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University of Leeds

2016 League Table Ranking 19
2016 Overall Score 820
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Entry Standards 430 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 13.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.13 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,714 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.09 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 447 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 74.5 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 93.5 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 82.2 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 60.3 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Leeds traces its roots as far back as 1831.
  • Awarded a charter by Edward VII in 1904, Leeds is now one of the largest universities in the UK.
  • It is a member of the Russell Group of research intensive universities. 
  • Leeds is ranked in the top 10 for research power in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Location and Transport

  • Located at the centre of the UK and enjoying excellent transport links, Leeds is well connected to the rest of the UK by affordable, frequent and extensive coach and rail services.
  • You can reach London in around two hours and Edinburgh is just three hours away by train.
  • Leeds Bradford Airport provides regular flights to major international destinations.

Entry Standards

  • The University of Leeds is shaped by its values of academic excellence, community, professionalism, integrity and inclusiveness.
  • Its admissions policy aims to provide fair and equal access to those who have the potential to succeed on their chosen course.
  • Full details of the entry requirements for each of the University's courses are available on our website at
  • In 2013 the average entry UCAS tariff score was 422.

Student Mix

The 30,975 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • One of the widest ranges of degrees in the country, encompassing both the traditional and vocational.
  • A wide range of joint honours courses. Students can pursue interests across a range of disciplines.
  • We have links with over 300 institutions worldwide and most of our students spend a semester or a year studying abroad.
  • Students can gain valuable work experience; from a 12-month integrated industry placement, to a structured summer internship. There are also lots of volunteering opportunities.
  • Part-time study – the Lifelong Learning Centre is the first port of call for students wanting to study part-time or for mature students returning to education.
  • Foundation courses – if students do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to a degree course, they can take a foundation course which will help them to prepare for a university degree.

Teaching Standards

  • Staff at Leeds have been awarded 20 National Teaching Fellowships – more than any other English, Northern Irish or Welsh university reflecting the excellence of our teaching.
  • The University was one of only three institutions reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in 2012 to receive a commendation, the highest category of praise available, for our enhancement of student learning opportunities.
  • Leeds staff have won prestigious national awards for quality and innovation in teaching.
  • Leeds’ Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) gives students instant access to a wide range of learning resources, including reading lists, past examination papers, skills guides and assessment guidelines. It also provides an interactive learning forum through a range of tools including tests, blogs, lecture notes, podcasts, surveys, wikis and discussion boards. So, as well as practical sessions, lectures and seminars, students benefit from a whole raft of supplementary and interactive learning material.
  • 88% of our final year students are satisfied with their experience at Leeds (National Student Survey (NSS 2014).
  • 90% of our final year students rated their courses as intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey (NSS 2014).
  • Leeds is in the top 100 Universities in the world (QS Rankings 2014).

Research Standards

  • The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), a measure of research quality in universities, recognised that over 80% of research at Leeds has a top quality rating of either 'world leading' or 'international excellent'.
  • 30% of the University’s subject areas are ranked in the top 10 in the UK.
  • Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group – the 24 leading research universities in the UK.
  • In 2013–14, the University secured 580 new research awards totalling £132 million. Leeds is part of the Worldwide Universities Network, which brings together 18 research-intensive universities to collaborate on research, postgraduate degree programmes and continuing professional development.
  • The University has implemented a dynamic Sector Hub approach to working with the wider world, creating interdisciplinary centres of excellence which form a gateway to the University’s expertise across 14 identified areas of strength.
  • Research partners include Arup, M&S, Opera North, Santander, Sinochem, Proctor and Gamble.

Academic Strengths

  • Teaching is informed by the very latest research, so students are taught by the people doing that research. Undergraduates also have the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge research themselves.
  • We have been awarded the biennial Queen’s Anniversary prize, the country’s highest accolade for an academic institution, twice in a row (in 2009 and 2011).
  • Leeds champions knowledge transfer between universities, other research organisations, businesses and the wider community to enable product/service development.
  • The High Fliers report on The Graduate Market in 2014 puts us in the UK top 10 for graduate recruitment.
  • Leeds’ research strengths are in areas such as energy, water, cities, culture, food, health and high value engineering.
    • Leeds had the eighth largest research grant and contract income in the sector in 2011–12 (Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) March 2013).
  • We receive the second highest amount of funding in the UK from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) (Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) April 2012).
  • The University of Leeds is 2nd nationally in terms of number of spinouts created – over 100 companies since 1995 – and has the largest number of listed spin-out companies (seven).
  • The current value of active University of Leeds spin-out companies is estimated in the region of £500 million.
  • 59% of Leeds academics were engaged in knowledge transfer activity with various partners (contract/collaborative research, consultancy, etc) and this amounts to £77.9 million (Higher Education-Business and Community Interaction Survey, HE-BCI 2012–13).

