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8 things to do in Leeds this summer

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We love the summer at MEETinLEEDS! Not only do we love the sunshine (well, the few days we get up North), it give us chance to welcome 1,000’s of delegates to events at the university, which in turn gives us a chance to show off everything the fine city of Leeds has to offer!

Leeds has fantastic restaurants, excellent nightlife, beautiful parks and lots of cultural activities for all the family. However, it is in the summer that the city really comes to life, attracting millions of visitors to hundreds of events, so there is guaranteed to be something for everyone to enjoy.

If you do plan head up the “Jewel on the Aire”, remember that we have accommodation right in the centre of the action for just £40 per room per night: the perfect base camp from which you can explore the city.

That’s our plug out of the way, so without further ado let us introduce our top things to do in Leeds this summer…

Leeds Waterfront Festival

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2016

Now in its ninth year, the festival is an annual celebration of everything that is wonderful about Leeds Waterfront and a fantastic opportunity for everyone to relax, explore and enjoy the spectacular locations along the water.  We are proud of our waterfront and love to show off its heritage, opportunities and potential to thousands of visitors every year. This year’s festival is expected to be the biggest yet, with a spectacular offering of arts, music and culture along the tow paths; and boat rides, music, food, drinks and activities for all the family to enjoy!

For full details visit the website and follow them on Twitter.

The Big Disco

Friday 1st July

Building on the momentum established with le Tour de France’s Grand Depart, Yorkshire Festival has commissioned Duke Studios to deliver the disco to end all discos. While Leeds dances under the world’s biggest disco ball and at fringe events across the city centre, all over the region revellers will use DIY Disco Kits, delivered in cardboard boxes, to become part of the nation’s biggest party.

Working with Yorkshire Festival and NEWSUBSTANCE (disco ball creators), Duke Studios are taking the creative lead on this ambitious project. Building out from a central party loaded with street food, carnival performers, bars and costumed party-goers, Duke Studios are coordinating venues across the region in the creation of their own Big Disco events, as well as designing, creating and distributing DIY Disco boxes, attracting sponsorship and curating a list of 10 potential songs to draw Yorkshire together at the big moment.

Celebrate this incredible city by joining the biggest party on record. A world-class cultural event that is accessible to everyone that showcases the talent coming out of the region and gives a massive thank you to the people who make Leeds and Yorkshire so inspiring.

For the latest news visit the website and follow them on Twitter.

IMC 2016

Monday 4th – Thursday 7th July

The International Medieval Congress has been a fixture at the University of Leeds since 1994, and has steadily grown into the largest annual conference in any subject in the UK. Tickets are all sold out for this year, but there are a number of public events (some of which are free that are sure to tickle the fancy of any medieval enthusiast!

The final day of the event (which is free and open to the public), now a staple fixture of the Congress are the ‘Making Leeds Medieval’ activities, which will bring a number of medieval-inspired activities to the main campus of the university, with displays of crafts and local produce as well as live entertainment including music, combat displays, re-enactment demonstrations, and a falconry display.

If you are interested in attending IMC 2017 keep an eye on their website and follow them on Twitter for the latest updates on all things medieval.

University of Leeds Staff Festival

Friday 8th July

Staff-FestivalWe are afraid this one is for University of Leeds Staff only, but if you are interested in hosting a similar event please read on and then get in touch with our team!

The Staff Festival is a thank you to all staff at the University of Leeds for their hard work and a chance to relax with colleagues, partners and families on campus.

“Country Fair in the City!” is the theme of the Staff Festival 2016, whisking you away back to those fond countryside fairs. With activities for adults and children, both a craft and food market, have-a-go workshops, scrumptious food and drink and live performances and experiences there’s a fun day to be had by everyone. All Staff of the University of Leeds, along with friends and family are invited!

The Festival takes place on Friday 8 July in and around the Refectory, LUU building and stage@leeds. From 1pm you can enjoy a ‘Taste of the Fest’ whilst browsing the stalls or enjoying the delicious food and drink on offer. Between 3pm – 7pm the main event programme gets underway. At 7pm the festival closes but you can carry on relaxing in the Terrace Bar until late.

