Leeds universities join forces to win Teach First training event

Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds have united for the first time to win Teach First’s annual residential training event worth £5.5m to the city in 2014 and 2015.

Leeds’ two largest universities worked together to secure the University-based element of Teach First’s Summer Institute, which has taken place at the University of Warwick in previous years.

Partners First Direct Arena and accommodation providers Unite, Downing and Grey Star, will provide additional bedrooms for the delegates’ 28,000 bed nights.

Teams from Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University and MeetinLeeds at the University of Leeds spent months in talks with Teach First’s congress consultants, vfi 360, who explored over 45 different cities on behalf of Teach First. Leeds says it won the bid based on its scope for development and ease of access.

From 19 July to 2 August over 3,000 delegates will attend the final two weeks of Teach First’s Summer Institute, where they will be provided with seminars, tutorials and social activities to prepare them for teaching in schools in England and Wales from September.

“We are proud to be part of this collaborative project and to have secured an event of such high profile and stature,” says Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University, Professor Susan Price. “It is not only great for Leeds, which can now prove that it has the capability and the muscle to host congress business of this kind, it also demonstrates that when we combine forces, Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds is a formidable partnership.”

Sir Alan Langlands, Vice Chancellor of the University, says: “This closely-knit collaboration between ourselves and Leeds Metropolitan University has been crucial to the success of this bid. We have learnt that together we can achieve great things for Leeds, as neither partner would have been able to secure this event without the help of the other.”

Lurene Joseph, Chief Executive at Leeds and Partners, adds: “Teach First’s decision to come to Leeds is great news for the universities and the wider Leeds economy. More than 3,000 people visiting the city will be a tremendous boost to our retail, cultural and food and drink sectors. We are delighted to be working with Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds to drive added value in the tourism marketplace. This will be supported by forging further links with VisitEngland and VisitBritain to bring forward key campaigns to position Leeds as one of the top UK conference destinations.”

Image: L-R: Professor Susan Price, Teach First Director of Leadership, Reuben Moore and Sir Alan Langlands
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