The University of Leeds held Celebrations Week from 23rd – 27th April which highlighted some of the excellent work done by the students out and about in the community.
It was a great honour that our Development Manager, David Newell (as a former University of Leeds student) was asked to present the Education Award at the Leeds for Life Citizenship Awards. This outlined the innovative approaches that University of Leeds students have conducted, at a variety of locations, including, Otley Prince Henry’s Grammar, Harrogate Grammar, Roundhay School and Blenheim Primary School and the organisation, Theatre Outreach & Education Society (TOES) reaching over 400 pupils across Leeds. There could be only one winner and that was Shaffa Ramzan for her groundbreaking work with young Arabic speakers at Blenheim Primary School, congratulations. There were numerous other awards, all about inclusion and diversity, with the mental health project, “It’s Okay Not To Be Okay” being a particularly deserving winner.
Specialist Autism Services have worked this year alongside the University of Leeds Student Union to look at effective integration of students with autism into the full university experience. This evening was inspiring, rewarding and educational, especially to see so many wonderful stories around how the student union are engaging with the wider community. Thanks to Emma, Laura, Roohi and Amy for being asked along to present.