To get a feel for previous Staff Festivals, take a look at the photo gallery.

Millennium Square Council Summer Series

July & August – Various Dates

Once again Millennium Square will come alive for over a fortnight with concerts and special events, starting with Ocean Colour Scene on 23-24 July!

Further dates and event details will be announced on this website, so keep your eyes peeled for more fantastic events!

The series will culminate in the Parade Stage for the annual Leeds Pride on Sunday 7 August. The parade will start at Millennium Square and wind its way through the city centre to Lower Briggate.

For further information and ticket sales click see the following links:

Friday 22 July – The Cribs & special guests

Saturday 23 July – Ocean Colour Scene (sold out)

Sunday 24 July – Ocean Colour Scene

Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 July – The Film House on the Square

Saturday 30 July – A Classical Summer’s Evening

Sunday 31 July – ¡VAMOS! Festival

Friday 5 August – The Magic of Motown Under the Stars

Sunday 7 August – Leeds Pride

If you are attending any of these events (plug alert!) our £40 accommodation is just a few minutes’ walk away, so you can enjoy yourself to the maximum without worrying about missing the last train!

Leeds Festival 2016

Friday 26th August – Sunday 28th August

Leeds-FestivalLeeds Festival has been a staple on the summer music scene since 1999, with a varied line-up that incorporates rock, metal, indie and hip-hop acts. It may have had its share of problems in the past, but since the move to the beautiful setting of Bramham Park in 2003 the experience has been far more enjoyable and is now a fantastic festival for all the family.

This year funk-rock veterans the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro and Oxford indie juggernaut Foals headline the main stage. However, there are 7 other stages hosting a variety of upcoming bands and old favourites, our picks being:

Pulled Apart by Horses – This Leeds based band that are not afraid turning a melodic riff into a skull crushing aural assault. Think Jesus Lizard turned up to 11.

Coheed & Cambria – If you like your metal with a massive helping of prog you will love this band. Think Pink Floyd played by Led Zeppelin with deep undertones of Dungeons & Dragons. In a good way…

Maximo Park – Giddy indie-pop with huge choruses and an energetic frontman. Think Squeeze with XTC hitting Jools Holland over the head with his keyboard. What’s not to love?

Cassetteboy VS DJ Rubbish – Cassetteboy make so0me of the funniest videos on Youtube (if you don’t laugh at the Apprentice mashup you are Alan Sugar and we claim our £5). Expect pop culture references melded to danceable tunes in their comedy disco.

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This summer really is a sporting bonanza: the Triathlon was hosted in Leeds for the very first time (and Alistair Brownlee, University of Leeds alumnus, won gold!), we are cautiously optimistic for England’s chances at Euro 2016 and hopefully Any Murray can follow up his French Open Final loss with a win  on  the home turf of Wimbledon!

If you want to get into the spirit with a friendly crowd in the sun the 2016 European Football Championships and Wimbledon Tennis Championships are on the Big Screen in Millennium Square.

England play Slovakia on Monday 20 June (8pm kick-off) in their final group game. Should they progress to the knockout stages, the Round 16 game will be shown on either Saturday 25 June (5pm or 8pm kick-off), Sunday 26 June (5pm kick-off) or Monday 27 June (8pm kick-off), depending upon where England finish in group B.

For all England games, a specially created family friendly ‘fan zone’ viewing area will be available for supporters to gather and watch the action in a big match atmosphere. There are a number of excellent restaurants and bars (have a look at our Restaurants & Bars section below) in the vicinity for you to get a delicious meal and carry on the celebrations (or drown your sorrows).

From Monday 27 June coverage will also be shared with the Wimbledon Tennis Championships where you can cheer on Andy Murray while enjoying traditional strawberries and cream, ice cream and Pimms!

For full details see the Leeds City Council What’s On website.

Leeds West Indian Carnival

Monday 29th August

IMAGE-2-Leeds-Carnival-Queen-2015-Charis-Betts-as-The-Dream-Catcher-Image-by-Keith-PattisonThe Leeds West Indian Carnival is Europe’s longest running authentic Caribbean carnival and

Thousands of visitors are expected to descend on the city on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August for the sparkling procession of floats and hundreds of stunning costumes from across the UK.

