Reporter 408, 20 October 1997

New director in residence

David Irving joined the University as Director of Residential and Commercial Services on 1 October. Formerly an assistant director of estate management at the University of Birmingham, Mr Irving was responsible for the management of halls of residence, flats and private sector student accommodation. His brief also included the promotion of residential and academic facilities for conferences.

Mr Irving arrives at Leeds having piloted Birmingham’s housing operation successfully through a time of rapid growth in student accommodation. Shortly before he moved to Leeds he led the team which drew up the University’s ten year self-financing programme of backlog maintenance and refurbishment totalling around £30m.

Mr Irving told the Reporter, “I am looking forward to the challenge presented by Leeds’ larger accommodation operation – over 7,000 beds compared to 6,000 at Birmingham. I have already been impressed by the positive attitude of the staff towards delivering a quality service and dealing with a myriad of problems which face them daily.”

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