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Leeds Trinity University celebrates Universities Week 2014 ProgrammE

Now in its fourth year, Universities Week aims to increase public awareness of the wide and varied role of the UK’s universities. The theme for Universities Week 2014 is ‘Ideas for life’, which aims to open up a national conversation about the relevance of university research and its everyday impact on our lives. To celebrate this, Leeds Trinity University will be opening its doors throughout Universities Week and inviting the public to be inspired, get involved and discover the work that we’re doing to improve the way we live our lives.


EVENT TIMETABLE Monday 9 June What a difference 50 years makes... Tueday 10 June Higher Education Experience Day with Bingley Grammar School Wednesday 11 June @research_mob at the Natural History Museum AND University Fun Day with Year 6 students Thursday 12 June Research Experience Day Friday 13 June Bi-annual University Research Day

Monday 9 June 5-9pm, Conference Suite and Atrium, Leeds Trinity University

What a difference 50 years makes... To launch Universities Week 2014, we’re opening up our campus and inviting alumni and the local community to an evening reception to see how we’ve been making a difference to the issues that matter for nearly 50 years. The centrepiece of the evening will be the unveiling of an exhibition documenting the University’s history, from 1966 to the present day. Featuring photos and artefacts from the University’s archives, visitors will be able to see how Leeds Trinity University has developed from two small Catholic teacher training colleges in 1966, to the renowned University it is today. The evening is being organised by Leeds Trinity University’s 2014 graduate interns - six recent graduates who have been carrying out paid internships based in departments across the University. These paid internships were created in January 2014 to provide opportunities for recent graduates.

This event is free and all are welcome to attend, book your place here: If you have any other questions, please contact

Tuesday 10 June All day, Leeds Trinity University

Higher Education Experience Day with Bingley Grammar School Leeds Trinity University is committed to raising aspirations of young people, helping them to discover their own potential and fulfil their higher education ambitions. Higher Education Experience Days are one of the ways that we do this, aiming to support Year 12 students in making the right decision about their university future. We’re pleased to be running a Higher Education Experience Day with Bingley Grammar School during Universities Week 2014, which will cover all aspects of their journey to university. The UCAS process will be demystified, guidance will be offered about choosing the right course and university, and students will be given a masterclass in personal statement writing and interview skills. Students will also be taken on a tour of the campus to help them understand the inner workings of a university! Higher Education Experience Days are delivered on request by Leeds Trinity University’s Schools and Colleges Liaison Team. If you are responsible for Year 12 students in a school or college setting and would like to find out more, please contact Schools and Colleges Liaison Team administrator, Linda Downes, at or on 0113 283 7150

Wednesday 11 June All day, Natural History Museum, online and the streets of the UK!

@research_mob at the Natural History Museum Universities Week has partnered with the Natural History Museum to host a week-long programme of activities and events at the museum bringing the public face-to-face with university research. As part of this, Leeds Trinity University will conduct a live research activity that will take place at the Natural History Museum and simultaneously in four other cities. Led by Liz Cable, Leeds Trinity University’s Senior Lecturer in Social Media, a team of Leeds Trinity University students will act as citizen reporters in cities across the UK to pose the research questions of partner universities to members of the public. We’ll be asking questions about people’s experience of British wildlife, whether a corpse can ever be art, and using reactions to facts about our UK waterways to stimulate further questions for research. The answers to these questions will not only be fed into the universities’ research projects, but will also be fed back live via vox pops on social media.

All generated content will be captured and presented live on screen at the Natural History Museum event, as well as at: @research_mob /uniweek

Wednesday 11 June All day, Leeds Trinity University

University Fun Day We believe that you’re never too young to understand the everyday impact of universities, so we’re inviting a group of Year 6 children onto campus this Universities Week. They’ll participate in various events aimed at developing their understanding of what a university is and what it does. Activities will include a campus trail, giving children the opportunity to discover all the resources we have here on our campus; a mini lecture, which will give them an insight into what a university lecture is like; as well as other interactive activities. The day will culminate in a graduation ceremony for all children involved, complete with mortar boards and graduation certificates!

This event will be delivered by Leeds Trinity University’s Schools and Colleges Liaison team. If you’re a representative of a primary school and would be interested in future events of this nature, please contact Schools and Colleges Liaison Team administrator, Linda Downes, at or on 0113 283 7150.