Carnival Founder and Chairperson Arthur France said, “As well bringing the streets of Leeds to life with the colour, spectacle and unbeatable atmosphere that have attracted millions of visitors and millions to the economy over 49 years, Leeds Carnival 2016 gives culture in the city yet another chance to shine.” Organisers of the Carnival, which in 1967 was the first of its kind in Europe to feature all three essential Caribbean carnival elements of masquerade, music and a parade – are working closely with artists, funders and partners and hope to attract corporate sponsorship to ensure that 2017’s landmark 50th anniversary celebrations are the biggest and best yet.

More details of Leeds West Indian Carnival 2016 events are available at www.leedscarnival.co.uk and on Twitter using #CarnivalHappy.

 

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As the International Medieval Congress 2016 nears, MEETinLEEDS take a peek at what to expect at this year’s event, which will take place on 4-7 July 2016.

The event this year will really make the most of the open spaces and communal areas on campus, as well as the excellent facilities at the Refectory, Parkinson Building, Michael Sadler Building, stage@leeds, and University House.

“IMC 2015 passed a major milestone of including over 2000 actively involved participants, with 2016 expected to be even bigger and better!”

Hosting the Congress is a collaborative effort, with MEETinLEEDS not only ensuring that everyone has enough to eat and drink but also making sure that all the different meeting rooms and lecture theatres are fully resourced so that delegates have a seamless Congress. Many of the delegates attending the conference will stay at the University’s latest facility, Storm Jameson Court, which has been accredited with a 4-star grading for campus accommodation from Visit England.

IMC-FayreIMC 2015 passed a major milestone of including over 2000 actively involved participants, with the academic programme featuring a total of 653 sessions and round table discussions, with 2016 expected to be even bigger and better!

The theme for this year is ‘Food, Feast and Famine’, for the crucial importance of both phenomena in social and intellectual discourse, both medieval and modern, as well as their impact on many aspects of the human experience.

Axel Müller, Director of the International Medieval Congress said: I am confident that this year’s programme provides something for everyone, proving that Medieval Studies is continuing in its position to be at the forefront of research in all aspects of the humanities. All of us look forward to welcoming you to Leeds in July.

A number of new additions to the programme were added this year, including a special session in conjunction with the University Library’s Special Collections, sampling some of the riches of the collections’ holdings, such as their archives on J.R.R Tolkien. There are also a number of events happening in Leeds and around the country in conjunction with the congress that are sure to tickle the fancy of any medieval enthusiast!

Congress-AleThe traditional Congress Ale will again be available for delegate refreshment. This excellent ale is brewed using a complex mix of malts and hops producing a well-balanced, traditional Yorkshire beer. As the ale is an IMC exclusive:people have been waiting since last year to taste the hallowed brew again!
Combat-DisplayThe final day of the event, which is quickly becoming a staple fixture of the Congress are the ‘Making Leeds Medieval’ activities, will bring a number of medieval-inspired activities to the main campus, with displays of crafts and local produce as well as live entertainment including music, combat displays, re-enactment demonstrations, and a falconry display.

We for one cannot wait to welcome all for another summer filled with medieval merriment!

Looking to hold a large scale event like the IMC?

Get in touch with us: we are happy to help!

SEBP Presentation

On the 1st and 2nd February MEETinLEEDS welcomed the Society of Evidence Based Policing to the University of Leeds for the SEBP 2016 Winter Conference.

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The event, “Policing: Evidence as the Driver for Change”, saw the society, which is made up of police officers, police staff, and research professionals discuss how to raise awareness of, advocate and implement evidence based methodology part of everyday policing in the UK.

The main sessions were hosted in the Great Hall, our prestigious venue which focus for the University’s ceremonial activities. Parkinson Court provided the arena for catering and exhibition stands, including the key conference sponsor Axon Public Safety.

