Leeds Trinity University
|Leeds Trinity University|
|Type||Public, Roman Catholic|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Margaret House|
|Location||Horsforth, West Yorkshire, England
Leeds Trinity University is a university in the town of Horsforth, West Yorkshire, England, which offers foundation and undergraduate degrees, as well as postgraduate qualifications. Previously Leeds Trinity & All Saints, the institution became a university college in 2009 after gaining the right to award its own degrees, and was granted full university status in December 2012.
Leeds Trinity is ranked in the top 10% of UK institutions for teaching excellence (The Sunday Times University Guide 2013), and top 10% in the UK for student satisfaction with feedback and assessment (The Guardian University Guide 2013). Overall satisfaction from students is above the national average at 86% (National Student Survey 2012), with 100% satisfaction in some courses such as English and Writing and Early Years. Leeds Trinity is also in the top 20% of English universities for employability, with 93% of its graduates working or studying 6 months after graduating. (HESA Destination of Leavers Survey 2011)
Leeds Trinity opened in 1966 as two Roman Catholic teacher training colleges for Yorkshire - Trinity College for women and All Saints College for men. The two colleges merged in 1980 to form Trinity and All Saints College.
During the 1970s new academic divisions were introduced including humanities, languages, Mathematics and Sciences and Social and Environmental Sciences, enabling students to specialise in another subject in addition to their teacher training. The Postgraduate Certificate in Education was introduced for prospective secondary school teachers.
After the college merger in 1980, the degrees became more modular in design enabling students to undertake wide-ranging professional studies and explore different occupational routes, with the BEd being phased out by the end of the decade, and postgraduate teacher training offered at primary and secondary level.
During the 1990s postgraduate provision was extended beyond Education to Journalism, Victorian Studies and research degree opportunities and a number of single honours academic programmes were launched.
In 1991 Leeds Trinity was designated a College of the University of Leeds, and established a formal accreditation agreement with the University in 2001. In 2009 Leeds Trinity gained taught degree awarding powers from the Privy Council, and became a University College with the right to award its own degrees.
In November 2012, following the government’s announcement that the qualifying threshold for university title will be lowered from 4,000 to 1,000 students, it was announced that it would be recommended to the Privy Council that 10 institutions, including Leeds Trinity, should be granted university status. The change of title was made in December 2012.
Campus and facilities
Leeds Trinity is a campus university off Brownberrie Lane in the town of Horsforth, 6 miles (10km) from Leeds city centre. Horsforth railway station is a 15 minute walk away, and trains into Leeds city centre also take 15 minutes. Leeds Trinity provides a free shuttle bus for students and staff which takes students directly to Horsforth rail station, the local supermarket and other amenities in Horsforth. In 2009-10 the campus underwent major developments and refurbishment, most notable being the new student accommodation block All Saints Court, with 198 bedrooms.
Accommodation There are seven Halls of Residence on campus at Leeds Trinity, with a variety of catering options and facilities. These include All Saints Court, which is a £6m development of 198 bedrooms with ensuite and self-catered facilities that was opened in September 2010.
Library Leeds Trinity’s library is housed within the Andrew Kean Learning Centre and gives students access to over 400,000 electronic books, 25,000 electronic journals and a growing collection of specialist subject databases. There are 24 hour facilities.
Laboratories There is a fully equipped sports science laboratory and a separate nutrition and food preparation laboratory. Both offer facilities for physiology, fitness testing, sport psychology practicals, dietary analysis and practical work with food.
For Psychology students, there are a number of laboratories which include a Biopsychology and Psychophysiology Research Laboratory, a Human Assessment Laboratory, a Cognitive Psychology Laboratory, a Developmental / Social Psychology Laboratory and a Forensic Psychology Laboratory.
The Media Centre Leeds Trinity has a three camera TV studio and a second smaller TV studio also used for photography shoots. There is an edit training lab with a choice of Avid and Final Cut Pro editing software. A radio studio, computer suite with Adobe Audition and other specialist software and a supply of flashmics are available and students can borrow cameras and relevant location recording accessories.
The Media Centre has undergone a major refit in the past 12 months, with upgrades to both the building and equipment. The Centre is now fully digital for video and audio operations, and students are able to shoot in HD following the purchase of broadcast quality JVC and Sony portable cameras.
In addition, the centre has a fully fitted suite of Apple Mac computers, two HD compatible TV studios and a network for all individual edit areas, with a 48 terabyte shared storage server. Building on the development of the Media Centre, Leeds Trinity’s Centre for Journalism has developed two additional multimedia newsrooms – one for undergraduate and one for postgraduate studies. The areas provide open plan flexible teaching and learning space, with easy access to studios, equipment and edit suites. The newsrooms are kitted out with new PCs and interactive teaching aids.
Primary Education Classrooms Primary Education classrooms have resources available for to practice with the equipment used in schools including: interactive whiteboards, Early Years resources, ICT suites, art and DT resources.
Sports Facilities Leeds Trinity’s sports centre was refurbished and extended in 2007, reopening as a facility available to the public, as well as students and staff. Its indoor facilities include a sports hall, a fully fitted fitness suite with free weights area, two treatment rooms, a movement and spin studio, a gymnasium (incorporating dance studio facilities) and two squash courts.
Leeds Trinity outdoor sports facilities include 3 full-size rugby/football pitches, 6 dedicated tennis courts, 2 multi-use hard courts and a running track.
