Campus Live: Grand Finale

Email sent to all staff from Professor Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, on Friday 9 December.

Violinists Rosie and Rachel are pictured performing as part of Campus Live.

Dear colleagues,

Wow! What a fantastic, entertaining and joyous start to the academic year we’ve had with our first ever Campus Live campaign.

We’ve truly brought campus to life with music, theatre, comedy, street entertainment, poetry, arts and crafts, even ghost stories for Halloween and much, much more.

We wanted to showcase the amazing talents of our students, staff and our partners, and celebrate the real sense of community we have here at Leeds, so I hope many of you found time to sample and enjoy some of these wonderful events which brilliantly animated our campus during this term.

I personally enjoyed getting my face printed on a cookie by our inventive Print & Mail team and walking down the precinct to experience a fantastic student flash mob of ‘Grease Lighting’ while an intrepid fire-breather literally blazed a trail of fire outside the Great Hall.

A filmstrip showing various photos from the Campus Live events.

To see our community dancing and singing in Beech Grove Plaza to the many bands who’ve performed there this term has been a joy!

And of course, given my love of the Murals in the Market project in Detroit, I’m thrilled we managed our mural in the Tetley Gardens – a futuristic depiction of our city’s net zero ambitions painted by our talented colleague James McKay.

Let’s not forget the awe-inspiring 10-tonne sand sculpture that continued to stand proud and unvanquished by the torrential rain in November, with our famous Leeds heron centre stage.

And the good news is, it’s not over yet. The Campus Live Grand Finale is just around the corner on Wednesday 14 December. At 12.15pm, head to Beech Grove Plaza to hear the Songsmiths performing A Capella Christmas songs to get us all in the festive spirit, while you watch the Sand In Your Eye team construct an amazing ice bar on the precinct alongside some jaw-dropping ice sculptures. The bar will be open from 2pm until late.

We’ve also got glitz and glamour as the Glitter Bomb Dancers share with us a rendition of their current show "Cracked Nuts: Camper than Christmas" inside LUU with drinks vouchers available.

Finally, I want to thank the brilliant Campus Live team, our interns, colleagues and students who have made this programme happen with their passion and dedication; our students and colleagues who’ve put on fantastic performances; the many student volunteers and partners who’ve been involved; and everyone who’s come along and taken part. This is our community. Let’s continue to celebrate it.

Best wishes,

Professor Jeff Grabill
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education

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