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Forever Leeds

The University of Leeds is one of Britain’s great places of learning, with a worldwide reputation for innovation, a vibrant student culture, and a thriving global alumni community. FOREVER LEEDS is the new podcast for everyone who went to Leeds, has children or relatives at Leeds right now, or is thinking of applying to study at Leeds themselves. Join us as we find out about new developments at Britain’s most exciting university. You’ll meet famous alumni with stories to tell, and hear from the Leeds students of today as they shape the future. Made by Leeds graduates and current Leeds students, FOREVER LEEDS is a Podmasters production for the Alumni and Development team of the University of Leeds.Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @leedsalumni or email us at alumni@leeds.ac.uk

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Forever Leeds summer special, 2022

What's it like to stand on top of Mount Everest? Find out from a Leeds graduate who is just back from his record breaking 16th summit. Kenton Cool talks about life as a mountain climber and how it all stems from being a Leeds student (3:30).Also taking time to speak to us is CEO of Aviva Amanda Blanc, who shares her insight as one of only nine female leaders in the FTSE 100 and the Government's Women in Finance Champion (17:24).Is it a ginnel? A snicket? An alley? We learn about the University’s fascinating dialects survey of the way people speak English - and how we need your contributions (13:26).And finally, we'll summon up memories of that summer feeling as current students reflect on the past year. With the comment "great memories, great music, great people," we hear a timeless description of the Leeds student experience (23:01).

29mins

1 Jul 2022

Rank #1

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Hollywood A-lister Chris Pine says why he loved Leeds

What did Captain Kirk love about being a University of Leeds student? Listen to Chris Pine (3:35) recall his life in Leeds, including how a barbecue at his Brudenell Road home was the “glorious cap to a great year”. You'll also hear: elite rugby player Jodie Cunningham (Medical Sciences 2013), who introduced her England teammates to the Otley Run (20:00)how Leeds ignited a passion for equality in Fiona Cannon OBE (English 1985), a director at Lloyds Banking Group (33:50)Engineering professor Pietro Valdastri explaining how tiny robots can travel into a patient’s lungs to tackle disease (12:34)And finally, it’s worth listening to hear the enthusiasm at our Global Café, where students from across the world come together for some weekly fun (27:36).

46mins

30 May 2022

Rank #2

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What was under the hatch in the floor?

This episode features Martine Croxall (Geography 1990), who as a BBC news presenter has broken major stories to the world. She recalls her student life of home perms and nights out, saying “they would lift a hatch up out of the floor and you would walk down these steps” to a club under the Merrion Centre (28:50). We check in with a Leeds doctoral fellow, who explains how low-carbon heat pumps could be an affordable way for us all to support a net zero future (12:30). The bestselling author and historian Helen Rappaport (Russian and Slavonic Studies 1970) tells us about student life in the swinging 60s and how Leeds kindled her passion for Victorian and Russian history (4:15). You’ll find out why the University chose to name a new building after an inspirational woman who graduated in 1924. Esther Simpson changed the face of UK higher education by devoting her life to rescuing thousands of scholars from Nazi Germany and later fascist regimes (22:07). And finally, it’s worth listening just to hear the delight in the voices of our alumni who returned to campus this spring to celebrate graduating during lockdown (36:43). FOREVER LEEDS is a podcast by the University of Leeds Advancement team. Tell is what you think by tweeting @LeedsAlumni and find out more at leeds.ac.uk/alumni* Presented by Rich Williams and Alba Goskova. Music composed and produced by Japjisingh Valecha. Esther Simpson and graduation conversations by Tom Davy. Audio production by Alex Rees. Produced by Andrew HarrisonForever Leeds is a Podmasters Production

