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Welcome to the October newsletter

Dear ,

October kicked off with a sporting festival for the joint Alumni and Students' Union Sports Weekend that took place on 5 and 6 October. The alumni teams came out on top overall winning four out of the five fixtures, but every game was played in great spirit. Pictures from the weekend can be found on the Alumni Facebook pages.

We are very proud this month to also celebrate 25 years in partnership with Swedish University Umeå. This year we welcomed the 62nd cohort of students from them. It was also recently announced that we will be delivering an International Business degree at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics and Finance (UEF) in Vietnam.

Trinity Talk tickets selling fast!

Leeds Trinity University is proud to present Challenging the Stigma of Sex Work in the Media – a Trinity Talk with Dr Kate Lister on Wednesday 6 November.

Historian, author, lecturer and researcher Dr Kate Lister will use her own academic research to investigate how stigma against sex workers is formed, shaped, and reflected in the mass media. She'll discuss what the consequences of this are, and how writers, academics, journalists and the general public can challenge the stigma.

Tickets are £8 each or £10 on the door and can be purchased via the Online Store. They are selling extremely quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Journalism and Media Week 2019

This year's Journalism and Media Week, taking place from Monday 4 to Thursday 7 November 2019, incorporates another exciting line-up of guest speakers.

Throughout the week of talks, interviews and workshops, our speakers will provide a unique insight into their roles, how to get into the industry, what to expect, how to succeed once you are there and how to improve your chances of success.

As ever, we're extremely glad that many of the speakers are our own graduates. Alumna and Good Morning Britain News Correspondent, Katy Rickitt (pictured), will be speaking on Monday, and on Tuesday we are joined by Deputy News Editor for The Observer, Lisa Hill.

Throughout the week we also have a number of alumni on panels.You can see the complete schedule here. If you'd like to attend any of the sessions, please email the Alumni Office.

All Saints' Day 2019

Alumni and partners are invited to join us on Friday 1 November to celebrate All Saints' Day 2019. The day will start with a Mass in the University's Chapel at 11.00am followed by a light lunch and refreshments plus lots of celebratory activities on campus.

Please register your attendance for All Saints' Day via Eventbrite, or RSVP to Christopher Hulme, Events Coordinator, by email or phone on 0113 467 3942, before Friday 25 October.

Funding opportunity for recent graduates

We are pleased to launch a new round of our Inspiring Futures Programme Enterprise Fund. Applications are open to graduates (from any course) from 2017 onwards, who are running their own business, social enterprise or freelance career.

The fund can provide a grant of up to £500 as well as support from Leeds Trinity University to develop your plans. Previous winners have included an author, yoga teacher, t-shirt designer and graduates working on social enterprises with young people with disabilities and with the homeless. The deadline to apply is Monday 11 November. Click here for further information. 

PGCE and Postgraduate Open Day tomorrow

Are you interested in studying at postgraduate level or do you want to train to become a teacher? Did you know that Leeds Trinity alumni are eligble to receive up to 50% off postgraduate courses (excluding all PGCE teacher training courses)?

Our next PGCE and Postgraduate Open Day takes place on Saturday 12 October, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Book your place.

Featured alumni - Lauren Smith-Jones

This month we are sharing Lauren Smith-Jones' story.

Lauren is a 2019 Television Production alumna, who came to Leeds to study in a city with possibilities to break in to the media.

Shortly after graduating she landed a great job as Production Secretary at Wise Owl Films (based in Leeds). She assists the Production Manager with logistics including booking travel and accommodation for shoots, booking kit, organising production paperwork including call sheets, risk assessments, release forms and filming notices.

"I will never forget seeing my name on television for the first time. My family all gathered around to watch the show together and I felt an overwhelming sense of pride when the credits rolled."

You can find out about her student expereince and what her job entails from her alumni profile. Lauren is also speaking at Journalism and Media Week 2019 on Thursday 7 November at 11.00am.