Archive for May, 2009

7m Luton carnival centre completed

Friday, May 8th, 2009

The £7 million building is part of a wider £125 million investment project by Arts Council East and EEDA aimed at creating cultural centres of excellence.  Designed to encourage the development of carnival arts, the building will host showcases for musicians and costume designers, and includes welding and casting space for building floats and costumes, a band practice room, bar, creche, and a small business centre arranged around a “street” space.

Deputy Vice Chancellor for University announced

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Donald Harley has been officially announced as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Resources), responsible for Finance, Estates and IT, at the University of Bedfordshire.

He joined the University as Director of Finance in 2006. Latterly he has taken on the additional responsibilities of Estates and IT.

Prior to 2006, he held various senior finance and corporate development positions, working the majority of his career in the Private Sector including Scottish & Newcastle plc and Anglian Water plc, and subsequently in the Public Sector with Westminster Council.

He commented: “It’s great to be part of developing and improving the student experience at the University through my role, particularly in terms of estates and IT developments and improving the level of services to our students, faculties and stakeholders.”

University in BAFTA movie filmed in Luton

Friday, May 8th, 2009

University of
Bedfordshire’s, Head of Centre for Applied Research in Dance, Helen Bailey,
recently attended BAFTA’s screening of ‘Mad, Sad & Bad’, a film made by
Moxie Makers and Soda Pictures for which Helen was commissioned to choreograph
a short dance sequence.

Helen, along
with 2 other members of the University’s dance staff, Senior Lecturer in Dance, James Hewison and Lecturer in Dance, Amalia Garcia and
dance students Nicola Drew, Nicola
Hannibal and Giuseppe Marcarelli, appeared in the film which was shot on
location in Luton.

‘Mad, Sad & Bad’
is a 90 minute comedy about mixed race relationships and set in Luton. Amongst the
cast include: Nitin Ganatra more recently known for playing EastEnders’ postman
Masood, Coronation Street’s
Ayesha Dharker and Meera Syal, the outrageous granny from The Kumars at 42.

I Like Luton Because…

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Local residents can now go on-line to list the things they most like about Luton, by visiting www.loveluton.com


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