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From Blofeld to Moneypenny

Dr Steven Gerrard has recently edited a collection of academic writings about various aspects of gender in the Bond books, films and games

Wooden case for earphones design

RSA Student Design Awards Shortlisted Students

Two Leeds School of Arts students have been shortlisted for this year’s RSA Student Design Awards (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Design).

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Temple Newsam Grounds

Principal Lecturer Paul Ratcliff was recently commissioned to create an artwork featuring the recordings of various birds and animals in the grounds of West Yorkshire stately home Temple Newsam.

15/05/20
 

Landscape Architecture students write about the Yorkshire Dales

Two students from Leeds School of Arts each wrote a short article for the Yorkshire Dales Review 150th anniversary issue about their research in the landscape.

15/05/20
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Young minds in music

Young Minds in Music

Final year BA Music Performance and Production student, Jack Hanks, wanted to help prospective students discover why Leeds Beckett is such a great place to study music. Jack created a ‘Young Minds in Music’ YouTube channel, where he posted videos of his interviews with his student peers, finding out about their love for music, and why they chose to come study at Leeds Beckett University. 

13/05/20
 
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Broadcast Media Technologies Students benefit from long-running partnership with BBC Introducing

The long-running partnership between Leeds Beckett University and the BBC Introducing project has provided our students with numerous opportunities to work with up and coming artists over the past few years.

05/05/20
Student housing plan

New Wortley Housing Association Submits Planning Application

Student design work from Leeds Beckett University undergraduates has paved the way for a local community group to submit a Planning Application to Leeds City Council for a new housing scheme in Leeds’ most under-funded postcode.

01/05/20
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Post Graduate Landscape Architecture – Virtual Teaching and Tutorials

Postgradaute students have been participating in virtual technical workshops and online tutorials. 

 

01/05/20
Dr Anne Schiffer visiting Gambia

Reframing Energy Access: Insights from The Gambia

LSA Academic publishes new book about energy provision in The Gambia

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Product Design Futures Conference 2020

2020 conference attended by Leeds Beckett staff and students.

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£25,000 in grants up for grabs in games design competition

Got a great idea for a game? Want support the support of our expert staff in developing it, a £5,000 grant and the chance to win a further £20,000 in development grants? You can with Leeds School of Arts, which has been selected as a West Yorkshire regional hub for Tranzfuser 2020. 

19/03/20

Twentieth Century architects examined in student videos

Ten major architects of the twentieth century are looked at in video essays created by first year BA (Hons) Architecture students in the Leeds School of Architecture.

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Oliver Twist at Leeds Playhouse

Music Performance and Production student Alistair Lacey works on the new play ‘Oliver Twist’ at Leeds Playhouse featuring the use of integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning.

10/03/20
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Student talent model helps university gain regional reputation as top film and TV educator

Samantha Babrovskie, Senior Lecturer in Production Design, talks about Harrogate Film Festival.

26/02/20
Tenley Martin poster

Transnational Flamenco: Exchange and the Individual in British and Spanish Flamenco Culture

Ethnomusicologist and Senior Lecturer in Music Dr Tenley Martin investigates transnational musical exchange through the lens of British and Spanish flamenco communities in a new book set to be published 21 March, 2020.

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Stardom and the Archive

Director of Research for Leeds School of Arts Prof Robert Shail delivers a paper regarding the historical collection of press books held by the British Film Institute at the Stardom and Archive Conference 2020 in Exeter.

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Rafael Pérez Evans Awarded the Supporting Emerging Talent Scholarship

We sat down with Spanish-Welsh artist Rafael Pérez Evans who has been awarded the 2020 Supporting Emerging Talent Scholarship.

19/02/20
Ayyappadas Vijayakumar

Oscar winning graduate encourages students to showcase their work at public events

Leeds Beckett University Masters graduate Ayyappadas Vijayakumar was part of the 1917 Oscar winning visual effects team and has opened up about his road to success ahead of Harrogate Film Festival (HFF).

