cultural Studies with Media, 1999) to the alumni community recently.

Claire recently opened The Yoga Therapy Clinic Yorkshire after returning to the UK. Having enjoyed amazing success in the USA, and now in Yorkshire, Claire offers private clinical yoga therapy sessions catered to specific individual needs. 

"Many people are demanding a holistic approach to medicine and healthcare. Yoga Therapy can support and help manage limiting illnesses and the symptoms that people suffer with, whether it's through critical illness, chronic pain, mental health challenges, neurological conditions or the desire for healthy ageing."

Read Claire's alumni profile.