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Issue 495, 26 January 2004
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Photography winners capture essence of Leeds

Zoe Mc Naughton

The Centenary photo competition winner is linguistics and phonetics student Zoe McNaughton, whose atmospheric image of a frosty morning in Hyde Park (above) came out top in a strong field (see results page).

Special ceremonies begin and end centenary week (April 22-29), which includes an alumni day and a diverse range of events to mark Leeds’ illustrious 100-year history. An extra day’s holiday will be granted to all staff on August 27.

At the centenary celebration in the Great Hall honorary degrees will be presented to footballer Jack Charlton, poet Tony Harrison, scientist Julia Higgins, actor Ian McKellen, supermarket boss Kenneth Morrison, civil servant Usha Prashar, academic and entrepreneur David Rhodes and writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o.

Awards presenters include honorary graduates: former West Yorkshire Playhouse chief Jude Kelly, businessman and pianist Ernest Hall and writer Caryl Phillips.

After the ceremony there will be tea in the newly-refurbished Parkinson Court. Tickets are available; contact Helen Pickersgill on 0113 343 4036 or

At the centenary opening ceremony three emeritus professors – sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, historian Maurice Beresford and engineer Duncan Dowson – will receive honorary degrees. The evening will be a celebration of the University – including the official opening of the centenary exhibition – followed by an informal supper in the refectory.

More than 1,500 Leeds graduates and friends will attend alumni day on April 24. The programme includes reunions and drop-ins organised by schools, as well as an open house at LUU.

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