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2016

October 2016

  1. Foundation of Light Trustees approve start of work on Beacon

    Work Starts on Beacon of Light

    The Beacon of Light passed another important milestone at the weekend when Trustees of the charity approved the start of construction at a meeting at the Stadium of Light. Tolent Construction who won the tender…

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    The Beacon of Light passed another important milestone at the weekend when Trustees of the charity approved the start of construction at a meeting at the Stadium of Light.

    Tolent Construction who won the tender to build the Beacon, which will fuse together sport, education, the world of work, health and well-being, are expected to move onto site next to the Stadium of Light during the week.

    Sir Bob Murray said: “The Beacon of Light will be a first for the Foundation and for the region, so we’re thrilled to be moving on site and starting work this week.

    “We are immensely grateful to our patrons, benefactors, sponsors and supporters for backing us. It has been heartening to work with so many likeminded people who share values, and who want to make a lasting difference to people in the northeast. Their vision and generosity will inspire many more people to learn more, do more and be more, and will change countless lives.

    The striking cube-shaped development will be the first building of its kind in the country and house education and training facilities with an indoor football pitch above. When they enter the Beacon, visitors will be presented with a busy street along which the various activities will interconnect. Inspirational and motivational zones for education, the world of work, health and wellbeing, sport and play will combine together with excellent views into a sports arena.

    Trustee Sir Tim Rice added, “The Beacon will be a landmark destination delivering a meaningful and lasting legacy and it will represent a significant step change for the charity in terms of what we will be able to deliver in the future.”

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

     

     

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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

August 2015

  1. Sir Bob Murray, Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University

    Important day for students at Leeds Beckett

    I studied in Leeds myself and it is a fantastic student city. I wish all future Leeds Beckett students the best of luck with their studies and future careers. The Leeds Beckett team are available…

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    Sir Bob Murray at Leeds Beckett



    I studied in Leeds myself and it is a fantastic student city. I wish all future Leeds Beckett students the best of luck with their studies and future careers.

    The Leeds Beckett team are available to help anyone wanting to have a chat about their options – call them on 0113 812 3113.

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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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    Countess of Wessex supports Beacon of Light

    Sir Bob hosted a special event in Sunderland to raise awareness of the Beacon of Light project and HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO attended as guest of honour. The Beacon of Light will be…

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    Sir Bob hosted a special event in Sunderland to raise awareness of the Beacon of Light project and HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO attended as guest of honour. The Beacon of Light will be a vibrant and exciting education and sports facility and the first of its kind in the UK. It will use the power of football to inspire people and change lives. It will help people gain skills and qualifications and work with families to energise communities.

    The unique centre will become the home of the Foundation of Light in 2017 and include engaging and interactive zones in education; health and fitness; sport and play; and the world of work and will welcome thousands of children, young people and adults through its doors every week.

    The project, which is being led by Sir Bob, will help the Foundation to expand its reach and work with local people in a greater variety of ways to address the health and well-being, education and employment agendas.

    Foundation supporters and Trustees joined The Countess of Wessex on the visit including journalist Kate Adie OBE, architect and TV Restoration Man George Clarke, Olympian and sports broadcaster Steve Cram and Sir Tim Rice.

    Sir Bob said: “The Countess of Wessex has been a fantastic supporter of the Foundation over the years and we were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness to an event focused on the iconic Beacon of Light project.

    “Ten years ago this month The Countess of Wessex opened the Centre of Light, a collection of classrooms and offices at the Stadium of Light that have had a huge impact on thousands of children, families and adults.

    “A decade later and we are discussing a new development that will greatly enhance the reach and impact of the Foundation’s work in the region, the natural progression of the work started at Her Royal Highness’ last visit here.”

    For further information about the beacon of light visit http://www.safc.com/foundation-of-light/beacon-of-light

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September 2014

  1. 'Superkev' has signed for Sunderland once again.

    Superkev re-signs for Sunderland

    SAFC’s leading post-war goal scorer, ‘Superkev’ has agreed to become an ambassador for the club’s charity, the Foundation of Light. Sir Bob, who founded the Foundation when he was Chairman of SAFC in 2001, said…

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    ‘Superkev’ has signed for Sunderland once again.

    SAFC’s leading post-war goal scorer, ‘Superkev’ has agreed to become an ambassador for the club’s charity, the Foundation of Light.

    Sir Bob, who founded the Foundation when he was Chairman of SAFC in 2001, said he was thrilled the former fans’ favourite had agreed to join the charity: “Among Sunderland fans Kevin has legendary status. He played a major role in what was one of the club’s most exciting periods, and his goals and talent cemented a place in the club’s folklore.

    “I’ve remained close to Kevin since his days at the club and was sure he’d be interested in helping the Foundation. He’s always been a top man as well as a top player and he was genuinely interested in the invaluable work the Foundation does with families in the region.

    “It was only fair to him to wait until he’d retired as a player to ask him to join us, but I had no hesitation in doing so once he joined the coaching staff at his current club, Leicester.”

    “He is one of the club’s most famous sons and his involvement will make a real difference, heightening awareness and interest in the work we do.”

    Kevin said he was honoured to be asked to become an ambassador for the Foundation: “Sunderland will always hold a special place in my heart. I loved my time on Wearside and have really fond memories of the city and the club.

    “It’s great to be able to give something back to the community after all the support it gave me – and it’s also very hard to say no to Sir Bob.

    “He’s really passionate about the Foundation and has told me just how important the work is that it does. I look forward to helping take the Foundation forward and to promoting the fantastic work it does in the north east.”

    The Foundation works with more than 42,000 adults and children across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham annually. Its mission is to use the power of football to help young people and their families realise their full potential.

