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New awards will celebrate talent from Leeds’ specialist institutions 

Posted on 27 September 2016

news, news:Leeds Trinity Students' Union

​The diversity of talent shown by students in Leeds will be recognised at the city's first Specialist Institution Awards this November.  

Announced today (Tuesday 26 September), Leeds' first Specialist Institution Awards will put the spotlight on students from Leeds Trinity University, Leeds College of Music, Leeds College of Art and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Representatives from each institution have worked in partnership with Yorkshire Universities to create the awards, with the aim of maximising the collective impact of student engagement at each institution.  

Entries are invited for the six award categories, which will celebrate students' commitment to entrepreneurial excellence, leadership, creativity, the environment and the community.    

Steph Little, Leeds Trinity Students' Union President, said: 

"The awards have been devised to shine a spotlight on examples of student tenacity at its best; championing those who have not only studied, but thrived in the higher education environment. We want to recognise the otherwise unsung, standout students from across these Leeds-based, small and specialist institutions." 

Students, lecturers, university support staff, employers and members of the community are invited to submit their award nominations until Monday 31 October. After this, a panel of staff and student judges will convene to decide on a shortlist and the winners.  

The winners will be announced at an exclusive awards dinner and ceremony at Canal Mills on 29 November 2016. All shortlisted students will be invited to attend the ceremony, where the winners will be presented with their award and a prize donated by each of the four institutions. Reflecting the institutions' diverse educational specialisms, prizes will range from workshops in using social media to raise students' professional profiles, to season tickets for arts performances. There will also be cash prizes for the winners of the Student of the Year from each institution. 

The ceremony will also showcase the wide range of talent from students at the four institutions; from music and dance to comedy and drama.  

For more information about the awards and to enter, visit