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Welcome to the May newsletter


We were overjoyed to be able to welcome back 450 of our Class of 2020 graduates for small graduation events on campus recently. Our graduates booked individual appointments to have official graduation photographs taken in their gowns and were able to get more shots in an outdoor marquee, with two guests. 

The events were designed following the decision to postpone graduation ceremonies in July and December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The events provided the first opportunity for many of the Class of 2020 to return to the Leeds Trinity campus since the end of their studies. Read more.

AKLC celebrates 18 years

Earlier this month we celebrated 18 years of the Andrew Kean Learning Centre (AKLC). Our Library team put together a nostalgic video of how the Library has changed over the years. We also shared some historic pictures from the archives. 


More success for Reiss

Congratulations to alumnus Reiss Silva (Journalism, 2013) who is the Performance Coach for boxer Sunny Edwards. Sunny recently became the IBF world flyweight champion after beating Moruti Mthalane, who hadn't been defeated in 13 years.

Reiss is the owner of Elite Step and is a performance coach for elite level athletes, specialising in combat sports. He also coached Sunny when he won the British title in December 2019.  

Tackling online abuse

Journalism Lecturer Jenny Kean and 2019 MA Journalism alumna Abbey Maclure (pictured) recently featured in the Press Gazette, about preparing journalism trainess for the online abuse they may face during their career.

Jenny and Abbey interviewed 13 journalists about their experiences to gather advice about how to treat the issue and how trainees can use social media without it "ruining the start of their careers". Read more.

University's new Strategic Plan

Thank you to all who have already completed the online survey about the University's new Strategic Plan. We are very grateful to get the insight from so many of our alumni community.

There is still time if you haven't yet completed the survey. Please share your thoughts by Tuesday 15 June.

Featured alumni — Shreya Aila

Shreya is one of our Class of 2020 graduates and was an international student, from India, studying the MSc Psychology Conversion course.

During her time as a student, she also worked part-time. This meant that she was often late back on campus with the risk of missing out on meals. However, a thoughtful colleague in Aramark made sure this didn't happen:

"Debbie would kindly drop off my dinner at the campus Security Office every time I was late to ensure I didn't go without eating dinner. This meant so much to me as an international student living so far away from home. Debbie would also ask my meal preferences beforehand so that I would not only eat, but enjoy my dinner as well."

Since graduating, Shreya has taken on the role as an Intern Assistant Psychologist at a renowned mental health hospital in India.

Read Shreya's alumni profile.