Excellence in education celebrated at Bradford College STAR Awards

Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford was filled with excitement and anticipation for the first-ever Bradford College STAR Awards ceremony. The prestigious event celebrated outstanding achievements and excellence in education, honouring College students and employers for their remarkable contributions over the past academic year. The new Awards recognise those who have gone above and beyond in their…

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Leading Yorkshire nursery, Johnsons Nurseries, partners with college for second year of successful training course

Two Yorkshire businesses, an agricultural and horticultural college, Askham Bryan College, York and one of the UK’s largest commercial plant growers, Johnsons Nurseries, have partnered up for a second year to deliver a bespoke training course following a successful launch in 2023. Developed exclusively for Johnsons Nurseries’ staff, the 12-week ‘Introduction to Horticulture’ course will…

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Bradford College receives £2.6m grant to help tackle climate change

Bradford College has been awarded a £2.6 million grant for energy-efficiency works that will contribute to ambitious national net-zero targets. Delivered by Salix and run by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, the Phase 3c Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) aims to slash energy bills and reduce carbon emissions. The Scheme targets public…

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New partnership launched to boost sustainability of start-ups

Business experts at Leeds Beckett University have teamed up with marketing agency, GOLD79, in a new partnership to boost the long-term growth and sustainability of start-up businesses across the UK. A new programme – GOLD79 MINE – has been launched as a collaboration between Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett and GOLD79. The programme will support talented and entrepreneurial…

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South Leeds adventure attraction launches schools’ transition packages 

Following a successful series of Teachers’ Days and Drop-Ins, an adventure play attraction in Leeds is launching four packages for year seven pupils. Developed by a qualified primary and outdoor educational instructor, Gemma Constantine, Manager of Mission Out at Tingley Garden Centre, the packages have been designed to help new secondary school pupils get to…

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Leeds Beckett experts leading new project to reduce carbon footprint of Leeds manufacturers

Business and computing experts at Leeds Beckett University are joining forces with Leeds-based Quality Bearings Online Ltd (QBOL) to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, by creating an innovative new business model for the net zero era. The project is a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), part-funded by the Government through Innovate UK. The academics and QBOL will create…

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Drax Foundation helps 148 UK schools save £1.6m in energy costs and reduce their CO2 emissions by 1,700 tonnes

The Drax Foundation, which is the corporate foundation of the renewable energy company Drax Group, launched a three-year programme in 2023 to donate £4.5m to projects that help schools and other community-led organisations to become more energy efficient. In the first year of operation, the programme has supported the energy education charity, Energy Sparks, and…

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West Yorkshire school’s launch event supported by local housebuilder

Barratt and David Wilson Homes Yorkshire West were recently invited to Southroyd Primary School in Pudsey, where the team watched the children perform their Leeds Rhinos Dance Spectacular, to mark the launch of the school’s exciting new eco-friendly building project – ‘The Cabin’. Representatives of the housebuilder’s Commercial team visited Southroyd Primary School, located near…

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Leeds Beckett to host employer workshop for new degree apprenticeship aimed at bridging the digital skills gap

Leeds Business School invites employers to a free lunch and workshop event on 4th June to learn about our Digital Marketer Degree Apprenticeship. Designed to address the growing demand for digital expertise in the region, Leeds Business School will be offering the qualification from January 2025. To help employers in the region learn more about…

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Look Say Sing Play Stay and Play sessions prove a hit with parents

Over 2,200 parents, carers and young children have attended popular stay and play sessions delivered by Explore in partnership with City of York Council over the last three months. The weekly, hour-long sessions are for parents and carers with children aged 0-2 years, and are held at the libraries in Tang Hall, Acomb and York….