Student Facilities

  • State of the art equipment and research infrastructure through the N8 shared database.
  • New University undergraduate library with 1,000 more seats, as well as group, quiet and silent study spaces and dedicated IT zones.
  • Students are given an email account on the Microsoft Office 365 service, offering secure access, from anywhere, to email, calendar, contacts and tasks. As part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of services, students can install up to five copies of Office Pro Plus completely free of charge.
  • We have invested over £2 million in a new state-of-the-art lecture capture and multimedia management system – one of the largest in Europe. Students are able to access video and audio recordings of many lectures and other teaching activities, through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), so they can study at their own pace and revisit course content at any point in the year.The University’s rich and extensive print, online and manuscript collections, gathered over 100 years and added to all the time, attract students and scholars from around the world.
  • Students can also access over 35,000 online journals from home, halls or anywhere else.
  • Five special collections have been designated by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council as being of outstanding national and international importance.
  • Approximately 1,700 PCs in 46 computer clusters and 12 cafes with networked PCs.
  • Free, high speed Wi-Fi network that covers most of campus.
  • All the main halls of residence have free, fast internet access, and there is free TV over the network in the halls.
  • Desktop Anywhere service which enables students to log in to their University desktop and software securely, from anywhere in the world.
  • Centrally provided IT clusters which also offer a range of specialist hardware and software allowing disabled students to make the most of IT.
  • The University has two mobile apps – one which gives students mobile access to the VLE, and another, UniLeeds, which brings together several useful services, such as the library catalogue, campus maps and computer cluster availability.
  • The Skills@library service can help students develop the academic skills they need to succeed at university and in their future career, including helping students to become more effective learners and researchers and more effective communicators.
  • On-campus Careers Centre is one of the largest in the country. It has an excellent relationship with graduate recruiters and is the place to get advice about what to do after university, including help finding work experience, and dealing with job applications and selection processes. The Centre runs hundreds of events: recruitment fairs, employer presentations and workshops. Leeds graduates are highly regarded both nationally and internationally.
  • The Language Centre offers year-round English language courses to support international students before and during their studies. It also provides students on any degree programme at the University the chance to study modules in around 10 foreign languages.
  • Performing arts facilities including Stage@leeds, Clothworkers' Centenary Concert hall, Workshop theatre, and the Stanley and Audrey Burton Art Gallery.
  • Various catering outlets, including the Refectory, which also hosts gigs.

Disability Services

  • The Disability Officer at Leeds University can be contacted at Disability Services, The Equality Service. Ground Floor, Social Sciences Building, University of Leeds LS2 9JT.
  • Contact by telephone on 0113 343 3927 (calls via RNID typetalk are welcome), textphone 0113 343 2616, email or visit the website.

Students' Union

  • Leeds University Union (LUU) is an award-winning students' union. It was the first in the country to receive two gold standard awards for the Students' Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI).
  • On enrolment, students automatically become member of one of the largest student unions in the country with over 300 clubs and societies.
  • The union has an award-winning newspaper, TV and radio stations.
  • Services in the union include supermarket, hairdresser, opticians, book shop, beauty salon, gift shops, bank, bars and clubs.
  • Three club venues plus the Refectory provide a capacity of 5,000 for some of the biggest club nights in Leeds.
  • The union’s Opportunities service brings together part-time work, careers events, and volunteering to help students gain new skills and experiences while at Leeds.


