After my first visit to the campus, I liked it so much there was no choice but to study here!
The nostalgia and pull of Leeds Trinity!
In 2016 former student Anne White returned to campus for the memorial service of Fr Michael Williams. FR Michael was her tutor when she was studying her Education with Spanish & French degree. During her visit on campus, she noticed there was a maternity position being advertised in the Learning Hub, which she applied for and was successful. Anne was contracted to work in the Hub from August – December 2016. Coincidentally, one of her early meetings on campus was in a room next to where she actually lived as a student!
Alumni Officer, Brett Arnall, caught up with Anne and found out more about her time as a student, what she had done since graduating and how it felt to be back.
What did your role involve in the Learning Hub?
I worked in the Learning Hub as a Student Achievement Advisor, supporting students with their academic work.
Can you tell me a little bit more about your memories as a student?
I chose Leeds Trinity because of its reputation and the fact it had been recommended by a friend who had loved her time studying there. After my first visit to the campus, I liked it so much there was no choice but to study here!
I am originally from Oldham, Lancashire, and I spent five years at Leeds Trinity as a student, commencing my course in 1980. The first three years of the “ordinary course” was on campus.
During my first year I lived in Shrewsbury, which at the time was an all-girls hall. It was very strange recently, when I went to Shrewsbury for a meeting, I saw my old room and the kitchen I used to share with my housemates in the eighties.
I then undertook a year abroad in 1984, in the naval base of Galicia, Spain. It was a very interesting time to be in Spain as in 1980 there had been an attempted coup, in the year I was there Spain was giving independence to different areas. In 1985 I embarked on my fifth and final year at Leeds Trinity.
So, how would you summarise your student experience?
I would say unforgettable and life-changing. Two lectures have always really stood out for me, one was from Mary Hallaway on the subject of cloning. The first essay I ever wrote as a student was on cloning and manipulating genetics. The other lecture was my final one, which was from Damian McHugh on The Iranian Revolution about Islam and during this lecture, Damian did the Islamic call to prayer. What really stands out for me about these two lectures were that they were really ahead of their time.
What were you involved with as a student?
There were only five of us on the degree course, so it was small and friendly! I also got involved with the Chaplaincy, the Green Society, Amnesty International and Third World First which involved various fundraising initiatives.
Where did your career take you after finishing your course?
I taught at the University of Bradford for 20 years, where I won several teaching awards and headed up the University’s Languages provision. I then went on to do something completely different; I bought a vegetarian deli and treatment centre. The centre specialised in a range of holistic treatments including reiki, hypnotherapy, reflexology and aromatherapy. I owned this business for six years. More recently I’ve worked as a freelance proof reader, with most of my work coming from Arabic countries.
Are you still in touch with your classmates?
There was a Class of 80 reunion taking place on campus in 2000 which I attended. Over 50 people came along and I recognised quite a few of them, one of the attendees was current Leeds Trinity lecturer, Mark Sebright. Some of the attendees remembered me as the student who used to make fancy dress costumes for people.