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2014

December 2014

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    Achievements celebrated at Leeds Beckett awards

    Sir Bob Murray  was guest of honour at the annual Achieving Excellence Awards at Leeds Beckett University, which recognise the contributions of staff across the university. Former Chair of the Board of Governors at Leeds…

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    Leeds Beckett University staff awards celebrations

    Sir Bob Murray  was guest of honour at the annual Achieving Excellence Awards at Leeds Beckett University, which recognise the contributions of staff across the university.

    Former Chair of the Board of Governors at Leeds Beckett, Lord Woolmer of Leeds, was also awarded an honorary Doctor of the University as part of the event, which was attended by Vice Chancellor Professor Susan Price, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Mace Bearer, Professor Paul Smith, and the university’s new Chair of the Board of Governors, David Lowen. The  ceremony was compered by Honorary Graduate and TV personality, Harry Gration.

    Speaking at  the event Sir Bob said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the Achieving Excellence Awards and join with colleagues to celebrate the considerable achievements of staff from across the institution.  It was also a great privilege to confer the honour of Doctor of the University on former Chair of the Board Lord Woolmer.”

    The ten awards categories ranged from Excellence in Customer Service Delivery and Team Colleague of the Year to Course Leader of the Year and Inspiring Teacher of the Year. This year also saw the introduction of a new category for Bright Idea of the Year. Now in their sixth year, the awards encourage staff and students to nominate colleagues for the contribution they make to the university every day, however big or small and 437 nominations were received this year.

    Prior to the awards being announced, former Council Leader, MP and Director of Leeds United, Lord Woolmer was awarded an honorary degree.

    Lord Woolmer was conferred with the award of Doctor of the University by Sir Bob who is Leeds Beckett Chancellor,  for his significant service to the city of Leeds and the region. He  has long-held connections with Leeds and has served the city in a civic capacity for more than 40 years. He has been a member of the House of Lords since 1999 and is currently a member of the Select Committee on European Economic and International Trade Policies. Lord Woolmer said: “It is an enormous privilege and a great honour to be awarded the first honorary degree from Leeds Beckett University and I’m truly delighted. I would remind Leeds Beckett’s current students that they are very able people with enormous potential and that they need to seize that potential because life is so full of opportunities.”

     

    For more information visit  www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk

     

     

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September 2014

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    Proud to be Chancellor of Leeds Beckett

      I am proud to be the Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, which changes its name from Leeds Metropolitan University today. Congratulations to all at the University who have made this important milestone possible. I…

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    I am proud to be the Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, which changes its name from Leeds Metropolitan University today.

    Congratulations to all at the University who have made this important milestone possible. I know that a lot of work from many colleagues has gone into making this step forward.

    The university has changed its name in order to be more distinctive and has also launched its new strapline; Leeds Beckett University: Opening Minds, Opening Doors.

    In business, and when leading any large organisation, those who lead it need to make big decisions. It’s so important to be bold in the decisions you take and stick to what you believe in. I know this myself from personal experience when Sunderland AFC moved from Roker Park to the Stadium of Light. The fans were not always 100% behind the changes but very quickly after the move the majority realised it was the right decision for the club in the long term.

    There may still be people who aren’t fully signed up to Leeds Beckett yet, but I’m sure in time they will be, when they realise what a positive and important strategic step it is for the university.

    Many congratulations to Leeds Beckett University on this exciting day – I look forward to many more years as Chancellor of this great institution.

    Read more here: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/debate/columnists/bob-murray-proud-to-lead-university-into-new-era-1-6853614

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2013

July 2013

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    Sir Bob attends first graduation ceremony as Chancellor

    Sir Bob Murray has attended his first graduation ceremony as Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University. As part of his Chancellor role Bob made a speech congratulating students on their academic success. Welcoming the graduands and…

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    Sir Bob Murray has attended his first graduation ceremony as Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University.

    As part of his Chancellor role Bob made a speech congratulating students on their academic success.

    Welcoming the graduands and their families, Bob encouraged the ceremony to be a celebration by saying: “We are here to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the School of Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences.

    “I am asking you all to give whole hearted applause and cheering throughout the ceremony. Let’s make this a real celebration.”

    Bob praised graduands for their hard work throughout their time at university: “Believe me, I find it positively humbling to stand on this stage greeting you and congratulating you.

    “I am under no illusion as to the amount of time, sacrifice and sheer commitment demonstrated by you all.

    “You have shown great tenacity and spirit. You set a goal, you achieved it. You are entitled to feel very, very proud.”

    Addressing the University staff, Bob added: “I thank and congratulate the educators, mentors, advisors and staff of this very special university for their dedication in advancing your education.

    Bob also offered inspirational advice to the students about to graduate and embark on the next chapter of their lives; “Focus on working hard, be determined to learn more, aim to become better at what you do best and aspire to a life of adventure and achievement.”

    “I wish you good luck and great fortune. In whatever task you set yourself, you go equipped. Do it well, and you will end up amazing yourself!”

    Bob was installed as Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University in an official ceremony in January at the university’s Great Hall.

    Bob’s connection with the university dates back to 1969 when he moved to Yorkshire to study accountancy part-time at Leeds Polytechnic.

    In 2008, Bob was awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration for his contribution to business and sport by the university.