Katrina-CliffMEETinLEEDS worked alongside Clifford Stott, Principal Research Fellow at the University of Leeds School of Law to organise and host the event in collaboration with the N8 Research Partnership. Collaborating with Schools and Departments remains a key goal for MEETinLEEDS, as we seek to aid the University’s strategic plan of interdisciplinary working through a commitment to creating and enhancing collaborations in education, research and innovation.

The Event Managers Katrina Dickens and Anthony Lowe had an eventful few days over the course of the event, but the work started many months ago, says Katrina:

“Though the SEBP 2016 event initially appeared to be a straightforward 2 day conference we quickly realised that aspects of the event would require all of our problem solving abilities. Communicating with delegates and confirming attendance were our main challenges, as complexities of payment, communication and late registration are inherent in dealing with police organisations. The final numbers did increase in the days leading up to the event, which meant a reconfiguration of the room layout and catering, as well as a quick one-hour-turnaround of the Great Hall (see the video below) from its guise as the main session meeting room to that of the evening reception and dining area.

However, it was great to work with Clifford and the SEBP team, with the attendees having an enjoyable and informative stay at the University of Leeds.”

Clifford Stott said: “I would firstly like to thank MEETinLEEDS for their assistance in hosting the Society for Evidence Based Policing Conference on 1st & 2nd February. The event went very well and I think all the delegates and the organisation left with a positive experience that will reflect well upon the University.

We began planning the event later last year and began to organise this through the School of Law. We initially met some difficulties given our lack of experience in organising events of this scale and nature. In this regard I was delighted when I first had the opportunity to meet with MEETinLEEDS to discuss the planning and arrangements. It was from that point onward that the organisation for the event became effective and manageable. There was a very real sense of ‘ownership’ provided by MEETinLEEDS which gave me confidence the organisation was committed to the delivery of a very high quality event. Moreover, the team held regular meetings with us at which we were able to gain updates and discuss any issues that were relevant. The team were also important in handling the late changes and liaison with the SEBP executive as we approached the conference itself. On the day of the event the team were on hand to deal with registration and help resolve issues and the conference was delivered without complication.

In short I was very pleased with the excellent service provided throughout and would have no hesitation – indeed already have – provided the strongest recommendation for getting in touch with MEETinLEEDS when hosting any major event at the University.”

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MEETinLEEDS welcome over 3,000 teachers as the UK’s largest teacher training event returns to Leeds

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From 18 July to 1 August, the University of Leeds, along with Leeds Beckett University will welcome the UK’s largest and most ambitious teacher training event to the city for the second year running.

Bigger than ever before, education charity Teach First will host over 3,000 delegates as part of its 13th annual residential training event, Summer Institute. Delegates will include: Teach First 2014 and 2015 participants, university tutors plus school and business leaders. Across 2014, and now 2015, the event will contribute a total investment of £5.5m to the city of Leeds.

 

Teach-First-650x250During the two weeks, Teach First will also host the Impact Conference 2015 (29 – 30 July). This unique education conference is the biggest in the charity’s history, with seminars, lectures, workshops and panel debates. Delegates will be able to network and collaborate with over 150 practitioners and peers in 140 sessions. They will also be able to explore resources and career opportunities at an exhibition of over 85 education and business exhibitors.

Speaking at this year’s Impact Conference will be Teach First’s Founder and CEO, Brett Wigdortz OBE, the television producer behind Blackadder and QI, John Lloyd and newly announced, the Right Honourable Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education.
This year Barclays has been announced as the Impact Conference headline sponsor, who are supporting the event as part its 5 Million Young Futures goal to help young people build enterprise, employability and financial skills. 2015 also sees Pearson become the Impact Conference’s CPD sponsor, whose research shows that effective professional development for teachers is one of the most powerful ways of improving outcomes for learners.

The MEETinLEEDS team at the University of Leeds worked together with Well Met to secure the event for Leeds, which had previously taken place at the University of Warwick.