18/02/20
Rome Colosseum

Leeds School of Architecture in Rome

First year BA (Hons) Architecture and second year BA (Hons) Interior Design & Architecture students spent an amazing, inspiring week in Rome

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Top five horror films for couples to enjoy this Valentine’s Day

As lovers everywhere gather their thoughts about what to buy their loved ones for Valentine’s Day, perhaps they would be better suited thinking about what horror films they could watch. Dr Steven Gerrard, a Reader in Film at Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University, has recommended his top five films for couples to enjoy whilst curled up on the sofa together.

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Postgraduate Landscape Architecture: Model Making

MA Landscape Architecture students took part in a one day model making workshop in the Postgraduate studio.

07/02/20
Northern Film School official education partner of Harrogate Film Festival

Harrogate Film Festival

The Northern Film School reflects the increasing importance and significant growth of the Creative Industries in the UK economy, in particular, the screen industries.

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Magazines publish BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing students’ editorial work

Students are working as contributors to established publications

28/01/20
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Carolyn Thompson’s ‘Post Moderns’ art exhibition

Leeds School of Arts Academics review Carolyn Thompson’s ‘Post Moderns’ art exhibition at Shandy Hall in their text, ‘Breaking and Entering’

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Social Media Use In Art

Special issue of the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice edited by LSA doctoral candidate Zara Worth with contributions from LBU staff and Alumni.

20/01/20
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Our Interior Architecture Students are Learning from Practising Architects and Interior Designers

First Year Interior Architecture & Design students are being taught by a series of design practitioners on their studio projects, alongside their studio tutors. This academic year, the following practitioners, all from diverse design practices, have shared their expertise.

20/01/20

Leeds School of Arts Academic Developing an Innovative Story Game App

Dr Anna Zaluczkowska, a reader from Leeds School of Arts, is supporting the development of a new prototype story gaming app through the SSN. Anna needs writers and colleagues working within media to play some stories as well as offer feedback through the SSN.

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Interior Architecture Alumni

What sort of careers do our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design alumni follow?

17/01/20
Lucy Robinson at the competition

BA (Hons) Performance and Production Student Wins The Belfast Dawson's Singer Songwriter Competition

After winning her heat in November 2019 Leeds Beckett University student, Lucy Robinson, got through to the grand final which took place on the 10th of December 2019 in the famous Dark Horse, Belfast.

17/01/20

Victor Newsome Exhibition

New exhibition celebrating the life an­d work of artist Victor Newsome goes on display in Naples

17/01/20
Emily Rushby

Landscape Bursary Award

Congratulations Emily Rushby our post graduate conversion student in landscape architecture who has been awarded one of the Landscape Design Associates (LDA) bursaries which celebrates their 40th anniversary.

Peter Morrison, Molly Baker, Linda Gravante, and Nadia Luhar

Architecture students shortlisted for the British Council Venice Biennale Fellowship.

Four students from the Leeds School of Architecture have been shortlisted for the prestigious British Council Venice Biennale Fellowship.

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Interior Architecture and Design Students Study Trip to Manchester

On Wednesday 27 November 2019 Interior Architecture and Design Students were given a tour of Beehive Mill by Architect Maurice Shapero.

19/12/19
Disclosure - Film Poster

Disclosure at Palm Springs International Film festival

Feature film crewed by students & staff from the Northern Film School (NFS) to receive its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Film festival in January 2020.

19/12/19
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Landscape Architecture: Copenhagen Field Trip

Third year BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Design students spent an inspiring week in Copenhagen and Malmo visiting the wealth of green infrastructure and public spaces.

Euripides Bekos composing

PhD Student wins International Composition Competition

Leeds School of Arts PhD candidate in Music Composition Euripides Bekos was named  winner of the prestigious international composition prize “Nikos Skalkottas – 2019”.