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York St John celebrates the city’s Festival of Ideas

York’s Festival of Ideas 2024 starts this weekend (Saturday 1 June).   Featuring world-class speakers, exhibitions, theatre, music, films, guided walks, family-friendly activities, and much more, the York Festival of Ideas offers a huge range of stimulating and diverse events for all ages and interests – with most events free. Now in its 13th year,…

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Twin sisters publish The Brand Power Manifesto to upskill female entrepreneurs

Chloe and Abigail Baldwin, are twin sisters, business partners, and now co-authors. They were shaped by their modest upbringing and sought out their own opportunities. With no prior business experience (but fuelled by sheer determination) they established Buttercrumble, an award-winning creative studio. Their inspiring but down-to-earth story is now immortalised in their debut book, The…

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Arts students bring colour, vision and vibrance to campus for end of year shows

York St John University Degree Show Exhibitions open their doors to the public   From sculpture to photography, graphic design to animation: York St John University is proud to welcome friends, family and members of the public to the Art and Design Degree Show Exhibitions 2024. The Art Degree Show will feature sixty exhibiting artists across…

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Carpentry students create bug hotel for RHS cancer-awareness garden

For the second consecutive year, students at Leeds College of Building are using their skills to help create a poignant RHS show garden. The Level 1 Diploma Carpentry & Joinery students have crafted two five-foot triangular wooden bug hotels. The structures will feature at the main entrance of a garden going on display at RHS Tatton Flower…

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York scientist wins international award for his work to tackle unnecessary animal testing

Dr Owen Kavanagh from York St John University founding member of group honored by the Lush Prize 2024 “We believe it’s time to put an end to the bias in favour of animal-based methods in research as often non-animal methods are more suitable and ethical.” Dr Owen Kavanagh, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science at York…

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Transdev’s Yorkshire workshop wonders in UK skills challenge

Testing road ahead for bus firm’s mechanical, electrical and bodywork stars From experienced engineers to rising stars of the workshop – Yorkshire-based bus operator Transdev’s team of all the talents are to take on the ultimate test. The Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) is celebrating Britain’s best in bus and coach engineering with its…

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The Big Number Natter: York celebrates National Numeracy Day

York residents are being invited to join the celebrations for The Big Number Natter: National Numeracy Day (Wednesday 22 May). York Learning and Multiply – national Government-funded numeracy courses – are inviting people to pop along to the Garden Room at York Explore Library Learning Centre on Wednesday anytime between 9:30am – 12:30pm to find…

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Leeds Beckett forms new partnership to boost growth of Doncaster-based Westdale Group

Marketing experts at Leeds Beckett University have teamed up with Doncaster-based Westdale Group Ltd to support the company’s ambitious plans for growth – and help them meet the increasing demand for home energy efficiency projects crucial to the Government’s net zero plans. The project is a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), part-funded by the Government through Innovate…

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Bradford College Vice Principal named Muslim Woman of the Year

A Bradford College Vice Principal has been named Muslim Woman of the Year at a prestigious national awards ceremony. Alina Khan won the ‘Noor Inayat Khan Muslim Woman of the Year’ category at the British Muslim Awards 2024 which took place at the Muslim Heritage Centre in Manchester. Now in their 11th year, the British Muslim Awards…

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Forget Bridgerton’s Lady Whistledown, the most savage high society commentator of Georgian times was an angry green parrot

York St John University students make The Parrot accessible for modern audiences for the first time    A fascination with royal affairs and high society gossip may seem at its peak during the current digital age but history shows us there was a huge appetite for it in Georgian England too. In the eighteenth century…

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New report delivers blueprint for colleges to enhance West Yorkshire’s finance and professional services sector

A new report sets out how colleges can play a leading role in supporting West Yorkshire’s flourishing finance and professional services (FPS) industry. Commissioned by Luminate Education Group, the research builds on the work of the Yorkshire and Humber Financial and Professional Services Skills Commission, and highlights how colleges are currently an untapped resource for…

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Painting students fix up farm with volunteer makeover

A group of Leeds College of Building students brushed up on their skills after volunteering to redecorate facilities at Herd Farm Residential and Activity Centre. Painting & Decorating and Multi-Skills students from the College spent several weeks on site, prepping walls and woodwork before painting two office rooms, a reception area, and the staff kitchen….