“The event space provides the perfect setting in the heart of Leeds, where we can accommodate all of our participants and deliver our high quality training”

The two weeks are the culmination of the six week, nationwide Teach First Summer Institute. However, this is just the start of the training that participants will undergo as part of the two-year Leadership Development Programme, teaching in schools serving low-income communities across England and Wales. This includes Yorkshire and the Humber, where Teach First has placed over 500 teachers since 2009. This year, the charity will place 166 teachers, including in Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield.

Speaking ahead of the event, Director of Leadership for Teach First, Reuben Moore said: “Teach First has worked closely with our colleagues at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds over the last year, planning and preparing the venues and a packed programme. The event space provides the perfect setting in the heart of Leeds, where we can accommodate all of our participants and deliver our high quality training, as part of their two-year Leadership Development Programme.

“Our teachers are committed to helping more young people believe in themselves and helping to make a positive impact on society by closing the gap in educational inequality. Without the right space to prepare and train our participants, this would not be possible.”

Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds said:

“The Teach First Summer Institute represents a real coup for the city of Leeds. At the University of Leeds, we have been inspiring students to be the best that they can be since 1904 – not only in terms of academic excellence, but in life too.

“We have a common objective with Teach First and yourselves – to address educational disadvantage and inequality. Like them, we have worked hard and made substantial investments to achieve progress in this area.”

 

The Teach First Summer Institute will use a number of our venues across campus. 

Find out more about our venues and our campus.

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As the International Medieval Festival 2015 draws to a close, MEETinLEEDS looks back on this year’s event that took place on 6-9 July 2015, and takes a peek toward next year’s event.

The event this year really made the most of the open spaces and communal areas on campus, as well as the excellent facilities at the Refectory, Parkinson Building, Michael Sadler Building, stage@leeds, and University House.

“IMC 2015 passed a major milestone of including over 2000 actively involved participants”

Hosting the Congress is a collaborative effort, with MEETinLEEDS not only ensuring that everyone has enough to eat and drink but also making sure that all the different meeting rooms and lecture theatres are fully resourced so that delegates have a seamless Congress. Many of the delegates attending the conference will stay at the University’s latest facility, Storm Jameson Court, which has been accredited with a 4-star grading for campus accommodation from Visit England.

IMC 2015 passed a major milestone of including over 2000 actively involved participants, with the academic programme featuring a total of 653 sessions and round table discussions.

The theme for this year was ‘Reform and Renewal’, for the crucial importance of both phenomena in social and intellectual discourse, both medieval and modern, as well as their impact on many aspects of the human experience.

A number of new additions to the programme were added this year, including a special session in conjunction with the University Library’s Special Collections, sampling some of the riches of the collections’ holdings, such as their archives on J.R.R Tolkien.

Congress-AleThe traditional Congress Ale was again available for delegate refreshment. This excellent ale is brewed using a complex mix of malts and hops producing a well-balanced, traditional Yorkshire beer. As the ale is an IMC exclusive, if you didn’t have your fill this year you will have to wait until 2016!

The final day of the event, which is quickly becoming a staple fixture of the Congress are the ‘Making Leeds Medieval’ activities where a will bring a number of medieval-inspired activities to the main campus, with displays of crafts and local produce as well as live entertainment including music, combat displays, re-enactment demonstrations, and a falconry display.

Combat-DisplayThe combat display, by The European Historical Combat Guild, featured 2 knights pitted against each other in a battle of honour; a Knights Templar (think Monty Python and the Holy Grail) against the Sheriff of Nottingham (not he of Robin Hood fame, though).

The dining display was also a highlight, with The Copper Pot demonstrating medieval dining and recipes.

IMC 2016 (04-07 July 2016) promises to be even bigger and better, with the special thematic strand of “Food, Feast & Famine”. You can keep up to date with developments on the IMC website.

We for one cannot wait to welcome all for another summer filled with medieval merriment!

 

Are you interested in holding a large scale event like the IMC? Contact us and we will be happy to help.

Leeds Universities to welcome over 2600 teachers to the city as part of the UK’s largest teacher training event.

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From Saturday 19 July to Friday 1 August, the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University will welcome the UK’s largest and most unique teacher training event to the city. As the country’s biggest graduate recruiter, Education Charity Teach First will welcome 2,600 new teachers to its annual residential training event, in an event worth £5.5m for Leeds in 2014 and 2015.

