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Welcome to the May newsletter


We're very proud that seven alumni from Leeds Trinity University have been selected to represent Great Britain Teachers Rugby League Team in this year's RFL President's Cup. The team play three fixtures in the tournament against England Universities, the UK Armed Forces and Great Britain Police. Find out more about the players and the competition here.

And, if our Rugby success story has got you wanting more, there are still some tickets left for our Sports Science Summit 2019, in partnership with Australian Catholic University, taking place next week on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 May.

Alumni Reunion Weekend - Save the date!

Please put Saturday 7 September 2019 in your diary as we are planning a special alumni reunion weekend event on campus. 

We will be emailing everyone shortly with further information as well as sharing the details on our social media channels.

Have you booked your Trinity Talk ticket yet?

Award-winning and global bestselling author, Leeds Trinity alumna and Honorary Fellow Dorothy Koomson is returning to campus on Thursday 11 July to deliver a Trinity Talk, 'Telling Secrets'.

We're offering a special early-bird rate at only £8 per ticket, available until 31 May, so please book early to avoid disappointment! Order your tickets here.

Alumnus shortlisted for national poetry award

Congratulations and good luck to poet Ian Harker (Communication and Cultural Studies, 2005) on being shortlisted for a National Saboteur Award. 

Ian, co-poetry Editor of Strix magazine, started writing poetry during the first year of his degree and since graduating has pursued a career in poetry. Strix has been shortlisted for 'Best Magazine' at the National Saboteur Awards. The winners will be announced on Saturday 18 May.​ Read more here.

Matthew Huggett Memorial Cricket Match

On Wednesday 12 June, two teams will compete in a T20 Cricket match in memory of former Leeds Trinity Journalism student, Matthew Huggett. 

This will be the sixth year Leeds Trinity sports teams have competed against each other in the Matthew Huggett Memorial Cup. The match is taking place at Hall Park Cricket Club (Horsforth) from 2.00pm and we'll be raising money for Macmillan on the day. Everyone welcome! Read more here.

Inspiring Futures: Enterprise Fund

We are pleased to launch a new round of our Inspiring Futures Enterprise Fund. Applications are open to graduates (of any type of course) from 2017 onwards, who are running their own business, social enterprise or freelancing career.

The fund can provide a grant of up to £500 as well as support from the University to develop your plans. The closing date is Friday 7 June. Read more here.

Professorial Lecture for Reverend Professor Jane de Gay

We are proud to present a Professorial Lecture for Reverend Professor Jane de Gay, an internationally-renowned expert in the life and work of Virginia Woolf on Thursday 13 June.

In recognition of Leeds Trinity’s Catholic foundation, this auspicious event focuses on Woolf’s knowledge of and interest in Catholic culture. Following the lecture, guests are invited to enjoy a hot buffet and refreshments, click here to book your place. All welcome.

Charity Golf tournament next month

Join us on Friday 21 June for Leeds Trinity University's annual charity golf tournament - taking place at Cookridge Hall Golf Club. Play individually or as a team of four, and support us in raising funds for our Inspiring Futures Programme. Read more here.

Featured alumni - Jon Nixon

“The proudest moment for me happens every day when I walk round the school and see the kids.”

Jon Nixon graduated from Primary Education with Subject Studies in Science (Junior Years) in 2004. He has enjoyed an outstanding career as a teacher, consultant and in his current role as Head of School at Cavendish Primary.

Since Jon arrived at Cavendish Primary in 2012 he's helped turn the school around. They are now a 'good' school in the top quarter in Bradford, with progress rates well above average.

The most rewarding aspect of his role is to see children leaving the school with good grades and being ready for the challenges of high school.

Read Jon's full alumni profile here.