Leeds Trinity University
Sunday 01 July 2012
Leeds Trinity University (Formerly Leeds Trinity and All Saints, and Leeds Trinity University College)
History: Opened in 1966 as two separate Catholic teacher training colleges, Trinity for women and All Saints for men, which subsequently merged and expanded the range of degree provision. Leeds Trinity University was granted full university status in December 2012.
Address: Attractive 40-acre residential campus in the popular suburb of Horsforth, six miles from Leeds city centre.
Ambience: Supportive and welcoming, with a good community atmosphere, accessible staff and support services.
Vital statistics: Over 3,000 students. Male to female ratio is 35:65. Undergraduate courses include media and marketing, journalism, business and marketing, early years and educational studies, humanities, and English and history. It was one of the first universities to offer courses in forensic psychology and sports journalism.
Added value: Close links with industries and an emphasis on gaining practical experience including professional work placements. In fact, it was the first university to offer professional work placements with every degree, and these still form an integral, assessed part of every degree. A 3G Astroturf Pitch opened in 2012, a £2m sports centre opened in 2007, and a £5m library and computing centre opened in 2003. Purpose-built media centre housing TV production, editing and sound recording gear.
Easy to get into? Most honours degrees ask for between 260 and 280 UCAS points.
Glittering alumni: Nick Hodgson, Kaiser Chiefs; Gervase Phinn, author; Dorothy Koomson, author; Natalie Sawyer, Sky Sports presenter; Xana Antunes, editor Crain's New York; John Champion, BBC sports commentator; Julian Jarrold, director of Cracker and Great Expectations; Paula Pryke, celebrity florist; Ryan Parry, Mirror journalist.
Transport links: Leeds is just over two hours from London by train and there is a local station at Horsforth. There's easy access to the A1, M1 and M62. Buses to Leeds and Bradford serve the campus. Leeds Bradford airport is only two miles from campus.
Who's the boss? Professor Freda Bridge, who joined from the University of Huddersfield in 2006.
Teaching: Above the national average for student satisfaction, at 86% in the National Student Survey.
Research: 96 on The Complete University Guide
Nightlife: The students' union has a bar and organises discos, live music and comedy events as well as trips to social events off campus. Close to the popular student haunts of Headingley.
Any accommodation? Yes - there are currently 575 rooms on campus and accommodation is usually guaranteed for all first years. Prices per week vary from £85 to £110.
Cheap to live there? Yes, Leeds is very reasonable. Local rents are around £65 to £80 per week.
Fees: £8,000 per year for full-time home undergrads starting in 2012.
Bursaries: The Leeds Trinity Bursary of up to £1,000 per year is available to students in receipt of a maintenance grant who have a household income of less than £50,020.
Prospectus: 0113 283 7150; www.leedstrinity.ac.uk
UCAS code: L24
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