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Oscrete lays “foundations for play” at Bradford primary schools

Employees at Bradford concrete admixture manufacturer Oscrete went back to school this month to improve the grounds at a local primary where two of the staff started their education. Oscrete’s concrete technicians and brothers Michael and Keiron Todd attended Lower Fields Primary School in Bradford between 2001 and 2011 and returned with colleagues this month…

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Yorkshire bus firm Transdev’s new drive to better mental health

New training mission launches to boost care for customers and colleagues as UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week Yorkshire-based bus operator Transdev is launching a new drive to boost care for its customers and staff as the UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week. Campaigning charity The Mental Health Foundation is leading a nationwide week of…

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Bradford College team up with Sewell Construction for ambitious T Level project

Bradford College have partnered with Sewell Construction for the creation of their new multi-million-pound T Level facilities. The work, which starts in May, will involve the remodelling of a number of areas within the College’s David Hockney Building to create a high-quality training environment, enabling students to learn skills which will help them in their…

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Ofsted praise for York St John University’s Degree Apprenticeships

Ofsted has judged York St John University’s provision of Degree Apprenticeships as ‘good’ for overall effectiveness in its latest report.   In the first report by Ofsted into the University’s degree apprenticeships, the University was awarded ‘good’ for its quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development of students and leadership and management. The report…

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Celeb chef hosts dinner kickstarting £32million Bradford College redevelopment

Over 40 VIP guests attended a launch dinner at The Grove Restaurant to hear about exciting plans set to transform Bradford College Hosted by former MasterChef finalist Exose Grant, the event showcased several of the College’s extensive construction projects, which will soon take shape. Projects include new £3.5m vocational T Level facilities, a £6.9m refurbishment…

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Leeds Digital Careers Fair 2024: Inspiring Tech Talent In The Region

As Leeds digital economy grows, so too does Leeds Digital Careers Fair (LDCF24) 2024.  Delivered by Employment and Skills at Leeds City Council, this pivotal event aims to inspire individuals who are not currently working in digital or tech, providing a place for people to explore diverse career paths and training courses, and to connect…

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York St John students take over York Theatre Royal for week-long arts festival 

Performance students from York St John University will take over York Theatre Royal in May as part of the Takeover 2024: In The Limelight festival.   Now in its twelfth year – but the fourth run exclusively by York St John students – the Takeover Festival gives young people the opportunity to gain valuable real-life work…

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New initiative launched to boost girls’ participation in sports and elevate female coaches across Europe

With girls in Europe four times less likely than boys to engage in organised sport1, the new initiative ICOACHGIRLS (ICG), led by researchers from Leeds Beckett University, aims to promote physical activity and sport amongst primary school-age girls. Co-funded by the European Union, with Leeds Beckett University’s Dr. Ruth Brazier managing the programme, ICG is…

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Leeds Beckett University using AI to support autism and ADHD diagnosis and services

Leeds Beckett University is leading a new project to develop ways of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support the diagnosis of ADHD and autism in adults, and to help with prioritisation of services. In partnership with South-West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT), computing experts at Leeds Beckett aim to digitise the Trust’s adult ADHD…

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Ebor Lecture: Professor Rupert Read explores climate change emergency

Spiritual orientation, climate chaos and reconnecting with nature will all be under the microscope in the first Ebor Lecture of 2024 Professor Rupert Read, Co-Director of the Climate Majority Project and Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia, will share his thoughts on eco-spirituality in his Ebor Spring lecture, Earth-Hope, at York St John…

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Leeds Beckett University research shows importance of community organisations in reducing health inequalities

New research, led by Leeds Beckett University, recommends that national health and arts strategies should include the important roles of community anchor organisations in tackling health inequalities in their areas. The research – a partnership between Leeds Beckett University, Locality and Social Life – found that community organisations are able to reach people that statutory…

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Huntington School becomes first in York to receive Silver Healthy Schools Award

Huntington School has become the first in the city to be awarded a coveted Silver Healthy Schools’ Award. The award is part of the Healthy Schools Programme, launched by City of York Council and North Yorkshire Council in partnership last year. The programme aims to encourage state-funded schools across the county to work towards improving…

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Leeds Beckett research helping people with Type 2 Diabetes

New research by Leeds Beckett University has helped improve an NHS programme to support people living with Type 2 Diabetes and obesity or overweight to lose weight, reduce the need for medication and achieve remission. The programme is now being rolled out across the country. Experts in the Obesity Institute at Leeds Beckett University led…

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National Offer Day for primary schools: York children allocated their Reception school place for September

A total of 95.8% of children who applied for a Reception place at a primary school in York this September were allocated their first choice on National Offer Day (Tuesday 16 April). All the children who applied for a Year 3 place in a junior school were allocated their first choice. Parents who applied online…

