Presenter, priest and Leeds Trinity University alumna, the Reverend Kate Bottley returned to campus last night, delivering a Trinity Talk as part of the University's Journalism and Media Week.
Kate, who graduated from Leeds Trinity more than 20 years ago, entertained staff, students and guests with her talk, God and the Gogglebox: from Trinity to Telly. Kate talked about her time at Leeds Trinity and the career opportunities she's had since graduating, including working as an RE teacher, priest and presenter.
Kate said: "They were four of the happiest years at Leeds Trinity. I played some rugby, drank some beer and even did some learning. I am so excited to be back, sometimes places change and sometimes they seem the same, and it's a little bit of both tonight. I'm thrilled to be back.
"I learned so much about spirituality in those four years. Leeds Trinity University was founded on principles of service, it was a training college for teachers in Catholic schools, and there is something about this place that still has that at its heart. It's an encouraging and nurturing environment where we look at the education of the whole child, including the pastoral care, and understand that when we work as teachers we can be interested in the spiritual welfare of a child. My education at Trinity taught me that."
A Church of England priest in Nottinghamshire, Kate is perhaps most well-known for appearing on Channel 4's Gogglebox in 2014 but her five-season stint on the award-winning show led to presenting work on BBC documentaries, Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2.
She's now a priest, journalist, reality television star, broadcaster and presenter, and has made guest appearances on Celebrity Masterchef, Impossible Celebrities, 8 out of 10 Cats, and more. She has also written for a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and Radio Times about religious faith, television and education.
Phill Dixon, Chief Operating Officer at Leeds Trinity University, said: "On behalf of everyone at Leeds Trinity I'd like to thank Kate for her inspiring and entertaining talk. She was witty and insightful, not to mention extremely welcoming to everyone attending. It was a great event, and we were delighted to welcome Kate back to the University."