From Lima to Leeds Trinity
21st August 2018
Three students and two members of staff from the Universidad Católica Sedes Sapientiae in Lima are visiting the Diocese of Leeds to participate in a Summer School at Leeds Trinity University.
Thanks to the generosity of LTU, the students will stay and study free at the University in Horsforth; and thanks to the continued generosity of parishioners throughout the Diocese, the Peru Commission has been able to provide £7,000 to pay for their food and travel in addition to the £10,000 funding previously provided to maintain the students who are supported in their studies throughout the year back home in Peru.
The two young men and a woman (Joan, Mauricio and Estrella) arrived in Leeds on 4th August and will be staying until the 26th. The process of obtaining permission for the students to travel to the UK has been arduous, with two other young people denied visas through being deemed too poor.
The initiative has been negotiated by Fr Jonathan Hart on behalf of the Diocese of Leeds Peru Commission and could be the start of an exchange programme to the benefit of the students and staff of both universities.
The young people and one of their teachers, Carmen, were given a warm welcome by Leeds Trinity's Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ray Lloyd and were introduced to Bishop Marcus who is Chair of the University's Board of Governors.