We’ll Met Again: University rebrands as Leeds Beckett

Leeds Met is changing its name
Leeds Met is changing its name
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LEEDS Metropolitan University is submitting a formal bid to change its name to Leeds Beckett University.

The university’s board of governors has agreed to seek formal permission from the Privy Council which rules on university name changes.

It is not known how long it will take before a decision is taken.

The proposed name change was announced earlier this year with Leeds Met’s vice chancellor Professor Susan Prince saying the institution had “outgrown” its current name.

It consulted on three potential new names: Leeds Beckett, Leeds Headingley or Leeds Ridings University.

Now it has announced that it has chosen Leeds Beckett.

Prof Price said: “The board of governors at Leeds Metropolitan University has agreed to seek formal permission from the Privy Council to change the university’s name to Leeds Beckett University. We would like to thank staff, students, alumni, friends and partners of our university for their engagement with the consultation process.”

The university’s Headingley Campus is based at Beckett Park and it has links with the site stretching back more than 100 years.

One of its forerunners, the city of Leeds Training College moved to Beckett Park in 1912.

The university renamed it the Headingley Campus in 2005.

A Facebook group was set up when the name change was first announce with more than 2,500 people joining less than 24 hours after the move was publicised.

The group now has just short of 3,500 members.

Leeds Met, which was known as Leeds Polytechnic before gaining university status in 1992, had previously planned to change its name to Leeds Carnegie University under its previous vice chancellor Professor Simon Lee but this plan was later dropped.

The Carnegie brand has been used by the university in its sporting partnerships with Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds’ rugby sides at Headingley.

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