Are your noisy neighbours keeping you awake at night?

Neighbourhood Helpline Contact CardIf you and your studies are being affected by a noisy neighbour, help is at hand to get you a good night’s sleep.  The University is working with Leeds City Council’s Antisocial Behaviour Team and the other universities and colleges in the City to minimise noise nuisance in local communities. Whether the noise is a one-off, a regular occurrence, during the day or an evening, you can receive help by reporting the nuisance to the services detailed below.

Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team
Statutory noise nuisance is investigated by Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team.  They can be contacted through the following.
Noise that happens during the day:
Complete the online form or call the team on 0113 222 4402, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Noise that happens at night or at weekends/bank holidays:
The Council operates a night-time response service in partnership with West Yorkshire Police. If the problem is noise outside of office hours, please ring 0113 395 0143. This is available from 6pm to 3:30am. Noise at night-time should only be reported when the noise is occurring. The service availability is subject to demand and although they may not be able to stop the noise for you, they may provide further evidence to back up your allegations.

 

Universities and Colleges Neighbourhood Helpline
The Helpline is a 24-hour dedicated voicemail and email service operated by the University of Leeds in partnership with Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Trinity University College, Leeds City College and Leeds College of Music. Whether the issue involves noise, waste, parking or playing ball games, the Helpline partnership work with service users, Police and Leeds City Council to educate and correct negative behaviour amongst our students.
Contact Us:
By telephone (24hr voicemail service): 0113 343 1064
By Email: neighbourhood.helpline@leeds.ac.uk
Alternatively, complete our online form. 

For practical tips and advice on how to avoid causing any problems for your neighbours and to avoid enforcement action, take a look at the Living in Leeds Guide.

Big Welcome To Our New Sustainability Architects!

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Hello – I’m Amy, one of the four new Sustainability Architects here at the University of Leeds. My role as part of the Sustainability team is to encourage and promote student and community engagement with all things sustainable!

As part of this I hope to continue to develop the role of a “Sustainability Representative” within each school.  Their role would be to put sustainability on the agenda by integrating knowledge of it into teaching and assessments, promoting sustainable practice within their school and departmental society encouraging other students to get involved, share their ideas and help to develop new initiatives for both environmental and social sustainability.

Being from Leeds, I understand how important it is to integrate students with the local community. There is no better way of doing this than through sustainability! I aim to do this by promoting  volunteering and community engagement projects within the University and Union setting – bringing to the attention of students what is available for them to get involved in around Leeds.

I hope to create an environment where students feel they are able to get involved with sustainability and make a difference!

 

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Hey I’m Will, a second year Environmental Science student at the University of Leeds. I am planning to take a year out of University during my third year, hoping to gain more valuable experience in sustainable roles. As well as representing the sustainability service at events, I hope to increase student engagement in sustainable practices, particularly focusing my efforts on halls of residences and sport societies.

 

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Hi I’m Shara, I am currently studying my masters in Sustainability and Consultancy here at the University of Leeds. My undergraduate degree was in International Relations and my dissertation looked at environmental change and energy security in the European Union. After taking a break from University to work and travel, I started to look into sustainability in a wider context, which lead me back to higher education.

This year I hope to increase the range of individuals engaged in sustainability; moving it out of traditional circles and into mainstream discussions so it’s accessible for everyone.

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My name is Ileyas Mogeh and I am a student sustainability architect. I am currently on my second year of BA Politics. Being a sustainability architect is an exciting way to make a positive impact in your community. As an architect, you are able to do this through your area of interest, for example in my case this is democracy. This ensures that the role is enjoyable, whilst also challenging and developing your knowledge of sustainability within higher education . By August, I hope to have helped embedded sustainability in the student community through increased participation in democratic activities.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Volunteer Days

University staff and students regularly take part in volunteer days with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in the Leeds area each year. These activities bring together staff and students from a number of University managed sites across both Central and North West Leeds. So far this year, groups have undertaken hay meadow management at Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve, and willow coppicing at Esholt, near Rawdon.

The Kirkstall event saw the volunteers helping to clear cut hay in October, thereby preventing the nutrients from returning back in to the soil. This action limits the growth of invasive or dominant species, and allows the natural wild flowers to grow and prosper, thus encouraging further insects and bird life in the hay meadows, and broadening the reserve’s biodiversity. The team were supervised by two members of staff from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and one was even a graduate from the University.

