Leeds Met identity switch for term start

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When students return to the city’s universities on Monday, 10,000 of them will be heading to an old institution with a brand new feel.

Leeds Metropolitan University changes its name to Leeds Beckett University at the start of next week.

Professor Susan Price, vice chancellor, said: “We are a modern, dynamic and vibrant university contributing around £475m to the regional economy. Now, 190 years after our predecessor Leeds Mechanics Institute was established we are looking forward to our future as Leeds Beckett University.

“We have reached a milestone for our university as we become Leeds Beckett University. We’ve made significant progress over the last few years and that is down to the hard work and dedication of staff and students. We don’t just help to create great graduates here, but exceptional employees, dynamic citizens, and enterprising leaders.”

The name change has been long in the making, and has caused some controversy along the way. While protesters argued the name ‘Beckett’ derived from Ernest Beckett, a historical playboy and philanderer, university leaders said was based on a geographical location - Beckett’s Park Campus.

Permission to change the name was granted by the Privy Council in November 2013.

And on Monday the university’s new signage will be lit up for the first time – on the same day it welcomes hundreds of new freshers and thousands of returning scholars.

The university’s city campus will also be transformed over the coming months as its buildings are to be bathed in purple light - the colour of the university’s rose logo.

Plans are also being drawn up for a new architectural feature which will sit on the Portland Building roof and which will be visible across the city. You can wish the university luck and share pictures and memories on Monday using the Twitter hashtag #hellobeckett or tweet your thoughts to @LeedsNews

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