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Welcome to the October newsletter


This month we haven't just celebrated welcoming students back to campus, we have also witnessed the Wednesday sport fixtures resume. It was great to see the teams in action as well as see fellow students and alumni supporting them. 

Away from the sports pitches, Vice-Chancellor Professor Charles Egbu joined business and economic experts at a Sky News panel event on regional growth and employability. Find out more.

Journalism and Media Week 2021

Journalism and Media Week is returning for 2021 from Monday 8 – Thursday 11 November.

As part of this year’s in-person and online offering, we are welcoming industry professionals from the BBC, ITV, Sky News Arabia, Downing Street and more to host talks, workshops and interviews. 

As ever, we are proud that our alumni are heavily involved. As well as some of our most recent graduates sharing their stories, we also have Bafta winner Mobeen Azhar and Marketing and Communications Director at Sky News Arabia, Katie Golding, taking part.

This year’s sessions will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Find out more.

Black History Month

Throughout October a number of events have been hosted by the University and Students’ Union for Black History Month. 

One session involved welcoming back Psychology graduates Macy Iwediebo and Rebecca Rose, who were awarded the 2021 British Psychological Society (BPS) Undergraduate Citation for Excellence in Undergraduate Qualitative Research. They presented their work and gave top tips for students around research. Read more.

Mentoring places still open

We have a limited number of places still available on the myFuture Connections mentoring programme, if you'd like to get involved. 

Participation is typically undertaken virtually at mutually agreed times with your mentee. Our webpage has further information about the scheme. If you would like to be involved, please email us.

Featured alumni – Philippa Barraclough

Philippa graduated from Leeds Trinity with a degree in Media in 2012 and is now a Specialist with Apple. 

"I’ve done different things to what I thought I would be doing, but I love what I do! My Media degree taught me a lot of skills which I can apply to my current role and my volunteering."

Recently Philippa celebrated turning 30 by completing a Charity Challenge for The British Heart Foundation and The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. She used her own blog to raise awareness of Congenital Heart Disease, something she was born with, to raise money for the charities to celebrate her milestone.

See Philippa's alumni profile.