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2014

December 2014

  1. Leeds Beckett celebrate Staff awards

    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

November 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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September 2013

  1. Sir Bob Murray with Leeds Met students who have been awarded a £1,000 scholarship.

    Sir Bob awards scholarships to Leeds Met students

      Sir Bob Murray is to support five Leeds Metropolitan University students by awarding each of them a £1,000 scholarship. Bob, who was installed as Chancellor of Leeds Met in January, will donate a total…

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    Sir Bob Murray with Leeds Met students who have been awarded a £1,000 scholarship.

     

    Sir Bob Murray is to support five Leeds Metropolitan University students by awarding each of them a £1,000 scholarship.

    Bob, who was installed as Chancellor of Leeds Met in January, will donate a total of £30,000 over the next six years.

    Liam Hawksworth, aged 20, who is just about to embark on the second year of his degree, said that for him, while the scholarship was invaluable financially, more importantly it had given him self-belief.

    “During my brief conversation with Sir Bob, he told me not to let my social background hold me back and that I could do anything I wanted to do with the right amount of hard work,” he said.

    “To receive a scholarship of any kind is a fantastic privilege, but for me to receive this particular one was amazing as I consider Sir Bob Murray a very inspirational person that I have a lot of common ground with.

    “His career in business and more specifically football is very much in line with what I would call my dream career, and to see someone become so successful from a similar social background to myself and keep his working class pride is truly inspirational.

    “The scholarship will help me immensely financially, helping to pay for various books to provide further reading for my studies, as well as pay for short courses in accounting computer software. It will also help cover my living costs.”

    Bob added; “My own personal experience is very apt. I finally woke up to the value of education at 16 after I had left school with just one O-level and it took me another ten years to finally qualify as an accountant and graduate from here.

    “I didn’t get the opportunity to progress straight to University and know it can be difficult for a lot of students and their families. I wanted to demonstrate my belief in and commitment to the University by extending a helping hand to some students during my Chancellorship.”

    “This University has great vision, values, and state-of-the-art facilities. More importantly it gets the results that matter for students today with over 90% of graduates in work, further study or both within six months of leaving University.

    “I have spent most of my business career in Yorkshire and the North of England and am delighted to be able to help some young people take the first steps in their career.”

    Danielle Leonard, who plans to use her funding to help towards living costs and University expenses said; “It means a lot to me to be awarded this scholarship. It gives me the extra income to pay for travel costs from my accommodation to university and the library. I feel very lucky to have been chosen and I am extremely grateful to Sir Bob for this amazing gesture.”

    Forida Uddin, 19, added that being selected for the scholarship had given her a confidence boost.

    “Receiving this scholarship means a great deal to me as I will be able to focus more on my studies rather than how I am going to pay for them.”

    Professor Susan Price, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan, added: “We are delighted that we could work with Sir Bob to create scholarships. We are particularly grateful that, as our Chancellor, alumnus and honorary graduate, he is able to give something back to his university by way of making such a significant contribution to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    “These scholarships will make a huge difference to hard working and talented students by helping them cover the costs of living and studying at university.”

    Sir Bob’s links with the university go 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.

    An official ceremony was held in January to officially install Sir Bob as Chancellor.

    The scholarships are available to students on courses in Accounting and Finance-related subjects, from the North of England and from low income families earning less than £25,000 per year.

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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 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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2008
  1. Sir Bob with the plans for St George's Park

    Sir Bob appointed Project Director for St George’s Park

    The Football Association had made a number of attempts to establish a National Football Centre from the early 70’s through to the 90’s but ultimately all attempts had failed for various reasons. The FA finally…

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    Sir Bob with the plans for St George’s Park

    The Football Association had made a number of attempts to establish a National Football Centre from the early 70’s through to the 90’s but ultimately all attempts had failed for various reasons.

    The FA finally purchased Byrkley Park, in the heart of the National Forest in 2001 and in the same year secured planning permission for the development of a National Football Centre. However, financial constraints meant that the development was again postponed in 2004.

    Due to Bob’s experience in the football industry and in stadia development he was asked to join the FA Board of the National Football Centre in 2008, as Project Director, to drive delivery of the project on time and to budget. As the only Director outside of the FA he was thrilled to accept the challenge. He actively sought the support of both the game and the nation to fund and build the national football centre.

    The FA’s Professional and National Game Boards gave their unanimous backing to begin construction of the £105m project at an announcement in London in November 2010. Work started on the 330 acre site close to Burton-upon-Trent in January 2011 and was completed on time and within budget in the summer of 2012.

    The centre incorporates state of the art educational facilities, medical facilities, sports science, a full size indoor pitch, hotel & recreation centre. The vision that saw Bob build the Stadium of Light and Academy of Light also focused on completing one of the most ambitious projects in world football. He said: “This world class facility will change the face of English football by producing quality home-grown players, coaches and managers of whom we can be proud”.

    Bob was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to business in Yorkshire and the sports industry.

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1962
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    First job and move to Yorkshire

    In November 1962 at the age of 16 Bob got his first job as a Junior Clerk in the purchase department of Ransome and Marles, a bearing manufacturers located in Annfield Plain in County Durham….

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    In November 1962 at the age of 16 Bob got his first job as a Junior Clerk in the purchase department of Ransome and Marles, a bearing manufacturers located in Annfield Plain in County Durham.

    He then joined Consett Iron Company as an office boy delivering mail and progressed to the wages department a year later before moving into the accounts department as a clerk. Bob now knew that he wanted his career to be in Accountancy and was very driven to succeed.

    He continued his studies at Consett Technical College and his work at evening classes paid off. He attained O-levels in History, Maths, English, Accountancy, Economics and Law, an A-level in Accountancy and an ONC in Business Studies before progressing to study Accountancy at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) on day release in 1967.

    Opportunities in the North East were limited and moving to further his career was inevitable. It was clear he would need to move away from his home-town of Consett to further his career dreams.

    He applied for a number of positions in Yorkshire and finally made the move south in 1968. At the age of 22 he successfully applied for a job as Assistant Financial Accountant at the head office of chemicals company Albright and Wilson in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

    He continued his day release and evening studies at Leeds Metropolitan University (then Polytechnic) where he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) in 1972, aged 26 years. He was awarded a fellowship by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) in 1979.

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