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Welcome to the April newsletter


As March drew to a close students, staff and alumni joined forces for an 11-a-side football match between the Men's 5th Team and a mixed staff and alumni team. The staff and alumni team were victorious with a final score of 4-0, but a very close game. As well as raising nearly £90 for the University's Inspiring Futures Programme, the match also gave time to reflect on the appalling racist abuse that was evident during the England match against Montenegro a few days before. Incoming Students' Union VP, Chris Dow, organised 'show racism the red card' flyers for teams to show their solidarity against racism.

We're proud to also share the news that Leeds Trinity has been shortlisted for its engagement work with regional employers and as Students’ Union of the Year at the Educate North Awards 2019 and also for the Universities Human Resources 2019 Awards for Exceptional HR Team​ of the Year.

On behalf of everyone at Leeds Trinity University, we would like to wish all our alumni community members and families a very Happy Easter.

Postgraduate, PGCE and Foundation degree Open Event

Are you thinking about a career change or progressing to the next level? If this sounds like you, then why not find out about your options at our next Postgraduate, University-led PGCE and Foundation degree Open Event on Wednesday 8 May, 4.30-7.30pm.

Whether you want to take the first steps to becoming a qualified teacher with a PGCE, or you want to support positive mental health through our new Mental Health in Children and Young People MA, this event is your chance to find out more.

Visit our website to book your place – and don’t forget about alumni discounts for taught postgraduate degrees that could save you up to 50% of your fees.

Dorothy Koomson Trinity Talk

On Thursday 11 July, we are proud to welcome award-winning author, alumna and Honorary Fellow Dorothy Koomson back to campus for a Trinity Talk entitled ‘Telling Secrets’.

Tickets include a light buffet and refreshments on arrival, Dorothy’s Trinity Talk and Q&A session, and the opportunity to meet Dorothy at a book- signing afterwards.

£8 early bird tickets are available until 31 May, and tickets cost £10 thereafter. Book early to avoid disappointment.

2019 NQT Conference

On Thursday 27 June, the Leeds Trinity University Institute of Childhood and Education (ICE) is proud to present its 2019 NQT and Early Career Teacher Conference – 'Career Illuminations'.

This one-day conference welcomes newly qualified and early career teachers, offering delegates a chance to explore career progression routes and consider niche areas in which they might choose to develop specialist knowledge to enrich their school. Find out more here

Featured alumni - Matthew Brannen

Matthew Brannen has graduated from two courses at Leeds Trinity, firstly a BA in Theology (2016) and then an MA in Journalism (2017).

As well as his studies he was heavily involved in building the Catholic Society and supporting the Chaplaincy. Matthew’s skills and outgoing personality helped him to land an incredible job as a Government Civil Servant, in London, after graduating from the MA.

"I’m a Civil Servant, I work for the government, well the Queen technically, to achieve their objectives and manifesto commitments."

Matthew has already secured promotions and in February 2019, became Senior Executive Officer as Private Secretary to the Commercial Director. He has also been involved in Brexit preparations and protocols surrounding the Royal Family. 

Read his alumni profile here.