News Round Up

The Gryphon Wins Best Media Society at NSA 2017

The Gryphon was voted the ‘Best Media Society’ at this year’s National Societies Awards. 

The ceremony, which took place in the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham, saw The Gryphon receive the accolade as a society that has ‘consistently across the year delivered the best media output’. 

The award topped off a positive year for The Gryphon and it’s writers, having also been included on shortlists for ‘Best Publication’, ‘Best Reporter’, ‘Best Entertainment Piece’ and ‘Best Interview’ at the Student Publication Association National Conference Awards.

Leeds College of Art Gains University Status

Leeds College of Art will now be renamed the Leeds Arts University, after being granted full university status by the Privy Council. 

The appraisal and £14m extension are a new phase of growth, with Chris Clements, chairman of the board of governors, hailing it as a “significant step” in its development. 

This marks four universities in Leeds, with Leeds Arts University the smallest amongst them, with under 2,000 students. 

Professor Wonnacott, the Vice-Chancellor, said: “We welcome our university title” and it remains “the only specialist arts university in the North of England.”

£96m Lab Extension Something to Bragg About

A £96m investment into ‘superlabs’ at Leeds has been given the go-ahead by the City Council. 

The development, which includes as extension to the Old Mining Building on Woodhouse Lane, will relocate the School of Computing and School of Physics and Astronomy to bring them together with the Schools of Chemistry and Engineering; for the first time creating a collaborative teaching and research space. 

It will also include the new Bragg Research Centre, named after early 20th century mathematician and physicist, Sir William Henry Bragg, who developed X-Ray crystallography at Leeds. 

The project is set to finish in 2020.

Jonny Chard