The Friday Countdown

A look at the announcements, our favourite events, things we have learned and general stuff we like in the past week. Let us know what is else is coming up!

5. Stay With Us for £40!

Leeds is definitely the place to be this summer. We have tonnes of fantastic live music at the First Direct Arena, Live at Leeds and the Leeds Festival. For food, drink and culture vultures there is the Leeds Indie Food Fest, Leeds International Beer Festival and the 50th Leeds West Indian Carnival. Sports lovers can see if the Brownlee Brother repeat last year’s success as the ITU World Triathlon returns and the England cricket team take on South Africa and the West Indies at Headingley.

But the best news is that you can stay on the University of Leeds campus at Storm Jameson Court for just £40 per night! Simply add and apply the promo code UOLFRIENDS (because we are friendly people) when you make a booking.

We have accommodation available up until 6th September and will soon be taking bookings for the August Bank Holiday weekend – subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know when we do – so book now and stay right in the centre of the action!

4. Conference Awards 2017 Finalists Announced

We are proud to announce that we are finalists at the Conference Awards 2017 in the category for “Best Venue Customer Service (over 500 delegates)”, the ceremony of which takes place on 30th June at the Tobacco Dock in London.

Our place on the shortlist is down to the amazing work of the team on annual residential events like the International Medieval Congress and the Communication Matters Annual Conference, both of which we are looking forwards to hosting this summer!

Harriet Boatwright, Sales Manager at MEETinLEEDS, said:

“The nomination is recognition that our customers and our team are at the heart of what we do.

Between the 13 core members of the team we have a combined 162 years of service within the University. Our ages range between 23 and 74! The huge variety of events we host means our day to day job is exciting and we meet lots of really interesting people.

Having the numerous bars & coffee bars, supermarket, bike rental, libraries, museums and galleries, the Edge gym, fitness suite and swimming pool on site are real benefits to members of staff and the delegates that attend conferences held at the university.

MEETinLEEDS are Conference Awards 2017 Finalists

In addition the weekly farmers market, staff wellbeing and therapy treatments, fitness classes, support networks and lots of training and personal development courses on offer for staff; it is not a surprise that we have clocked up this many years of experience, and enjoy great loyalty from our team.”

We have our fingers crossed and hope to bring the prize back to Leeds with us!

3. What’s App-ened to our Faces?

We love a good, useful app here at MEETinLEEDS. Whether it be booking a taxi for our delegates or finding our way to an exhibition, there is an app for it.

We can’t do without the UniLeeds app to book our gym classes at The Edge with ease, check our emails and see the Library catalogue. Our fellow runners and cyclists will love Strava, which lets you track your rides and runs with GPS and challenge your friends: a little competition has helped us achieve our fitness goals! You can even join the Get Out Get Active running group on the app to socialise, have fun and get some fresh air. When exercising, we always have Spotify on the go to listen to our favourite tunes and discover new music with the intuitive suggestions and ready-made playlists.

But our favourite kind of app is something that can entertain us for hours on end and enjoy a laugh with our colleagues, friends and family. Enter FaceApp. This free to use app uses artificial intelligence to morph your features realistically and make you look younger, give you a big cheesy grin or even peer into the future and see what you look like when you are older! As you can see from our attempts in the gallery, the results are quite amusing and strangely real…

Download it, give it a try and share your pictures – it is guaranteed to raise a smile!

2. MEETinLEEDS on Tour

Once a month the team get out of the office and into the wider world to check out venues in the local area or visit other academic conference and events facilities to find out what they do and share best practices. We reciprocate in hosting our friends from around the country and show them around the wonderful University of Leeds campus!

Lisa Wood, Conference Sales Executive at MEETinLEEDS, had this to say about our latest visit:

“As part of our Event Management service we can organise drinks receptions, canapes, barbeques, evening buffets and 3 course gala dinners either right here on campus or with one of our friends in and around Leeds. The MEETinLEEDS team regularly work with a variety of venues in the city and pop out to visit these venues when we have a spare minute. This week we made our first visit to the beautiful Harewood House.

As far as prestigious venues go in Yorkshire, Harewood House is outstanding. Following our venue visit today, I would highly recommend the venue. Even more so if you are in to period dramas, having recently had filming crews at the house to cover the Victoria series on ITV, and are about to commence the second series. The Grounds are simply stunning with the manmade lake Capability Brown created are simply breath-taking.

Not to mention that they have penguins on site! Harewood House certainly would be a memorable venue for delegates to enjoy the beautiful view of the gardens and lake, a guided tour of the house followed by a delicious meal and a couple of drinks.”

Thank you to the team at Harewood House for hosting us – we would love to return the favour!

1. #VenueOfTheMonth – Roger Stevens Building

Every month we are highlighting one of our many venues around the University of Leeds campus and give you a little bit of insight into its history and why we love it!

This month we are looking at a bit of a marmite venue – because in our experience people either love it or hate it – the Roger Stevens Building.

Completed in 1970, the building was designed in the brutalist style by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, which was fashionable between the 50’s and 70’s – as demonstrated in a number of buildings around Leeds – and was actually meant to form just a small part of the wider campus plan, which unfortunately (if you love the style like we do) never came to full fruition due to financial restraints. This blog by Tina Richardson, Lecturer at the School of Design, provides a fascinating insight into the building and its history, gave us the interesting fact that the basement was home to a broadcasting studio.

Nowadays it is host to 25 lecture theatres offering a range of capacities, including some of the newest and most innovative spaces on campus. It is also home of the Print & Copy Bureau, the one stop shop for all printing, copying, artwork preparation and mailing services at the university.

But our favourite residents are the Mallard ducks which nest in the surrounding undergrowth and use the ornamental pond (which was once used in the air conditioning system for the building – just don’t ask us how!) for duckling swimming lessons.

However, if you spot the ducks and manage to get a picture, tweet us using the hashtag #LeedsUniDucks or tag us in a Facebook post, as we love to know what they are up to!

In addition to the above, the intriguing aesthetics both inside and outside mean it is a popular spot for photographers and film makers, its most recent appearance being in the Leeds band Pulled Apart by Horses “The Big What If” video.

Just so you know, we do not have any association with any of the news outlets, film and podcast recommendations. The views expressed in these do not represent the views of the University of Leeds.