In 2012, Leeds Trinity opened a new 3G All Weather Pitch. The pitch is the latest generation of 3G synthetic turf accredited by FIFATM for football and the FIHTM for Hockey. It provides facilities for sports and coaching courses, training, social and competitive games. Local football team AFC Horsforth now trains on the pitch each Saturday.
Organisation and structure
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Leeds Trinity is an independent Roman Catholic foundation, and until earning the right to award its own degrees in 2009 was accredited by the University of Leeds.
Overall responsibility for the activities of Leeds Trinity University College rests with its Board of Governors. The ex officio Chair of the Board is the Rt Rev Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds. The Board delegate the day-to-day management of Leeds Trinity to the Principal and Chief Executive, Professor Freda Bridge, who is advised by the Executive Team. In addition the Board of Governors delegates oversight of the academic function of the College to the Academic Board. The Principal is an ex officio member of the Board of Governors and the Chairperson of the Academic Board.
Leeds Trinity has nearly 3000 students, almost all of whom are full-time. The ration of male/female students is 35/65.
Undergraduate studies are offered in media, film, television, business, management, marketing, journalism, education, humanities, psychology, forensic psychology, sport, health and nutrition. A professional work placement is offered with every degree, through links Leeds Trinity maintains with local business, industry and schools.
Foundation degrees have been developed in consultation with employers to provide those in employment with a route to a higher education qualification that complements their work. Foundation degrees are currently offered in education and sport.
Academic Developments Leeds Trinity has launched 18 new degree courses for students starting in September 2013 across all academic departments. Each new degree course will have a strong employability focus, featuring professional placements and many will include accreditation from professional bodies.
Included are “pioneering 2 year accelerated degrees” (Sunday Times University Guide 2013) in Management (BA Single Honours),Tourism and Leisure Management (BA Single Honours), Primary Education, Physical Education and Sport (BA Single Honours) and Secondary Education, Physical Education and Sport (BA Single Honours).
Leeds Trinity is the home of a number of Research Centres and Research Projects.
Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies Established in 1994, the LCVS is one of the longest-established and most active Victorian Studies centres in Britain. As well as sponsoring the publication of the Journal of Victorian Culture and the Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies, it runs an M.A. in Victorian Studies, and sponsors a full programme of seminars, one day colloquia and residential conferences.
Schools History Project The Schools History Project is a curriculum development project focussing on History education in the 13-16 age range. It has been based at Leeds Trinity University College since 1979. The Project holds an annual conference, sponsors in-service training, publishes a regular bulletin, and collaborates with John Murray Ltd in the publishing of materials to support the SHP curriculum.
Links with industry
Leeds Trinity Business Network The Leeds Trinity Business Network is an opportunity for local businesses to network, raise profiles, and work together to support local business. Piloted in 2011, it currently has 80+ members. The businesses come from all sectors to network, discuss local issues affecting business, and work closer with Leeds Trinity. Several offer professional work placements and graduate recruitment opportunities for Leeds Trinity students.
Centre for Journalism partnerships Leeds Trinity is the current holder of the BBC North Education Partnership Achievement award, given in recognition of its “inspirational” journalism teaching, and Leeds Trinity news trainees have won the Partnership's Journalism award in two years out of the preceding three. Leeds Trinity works closely with the BBC to give its students access to a wide range of placements, challenges, workshops and other opportunities based at MediaCity in Salford and at BBC Yorkshire in Leeds. At the core of the Centre for Journalism’s provision are extended periods of live and as-live newsroom operation, giving students a real understanding of working to deadline. Leeds Trinity also works closely with the commercial sector; the news editors of Radio Aire, Hallam FM, Capital FM (Yorkshire) and The Pulse all trained at Leeds Trinity, as did correspondents and reporters with ITN, Sky and ITV Yorkshire.
Professional Work Placements Every degree course at Leeds Trinity includes a six week professional work placement in Year One and Year Two. Leeds Trinity has developed relationships with hundreds of employers to offer students placements targeted to the field they are interested in. They’re a chance for students to put everything they’ve learnt on their course into practice in a real world environment – and they form an integral, assessed part of Leeds Trinity degrees. Employers that offer placements include BBC, Toyota, ASDA, Sky Sports and HM Prison Service.
Leeds Trinity Students' Union (LTSU) is the students' union for Leeds Trinity University College. It is the representative body for students at the university college, and runs sports clubs and student societies. The LTSU president sits on the Academic Board and on the Board of Governors.
LTSU aims to build a multi-faith and multi-cultural social community in which any student can receive the support and advice needed to benefit from all non-academic aspects of the higher education environment, whilst also fulfilling their academic potential.
Notable former students
- Gervase Phinn, writer and broadcaster
- Baroness (Nicky) Chapman
- Natalie Sawyer – Sky Sports News presenter
- Kimberley Walsh – Girls Aloud singer
- Nick Hodgson - Kaiser Chiefs member
- Dorothy Koomson - novelist
- Shaun Keaveny - Radio Presenter
- Mary Davis - Irish presidential candidate
- Rebecca John - TV presenter
- Lis Howell - Journalist and academic
- Jason McCartney - Politician
- Fiona May - Athlete
- Mark Morris - author
- Chloe Madeley - TV presenter (studied one term only)
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