Leeds Trinity University students are celebrating after Channel 4 announced today (Wednesday 31 October) that its second Headquarters will be in Leeds.
A national headquarters in the city will provide exciting opportunities for current students at the University, its graduates and prospective students, many of whom are working in or towards a career in the media.
Leeds Trinity University, which offers a variety of degrees including Journalism, Media, TV Production and Film, has an established reputation for providing highly employable graduates with 95% of its graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017) .
The Leeds Trinity Centre for Journalism is well known for vocational training and developing accomplished journalists with multi-platform news skills.
Carrie Doyle, who is a second-year TV Production student, said: "Having a company like Channel 4 on your doorstep is just completely invaluable and will be an incredible opportunity for any student. Yorkshire is already a very creative hub but it this will just bring even more creativity. It's exciting for Channel 4 to see that."
Leeds Trinity is one of only a few UK universities to include two professional work placements with every degree. The institution works with companies including BBC, Sky, Johnston press, Trinity Mirror, and more to offer industry-relevant experience to its students.
Glyn Middleton, Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Media at Leeds Trinity University and one of the founders of the highly successful Leeds-based independent TV production company, True North, said: "This is absolutely brilliant news for Leeds, all those working in the creative and media industries in the city and surrounding areas – and especially for all those students trying to secure a foothold in a hugely competitive industry.
"Production of film and TV is already booming in the Yorkshire region, but the decision by Channel 4 to establish a national HQ in Leeds is a real game-changer, confirming the city's reputation as a centre for creative excellence on a national and international level.
"We look forward to working closely with Channel 4 in its new base, and will continue to supply a rich and diverse range of high-calibre graduates as the city's status as an industry powerhouse grows."
After Channel 4 committed to transferring around 300 staff from the 800 working at its Westminster headquarters to a new location outside London, it launched a competition to find its new home. Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Leeds were shortlisted, after Channel 4 bosses visited 13 cities and regions.