The Friday Countdown

The announcements, our favourite events, things we have learned and general stuff we like from the past week.

4. The Meetings Show

On 13th – 15th June we will be heading down to the Meetings Show at the Olypmia London.

We will be joined by our friends at Visit Leeds to represent the fine city of Leeds at the premier international event for the UK meetings and events industry. We have something special in store to entice people to hold their next conference to our great city!

We will be highlighting the friendliness of us Yorkshire folk with a beer garden theme, so come and have a pint on us! We will have real grass, bar, happy hour, beer garden games, and even scents will be used!

If you want to come and join us register here and make an appointment with us.

3. More Than Just A Game

Game Showcase 2017- VR Headset

Game Republic partnered with the University of Leeds to host its annual student showcase – bringing together talented students with employers from the region – in our Michael Sadler Building venue on Thursday 8th July 2017.

The largest Game Republic event included the best final-year gaming projects from students around Yorkshire. The event saw 25 teams of students from 9 universities and colleges in the region showcasing their work to local industry.

The annual student showcase, now in its tenth year, aims to promote the significant gaming development industry which is based in the north, and to encourage the brightest and most committed students to stay in the region and build their careers after graduation.

Each project was judged by representatives from Sumo DigitalRevolution Software, and Red Kite Games with prizes awarded to the best projects in the following categories – Game Design, Game Art, Game Technology and Best Team. The winners for each category can be found on the Game Republic website.

2. National Clean Air Day

National Clean Air Day Graphic

To mark National Clean Air Day on 15th June, the University is rewarding any member of staff who actively travels to work with a free breakfast!

Whether it’s walking, cycling or simply sharing a lift, the hope is to encourage staff to leave their cars at home for the day to adopt a cleaner, more sustainable travel method.

National Clean Air Day brings focus to what we can do about air pollution – to both protect our health and reduce pollution levels. The day aims to give everyone the knowledge needed to respond to air pollution. For example, did you know that avoiding a busy road and walking down a side street can cut exposure to pollution by 20% or more? Or that cars gather pollution from the vehicle in front, meaning that car drivers can be exposed to significant pollution too?

As part of the day there will also be a stall outside the Union where representatives from Global Action Plan and Leeds City Council will be available to discuss air quality in and around Leeds, answer your questions and provide advice on how you can help to reduce pollution.

1. One Love

One Love Manchester Stage

The One Love Manchester benefit concert took place at Old Trafford on Sunday 4th June, as some of the biggest names in pop came together to play a 3 hour concert.

The concert, which was broadcast around the world and on the BBC in the UK, has been viewed over 13 million times on YouTube. Tickets raised more than £2 million for the victims of the attack in Manchester on 22nd May, with over £10 million raised overall. All proceeds go to the Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by the British Red Cross to assist the victims, their families and dependants.

Emma, our Conference Sales Executive, was at the show and had this to say:

“The concert was amazing from start to finish. Everybody including security, fellow revellers and the artists really came together and the good spirited atmosphere was infectious.

Personal highlights were the opening poem “This Is The Place” by Tony Walsh and the rousing version of “Live Forever” by Liam Gallagher and Coldplay.”

If you have been affected by the events the University has a list of support available for staff and students here.

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