The new vice chancellor of Leeds Trinity has outlined plans to recruit more overseas students and expand its academic research as it looks to establish itself as a university.
The institution has undergone major change having been granted full university status last month, appointing television presenter Gabby Logan as its first ever chancellor and taking on Professor Margaret House as its vice chancellor in the past week.
Prof House told the YEP that the university would look to expand but without changing its character or ethos.
It is also launching a range of new degree courses from this September – including some fast-tracked two-year programmes.
Prof House highlighted the university’s appointment of Gabby Logan as its first ever chancellor this week as a major boost in raising awareness about Leeds Trinity.
“The reaction to Gabby’s arrival has been one of great excitement. Students appreciate that she has accepted the role and everyone is very excited, especially sports and journalism students, because they know that here is someone that really understands their background.
Because of the sort of character and personality she has she will be able to relate to all of our students,” she said.
Prof House said Leeds Trinity would look to increase its international student intake by looking to partner up with universities abroad as well as by identifying areas of the world where students might want to study at the institution.
She said: “We will be looking to expand, particularly in terms of international students.
“We do not want to expand too much as Leeds Trinity has a community spirit which we feel is key to preserve.”
The institution will launch 18 new degree courses from September which includes a series of accelerated two-year programmes.
Prof House said: “Last year we did a review of our courses and from September we are offering a whole new suite of qualifications, including some two-year courses which will help to attract a different kind of student.”
She said she would look at identifying gaps in the university’s post-graduate courses and also looking at areas at which the university can develop its research further.