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Liz Margree (Theology and Geography 1995) and Jon Spooner (English Language and Literature 1996) accept a national award on behalf of the Unlimited Theatre Company.


"I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me from my time at Leeds (or even those who wished they didn't), especially those from Garstang Flats in 1974-75."

Lawrence Potter, Russian Studies 1975
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A cure for the common cold

Recurrent coughs and sneezes could be a thing of the past, thanks to Leeds research. Scientists at the Universities of Leeds, York and Helsinki say they are a step closer to cracking the ‘Enigma code’ of the common cold virus.



Staving off depression

A Leeds study has found that "behavioural activation" can help prevent older people with mild symptoms of depression from developing more severe clinical problems



Home-grown produce

A new report from the University is calling for the UK to be more self-sufficient in food production, after finding only 52% of food consumed in the UK comes from British farmers



New sporting centre named in honour of alumni

A new £5m University of Leeds sports facility is to be named after its most successful alumni athletes, Olympic heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee. The Brownlee Centre sits alongside a new 1 mile cycle track at  Bodington playing fields.



Breaking sonic boundaries

A composer working with sounds below the limits of human hearing has been announced as the winner of the inaugural £15,000 DARE Art Prize by Opera North and the University.



200th birthday for stethoscope

The humble stethoscope is 200. To mark its birthday, attend a free public lecture delving into the history of this game-changing instrument. Could Leeds have one of the originals



Improving African weather forecasts

A comprehensive new handbook about weather forecasting in West Africa could help safeguard lives and resources in the region. "Meteorology of Tropical West Africa: The Forecasters' Handbook" was coordinated by the University of Leeds in collaboration with international researchers and meteorological agencies to help the region’s forecasters



Pauline Dransfield, 1929-2016

Pauline Dransfield (Social Studies 1952) has passed away, aged 87. Pauline met her husband Philip at Leeds (Chemistry 1951) and their two sons, Graham Dransfield (1988) and Patrick Dransfield (1985) are also Leeds graduates. 



Unintentionally number one

Italian teacher Peggy Johnson (English 1981) has become an unintentional international pop sensation, after being approached to translate song lyrics.
Before she knew it, Peggy had not only rewritten the piece, but was performing on the track which spent nearly four weeks at number one



New approach to polio vaccine

Leeds research has identified new ways to provide vaccines against polio, which do not require the growth of live virus for their manufacture.



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