Part of the Teach First Summer Institute, the event brings together universities and schools to ensure that the expertise of those working across education is shared with those set to go into classrooms serving disadvantaged communities up and down the country.

Teams from Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University and MEETinLEEDS at the University of Leeds worked together to secure the University-based element of Teach First’s Summer Institute, which, in previous years, has taken place at the University of Warwick. Partners first direct arena, and accommodation providers Unite, Downing and Grey Star provide additional venue space and bedrooms for the delegates’ 28,000 bed nights.

Delegates include Teach First recruits at the end of their first year of teaching and over 1400 new teachers set to begin teaching in schools and early years settings from September.

Speaking at the event will be Teach First’s Founder and CEO, Brett Wigdortz OBE, International Author and Teacher, Tal Ben Shahar, the President for the NUT, the country’s largest teaching union, Max Hyde and General Secretary for the ATL, Dr Mary Bousted.

“…Leeds Universities provide the perfect setting both in terms of the capacity that the universities have, and for their location in the heart of the city”

This event forms a crucial part of Teach First’s annual Summer Institute and the start of the subsequent in-school training that trainees undergo during the two-year Leadership Development Programme whilst working in low-income communities across the UK. This includes areas across the Yorkshire and the Humber region where the charity has placed over 450 teachers since 2009. This year, Teach First will be placing an additional 162 teachers in the poorest areas of the region including 23 new teachers in the most disadvantaged areas of Leeds.

Speaking ahead of the event, Leeds based Director of Leadership for Teach First, Reuben Moore:

“Education in England continues to be a postcode lottery for children from poorer families, particularly in areas of Leeds.

“Through our own work in challenging schools, we know that bringing high quality graduates and career changers into the teaching profession is key to addressing this problem. As a result, we are incredibly proud of the way that Teach First has played a crucial role in ensuring that teaching in challenging circumstances is now seen as the most prestigious and popular destination for the country’s best graduates; a fact that is reflected in the massive scale of Teach First’s largest and most ambitious teacher training event in partnership with Leeds Universities.”

“As we continue to recruit more participants and ensure that all of them are able to make a difference to young people, Leeds Universities provide the perfect setting both in terms of the capacity that the universities have, and for their location in the heart of the city. This allows us to work closely with those in the community, including local businesses and schools to help tackle the national crisis of educational inequality, a crisis that is especially prevalent in the heart of Yorkshire and the Humber.”

Professor Susan Price, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University said:

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Teach First’s Summer Institute to Leeds. At Leeds Metropolitan University, we share Teach First’s vision and ambition, with a long and proud history of raising educational aspiration and supporting the success of students from very diverse backgrounds. We are proud to be part of this collaborative project and to be hosting such a high profile and significant event.”

Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds said:

“The Teach First Summer Institute represents a real coup for the city of Leeds. At the University of Leeds, we have been inspiring students to be the best that they can be since 1904 – not only in terms of academic excellence, but in life too.

“We have a common objective with Teach First and Leeds Metropolitan University – to address educational disadvantage and inequality. Like them, we have worked hard and made substantial investments to achieve progress in this area.”

 

The Teach First Summer Institute will using a number of our venues across campus.

Find out more about our venues and our campus.

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More than 2000 of the world’s most knowledgeable medievalists descended on Leeds for the 21st annual International Medieval Congress at University of Leeds on 7-10 July 2014. It is the second time the event has been held on our campus, after many successful years at our former residence at Bodington Hall.

Travelling to Leeds from 57 countries, delegates took part in more than 1500 different talks and events, some of which were open to the public including a mock medieval village built in University Square. Here you could peruse and purchase the knee length leather boots that were very à la mode in the period, along metal-adorned horn trinkets, jewellery and many other types of handicraft.

The medieval village included historical demonstrations such as chain mail production, spinning, apothecary, falconry displays, musicians and a storyteller.