42mins

29 Apr 2022

Rank #3

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The one with the megastars

The latest episode of our Forever Leeds podcast charts the journey of Ben Winston (Broadcasting Studies 2004) from Brudenell Road to Beverly Hills, becoming executive producer of one of the biggest TV events of the decade – Friends: The Reunion.We explore how two Yorkshire schoolgirls created the first fake news controversy with the infamous Cottingley Fairies hoax. Leeds researchers discuss how employers are coping with the post-pandemic world of work and we catch up with current Leeds students to find out what life is like on campus right now. FOREVER LEEDS is outmonthly from the University of Leeds Alumni and Development team. Tell is whatyou think by tweeting @LeedsAlumni and find out more at alumni.leeds.ac.uk. * Presented by Rich Williams and Alba Goskova. Music composed and produced by Japjisingh Valecha.Cottingley Fairies package by Tom Davy. Audio production by Alex Rees. Special thanks to Becca Morrison and Leeds Student Radio. Produced by Andrew Harrison with Jill Bullock and Mark Dorey. Forever Leeds is a Podmasters Production

48mins

26 Nov 2021

Rank #4

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New term, secrets of Leeds architecture, and Jess Phillips MP

On the new podcast for University of Leeds alumni and everyone who loves the University… Labour MP Jess Phillips tells us how studying at Leeds shaped her life, her politics and her love of dance music. We meet the visionary planner behind Leeds’ world-famous modernist architecture, now celebrating his 100th birthday. We learn how Leeds researchers are turning the tide on climate change. And we hear from new students at the start of a new term. 03:22 Professor Julia Martin-Ortega, Restoring peatlands 10:25 Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley and Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding, shares her Leeds memories 18:04 Geoffrey Wilson, Leeds brutalist architecture. 24:45 Students and recent graduates share their journeys to Leeds. 40:20 Footsteps FundFOREVER LEEDS is out monthly from the University of Leeds Alumni and Development team. Tell is what you think by tweeting @LeedsAlumni and find out more at alumni.leeds.ac.uk. * Presented by Rich Williams and Alba Goskova. Music composed and produced by Japjisingh Valecha. Geoffrey Williams package by Tom Davy. Audio production by Alex Rees. Special thanks to Becca Morrison and Leeds Student Radio. Produced by Andrew Harrison with Jill Bullock and Mark Dorey. Forever Leeds is a Podmasters Production.

41mins

19 Oct 2021

Rank #5

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Inside Leeds past, present and future

Welcome to FOREVER LEEDS, the new podcast for everyone who’s ever studied at the University of Leeds – or is thinking of applying to Britain’s most exciting university. On this debut edition we find out how Leeds is helping the W.H.O. to fight the next pandemic. We discover how BBC, Observer and Telegraph journalist Kamal Ahmed’s life was changed by his time studying politics at Leeds. We learn how a Leeds geographer mapped undiscovered Antarctica. And we meet the next generation of Leeds graduates. FOREVER LEEDS is out monthly from the University of Leeds Alumni and Development team. Tell is what you think by tweeting @LeedsAlumni and find out more at alumni.leeds.ac.uk/foreverleeds. * Presented by Rich Williams and Alba Goskova. Music composed and produced by Japjisingh Valecha. John Rothera package by Tom Davy (audio courtesy of the British Antarctic Survey Archives, with special thanks to Chris Eldon Lee and Kevin Roberts at the British Antarctic Survey). Audio production by Alex Rees. Produced by Andrew Harrison with Jill Bullock and Mark Dorey. Forever Leeds is a Podmasters Production.

44mins

23 Aug 2021

Rank #6

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Forever Leeds Trailer

Coming soon - the Forever Leeds podcast from the Alumni team at the University of Leeds.The University of Leeds is one of Britain’s great places of learning, with a worldwide reputation for innovation, a vibrant student culture, and a thriving global alumni community. FOREVER LEEDS is the new podcast for everyone who went to Leeds, has children or relatives at Leeds right now, or is thinking of applying to study at Leeds themselves. Join us as we find out about new developments at Britain’s most exciting university. You’ll meet famous alumni with stories to tell, and hear from the Leeds students of today as they shape the future. Made by Leeds graduates and current Leeds students, FOREVER LEEDS is a podmasters production for the Alumni and Development team of the University of Leeds.

9 Aug 2021

Rank #7