Leeds Beckett Students' Union

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Leeds Beckett Students' Union
Leeds Ment Students' Union logo
Institution Leeds Beckett University
Location City Campus and Headingley Campus
President President: Jay Malpass-Clark
Vice presidents VP Education: Saffron Rose,
VP Activities: Stephen Ross,
VP Welfare: Amy Waine
Trustees Chair: Mike Wilkinson
Vice Chair: Declan Mulholland
Members 32,020[1]
Affiliations National Union of Students of the United Kingdom, British Universities and Colleges Sport
Website www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk

Leeds Beckett Students' Union (formerly Leeds Met Students' Union) is the university-wide representative body for students at Leeds Beckett University, England. It exists to represent Leeds Beckett students in University decision-making, to act as the voice of students in the national higher education policy debate, and to provide direct services to the student body. In 2012 it was voted the second best Students' Union in the city of Leeds.[2] In fact, the 2012 Students' Union survey ranked Leeds Metropolitan University Student Union as 39th best Students' Union in the UK.[3]

The Executive[edit]

The Executive Committee of Leeds Beckett Students' Union carries out the decisions of the Board of Trustees, General Meetings and Student Council. The Committee is composed of the full and part-time officers, each covering a specific area of the running of the Union and of the student experience.

Full Time Officers[edit]

2007/08 Jodie Tumelty Brian Summerson Alice Cudworth ** - - Niki Bird Jaqueline McNee **** Jo Piddington
2008/09 Lewis Coakley Will Watson * Vicki Baars *** Ben McDougall *1 - Niki Bird - -
2009/10 Lewis Coakley Will Watson - Ben McDougall *2 Vicki Baars Matt Bergh Liam Challenger -
2010/11 Liam Challenger Carley Birkin - Megan Taylor *2 Jawanza Ipyana James Perry Jo Johnson -
2011/12 Yasser Rhanja Tashi Thornley - Jon Clough *2 Jawanza Ipyana Lewis Wildridge Jo Johnson -
2012/13 David Alcorn Tashi Thornley Mia Tamarin Channing Brankin - - - - James Smith
2013/14 Millie Cooper Ollie Richardson Megan Kearney Chloe Coles - - - - Declan Mulholland
2014/15 Jay Malpass-Clark Saffron Rose Amy Waine Stephen Ross - - - - Declan Mulholland
2015/16 Jay Malpass-Clark James Starnes Sarah Gillborn Harry Walters Grace Lawrenson - - - Declan Mulholland

* & Representation / ** & Equality / *** & Campaigns / **** AP Development & Community / *1 & Community / *2 AP Development

Equality & Diversity Officers[edit]

In 2012, Leeds Beckett Students' Union became one of the first Students' Union's in the country to introduce paid liberation officers. This decision contributed to the Students' Union winning the NUS Equality & Diversity Award that year. After three years, following a majority vote of the democratically elected Student Council, the decision was made to introduce a full-time paid Vice President Equality & Diversity in recognition of the importance of delivering meaningful change in the area of Equality & Diversity. The work of this role will support and be directed by a number of liberation reps (i.e Women's, LGBTQ, etc) on Student Council to ensure that campaigns are always led by the students to whom the matter affects.

2012/13 Paula Smith Beccy Smith Kristine Rogne Aurelie Disasi Graeme Brittles
2013/14 Embla Magnusdottir Callum Strode Iulia Popa Ayesha Khatun Graeme Brittles
2014/15 Dorothy Loraine James Smith Meher Dhingra Guilaine Brutus Robin Kaye


Leeds Beckett Students' Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students.


The union on the City Campus has an independent advice centre for students and a bar The City Bar which contains two live music venues called The Stage which has played host to numerous bands including Coldplay, The Libertines, Theory of a Deadman and The Zutons, and Stage 2.

The Headingley campus also has its own bar called The Union.

Union Venues[edit]

The City Bar[edit]

The Met Bar

The City Bar (formerly The Met Bar) is the Student Union's flagship bar based in the City Campus. It has a 400+ capacity bar and canteen which serves a variety of food. Regular events are held in the venue such as Time Out Tuesdays, a societies night and Fank Thuck it's Friday! on Fridays. The Bar also hosts FUEL, the biggest alternative club night in Leeds which regularly sells out.

The Headingley Bar[edit]

Previously known as Beckett's Bar, and The Union, The Headingley Bar is the Students' Union bar based on the Headingley campus. The bar is open throughout the week and available for hire at weekends. It plays host to Sports Team Socials on Wednesday nights.

Student Activities[edit]

The Students' Union has a range of activities to get involved with. There are numerous societies that any member of the Union can join and these range from Religious and Cultural groups to the My Little Pony Club and Poker Society. The Students' Union also offers a wide variety of volunteering opportunities that students can take advantage of, which is organised through the Volunteering Department (formerly CALM (Community Action at Leeds Met).)

The Students' Union also has an active LGBT (lesbian gay bi & trans) society. Leeds Beckett LGBT society has hosted numerous events in the city and on campus including the well known Controversy week of March 2009 (which featured events focusing on bi-phobia, Transman, non-binary gender model, sexual liberation and Intersex).

The Students' Union also has an active Islamic Society. Leeds Met Islamic Society hosts a number of events in the city campus and at Headingley, including Charity Week, the aim of which is to raise as much money as possible to help needy children around the world. Leeds Met Islamic Society has its own website leedsmetisoc.com

Athletic Union[edit]

The Athletic Union is separate to the Leeds Beckett Students' Union but maintains historically close links and holds three seats on the Student Council. Leeds Beckett regularly features well in the fixtures of university sports in the UK. Varsity fixtures between Leeds Beckett and Leeds University prove to be highly popular and competitive each year, with Leeds Met winning currently unbeaten overall.

Name Change[edit]

On the 22nd September 2014, following the change in name of the University, the Students' Union became Leeds Beckett Students' Union.


  1. ^ "Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2010/11" (MICROSOFT EXCEL SPREADSHEET). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  2. ^ Ratcliffe, Rebecca (28 September 2012). "The worst student unions: how does yours compare?". The Guardian (London). 
  3. ^ The Guardian (28 September 2012). "The worst student unions: how does yours compare?". London. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 

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