The Friday Countdown

In the first in a new series of blogs, we take a look at our favourite events, things we have learned and general happenings in the past week. Let us know what we missed by tweeting us @meetinleeds!

  1. Valentine’s Hamper Competition

Unfortunately the competition has now ended and the delicious Yorkshire Tea Hamper is winging its way to our lucky winner.

But don’t despair! Another competition will be hot on its heels, along with more special offers and news, and all you need to do to keep abreast of the latest from us is by subscribing to our blog, following us on Twitter or liking our Facebook page (or all 3!).

Valentine's Day Yorkshire Tea Hamper
Geoff Tooley Testing Vegetarian Sausage
  1. Geoff Researches Vegetarian Sausages

Our Health and Safety Training Manager, Geoff Tooley, is the port of call for all kinds of weird and wonderful queries: from the location of the medieval Medlar Trees on campus to which dishes to avoid at a conference.

This week he has been investigating the ingredients and nutritional value of the vegetarian sausages that are available at the Refectory.

So after digging around (we picture him going all Heston Blumenthal with a lab coat and goggles) he discovered that the sausages contain a whole host of goodness, including: Onions, Carrots, Broccoli, White Rice, Potatoes, Parsley, Celery, Garlic, Mace, Lovage and Nutmeg – that’s a wide range of roughage in one banger!

Per 100 grams they pack:

  • 619 kilojoules of energy – the same as an equivalent amount of Sea Bass
  • 3 grams of protein – the same as an equivalent amount of Pea Sprouts
  • 2 grams of saturated fat – the same as an equivalent amount of Corn Flakes

Plus they taste delicious! Wonder what Geoff will be up to next week…

  1. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

We love podcasts – they are the perfect way to while away a train journey to a conference or just the walk to work, and the king of the epic history has to be Dan Carlin.

In his latest episode, The Destroyer of Worlds, Carlin looks at the birth of the atomic age after the Second World War up to the Cuban Missile crisis. At 6 hours in length, it is not the kind of thing you will complete in one sitting (unless you are travelling from Leeds to Plymouth on the Megabus, as we did last October), but Carlin’s enthusiastic style and constant reminder that is not a historian but “just reads the best”, means that despite the running time it never drags.

We highly recommend the 5 part “Wrath of the Khans” episodes, which focuses (if over 20 hours of material which looks at over 200 years of history can be described as focused) on the rule of Genghis Khan and the successive Mongol leaders. He really provides colour to an extremely interesting period of time. Available on iTunes and via his website.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

  1. Dance Exposé at the Leeds University Union

Dance Exposé are the only dance troupe at the University of Leeds; “an eclectic mix of about 50 guys and girls brought together by their passion for dance. From contemporary to commercial, break dance to ballet, we’re a fun loving society who pride ourselves on the diversity of our dancers.”

Digital Marketing Intern at the University, Rebekah Leahy, is part of the troupe and to show our support the team went along to watch their latest show, which “will explore the apps we use on our smartphones and how they impact our life – through the positives and negatives.”

The team had a fantastic evening and would recommend you to go along this Saturday and catch the performance for yourself!

  1. Lunar New Year Dinner

The Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds invited businesses from around the region to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rooster at University House on Wednesday 8th February.

The black tie business dinner was the perfect opportunity for representatives of firms and organisations engaged with China to network and share their experiences. What better time to get together and celebrate success than at the Lunar New Year?

The event was very well attended and everyone looked to be having an excellent time, with Marc and his team of chefs cooking up some extremely enticing food with a Chinese theme. University House Floor Manager, John, and his team decorated the room fantastically and were treated to an awesome evening of entertainment!

Emma Training for the Great North Run
  1. Emma Enters Great North Run

Every year the Facilities Directorate teams at the University of Leeds, under which MEETinLEEDS fall, choose a local and a national charity to support. In previous years we have supported some fantastic causes, such as Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Macmillan Cancer Support and Martin House.

This year our national charity is the Alzheimer’s Society which “is transforming the landscape of dementia forever. Until the day we find a cure, we will create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.”

Our Emma (left on the picture to the left) has decided to take on the challenge of the Great North Run in support of this excellent charity, which was first staged in 1981 and is now officially the biggest half marathon in the world. More than one million competitors have taken part, including Sir Mo Farah, who has won the Great North Run a record three times in a row.

Let’s hope Emma gives Sir Mo a run for his money!

  1. Student Conference on Sustainable Futures

On February 3rd 2017 (okay, not in the past week, but it was an excellent conference so stop nit-picking), The University of Leeds hosted its first Student Conference on Sustainable Futures. An event which highlighted the rich diversity of sustainability research and curricular projects, from students at all levels, across all disciplines.

MEETinLEEDS assisted the Sustainability team with the organisation of the event. Great Food at Leeds provided the catering, including a menu and food map showing which food had been sourced in the Yorkshire region.

Take a look at the highlights of the conference here and keep up with news on the next conference and the latest from our Sustainability team by following them on Twitter @UoL_sus.