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Welcome to the July newsletter


A warm welcome to the July newsletter. We have had many reasons to celebrate this month. Our summer 2022 Graduation ceremonies took place on campus where we were able to welcome our newest cohort to the alumni community. This included our first ever graduates from our Supply Chain Leadership Degree Apprenticeship. Visit our alumni Facebook page for all the pictures throughout the week. 

Also in July, Leeds Trinity was named as one of the best mainstream universities in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, according to the National Student Survey (NSS) 2022 results. The institution achieved an overall satisfaction score of 80%, above the sector average. This placed us joint first in Yorkshire and the Humber, and joint 25th in the UK for this measure. Read more.

50 year celebrations for two couples

Earlier this month, two Leeds Trinity couples celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries on the same day. Both couples got married in the Chapel on the same day!  

Edward and Caroline Hayes (pictured on the left) got married on 8 July 1972, as did Elizabeth and Andrew Lowe (pictured on the right). 

Many congratulations to both couples. We are so pleased that we were in touch with you on your special day.

Clearing at Leeds Trinity

We are currently accepting undergraduate applications for September 2022 through Clearing.

Clearing is a great option for those who haven’t yet applied to university, or don’t receive their expected grades. Applicants can also use Clearing if they’ve changed their mind about what or where they wish to study.

If you know anyone who may be going through Clearing this year, our friendly Admissions team is available to help talk through their options and secure a place on a course they’ll love this September. Email us or call 0330 058 4266. They can also visit our website to explore our available courses, register for useful updates, or join us online for our Clearing Q&A.

Mass for Fr David Smith

We are pleased to announce that we have rescheduled the Mass to remember former Chaplain Fr David Smith for Saturday 10 September 2022.

Unfortunately, we had to postpone the previous event due to lockdown, which would have marked 25 years since he sadly passed away.

The Mass will start at 12 noon and will be followed by refreshments in the Atrium. The bar will be open from 2.00 – 8.00pm for anyone who wishes to network or catch up with friends afterwards. It is free to attend but please book your place so we can prepare accordingly. Book your place.

Debut album for Phil

Congratulations and best of luck to alumnus Phil Mellen, whose debut album Love Songs and Laments will be released on 6 August 2022. The album includes his recent popular singles 'Pantomime' and 'Another Love Song'.

Phil will be playing two launch gigs with Kev Farrell and support from Tracey Browne, as well as a range of other concerts in support of his album release. For more information on the upcoming live dates visit his website.

Archive find

Recently when sorting through the archives, we found a whole box full of Leeds Trinity University photos from yesteryear. There were many pictures that we hadn't seen before.

We asked our Alumni Office intern Eilidh Masson-Walker to choose the 10 photos that stood out the most to her from the collection. See her choices here.

90s reunion in 2023

Alumni Bronwen Lenik and Ivan Harling are organising a reunion on Saturday 8 July 2023 aimed at those who started between 1992 and 1995. 

The reunion will take place at Manahatta, Headingley from 6.00pm.

Email Bronwen for more information about the reunion and to be added to the reunion Facebook page.

Featured alumni – Michelle Nattrass

Michelle graduated in 2021 with an MA in Family Support. She had powerful reasons for undertaking the course as she was a special guardian to her grandson and also has a son with a rare chromosome deletion.

Her occupational background is adult social care and the course fitted perfectly as she was looking to improve her knowledge of children's social care. Michelle also benefited from the flexible learning approach.

"I studied the course part-time due to my family commitments. This gave me the opportunity to take on two volunteer roles as a Family Support Worker with Family Action and a drop-in advisor for Leeds SENDIASS."

We are delighted that Michelle is continuing her studies through a PhD with us.

"As part of my MA I conducted research into birth parent contact in special guardianship families. I found the research to be rewarding and the area I chose has been identified by other academics and leading charities as an area that requires further research."

Read Michelle's alumni profile