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2016

September 2016

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    Sir Bob Thanks Backers

    Sir Bob attended a lunch to thank backers of the £18m Beacon of Light project in Sunderland on 30th September. He said, “I was delighted to attend the lunch at the Stadium of Light to…

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    Sir Bob attended a lunch to thank backers of the £18m Beacon of Light project in Sunderland on 30th September. He said, “I was delighted to attend the lunch at the Stadium of Light to personally thank the patrons, benefactors and sponsors of the Beacon of Light project.

    “We have come a long way and overcome some significant milestones since we announced our plans for the community development in Sunderland so I felt very heartened to be in the company of so many likeminded people who share our values, and who want to make a lasting difference to people in the northeast.”

    The Beacon of Light will be a first, and like the Foundation of Light, will be pioneering in its approach and aspirations. It will fuse together sport, education, the world of work and health like no other place in the UK.

    “It is because of my own personal experience in education that I continue to feel so driven to championing its importance, and why at the Foundation of Light we believe everyone deserves the chance to unlock their true potential and shine.

    “I also have a little personal experience in sport! And I know combining sport and education is a compelling and potent mix. Through the Beacon it is our ambition to help people, young and old, to learn more, do more and be more to change many lives for the better. “

    http://www.foundationoflight.co.uk/Beacon-of-Light/what-is-beacon-of-light

     

     

     

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2015

July 2015

  1. Honour for Restoration Man

    It was a great pleasure for me to personally present my good friend and fellow Foundation of Light advocate George Clarke with another honour this week. Architect, writer, lecturer and TV presenter George Clarke  received…

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    It was a great pleasure for me to personally present my good friend and fellow Foundation of Light advocate George Clarke with another honour this week.

    Architect, writer, lecturer and TV presenter George Clarke  received an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds Beckett University for his contribution to the Arts.

    Speaking about his award, George, best known for presenting Channel’s 4’s Restoration Man said: “It’s a huge honour to receive the honorary doctorate today.

    I’m thrilled to bits and can’t quite believe it. To be sharing the day with so many other graduates is great. It’s actually 20 years nearly to the day that I got my

    first degree so I feel like I’m going back in time today.”

     

    http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/news/0715-restoration-man-presenter-receives-honorary-degree/

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    Leeds Beckett scholarships 2015

    I was delighted to visit campus recently to award this year’s Sir Bob Murray scholarships to five very deserving first year Leeds Beckett students who are just starting their studies. After I became Chancellor of…

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    Leeds Beckett Scholars 2015

    I was delighted to visit campus recently to award this year’s Sir Bob Murray scholarships to five very deserving first year Leeds Beckett students who are just starting their studies.

    After I became Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University in 2013, I pledged to give £30,000 to students over six years to help those that need a bit of extra support to achieve their goals.

    This year, Billy Haigh, Louise Wade, Saeed Muthana, Jugraj Singh Bhadal and Jamie Howarth received the scholarship award to help support their studies.

    Congratulations to them all!

    It is very rewarding for me to be able to give something back to my university by supporting these hard working, talented students.

    I hope the scholarships will make a real difference to them and I wish them every success in their studies.

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  1. Sir Bob Congratulates Graduates of 2015

        It was a busy week for Sir Bob with 10 packed ceremonies at  Leeds Beckett for the 2015 Graduations. He offered his congratulations to all graduating students, “My role as Chancellor at Leeds…

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    It was a busy week for Sir Bob with 10 packed ceremonies at  Leeds Beckett for the 2015 Graduations.

    He offered his congratulations to all graduating students, “My role as Chancellor at Leeds Beckett is an honour and privilege. Nothing brings home to me the transformative impact of education so much as seeing the achievement of our graduating students.

     

    “Once again I spent much of the week at Headingley Campus celebrating with colleagues and students. This year we awarded a number of honorary degrees to people from a range of sectors and backgrounds and I’m confident that the conferment of these awards this summer have not only laid the foundations for a lasting relationship with our University but, through telling their own stories in their speeches, our honorary graduates have also inspired another cohort of our hopeful graduates.

     

    “Great results are down to hard work, steadfast determination, resilience and often a little luck. I trust that all this week’s graduates will take time to really savour and capture this moment.  Whatever they choose to do next, they can do it in the knowledge that they are setting off – or continuing – on their careers with a great education behind them.”

     

    http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/

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January 2015

  1. Sir Bob Murray and Lesley Spuhler, CEO of Foundation of Light

    Premier League and Foundation visit House of Lords

    THE Premier League and the Foundation of Light teamed up to tell Ministers and MPs about some of their pioneering work and an exciting new project in the House of Lords this week. Baroness Jay…

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    Sir Bob Murray and Lesley Spuhler, CEO of Foundation of Light

    Sir Bob and Lesley Spuhler, CEO, Foundation of Light

THE Premier League and the Foundation of Light teamed up to tell Ministers and MPs about some of their pioneering work and an exciting new project in the House of Lords this week.