Knights-to-CameraA personal highlight was the “Battle of the Knights”; in which two valiant men donned armour weighing approximately 6 stone and traded blows with pollaxes in the afternoon heat, using techniques garnered from the circa 1400 French combat manual “Le jeu de la hache” (“The Play of the Axe” or “Axe Play”).

Ryan-and-Kes-3 Me and our KesI also had the honour of handling a European Kestrel, the species which found fame from the Ken Loach film “Kes”. Being from the same neck of the woods as young Billy Casper from the film, I felt that the Kestrel and I shared a bond of sorts, which can be seen as we both look at the camera in the same instant (right).

MEETinLEEDS’ event manager, Anthony Lowe said: “The Congress is a huge area of focus for our team every year and it continues to go from strength the strength.  This year we served around 3,000 meals a day with the refectory turned into a dining room and also served an authentic medieval feast, prepared in collaboration between the University Catering team and food historian Caroline Yeldham.”

When the time came for the catering team to whip up the medieval feast, cheese-stuffed eggs were among dishes on the menu. Other dishes included a lamb and kidney stew; not a million miles away from a Moroccan “Tagine”.

Marc Mottershead, Head Chef at University House, said the experience had been fascinating: “It’s not every day you get asked to recreate an authentic medieval feast.”

 

Marc-and-Axel Marc (left) with IMC Director Axel Muller

He added: “Instead of dull, uninspiring dishes, the recipes called for cloves and spices and really unusual combinations which are close to modern Middle Eastern cuisines. One of the biggest surprises was the recipe for Crespells, which turned out to be a medieval take on a doughnut!”

The International Medieval Congress is now Europe’s largest annual gathering in humanities; in the past 21 years, more than 21,000 papers have been presented to over 12,000 visitors, bringing more than £10 million into the city and surrounding areas.

It is always impressive to see such a large event make use of the wealth of facilities we are able to offer on campus, especially an event that had such a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. This was no doubt helped by the fact that the delegates got to stay in our high quality campus accommodation, make use of the many culinary talents of our Head Chef, wander around a medieval village and still get to the business-end of the event by attending inspirational conferences in our well-equipped meeting rooms.

Jeremy Bradshaw and the Teach First Delivery Team Winner of the Special Award for Contribution to Business Tourism in Leeds
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Natalie Ruecroft (3rd from left) and Natasha Rahanu (3rd from right) of the MEETinLEEDS team

We are proud to announce that MEETinLEEDS hard work has been recognised at a glittering Leeds Hotels and Venues Association’s (LHVA) awards ceremony on 13th June 2014.

The LHVA awards celebrate the best in service from over 30 hotels and venues across the city.

Stars of the sector were invited to the special ceremony at Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion on Thursday, June 12, which was hosted by TV legend Harry Gration.

MEETinLEEDS, along with Well Met, were nominated for the ‘Top Team’ award for the delivery of TeachFirst’s Summer Institute residential training programme. The combined events held by Teach First in Leeds will be worth £5.5m to the city’s economy in 2014 and 2015, plus additional revenue that delegates will bring to their stay in the city. The MEETinLEEDS sales team, which in this case was spearheaded by Natalie Ruecroft, have been working with the events team from Leeds Metropolitan for almost two years in order to secure Teach First’s Summer Institute, a huge event which, in previous years, has taken place at the University of Warwick.

Natasha Rahanu, Event Manager at MEETinLEEDS says:

“It was fantastic to be nominated involved in the LHVA Awards Ceremony. At the beginning of the night we were honoured with a ‘Special Award for Contribution to Business Tourism’, recognising our collaborative work on the Teach First Project, between institutions & also with First Direct Arena & Accommodation in Leeds, including Unite. It was a great feeling to be recognised for the hard work we have done, and that we still have to do!”

The Summer Institute this year will be attended by approximately 2700 delegates, which is set to rise to 4000 in 2015.

Roll on another Busy Summer for the MEETinLEEDS team in 2015!

 

If you are attending the Teach First Summer Institute you can find out some of our favourite places in Leeds on our blog.

This summer MEETinLEEDS are looking forward to one of its busiest summers on record!