     

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January 2013

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    Sir Bob installed as Chancellor at Leeds Metropolitan

    Sir Bob was installed as Leeds Metropolitan University’s new Chancellor during an official ceremony in the university’s Great Hall on Monday 28th January. The formal occasion began with 100 representatives from across the university leading…

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    Sir Bob was installed as Leeds Metropolitan University’s new Chancellor during an official ceremony in the university’s Great Hall on Monday 28th January.

    The formal occasion began with 100 representatives from across the university leading a procession, followed by a showcase of student work, including music and dance performances.

    Vice Chancellor Professor Susan Price welcomed guests while Jenny Share, Secretary and Registrar, gave a citation detailing Sir Bob’s achievements to date. Following his installation, the Lord Mayor of Leeds offered Sir Bob a civic welcome.

    The university announced Bob was to be their new figurehead in October last year. As an alumnus of Leeds Met, his links with the university date back to 1969 when he moved to Yorkshire to study accountancy part-time at the university’s predecessor institution, Leeds Polytechnic. Some years later, in 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration by Leeds Metropolitan for his contribution to business and sport.

    Speaking during the Inauguration ceremony Sir Bob said: “I’m both astonished and thrilled to be here today. I feel very privileged to be invited to be Chancellor of this esteemed institution and I would like to thank the University for granting me this unique position.

    “I’ve strived to achieve many goals in my life, but I would never have dreamt that being Chancellor of a major University, with 30,000 students and staff, would become one of them!”
    Talking about his own education he said: “If you had read my school reports, I am not sure I would be standing here today! The fact is I failed at School. In part due to a childhood setback, but also a modest work ethic! I believe my personal story to be apt though, as it demonstrates the power of education.
    “I was born just after the war in the baby boom of 1946. When I left school in 1961 there were twice as many school leavers seeking employment as there were jobs. As there was no prospect of me joining the local steelworks where my dad worked, I was unemployed for a year. That experience was the hardest but also the most important of my life. It had a profound effect and changed my life.”

    “It gave me a lifelong driving ambition to succeed and I finally woke up and understood the importance of education.” “I am especially thrilled to be taking on this role in Leeds. I came to Yorkshire in 1969 for 2 years to advance my career. That was 44 years ago! Yorkshire is now my adopted home and I have spent my entire business career here.

    Reflecting on his business career he added, “Throughout my career I’ve always been passionate about building things. I’m inspired by creating businesses, developing major projects and forming relationships. I never do things alone, always choosing to work in partnership with great people. I believe in approaching everything I do with sincerity and integrity.”

    “I hope my experience in business and lifelong focus on education will give me the necessary qualities to support the university, its outstanding staff and the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals to achieve their ambitions and aspirations.”

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    •     Leeds Metropolitan University has over 27,000 students and around 2,800 staff.

    •     The Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University is Professor Susan Price and the Chair of the Board is Lord Woolmer of Leeds.

    •      Leeds Metropolitan’s four faculties are: Arts, Environment and Technology, Business & Law, Health and Social Sciences, and Carnegie.

    •      Leeds Metropolitan’s heritage can be traced back to the founding of the Mechanics Institute in Leeds in 1824.

    •      The Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) showed that the proportion of Leeds Metropolitan 2010/11 graduates in work, further study or both six months after leaving university was 91.87%.

    •      Libraries and Learning Innovation at Leeds Metropolitan was awarded the CSE standard for the tenth year running in 2012.

    •      In 2012, Leeds Metropolitan was awarded a ‘First’ in the People & Planet Green League, a league table of environmentally friendly universities, for the sixth consecutive year.

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2012

October 2012

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    Sir Bob Murray to be appointed Chancellor at Leeds Metropolitan University

    On 15th October, Leeds Metropolitan announced that Sir Bob Murray CBE is to become the new Chancellor of the University. Sir Bob, who was described as a businessman, philanthropist, and passionate supporter of education, will…

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    On 15th October, Leeds Metropolitan announced that Sir Bob Murray CBE is to become the new Chancellor of the University.
    Sir Bob, who was described as a businessman, philanthropist, and passionate supporter of education, will be officially installed as Chancellor at a formal ceremony at the university early 2013.

    Bob has been a leading business figure in Yorkshire for the last 43 years but is probably best known for his chairmanship of Sunderland AFC. He is also heavily involved with charitable causes and education: he is co-sponsor of Academy 360 which educates 4-16 year olds and aims to break cycles of educational underachievement and he set up the pioneering Foundation of Light charity to bring benefits to the community in the north east and beyond.

    Bob’s connection to Leeds Met dates back to 1969 when he moved to Yorkshire to study accountancy at the university’s predecessor institution, Leeds Polytechnic. Some years later, in 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration by Leeds Metropolitan for his contribution to business and sport.

    Sir Bob said: “I feel very privileged to have been invited to become the Chancellor of such an esteemed Institution as Leeds Metropolitan University and was thrilled to accept. It is a highly-respected University that plays such an important role in developing the potential and talent of thousands of students from many different parts of the world.“As a former graduate and as someone who has worked in Yorkshire for more than 40 years it will be a great honour to take on such a leading role with the University. I hope my experience and track record in business, lifelong focus on education, and passion for sport will give me the necessary qualities to support the University, its outstanding staff and the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals to achieve their ambitious and exciting aspirations.”

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