13/12/19
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Studio Gagarin Bridge

Technology Prototypes Symposium

Architecture students from across Leeds School of Arts were given the opportunity to engage with the concept of ‘Technology Prototypes’ through a Symposium on Wednesday 13 November 2019.

03/12/19
Palm trees in California

California Researchin'

Dr Kiff Bamford talks about his research interest in Jean-François Lyotard and his recent visit to the University of California, Irvine where Lyotard once taught.

Students taking part in the project

The Wired Project

Leeds School of Arts Music students aim to inspire & educate the next generation of female musicians through The Wired Project.

03/12/19
Burgess recording at home

Anthony Burgess cassette archive

21 November 2019 saw the launch of Conversations with the Anthony Burgess cassette archive (1964-1993), a double LP/CD curated by Senior Lectuer Dr Alan Dunn, in collaboration with the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and poet/producer Guy-Marc Hinant of the Belgian record label Sub Rosa.

22/11/19

Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Northern Film School Production Co-ordinator, Laura Torenbeek, attended the Aesthetica Short Film Festival with 30 students and a group of Northern Film School staff and Alumni. Attending the international film festival for the 4th time in a row, Laura was excited to tell us all about it. Laura said, "I always schedule my days at Aesthetica thoroughly and because events and masterclasses and screenings happen simultaneously, I’ve had a few difficult decisions to make. However, I made most of my time at the festival and here are some of the highlights..."

12/11/19

Creating an Advert: Dreamers of the Day

Sam McNally, 2019 film graduate, talks about how he and other students from the Northern Film School created the Dreamers of the Day advert for Leeds Beckett. Based on the T.E. Lawrence poem of the same name, Sam, along with the rest of the cast and crew, took the project from the intial spark of inspiration through to the finished film.

11/11/19
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Visitors at the exhibition

Leeds Beckett Architecture Student helps win RIBA Northern Soul Design Charrette

A team of students from different universities, including a Leeds Beckett Architecture student, have been named as the winning entrant in this year’s RIBA Northern Soul Design Charrette.

08/11/19

Northern Film School Successes - Winter 2019

A roundup of some successes, stories and achievements from some of the graduates from the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University.

08/11/19
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The students in Amsterdam

MA Landscape Architecture Amsterdam Trip 2019

As part of the Post Graduate Landscape Architecture course, students studying the ‘Cities Alive’ Landscape and Urban Design module recently visited Amsterdam.

08/11/19
Joan Love, 'Introducing the touch of water'

Autism-friendly design recommendations incorporated into ‘The National Autistic Societies’ knowledge base

Joan Love, a Senior lecturer on BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, has had an article on ‘Autism-friendly architecture’ included on The National Autistic Societies ‘Network Autism’, Good Practice and Knowledge base. This highly regarded platform shares the most up to date expertise, practice and resources amongst professionals across the community.

07/11/19
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Georges Perec book chapter and reading

Dr Oliver Bray, Director of Arts in the Leeds School of Arts, delivered a reading at the book launch of a new edited volume titled Georges Perec’s Geographies.

30/10/19
Rowena Smith

Studying MA Music Production

Recent graduate Rowena Smith talks about studying for her MA Music Production; what she learnt, her practice as a producer and her numerous subsequent successes.

28/10/19
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Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888)

Louis Le Prince and the Birth of Film in Leeds

To mark the 2nd Louis Le Prince Experimental Film Lecture featuring prizewinning filmmaking Ben Rivers on 19 November 2019, local writer and historian Irfan Shah takes a closer look at the life and cinematic achievements of Louis Le Prince.

22/10/19
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Poster for the film The Last Tree

"The Last Tree" at Hyde Park Picture House

Alex Ashcroft, a senior lecturer at the Northern Film School, worked as Production Sound Mixer on The Last Tree, a Sundance “Grand Jury Prize” nominated film directed by Shola Amoo.

16/10/19
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