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Welcome to the December newsletter

Dear ,

It's been a very busy December on campus with the Carol Service, graduation and the annual 5k Santa Fun Run. A big thank you to the staff, students and alumni that helped us raise over £100 for our Inspiring Futures Programme on a very cold day! And congratulations to final year student Tom Mucklin who won.

The Corporate Communications Team have a special message for all our alumni here - we are so grateful for the support you continue to give the University!

On behalf of everyone at Leeds Trinity University we'd like to wish all of our alumni and their families a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2020.

Congratulations to our latest graduates

A warm welcome and congratulations to the newest members of our alumni community who graduated on Wednesday 4 December. 

There were many inspirational stories on the day, but one that really captured so many hearts was that of 21-year-old Rachel Campey who graduated with a BSc in Counselling Psychology, with her six-year-old daughter Lily by her side. After falling pregnant aged 15, Rachel had a negative experience at school. She had several knockbacks within the education system before coming to Leeds Trinity in 2016. Her tweet went viral, appearing in more than 200 national and local media in just 48 hours, including this article in the Yorkshire Evening Post

Photos from our Winter Graduation ceremony can be seen here.

Alumni survey

We would love to receive your feedback if you have a few minutes to complete our 2019/20 alumni survey. Our last survey, in 2017, saw us reach 150 responses, giving us great feedback in to the service and communications we offer.

We are hoping to receive over 200 this year and would very much appreciate and value your feedback. All alumni completing the survey will be entered in to a draw to win a £100 voucher of the winner's choice.

You can complete the survey here. The survey is open until Friday 31 January at midnight.

Police graduate training scheme

A new recruitment scheme for graduates wanting to become Police Officers opened in December.

The route will see graduates – who have already completed an undergraduate degree in any subject – join West Yorkshire Police on a two-year training programme, to focus on areas such as being a Detective, a Response Officer or becoming a specialist in Neighbourhood Policing Teams. Find out more here.

SU supports rainbow laces initiative

On 27 November, Students' Union Vice-President, Chris Dow, launched Chris Combats Bigotry by supporting the Stonewall Rainbow laces campaign. The Students' Union handed out free rainbow laces to our clubs, societies and all students in the SU Shop and StUdio.

We caught up with clubs who were supporting the initiative throughout the day. You can see the pictures here.

Featured alumni - Amy Horsfield

Amy always wanted to be a sports teacher and graduated from Sports Development and PE in 2015. During her time here she was heavily involved in the Netball squad and she has continued her passion for this whilst being a sports teacher at Barnsley College with great success.

"I would have to say my most recent highlight, in May 2019, was winning the ‘Teacher of the Year’ at the Yorkshire Netball Regional Awards as recognition for going above and beyond my responsibilities to develop netball within Barnsley College."

This year Amy also got to meet former England Netball player and coach Tracey Neville at the Leeds Rhinos Sportswoman’s Dinner.

Read Amy's alumni profile here.