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Phishing social engineering tactics and how to avoid them

With the rise of social media and increased digital connectivity, social engineering has become easier, and cyber attacks are more frequent. The importance of raising awareness of social engineering tactics Everyone in your organisation, from the director to the newest employee, is prone to making mistakes. The need to stay alert of looming cyber threats…

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Extraordinary achievements of York St John University graduate highlighted in a new national campaign to champion first generation students

100 Faces celebrates those who were the first in their families to attend university and is led by Universities UK.  Richard Holmes graduated last year from York St John University with a BA (Hons) in Product Design. He is the creator of the groundbreaking Global Anthem – a hand gesture flashcard system that facilitates effective…

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Leeds Beckett research reveals how NHS health inequalities funding is used

A new report has been published – based on Leeds Beckett University research – showing how Integrated Care Systems (ICS) nationwide are making use of funding targeted to address health inequalities. The research was led by Professor Mark Gamsu and Professor Anne-Marie Bagnall at Leeds Beckett University, in collaboration with the NHS Confederation, Clarity and the Care…

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Leeds Beckett University collaboration to drive innovation in construction industry

Construction innovation experts at Leeds Beckett University have partnered with Yorkshire’s largest public sector procurement framework organisation to drive innovation in the construction sector and boost opportunities for small businesses in the region. Leeds Beckett University will work with YORhub to create a Supply Chain Engagement Toolkit. This aims to increase the number and diversity…

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Whaling: Personalised cyber attacks targeting business leaders

Whaling is a phishing attack that targets the “big fish” or high level executives within an organisation masking as a legitimate email. As mentioned whaling attacks are highly targeted as they seek to trick specific group of individuals. As such these targeted phishing attacks may typically include the name, job title, and company of the person they…

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York St John University sponsors the York International Shakespeare Festival

The annual festival returns on Thursday 18 April 2024 Artists from the UK, the United States, Ukraine, Japan, Bulgaria, France and Turkey will arrive in York for 10 days of world and UK premieres, storytelling in schools and libraries, book launches, seminars, lectures and exhibitions. While York St John University has been a main venue…

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How to protect your physical workplace security

Physical security can pose a huge risk to your organisation whether your employees work from home or in the office. This blog will tackle the complexities of physical security to help you enhance your organisation’s security culture outside of the online environment. The components of physical security in the office Simply put, physical security characterises…

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Zero trust security: a safer approach to cyber security

Humans are lazy, we all are, it’s been studied, documented and evidenced time and time again. The Principal of Least Effort (PLE) or Zipfs Law manifests itself in all our daily behaviours, if there’s a quicker, easier way to achieve a goal, that’s the one we choose. Of course, we never consider these shortcuts as…

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Council commits additional £100k to York’s free school meals pilots

An ambitious scheme to run pilots providing free school meals in primary schools in York has received a £100k boost, thanks to a commitment from City of York Council. The authority agreed to allocate a further £100,000 towards the scheme in 2024/25, in addition to the £100,000 provided in 2023/24, at its recent budget meeting….

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Fine Art student collaborates with The Guerrilla Girls for exhibition at Leeds Beckett University

Final year Fine Art Student, Katie Crowe, has curated an exhibition with The Guerrilla Girls that will be showcased at Leeds Beckett University from Friday 22 March until Sunday 14 April 2024. A social gathering will be held at 5pm on Tuesday 9 April at White Column. Katie, driven by her passion for Feminist Art,…

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Leeds Beckett to increase food safety using innovative new technology

Leeds Beckett University experts have partnered with a family-owned Bradford business to revolutionise the screening process for aflatoxin in pistachio nuts, using artificial intelligence. The academic team has established a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, partially funded by the Government through Innovate UK, to develop an innovative screening platform in collaboration with Father’s Farm Foods – a…

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Regional awards for York learners who overcame maths fear

Two York residents who have overcome their fear of maths to enjoy their ‘first proper Christmas’ and improved mental health, have been named among the winners at the Multiply Celebration and Awards ceremony in York (March 20). Multiply courses are designed to help overcome anxieties about maths by highlighting the hidden sums we do in…

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