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Secretary of State for Transport the Rt Hon Chris Grayling

ITS Official Building Opening 2 March 2017

Thursday 2 March saw the newly refurbished ITS building officially opened by the Secretary of State for Transport the Rt Hon Chris Grayling. His Special Adviser told the Head of Visits and Planning at DfT that Secretary of State thought it was “a fantastic event and found it really useful and interesting to find out more about the Institute’s work”. 

Over 20 ITS staff exhibited and discussed highlights of their current research projects from across the landscape with over 40 VIP’s including distinguished Parliamentary guests, industry partners, members of the University Executive and some of our prestigious ITS alumni representing the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Arup, Trans Pennine Express and the Department for Transport.

To read more click here. Click here for the official press release.

ITS Leeds alumni event, 21 September 2016

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the first networking event in Leeds that welcomed our new cohort of students to ITS, and welcome back some of our local alumni. It was a great opportunity for alumni to catch up with old friends and ITS staff, and it was not long before new connections were made. The evening started with live music from the ITS house band, Supertram, followed by a keynote speech from recent alumnus Alex Ryan who graduated last year with an MSc in Transport Planning and Sustainability. Following the employers’ visits to ITS he now works for AECOM in Manchester. Alex provided our new students with an insight into his experiences and fond memories of his time at ITS. One of his main messages was … “try everything, even if you don’t like it you can only benefit from giving it a go”. He encouraged everyone to get involved with as many ITS activities as possible and highlighted that ITS was the perfect place to befriend people from all over the world with a variety of interests and backgrounds. With over 60 new students and more than 20 alumni from Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Bradford and Chile this was certainly a fun evening and we look forward to hosting more again in the future.

Leeds University worldwide alumni events, September 2016

In September, The University of Leeds united over 1,000 alumni as part of the Big Get Together as they celebrated their connection to Leeds worldwide. Five of these worldwide events were hosted by ITS alumni in Ghana, Uganda, UK, Bangladesh and Vietnam. For more on this event and how you can get involved with The Big Get Together in 2017 click here.

WCTR alumni and friends of ITS, Shanghai, July 2016

There was a particular room at the WCTR conference that was filled with transport professionals all connected with ITS, one way or another. There were international Alumni, a healthy representation of ITS staff and PhD students, and academic visitors alike, all attending an networking event catching up with old friends and making new connections. It is often the case at such international conferences of this scale that people meet so briefly, so it’s important to sometimes stop and properly talk to people who might share your interests, memories or be looking for an academic collaborator.

Our global alumni community reaches far and wide and it was excellent to see Fumio Kurosaki (Japan) and John Dinwoodie (UK) again as well as meeting Sittha Jaensirisak (Thailand) for the first time, in addition to a recent cohort of graduates from China including one of our keynote speakers of the evening Jialiang Guo, alongside Xinghua Zhang, Dayuan Xu, Guoqing Zhang, Bing Li, Jiajun Zhou, Yifan Wang, Xiaojun Shao and Xue Ding. Furthermore, an old friendship was reunited when Alvaro Guzman (Ecuador) joined his old classmate Jonathan Gomez Vilchez (Germany) for the first time since they both graduated in 2010.

It was a wonderful event with some really encouraging feedback that our alumni community do appreciate our engagement with them as they feel proud to be part of a global network that keeps in contact with them no matter where they are in the world. Having the opportunity to meet up again at occasions like this reminds them that they have not been forgotten. We look forward to more events with more of our alumni as the global network continues to grow. For more details on how you can get involved as an active alumni please email info(at)

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