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Welcome to the May newsletter

Dear ,

It's been two months since lockdown began and we continue to send our best wishes to you and your family during these challenging times.

We're extremely grateful for your continued support, updates and good news stories, like former staff Professor John Crewdson who proudly received Maundy money from the Queen last month. Sadly, due to COVID-19, John (pictured above) couldn't receive the money in person, but he didn't let this spoil the occasion, got dressed up for the part and celebrated at home with his wife, Sylvia.

Remembering Fr David Smith

20 May 2020 marked 25 years since we lost former Chaplain, Fr David Smith.

Sadly, due to COVID-19, we were unable to hold the Mass planned for Saturday 16 May to remember him. We are looking to reschedule this, when it is possible, in the future.

You can see pictures and read a tribute to Fr David on the Alumni Facebook page.

2020 Alumni Survey evaluation

Thank you to everyone who completed our 2020 Alumni Survey. The responses have helped us to review our services and evaluate where we can improve. Read a summary of the survey outcomes on our Alumni Facebook page.

Film success for Greg

Congratulations to alumnus Greg Yates (Drama and Public Media, 1988) who has starred in crime film Sustain, that was nominated for Best Feature Film at the Azurite International Film Festival and the Midlands Movie Awards.

Greg plays the character of DI Bridge. Read more on our news page.

Educating children about climate change

Alumna Jane Browne (MA Creative Writing, 2018) is hoping to educate children and raise awareness through her first book in climate change fantasy trilogy, The Earth Chronicles.

Resources include activities and ideas to encourage children to reflect on the book’s key message about how humans are damaging the planet. Read more.

Expansion for Wingate School in Mexico

Congratulations to alumnus Tom Wingate (PGCE English,1982) for his continued developments at The Wingate School; a British International School in Mexico.

In less than four years, the school has grown from a primary education institution with 50 pupils, to now delivering primary and secondary education to approximately 340 pupils. Read the latest updates on our news page.

Featured alumni - Reiss Silva

Reiss Silva (pictured right) graduated from Journalism in 2013. He is now a performance coach for amateur and professional Mixed Martial Arts fighters and boxers.

"I prepare them for their fights with strength and conditioning training programmes alongside optimising sleep, stress, recovery and everything else they need to perform to the best of their ability, come fight night."

Reiss's Leeds Trinity experience helped him grow and learn the skills to overcome some of the challenges he's faced along the way.

"My best moment, so far, has been winning the British Title with Professional Boxer Sunny Edwards."

Read Reiss' alumni profile to find out more about his role and how he has achieved so much success.