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The work at Esholt in November consisted of coppicing or cutting three year old willow stems, and sorting them by thickness, for subsequent use as posts, or willow whips. The willow will then be transported for use at either Meanwood Beck in Leeds, Pudsey Beck near Bradford, or Otterburn Beck near Skipton, all located in the River Aire catchment. The willow will be used in a process called spiling, whereby the posts are driven in vertically along the water’s edge, and then the whips are woven or laid as fascines between the posts. The final structure acts as an initial barrier to erosion, but the beauty of the willow is that it will grow again in spring. The new roots will help to anchor the riverbank, provide habitat for water larvae, and reduce silt/improve the water quality. The new shoots will also help provide extra cover for insects and bird life along the becks, thereby helping to expand the existing biodiversity.

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Further events are planned for spiling at Otterburn Beck; tree planting at Water Haigh Woodland Park; and scrub bashing at Ledston Luck Nature Reserve in the New Year.

First blog entry

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Hi everyone,

I’m Gina, the new Positive Partner in Society intern. I’m really glad I joined the Sustainability Service – it’s only been a month since I started but I feel like I’ve already learned a lot and really enjoyed working with the team.

I’ve completed two years of International Relations at the university and I’m currently undertaking my placement year at the Sustainability Service. I’m really interested in global development and improving the community in general so it’s great to get first-hand insight into sustainability and its various aspects and see how the university manages its responsibility towards society – which was the main reason I applied for the position.

My main objectives are increasing and supporting student and staff engagement with sustainability in the university and I’m also involved with managing the Service’s communications channels. I produce our monthly newsletter which you can sign up for here: http://sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/sign-up-to-our-e-newsletter/.

So far, I’ve worked on Freshers’ Week which included going to Freshers’ fairs and the Discovery Themes Fair where I got to talk to students about the discovery modules from the ‘Creating Sustainable Futures’ theme – these modules are a great way to learn more about sustainability from various angles, whether it’s social, economic  or scientific. You can enrol to these modules regardless of your degree to broaden your knowledge and skills – find out more about them via this link: https://leedsforlife.leeds.ac.uk/Broadening/Theme/3.

I’m really looking forward to this year and can’t wait to get more people involved with sustainability and support initiatives already taking place!

Student Engagement

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The Sustainability Service has a commitment to make sure that all of our students become sustainability literate, and graduate with related key skills and knowledge. This forms one of the four themes in our Sustainability Strategy and we have a number of key performance indicators that help us to monitor our development in this area. We support our students to be responsible citizens and an active part of society, both locally and globally.  There are a variety of ways to get involved with sustainability; from working with us as a student architect, or intern, through to volunteering on one of our projects, or even taking a module in sustainability.

“Sustainability is part of being a student at the University of Leeds, no matter what your discipline.”

One of our key messages is that sustainability is applicable to all, and all disciplines.  Graduates are going to have to make some tough decisions in the future and we want out students prepared to make these decisions with a key knowledge and understanding of the importance of sustainability.  Alongside formal learning in sustainability, we focus on supporting students in developing, understanding and communicating the skills that they have – from volunteering, internships, and auditing, to trying their hand at beekeeping!

You can find out more about our Student Sustainability Architects here.

Integrating sustainability into the curriculum  
Take a look at the hundreds of elective module “Creating Sustainable Futures” available to most undergraduate students, here.
For ideas and tips about completing a sustainability-related dissertation, no matter what your subject, contact us.

 

Sustainability Architects

APPLICATIONS FOR 2016/17 SUSTAINABILITY ARCHITECTS HAVE NOW CLOSED.

For more information on what the Architects will be working on this year, keep up to date on our social media and blog posts.
There are lots of ways you can still get involved! Check out our Student Opportunities page here.


Student Sustainability Architects are part-time paid positions at the Sustainability Service, who provide support for student engagement activities, events, campaigns and initiatives. They take the lead on delivering projects that align with our strategic objectives and also develop their own ideas to increase student participation with sustainability.

Last year’s architect projects ranged from increasing sustainability themed dissertations and student representation in political activity, to helping to spread recycling knowledge across Halls of Residence and developing a Sustainability Reps network across faculties and schools!

Main Duties and Responsibilities for Sustainability Architects include:

  • Supporting the development of a network for students who wish to engage further with sustainability. This will involve representing the Sustainability Service at meetings and events.
  • Promoting the Sustainability Service at Open Days, in faculties and schools and other partner events throughout the year.
  • Supporting the marketing of the service and communication of the Sustainability Strategy by, for example, using social media to publicise events or contributing to our Sustainability Service blog.
  • Supporting student-facing activities when necessary.
  • Assisting with sustainability campaigns and projects when necessary.

 

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