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ACADEMIC . April 2012 . 9he University of Leeds MeetinLeeds brand has added a year-round conference and fi ne-dining suite in University House to its fl agship residence Storm Jameson Court (460 en suite bedrooms), and leisure facilities. Richard Handscombe, Head of Sales and Marketing, says: "Although comfortable, the rooms at University House were traditional and a bit chintzy. We've swept all this away and created a suite which would grace a top hotel."The trend toward shortening lead times Handscombe illustrates by several large residential events coming to the university just fi ve months out, "something unheard of before the fi nancial crisis," he says. "They are holding on as long as they can before confi rming a budget, and then going for it". Over at the Well Met Conferencing brand, the Leeds Metropolitan University became the fi rst in the UK to get Gold Accredited in Meetings (AIM) certifi cation from the Meetings Industry Association. Well Met has a portfolio of venues, including the Rose Bowl, Carnegie Pavilion, The Grange, Cloth Hall Court and Gandhi Hall. The fl agship fi ve-storey glass structure known as the Rose Bowl has won two design awards since it opened in 2009 and has capacity for 64 to 256 delegates theatre style.Kate Davis, Business Development Manager at Well Met Conferencing, says perceptions of academic venues are beginning to change. "Forget the image of 1970s, academic venues are now fully equipped to compete with some of the leading conference and event venues in the UK and Europe." Leeds Met has invested over £158m in new buildings and accommodation, however public sector business, which always played a large part of the customer base, has diminished. Davis says her team has adapted, working hard on an Ambassador Programme. Chuck out the chintzBoth Leeds universities have shown true Yorkshire grit by investing in their meetings future, upgrading facilities and raising service levelsTop: Richard Handscombe. Above: Leeds Met's Rose BowlT