Baroness Jay of Paddington who sponsored the event with Sunderland MP Julie Elliot, outlined some of the ground-breaking work being undertaken in the north east by the charity and also revealed plans for the Beacon of Light.

She said: “The Beacon of Light will be an inspirational, multi-functional Centre of Opportunity – bringing people, communities and agencies together to make an outstanding and long lasting difference to people’s lives.”

The £15m development, which will be built  in Sunderland and  operated by the Foundation of Light, will expand the award-winning work of the charity using the power of football and sport to engage people in activities designed to improve their lives, and the lives of those around them.

Chair of Trustees Sir Bob explained: “The Beacon will be a vibrant and exciting education and sports facility. It will include four imaginative, inspiring and innovative zones and fuse together sport, education, the world of work and health and well-being like no other place in the UK.”

http://www.foundationoflight.co.uk/Beacon-of-Light

Julie Elliot MP added: “Despite the ground-breaking efforts of the Foundation of Light and  local agencies, Sunderland and the northeast is still an area with its challenges. The Beacon of Light will empower and encourage people to learn more, do more and be more.”

Architect and TV presenter George Clarke is from Sunderland and also a trustee of the Foundation of Light. He is passionate about the power of architecture to change communities: “I’m a firm believer in the ability of architecture to inspire people and transform lives – the Beacon of Light will be the epitome of this in a very literal sense.

“Stadium Park, where the Beacon of Light will be based has an annual footfall of over one million people. It was an ambitious project when envisaged, which has had a massive knock on effect for the city and surrounding region. The Beacon of Light will be the next game-changer on site.”

 

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  1. Lesley Spuhler, CEO of Foundation of Light and Sir Bob Murray on the site of the Beacon.

    Beacon will be a powerful educator

    THE Foundation of Light and the Premier League recently teamed up to tell Ministers and MPs about their pioneering work in the community and to launch ambitious plans for the Beacon of Light. Baroness Jay…

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    THE Foundation of Light and the Premier League recently teamed up to tell Ministers and MPs about their pioneering work in the community and to launch ambitious plans for the Beacon of Light.

    Baroness Jay of Paddington who sponsored the event in the House of Lords with Sunderland MP Julie Elliot, outlined some of the ground-breaking work being undertaken in the north east

    by the Foundation of Light – the charity arm of SAFC, which was set up by Sir Bob in 2001.

    She said: “The Beacon of Light will be an inspirational, multi-functional Centre of Opportunity – bringing people, communities and agencies together to make an outstanding and long lasting difference to people’s lives.”

    Baroness Jay also revealed that the Beacon of Light development has the potential to generate an estimated social return on investment of more than £73 million within the next 20 years.

    Lesley Spuhler, CEO of Foundation of Light and Sir Bob Murray on the site of the Beacon.

    The £15m development, which will be operated by the Foundation of Light, will expand the award-winning work of the charity using the power of football and sport to engage people in activities designed to improve their lives,

    and the lives of those around them.

    Sir Bob explained; “The Beacon will be a vibrant and exciting education, skills and sports facility and will address local issues through four  innovative zones of sport and play, world of work, health and well-being and education – given Sunderland as a city is behind national figures in all of these areas. The Beacon will be operated as a social enterprise to ensure it is both sustainable and self-sufficient – not a constant ask but, once constructed, a constant give.”

    Julie Elliot MP added: “Despite the ground-breaking efforts of the Foundation of Light and various local agencies, Sunderland is still an area with its challenges. The Beacon of Light will empower people to take responsibility for their own choices and actions and encourage people to learn more, do more and be more. It will allow them to change their world and that of their families and neighbours – a succession of steady and gradual changes that will echo the story of social and economic regeneration in the North East.”

     

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2014

November 2014

  1. Student success at Derwentside College

    21 student superstars were shining brightly as they celebrated at Derwentside College’s Annual Achievement Awards ceremony in November.  The evening was attended by over 250 guests from across the region, with 21 students receiving special…

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    21 student superstars were shining brightly as they celebrated at Derwentside College’s Annual Achievement Awards ceremony in November.  The evening was attended by over 250 guests from across the region, with 21 students receiving special awards for academic excellence and personal endeavour.  Two of these awards were sponsored by Sir Bob Murray, both for Personal Achievement- Louise Bowman (Employability Skills) and Kerrieanne Derbyshire (Prince’s Trust).

    Sir Bob commented: “I am very proud to be associated with Derwentside College in my home-town of Consett and delighted to sponsor the special  awards for outstanding personal achievement. I would like to congratulate Louise and Kerrieanne on their awards and wish them every success in the future.”

    Guest presenters at the ceremony were Gary Philipson and Lisa Shaw from Heart Radio North East, whilst Andrew Hodgson, CEO of Wallsend based SMD and Vice Chair of the North East LEP was the College’s Guest of Honour.