  • The Edge provides state-of–the-art fitness, sport and wellbeing opportunities, all located on campus. Includes a 200-station health and fitness centre, one of the largest of any UK university.
  • One of the largest intramural league recreational sport competitions in UK higher education in which over 4,000 students participate every year.
  • The University union has 38 sports clubs which range from cycling to sub-aqua and basketball to sailing.
  • The University supports over 40 elite athletes in their academic and sporting lives through the Performance Sport Programme. Recent scholars include Paralympic table tennis player Kim Daybell and GB Triathlete Johnny Brownlee, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University is constantly investing in students and facilities. By 2015 we will have spent £157 million on new buildings and refurbishment. This works out at almost £5,000 per student. Recent developments include:
  • The new £4.4-m, state-of-the-art home for the Institute of Communications Studies – holds 41 edit suites, a newsroom, TV and radio studios and a 60 seat cinema.
  • A £12.5-million Energy Research building that houses a suite of advanced laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment. The building brings together energy research centres under one roof, including the Energy Research Institute, and serves as a physical hub for collaboration and innovation across campus and beyond.
  • A £9.5-million refurbishment of the Leeds Dental Institute that now gives dental students training in Leeds access to some of the best facilities in the world.
  • Michael Marks Building – as part of a unique partnership between M&S and the University, the Company's archive of more than 60,000 items was permanently relocated in March 2012 to the Michael Marks Building, a purpose-built facility on campus, where it will serve as a 'living resource' for M&S business needs, academics and the general public. The physical relocation is just one aspect of the University’s partnership with M&S alongside a number of other initiatives.
  • A new £27.5-million flagship undergraduate library opens in Spring 2015 – the new library will support student learning by providing a gateway to information in all formats and an inspirational study environment.
  • Refurbishment of the Edward Boyle Library.
  • A £20-million refurbishment of the Students Union planned in late 2015.
  • A £1.9-million new Treasures Gallery to display special collections to the public due to open in late 2015.
  • A £42-million new University Innovation and Enterprise Centre acting as a gateway to industry in the region.
  • The North East Quarter development bringing together physics and computer imaging.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Open throughout the year, Joblink is the University's on-site student employment service, organising part-time work for students during study.
  • Leeds has opportunities for part-time work and work experience for students who want to earn or widen their CV. This can be arranged through Leeds for Life. Designed to make sure students get the very best personal and academic development during their time here, Leeds for Life helps students identify opportunities outside of their course, from volunteering to work placement.

Careers Guidance

  • Our award-winning Careers Centre, one of the largest in the country, offers a range of services to help plan student’s careers and make well-informed decisions along the way.
  • Our experienced, qualified careers advisors can help students find work experience, offer advice on improving CVs, job applications, preparing for interviews and what to do after University.
  • As well as teaching accredited, career-related discovery modules, the Careers Centre also provides a daily drop-in service and a dedicated job site advertising hundreds of vacancies targeted at University of Leeds students.
  • They can also put students in touch with our graduates for careers advice through the Leeds Network.
  • Leeds graduates are highly sought after by employers. Over 650 graduate recruiters target our students and visit campus each year.
  • We are one of the top 10 universities in the UK for graduate recruitment (The Graduate Market in 2014, High Fliers Research).
  • 92% of our graduates are employed or studying within six months of leaving according to the latest report from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (June 2013).

Notable Alumni

University of Leeds alumni can be found in all professions across the world – Nobel laureates and newspaper editors; politicians and policy makers; entertainers and entrepreneurs; High Court judges, scientists, faith leaders – and even an astronaut. Eminent Leeds alumni include:

  • Nicola Mendelsohn (English Literature and Theatre Studies) Vice-President of Facebook Europe, Middle East and Africa.
  • Craig Jordan (PhD, DSc Pharmacology) Chief developer of breast cancer drug tamoxifen.
  • Alistair Brownlee MBE (Sports Science and Physiology) – World No. 1 Triathlete and Olympic Gold medallist.
  • Elizabeth Price, (Fine Art) Turner Prize winning artist.
  • Jane Featherstone (German and History) – Managing Director of Kudos Film and TV, and Executive producer of Spooks.
  • Colin Needham (Computer Science) Founder and CEO of IMDb (The Internet Movie Database).
  • Karen Darke (Chemistry and Geological Science) – Paralympic Silver medallist – Hand Cycling.
  • Alistair McGowan (English) – actor and impressionist.
  • Baroness Usha Prashar (Political Studies) Chairman of Judicial Appointments Commission.
  • Mark Knopfler (English) – Rock guitarist, Dire Straits.
  • Piers Sellers, OBE (PhD Biometeorology) – NASA astronaut.
  • Dan Smith, Bastille (English Language and Literature) Musician.
  • Jacqui Oatley (German) – Match of the Day commentator.
  • Keir Starmer (Law) – Director of Public Prosecutions.
  • Wole Soyinka (English) – Nobel prize-winning playwright.
  • Steve Bell and Kipper Williams (both Fine Art) Cartoonists.
  • Claire Cashmore (Linguistics) Paralympic Silver and Bronze medallist Swimming.
  • Bekele Geleta (MA Transport Economics) Director-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
  • Liz Kershaw (Textiles) BBC 6 Music presenter.
  • Gwil Sainsbury (Fine Art), Joe Newman (Fine Art), Gus Unger-Hamilton (English) and Thom Green (Fine Art) Members of the band, Alt-J.
  • Jonathan Brownlee (History) Olympic Bronze medallist and 2012 ITU World Champion Triathlon.

For further information

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  • University of Leeds
    LS2 9JT
UCAS Code L23

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