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Issue 469, 24 September 2001

Birth of new era as two become one

The University embarks on a new era this week, with up to 30,000 students due to register for courses at the University's three campuses in Leeds, Wakefield and West Bretton. We now have over 22,000 full-time students - more than any other UK university - and are currently set to become the country's largest higher education institution within four years.

The first steps – open day at Leeds

The merger with Bretton Hall brings a fresh wave of energy and creativity to Leeds, as the extensive range of knowledge, skills and experience from both institutions comes together. The University will further strengthen its central role in the artistic and cultural life of West Yorkshire, which, with its outstanding education and performance across music, theatre, dance, art, literature and new medias, is now the cultural axis of the north.

Wakefield now has its first University centre and many have an intimate history with the campus, formerly a maternity hospital. Cynthia Myers from Rotherham, who is to take a graduate diploma in counselling, was herself born there in 1941, and gave birth to her daughter at the hospital in 1962. She said: "Being accepted by the University is beyond my wildest dreams, but the fact that I'll be studying at Manygates is wonderful. It was only when I went to the interview that I realised where the course was run, and it felt beautiful to be back there as I've got such lovely memories of the place."

Second year dramaturgy student Graham Whitehead is one of the returning students who are noticing many changes taking place this summer at Bretton Hall: "The transition has been really smooth, but there's a different look to campus," he said. "It really feels like a university now."

This is a year for landmarks, as the first Ogden scholarship students start their degree courses. Of the twenty-six youngsters from the South Yorkshire coal communities who were supported through their A levels under the scheme, twenty have gained places at university, with three coming to Leeds to study courses in languages, medicine and law.

The University's relationship with the colleges of Trinity and All Saints, and York St John was also taken to a new level, as both became accredited institutions, allowing them to approve and deliver courses leading to University degrees, diplomas and certificates.

  • A regular bus service runs between Bretton Hall and Leeds, leaving from the University at 5 and 35 minutes past the hour, and from Bretton Hall at 17 and 47 minutes past the hour. The journey takes just over an hour. This service is available Monday to Friday, with a service between the city centre and Bretton Hall on Saturdays.



 
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