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Welcome to the September newsletter

Picture of members of the Exec team with alumnus James Mason


As a University and community we were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty The Queen and our thoughts have very much been with the Royal Family. During these difficult times we have been proud to see our graduates, particularly those in journalism, covering events and updates in such a professional and respectful way.

As we begin a new academic year, we were delighted with the news that Leeds Trinity University has the best student experience in Yorkshire and the Humber and is second for teaching quality in the region, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. Read more.

This month we were also pleased to welcome alumnus James Mason (Broadcast Journalism, 2002) back to campus to discuss how we can increase our contribution to the wider Leeds City Region. James is Chief Executive of the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. Read more.

Train to teach at Leeds Trinity University

Teacher in a classroom in front of a board and class

From Tuesday 11 October, PGCE applications for September 2023 entry will be open via the Department for Education website. If you’re considering a career in the classroom or know someone else who is, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about your application.

We have an excellent reputation for training teachers to work in primary and secondary education settings. We partner with a wide range of schools to develop and deliver our PGCEs, combining school-based expertise and academic subject specialisms to ensure our trainees are equipped for today’s teaching environments.

Want to find out more? Join us for our PGCE Teacher Training Open Day on Saturday 15 October from 11.00am until 2.00pm. Book your place.

Remembering Fr David Smith

Alumnus Paul Wroblewski speaking

We were pleased to be able to remember our former Chaplain, Fr David Smith, at a Mass earlier in the month. Fr David was Chaplain from 1982 to 1991.

Alumnus Paul Wroblewski (Drama, 1986) gave an incredible speech to remember Fr David and share how much he meant to so many students.

See more pictures.

Saman launches new song

Saman Milroy image

Alumnus and local resident, Saman Milroy (Bi-Media Journalism, 2004), has released a new song to support his home country of Sri Lanka as it is currently facing very challenging conditions. 

His song invites Sri Lankans and friends from around the world to encourage tourists to support Sri Lanka and help its recovery. 

You can watch Saman's video and see the translation on the Alumni Facebook page. 

2022/23 Mentoring Programme

A student and mentor working at a computer screen, smiling

Would you like to support students with achieving their own objectives? Our mentoring programme has proven to develop our students' confidence and provide them with insight into the career options available to them.

The programme requires approximately 30 minutes per month of your time between November and February.

If you are interested, please complete this form. We would especially like to hear from alumni with a computer science or health and education background.

Alumni versus students sports fixtures

A collage of sports teams, on pitches and indoors

We have a number of alumni versus students sports fixtures taking place on 15 and 29 October. Find out more.

We are also looking into organising other matches for the near future, subject to student team numbers.  

Featured alumni – Caitlin McKenna

Caitlin McKenna performing

We were delighted to catch up with Caitlin McKenna (MA Creative Writing, 2021) recently. Caitlin has launched her debut chapbook, Now Say It Back, at the Hyde Park Book Club and has a number of other gigs coming up.

The MA in Creative Writing course was a perfect fit for Caitlin: "I learned how to work personally with deep criticism and be really constructive and accepting of it as part of a journey to improve my work."

We love to see our alumni following their dreams: "Right now I’m both working as an affiliate writer for a media and advertising company, as well as working and performing across the North as a published poet and a spoken word artist."

View Caitlin's alumni profile.