Back in March, staff and students were asked to put forward possible alternatives to “Leeds Metropolitan”.
Now the following are being put out to formal consultation:
* Leeds Beckett University
* Leeds Headingley University
* Leeds Ridings University
The current plan is that staff and students have their say, a decision gets made, and then a recommendation is put to the Privy Council for formal approval later this year.
Projected “additional direct costs” of renaming the university were put at around £250,000 in a report that went to a governors’ meeting last week, though it wasn’t clear what those costs covered.
Why the change?
Well, the university believes it’s a very different institution these days from the one that morphed from Leeds Poly into Leeds Met in 1992.
“We have outgrown our ‘Metropolitan’ name and all that it stands for in the sector and the national and international markets in which we operate. It is for these reasons that the Board has agreed that the time is right to re-name our University,” says an announcement.
The hope is that a new name “in communicating our substantially improved position in relation to key quality and financial indicators, would have a positive impact on student recruitment, in particular in international markets, and allow the additional costs or a renaming exercise to be offset in a short period of time,” said the report considered at last week’s meeting.
It’s not clear whether the Students’ Union has taken a formal stand on the name change idea yet, but initial reaction from students on Twitter this afternoon has been less than enthusiastic about the three options on offer.
By teatime today (Tuesday 28th) an online petition to “stop the name change” had already attracted over 100 signatures in the few hours since the announcement was made.