THURSday 12 June 11am – 1pm, Atrium, Leeds Trinity University

Research Experience Day How did Victorian objects inspire what we all know and use every day? What would the nutrition label on your roast dinner look like? What can Tennyson tell us about how universities relate to the wider world? Universities impact on everyday lives, and Leeds Trinity University aims to show this by inviting the general public to come face-to-face with its own research on Thursday 12 June! Research experiences will include: Meet the sheep! Learn more about Professor Karen Sayer’s Research on Victorian farm animals with a live demonstration from some rare breed sheep! This activity relates to Professor Sayer’s latest book: ‘Farm Animals in Britain, 1850-2001’. Victorian Research Café We all have everyday objects that we take for granted in our everyday lives. But where did they come from? The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies at Leeds Trinity University will be showing the enduring influence of the Victorians by inviting the general public to handle, explore, feel and touch authentic everyday Victorian artefacts, demonstrating how they inspired what we all know and use every day.

The chicken or the egg? A history of technological change within farming processes How much do you know about the history of the food you eat every day? Professor Karen Sayer will share her research into agricultural history, which has focused on technological change within farming processes. She has used the adoption of artificial illumination within poultry keeping as a case study of the processes of industrialisation, standardisation and consumption within farming. Professor Karen Sayer’s research on the rural, ‘nature’ and the countryside, farming and the farmed animal in the Modern period, has informed three TV series (Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm, Wartime Farm) viewed by millions in the UK and worldwide.

More Research Experience Day activities… Your Sunday Roast: what would the nutrition label look like? Focusing on the traditional British roast dinner, Dr Sally Moore from Leeds Trinity University’s Department of Sport, Health and Nutrition, will support members of public with their understanding of (new, legally mandatory) nutrition labelling, as well as giving them an appreciation of specific nutrient levels of public health concern (fat, saturated fat, salt, sugar and calories) in everyday foods they might cook at home or eat normally. Micro-lectures Making complex topics accessible in a short period of time, our researchers will be giving micro-lectures about their research, each lasting for one minute with five minutes allocated for questions from the public. Joint reading of Tennyson’s The Princess Visitors are invited to join Leeds Trinity University’s Department of English in a shared reading aloud of a long poem, Tennyson’s The Princess, which is about a university and its relation to the wider world. Develop your mental toughness Do you want to unlock your potential? By developing your mental toughness, you can achieve more in your academic, work, sport, and health endeavours. Led by our Department of Psychology’s mental toughness expert, Dr James Jackson, people will be timed with their hands in cold water whilst someone watches, which will give an insight to mental toughness and help you to develop the mind-set required to reach our potential. All are welcome to attend the Research Experience Day – just drop into the University’s Atrium anytime between 11am and 1pm on Thursday 12 June.

FRIday 13 June All day, Leeds Trinity University

Bi-annual Research Day Conducting research that makes a real difference to the way we live our lives is really important to Leeds Trinity, so we’ll conclude our Universities Week celebrations with our Bi-annual University Research Day. An important event on the Leeds Trinity calendar, the University’s academics will gather to reflect on the themes of Universities Week and debate past, present and future research at Leeds Trinity University.

The Bi-Annual Research Day is invite-only for Leeds Trinity University academics. However, everyone is welcome to visit a poster exhibition in the University’s atrium from 2pm, which showcases the research currently being conducted by academics across the University.

Get Involved Universities Week is all about raising awareness of how universities impact on our everyday lives, so we really want YOU to get involved as much as possible. So, how can you do that?

Attend our events All of our events are free, and open to everyone – whether you’re a former Leeds Trinity student, a member of the local community, or a pupil at a nearby school. We want you to visit our campus and be inspired by the work that we do, so please do feel free to attend as many of our events as you can make. Some of our events will include free refreshments, so it will be useful for us to get an idea of numbers beforehand. Please visit our website for more details on how to book your free place –

Tweet our academics Look out for ‘People’s Questions’ on Twitter during Universities Week, an initiative which will give the public an opportunity to ask academics about the research being done to improve their everyday lives. Tweet @leedstrinity with your questions using the hashtags #uniweek and #peoplesQs, and we’ll find the answer for you from one of our academics!

Tweet and meet our Research Mob Look out for our @research_mob - social media reporters that will be coming to a city near you on Wednesday 11 June! You can meet them on the streets of Leeds, York, Sheffield, London and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, tweet them at @research_mob, follow their blog at or keep updated via #uniweek /uniweek

Universities Week 2014 Programme  

Now in its fourth year, Universities Week aims to increase public awareness of the wide and varied role of the UK’s universities. ​The th...