    The Foundation’s base is currently within the Stadium of Light, but proposals for a new home, the Beacon of Light, were recently approved by Sunderland Council.

    The Beacon will be an exciting and inspiring education, training and sports facility located next to both the Sunderland Aquatic Centre and the Stadium of Light.

    The unique centre will be the first of its kind in the UK and include engaging and interactive zones in education; health and fitness; sport and play; and the world of work and will welcome thousands of children, young people and adults through its doors every week.

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2013
  1. Sir Bob Murray shaking hands with Albert Croney at Derwentside College

    Sir Bob to celebrate student success

    Sir Bob will be guest of honour at Derwentside College’s Annual Awards ceremony in his home town of Consett later this year. Bob is increasingly recognised as a leading advocate of the power of education…

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    Sir Bob Murray shaking hands with Albert Croney at Derwentside College

    Sir Bob will be guest of honour at Derwentside College’s Annual Awards ceremony in his home town of Consett later this year.

    Bob is increasingly recognised as a leading advocate of the power of education to change young people’s lives and will personally sponsor four new special achievement awards for local students.

    Sir Bob said: “It is an honour to be invited to be the guest speaker at the Annual Awards ceremony at Derwentside College This will be the second time I have given an address at Derwentside, having been previously invited in 2001.

    “Derwentside College has an excellent track record and enviable reputation in vocational training and education and plays an important role in shaping the future destinies of young people.

    “I left school at 16 with just one O’ Level and the baby boom in the immediate aftermath of the war meant that there were twice as many people looking for work in 1961 and no prospect of me joining the steelworks where my father had worked. They were difficult times and being out of work had a profound and lasting impact on my life.

    “Initially I had nowhere to turn and was unemployed for a year. That experience changed my outlook on life forever and gave me the drive and ambition to change my life.

    “It took me 10 years of studying part time to further my education and get qualified but the most important step I took was enrolling at Derwentside College in 1963. I never looked back and am a passionate supporter of education. I know from personal experience how education can change your outlook on life and I want to encourage as many young people and adult returners to think about doing the same.

    “I’m delighted to be sponsoring four new special achievement awards from this year, as I also want to recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of some of the most dedicated and hard-working students from the College.”

    Albert Croney, Principal and Chief Executive of Derwentside College, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sir Bob Murray as our Guest of Honour for this year’s award ceremony.  As a former student, Bob has shown the extent of what hard work and dedication can achieve.

    “Our awards evening will showcase the success of students and the on-going support and commitment we provide to a number of local and regional employers.  Four-years ago the College worked with 2374 learners and this has risen to over 9000 this year.  I am pleased to say that Derwentside College continues to go from strength-to-strength and is supporting more learners and businesses in the region and beyond.”

    Derwentside College provides an impressive learning environment for a wide range of vocational courses for young people aged from 14+, as well as adults returning to education. It has excellent achievement rates and attracts students from a wide geographic area from Ashington in the North, to Harrogate in the South, to Carlisle in the West and South Shields in the East.

     

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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 chats to nebusiness and visits youth project in Derwentside

    Sir Bob met up with Peter Jackson to chat about old times and do a profile piece for neBusiness and The Journal when he was in the north east.   View Article Page 1 View…

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    Sir Bob met up with Peter Jackson to chat about old times and do a profile piece for neBusiness and The Journal when he was in the north east.

     

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    Later in the day he visited Derwentside to see at first-hand the impact of a youth project in Consett, Co. Durham.
    Sir Bob, who is the founder and Chair of Trustees for the Foundation of Light praised the work of the family learning and Kickz programme, which was launched in Consett and Stanley last year.

    The programme provides a range of sport related activities for 13 to 19-year-olds and has achieved impressive results in the region.
    It was expanded to Derwentside following a new partnership between Derwentside Homes and the Foundation of Light.
    The award-winning Kickz programme uses the power of football to engage with young people in local communities and aims is to reduce anti-social behaviour,
    teach youngsters valuable skills and increase their confidence.

    The Foundation has also rolled out its successful Family Learning programme in Derwentside, which offers first steps learning to parents and carers, as well as adult learning courses and qualifications.

    Since it was launched in April 2012, over 1,780 youngsters have participated in the Kickz evening, holiday and daytime sessions in schools across the District. Police have also reported that since May 2012, crime has reduced by 72% in the Consett town centre area.

    Over 40 local families have engaged in Family Learning courses in Derwentside since September 2012 and of those, 27 families have fully completed the courses.

    Sir Bob said: “It’s fantastic to see the positive impact that the Foundation is already having in the Derwentside area.”

    “One of the Foundation’s aims is to give people the opportunity to change their lives for the better and the support of organisations such as Derwentside Homes really make this possible by helping us into the heart of communities.”

    “I always believe that a huge amount of credit should go to those who take part in the programmes and are willing to give new things a go. It was a real pleasure meeting some of those people today and they are a real inspiration to all of us at the Foundation of Light.”

    Derwentside Homes’ chief executive Geraldine Wilcox said: “It was really generous of Sir Bob to come and visit the project and meet the youngsters and families that benefit from these activities. He is an ambassador for the North East and an inspiration to young people.

    “Since it was launched, the programme has grown from strength to strength and results demonstrate that through effective partnership working, we can make a difference to the lives of people who live in our communities.

    “Young people are the future so it important that we show our commitment by investing in services for them which will have a long lasting impact on a future generation.”

    Kickz sessions take place weekly at Derwentside College and The Chill In in Consett and Stanley Youth Centre and St. Stephen’s Church in Stanley.

    For more information about the Foundation of Light click here http://www.safc.com/foundation-of-light

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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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