(there’s an updated version of this story – May 2013 here)
Looks like Leeds Met university is going to change its name after all. Five years after the idea was last raised (and then dropped) staff and students are being asked to suggest possible alternatives.
Back in 2008 the intention of the governing board was to rename the seat of higher learning Leeds Carnegie University.
But I reckon we can rule that out now. There was stiff opposition back then from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and there’s no reason to think they wouldn’t be on the case again.
So why is the uni – our beloved old Poly – so chronically unhappy with what it’s called? Does the governing board feel there’s an academic stigma attached to being a “Metropolitan” university?
Who knows. The board must have been talking about it recently, but they’re keeping the whys, wherefores and discussion so far strictly under wraps. Apart from the bits that have leaked out on to social media, that is.
Outgrown Met in “scale and reputation”?
Maybe they just feel the same as they did five years ago, when they were saying “we may have outgrown, in scale and reputation, our ‘Metropolitan’ name” (whatever that means).
Whatever comes from the current consultation, they’ll have to get approval from the Privy Council before going ahead. And then rebrand everything. Which won’t be cheap or quick, one imagines. So the earliest the name could probably be changed is 2014.
No doubt there’ll be some cracking suggestions from the 27,000 students and 2,800 staff.
In the meantime here are a few courtesy of the good folk (and wags) at skyscrapercity.com:
Leeds Bronte (sic)
Leeds Inner Ring Road
Leeds Simon Lee
Leeds Alexander Skarsgard
Leeds Big City Feel
Leeds’ Other University
Leeds’ Second University
Leeds Polytechnic University
TUFKALMU – The University Formerly Known As Leeds Met
University of Yorkshire at Leeds
West Riding University at Leeds
University College Leeds
King Charles College Leeds
The Leeds School
The Leeds Institute
Leeds Eldon University
Leeds Pack Horse University
Leeds Skyrack University
Leeds Headingley University
Leeds City University
Anyone got any more?