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Rudimental duo to get honorary degrees

Two members of the chart-topping group Rudimental will be back at their old university today to receive honorary degrees.

Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden of chart-toppers Rudimental will receive honorary degrees from their old university today Credit: Press Association

Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden, who graduated from Leeds Met in 2008, make up half of Rudimental, who topped the charts in 2012 with their single Feel The Love.

Last year their album Home, which features a string of stars including John Newman and Emeli Sand, debuted at number one in the charts, and in February this year, the band won their first BRIT award for Best British Single for their track Waiting All Night.

The pair, who graduated with BSc (Hons) in Creative Music and Sound Technology, will today be made Honorary Masters of Music.


Leeds Metropolitan University consults on name change

Leeds Metropolitan University has started a formal consultation process with students and staff about changing its name. The university says it feels it has outgrown the 'Metropolitan' name and wants a new name to have a strong link to the region and to reflect its educational ethos.

The names under consultation are:

  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Leeds Headingley University
  • Leeds Ridings University


Sir Bob Murray is Leeds Met's new Chancellor

Sir Bob Murray CBE has been installed as Leeds Metropolitan University’s new Chancellor today.

At a ceremony at the University’s Great Hall, the occasion began with 100 representatives from across the university leading a procession, followed by a showcase of student work, including music and dance performances.

“I am both astonished and thrilled to be here today. I feel very privileged to be invited to be Chancellor of this esteemed institution and I would like to thank the University for granting me this unique position.

This truly is a first class regional university with great vision, drive and values. Even in 2008 when I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate here I never dreamt of today. I hope my experience in business and lifelong focus on education will give me the necessary qualities to support the university."

– Sir Bob Murray