Storm makes Leeds a perfect destination
Storm Jameson Court, the new £27.1 million on-campus accommodation due to open in September, is a major new facility that will enable the University to build its reputation as one of the UK’s premier higher education conference destinations.
The impressive two-block, 459-bedroom development will offer hotel-style accommodation to students during term time and will also be available to conference delegates during the summer recess.
All rooms are fully en-suite, and have a telephone, data access point, IPTV facility and a safe; 23 rooms are specifically designed to suit occupants with a physical disability.
“Residents – whether they’re students or corporate visitors – will enjoy the light, spacious rooms and larger beds,” said Richard Handscombe, Head of Sales & Marketing, Residential & Commercial Services. “They’ll also have use of 24-hour reception services and attractive social and kitchen areas.
“This development means that we can now offer really top-class support to all University schools and faculties looking for conference venues. As well as offering excellent on-campus accommodation, we can provide a full conference management service including marketing, dealing with all aspects of registration and catering. And, of course, all the income we receive goes to the University, so it makes economic sense to use our conference facilities.”
Who was Storm Jameson?
Born in Whitby in 1891, Margaret Storm Jameson read English Language and Literature at the University, graduating with a BA in 1912, before starting her career as a prolific writer and journalist. Her first novel, The Pot Boils, was published in 1919. This was folowed by many other works of fiction including a trilogy about a family of Yorkshire shipbuilders (both her grandfather and father were shipbuilders): The Lovely Ship (1927), The Voyage Home (1930) and A Richer Dust (1931).
During her long career she experimented to find literary forms that enabled her to express her interests in socialism, anti-Fascism, international politics and exile. As well as writing 45 novels, she wrote several plays, scores of articles and poems, three volumes of autobiography and a variety of memoirs.
For many years Jameson was president of the International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists (PEN). Storm Jameson died in 1986.