The events team are no strangers to a packed conference season and the sales team recently recorded over 300 enquiries in one month (that’s an average of 13 enquiries per working day!) but this summer looks to be one of the busiest ever as event organisers make use of the wealth of facilities the University of Leeds has to offer.

The International Medieval Congress (IMC) is back, after being successfully hosted on campus for the first time last year, and this year Teach First will be making use of our “perfect setting” as over 3,000 delegates attend their annual residential training event.

Click this image of Devonshire Hall to find out about our wedding venues

Click this image of Devonshire Hall to find out about our wedding venues

Added to this are a number of events including: a large engineering event that will be making use of the delicious catering in our Refectory; the Tour de France taking over the city as the Grand Départ starts in Leeds; a number of summer schools using the campus; a large residential healthcare event; five weddings at Devonshire Hall and Communication Matters will be using a number of venues including Parkinson Court and our accessible accommodation as they host their National Conference.

With all of this activity you might think that the sales team are due a well-earned rest but we’re not resting on our laurels!

A packed Parkinson Court Reception

A packed Parkinson Court Reception

We are continuing to work hard with our colleagues in Sport & Physical Activity to drive sport events through our facilities and have been looking at specific events for Oxley and Devonshire Hall.  We are also working hard to secure an event for July that will be closely book-ended by both Teach First and IMC.

We do not shy away from a tight booking schedule and in turn a monster challenge for delivery – our teams are not afraid!

The Conference team take such a diverse pool of enquiries and we work hard to match, and where possible, exceed their expectations.  Although summer 2014 and summer 2015 are looking busy, we are always ready and waiting to help the next event organiser find the perfect venue!

 

If you would like to enquire about hosting an event at the University of Leeds please contact our Sales Team at enquiries@meetinleeds.co.uk or 0113 343 6100.

The MEETinLEEDS team have been busy with an eventful Easter period that saw four major events take place on campus.

Suppliers-Meet-in-LeedsMEETinLEEDS at the Suppliers Easter Fair

The Suppliers Exhibition has been organised by the MEETinLEEDS team for the last 9 years and had a record number of stands this year. The suppliers and departments in attendance had the chance to develop their contacts and relationships with University staff, try some of the delicious catering on offer from the Deli(very) team and also see first-hand what we can offer as part of an Event Managed Exhibition.

This year the event had a facelift: the Suppliers Easter Fair included Fairtrade & Farmers Market style stalls giving attendees the opportunity pick up a few Easter treats while networking with existing and new suppliers.

Feedback from external companies has been excellent; 12 bookings have been secured for next year!

CelebritySquares9Esther Rantzen was a guest speaker at ACTIVE 2014

The MEETinLEEDS team also event managed the AKTIVE conference, an event attended by Esther Rantzen CBE and Heinz Wolff, which made use of the Business School along with an exclusive exhibition and conference dinner in our venue of the month, the Refectory. The conference brings together researchers, industry, voluntary sector and local authorities interested in the role of telecare and other technologies in supporting older people at home.

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Networkshops-Pano

A panoramic view of Networkshops42

Networkshop Conference 2014 has to be one of the most technologically advanced conferences ever held on campus, with 400 delegates utilising our on campus facilities. For this event MEETinLEEDS facilitated with the following:

  • Nearly 3Km of cabling ran into Sports Hall 1 to provide wired connectivity for 50 Exhibitor stands
  • 10 wireless points were installed into Sport Hall 1, (4 permanent, 6 temporary)
  • A peak of 1000 unique users were on the wireless network using over 1200 devices
  • A peak of 73 different institutions using the wireless network during Networkshop
  • A total of 131GB of wireless data was transferred during the conference

A large British association was the last to use the University’s event facilities over the Easter period- bringing 800 delegates from across the globe attended to the Conference Auditorium and the Exhibition Centre. The delegates were highly active on social media, which kept the Digital Marketing arm of MEETinLEEDS busy and also allowed the team to reduce the response time to queries.

To book any of our venues or to speak to a Sales Executive please call 0113 343 6100 or email enquiries@meetinleeds.co.uk