Unique opportunity to learn about regeneration of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Jun 20, 2017 10:04 AM |
First Leicester Urban Summer School hosted by University of Leicester taking place on 30 June and 1 July 2017

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 20 June 2017

Local universities will be offering a unique opportunity to learn about various aspects of the regeneration of Leicester from key people involved in the city's recent transformation on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July.

The first Leicester Urban Summer School, which is hosted by the University of Leicester, will be held at locations throughout the city. 

The knowledge acquired will be relevant to all kinds of cities, regions and time-periods.

Sessions will be run by leading experts in architecture, urban design, planning and local government in order to highlight practical examples of the combined ways in which architecture, history, urban design and policy are all contributing to Leicester's regeneration. 

Loretta Lees, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Leicester Department of Geography, said: “This is an exciting cross disciplinary and cross institutional initiative within urban studies that draws on the expertise of academics but also importantly Leicester City Council. We use Leicester as an urban laboratory within which to investigate its urban pasts and urban futures (re)valuing what this unique city has to offer.”

The Summer School is aimed at postgraduate students in relevant areas of urban studies (history, geography, sociology, architecture and design, etc.) and those new to the planning professions. 

Elain Harwood from Historic England will give the keynote lecture on Leicester's changing architectural landscape since 1945.

The Leicester Urban Summer School is organised by the Leicester Urban Observatory which is a collaboration between practitioners at Leicester City Council and leading academics at three local universities: De Montfort University, University of Leicester and Loughborough University. 

It aims to establish and develop a combined centre of excellence in urban studies and planning for Leicester.  Organisers of the Summer School include Dr Robert Harland (Loughborough), Professor Loretta Lees and Professor Simon Gunn (University of Leicester), Neil Stacey, Professor Jonathan Davies and Dr Mercè Cortina Oriol (De Montfort University) and Grant Butterworth and Justin Webber (Leicester City Council).

The two days will provide an opportunity to meet key actors in urban regeneration and like-minded young professionals and post-graduate students. 

The programme will run from 11am to 5pm on Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday. 

The fee of £50 covers attendance at all sessions and materials and refreshments and a buffet lunch on both days. 

As some sessions will be practical and interactive places will be strictly limited in order to maximize benefits to those attending.  Consequently, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To book one of the limited number of places please follow the link: http://shop.le.ac.uk/product-catalogue/events-at-leicester/centre-for-urban-history/leicester-urban-summer-school-revaluing-Leicester


Notes to editors:

For more information email Sally Hartshorne at sah86@le.ac.uk if you have any queries.


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