In December, the Privy Council granted permission for Leeds Metropolitan University to change its name to Leeds Beckett. It is due to take place in September at a cost of £250,000. But do the students approve?
Third-year sports science student Joshua Malpass-Clark is one who does not want the change to take place, and is leading a campaign to keep the old name. He is pushing for an official referendum this month, convinced that the consultation process was rushed and therefore hadn’t considered the full impact of the change.
He said, “It’s our view people will be disadvantaged by this name change and those already on degree courses will have theirs cheapened. Employers know Leeds Met but they do not know Leeds Becketts.”
Naturally, the university leaders stand by their decision, insisting that the formal consultation was thorough. Professor Susan Price, Vice Chancellor, said, “Our name migration group, which includes the Students’ Union, has begun detailed planning to ensure student interests are accurately identified and addressed during the transition.”
The save Leeds Met Uni Facebook page has over 4,000 likes. A debate on the name change is scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Rose Bowl.
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