    The evening culminated with the announcement of Student of the Year which was presented to Mark Stewart, an Advanced Apprentice at Pinnacle Re-Tec, based in Consett, for his outstanding achievements demonstrated throughout his studies. Mark said, “I was thrilled to have been nominated for an award, but to win Student of the Year was absolutely fantastic.  The proudest moment was knowing that my family, my employer and my assessor were there to see this.”

    Principal and Chief Executive, Karen Redhead said, “Our Awards evening is about celebrating success, the success of individuals in achieving their goals by progressing to further and higher education, by securing employment and the success of the college working with employers to raise skill levels and improve quality.”

    “Success rates on our classroom-based courses are very high, placing us again in the top 10 percent of all colleges in the country for the majority of our programmes and we have maintained this strong position for the last four years.  In the last 12 months alone we have delivered learning aims to 10,759 students, we had 5,234 apprentices in 20 different occupational areas of learning and we worked with 1,159 employers.”

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2013
  1. Sir Bob with (L-R) Megan Kearney (Vice President Welfare), Ollie Richardson (Vice President Education), Chloe Coles (Vice President Activites) and Millie Cooper (President).

    Sir Bob visits Leeds Met Students’ Union

        The President and Vice-President of Leeds Metropolitan University Students’ Union have given Sir Bob an insight into university life by giving him a guided tour of the university’s two campuses. Bob, who became…

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    Sir Bob with (L-R) Megan Kearney (Vice President Welfare), Ollie Richardson (Vice President Education), Chloe Coles (Vice President Activites) and Millie Cooper (President).

     

    The President and Vice-President of Leeds Metropolitan University Students’ Union have given Sir Bob an insight into university life by giving him a guided tour of the university’s two campuses.

    Bob, who became Chancellor of the University in January, was invited to spend the day on campus and was welcomed by Millie Cooper (SU President) and Ollie Richardson (Vice-President, Education).

    After meeting Millie and Ollie, Bob was given a tour of the picturesque Headingley Campus, home to students who study courses such as computing, education, events, languages, music, sport and tourism.

    Bob also visited the City Campus which boasts award-winning buildings such as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010 and the Rose Bowl, the home of the business school which won an award for Best Commercial Property Development in 2009.

    Speaking about his day, Bob said; “It was a great pleasure to meet Millie and Ollie and to gain an insight into how the Students’ Union works.

    “It was inspiring to see how hard they work to make students’ lives better and how they help each student get the most out of their university experience.

    “I was also very impressed with the facilities at both the Headingley and City Campus, which are fantastic for students. Both campuses greatly complement  each other.

    Bob also met with Megan Kearney (Vice-President, Welfare) and Chloe Coles (Vice-President, Student, Activities).

    Bob’s links with Leeds date back to 1969 when he moved to Yorkshire to study accountancy at Leeds Polytechnic as it was formerly known. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1972 and in 2008 was awarded an honorary doctorate in Business Administration by the University for his contribution to business and sport.

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2012

July 2012

  1. London Olympics

    As a great supporter of British sport and home grown talent, Bob was thrilled by the spectacle and success of the 2012 Olympics, saying, “Like most of the nation I was gripped by Olympics and Paralympics…

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    As a great supporter of British sport and home grown talent, Bob was thrilled by the spectacle and success of the 2012 Olympics, saying, “Like most of the nation I was gripped by Olympics and Paralympics and wowed by the sporting triumph of the men and women of Team GB as well as the Olympic organisers led by Lord Coe.”

     The Olympics are not just about winning medals though and Bob was keen to praise the behaviour and conduct of those that represented Great Britain during the Games: “The exemplary sporting behaviour, professional attitude and impeccable image of the sports men and women at the Olympics was a lesson to all sports about how role-models should and can conduct themselves.  Football should take note as it still has a lot to learn in this respect.

     “I only had the pleasure to visit the Olympic stadium once during the games but thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience – although I did manage to choose one of the only days Team GB didn’t win any medals!

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1996

October 1996

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    Rhyming slang

    Whilst Sir Bob is a knight of the realm as well as the Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University and even has a library at Sunderland University named after him, there are very few achievements that…

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    Whilst Sir Bob is a knight of the realm as well as the Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University and even has a library at Sunderland University named after him, there are very few achievements that are quite as individual as your name becoming a part of the legendary cockney rhyming slang.

    “I’m still flying around London in black cabs all the time, and sometimes still get asked if I’m ‘in a Bob Murray’ on my way to various places. I think the first time I heard it was around 1996 when we floated the club on the stock exchange, and I’m not sure if it was a complimentary thing because I was there in person and the taxi drivers recognised me or not, but It’s certainly a strange thing to hear”.

    Even if Bob is skeptical as to whether his name really is synonymous with being ‘in a hurry’ down south, this Expedia advert for holidaying in the UK would certainly agree with the former, even being translated at the bottom.

    It’s a pretty unusual seeing your name being translated back into your own language, but whether Bob Murray now means in a hurry in cockney slang, mockney slang, or still just means Bob Murray, being recognised in cabs and stories like this are “Not bad for a lad from Consett, eh?”

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