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Welcome to the April newsletter


Although campus remains quiet, we still have lots of news and success stories to share with you - and you can always follow our alumni Facebook page for pictures past and present!

This month, Vice-Chancellor Professor Charles Egbu joined senior leaders in higher education from across the UK to explore the lack of diversity at the top of the sector, as part of an online event organised by the Guardian. The panel explored the issues around underrepresentation in senior roles at universities and what can be done to change this. Find out more.

Getting ready for the Class of 2020

Following the decision to postpone 2020 Graduation ceremonies in July and December due to the impact of COVID-19, we are very excited for next month's weekend of Graduation events on campus for the Class of 2020.

Subject to government restrictions, we'll be welcoming our 2020 cohort back on Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May for gowning and professional photography appointments to mark their achievements.

Representing England

We are extremely proud to have three players in the recent England Universities football team.

Graduates Tom Mucklin (Secondary PE and Sports Coaching, 2020) and Matthew Broadley (Secondary PE and Sport Development 2018 and Psychology Conversion 2019), were joined by current student Jamal Stewart for recent fixtures against Consett FC and Chorley FC.

All three players were in the 2018 Division 2 winning side which was promoted into BUCS Division 1. Find out more.

PGCE Teacher Training Virtual Open Day

Join us on Saturday 8 May from 11.00am – 1.00pm for our PGCE Teacher Training Virtual Open Day.

Find out about our Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes and the variety of study routes on offer. You’ll also find out more about the application process and be able to view a panel discussion with some of our current PGCE students. Book your place.

Enhance your career with a postgraduate qualification

Develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to take the next step in your career working with children and young people with SEND by studying for a National Award for Special Education Needs Co-ordination (NASENCo) at Leeds Trinity.

The course is aligned with the national outcomes for the NASENCo qualification and the national strategy, which focuses on the development of skilled professionals who work in a range of provision in both mainstream and specialist settings. Find out more and apply now to begin your NASENCo studies this September.

Featured alumni — Tom McGovern

Tom McGovern graduated from Sports Journalism in 2015 and went on to do an MBA with us, graduating in 2018. 

During his MBA, Tom was commissioned to explore ways Huddersfield Town FC could create a more inclusive matchday environment and diversify their fan base. After presenting a number of proposals, he stayed on in a consultancy capacity.  

"One of the major opportunities that the course opened up for me was the opportunity to carry out my management consultancy project with Huddersfield Town Football Club, who were in the Premier League at the time."

Tom is currently Internal Communications Manager at UK Research Innovation. Read Tom's alumni profile.