Blooming good results for our Grounds and Gardens

Blooming good results for Grounds and Gardens

Last updated on 17 October 2019

The University campus has been awarded a gold accolade for its outstanding grounds and gardens at this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards.

The award signifies the comprehensive approach we take to incorporate sustainability, promote wildlife habitats and create a cohesive environment across the campus. The success of the Living Lab projects incorporated with planting and pond schemes was also acknowledged, alongside our innovative approach towards biodiversity.

The Judges commented: “The University campus was a pleasure to visit. The grounds are well-maintained and used as a Living Lab by the various onsite faculties. All plantings are measured using an innovative biodiversity standard to optimise any new landscape features during the planting stage. Successful examples are the maturing and very colourful Charles Morris Garden, The Roger Stevens Pond, The Laidlaw Library Roof Garden and the interactive sensory garden. The presence of a low maintenance urban wildlife garden with an apiary on site located at the centre of campus, reinforces the university’s commitment to raising awareness and implementation of biodiversity considerations. An art trail, walking route and a significant level of interpretation, encourage the casual visitor to explore what is a well presented clean and tidy campus.”

Each of the award entries is assessed against three criteria sections, horticulture, environment and community. The University scored 86 out of a possible 100 which qualified the team for a Gold award signifying excellence of work.

The award also came at a fitting time for two colleagues in the team, as James Wright, Grounds and Gardens Team Leader explains: “We were delighted to receive this award, it’s incredibly rewarding to have our hard work and commitment acknowledged through Yorkshire in Bloom. We work closely with colleagues in sustainability and other colleagues in Estates to ensure we create great spaces for bringing environmental benefits as well as wellbeing benefits to all users of our campus. The Grounds and Gardens team are made up of colleagues with varied experience in this field. Indeed we have been celebrating two of our colleagues,Sam Robinson who has recently successfully completed his apprenticeship at the University and now has a full time position within the team, and Frank Dods, our longest serving member of the team with over 25 years at the University.  It’s a real honour to celebrate this achievement with all the team, who collectively give so much each day to creating a well presented and welcoming campus.”

RHS Britain in Bloom is the largest horticultural campaign in Europe and each year it grows in size and importance and involves more people, groups and organisations creating lasting improvements to local environments.


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Cycle Awareness Campaign – 7 and 8 October

Last updated on 20 September 2019

Security Services, in partnership with West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Connect, will launch a new cycle campaign in October aimed at promoting bike security to new students in Leeds.

Security Services will be promoting two strands of cycle safety and security. For just £20 students can buy:

  • a solid D-Lock
  • front and rear lights for their bikes

Malcolm Dawson, Security Services Manager, said“This campaign is aimed at improving cycle safety and security across campus and follows on from last year’s successful campaign.”

Why is cycle safety and security important?

  • A good solid D-Lock makes it much harder for thieves to steal cycles and they usually go for those that are not secured properly or those with rather flimsy locks.
  • Unfortunately, accidents occur with cyclists often riding with no lights during darkness and front and rear lights will be supplied in the package.

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We will be on the Precinct (opposite the Union) between 8.30am and 4pm on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October. Students should head down to pick up a secure D-lock and a bike light set for just £20, whilst stocks last.  For further details contact

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Creating inspiring and engaging spaces

Last updated on 10 September 2019

The Design Office has recently completed the Maurice Keyworth refurbishment project. 

They worked with the Business School to create an inspiring and engaging study space for students to work in a variety of different ways. The space has been divided into zones using furniture solutions that encourage collaborative group work as well as quiet areas for individual study and contemplation.

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LUBS Expansion: Clarendon Building update

Last updated on 2 September 2019

The Leeds Innovation Centre (LIC) is now the Clarendon Building.

The Sewell Group Construction has been working on the £2.7m upgrade to facilities that will further advance the provision of education facilities for students within Leeds University Business School.

So far, they’ve had 105 people inducted to the site and 400 metres of refrigeration pipework has been installed. New wall locations have been constructed across all floors forming the new room layouts. Mechanical and electrical works have progressed across all disciplines.
Structural door widening works have continued to all floors.

The Ground floor, which will be a computer cluster will be ready for use as the autumn term begins.

Over the next few weeks, Mechanical and electrical works will continue, floor finishes will commence and the external facade louvre installation will be completed.

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Technology and Research Facility

Last updated on 24 September 2019

Work is underway to seek full planning consent for the construction of buildings for Centre for Infrastructure Materials (CIM), Institute for High-Speed Rail and System Integration (IHSRSI)  on site at the Technology and Research Facility with work anticipated to commence on site this winter.

The University of Leeds’ Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration will revolutionise the way new railway systems are invented, developed and brought into service. It will be located next to the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone and forms the early phase of an ambitious plan involving local authorities and businesses to position the City Region as a UK centre for rail engineering which will generate jobs and inward investment.

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