Leeds Metropolitan University

2015 League Table Ranking 102
2015 Overall Score 531
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Entry Standards 277 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 19.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.05 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 748 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 3.93 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 400 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 59.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 79.5 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 61.2 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 35.0 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 Metropolitan University, and its predecessor institutions, has been providing access to education in Leeds for over 180 years with the founding of the Leeds Mechanics Institute in 1824. We remain committed to providing access to educational opportunities for those with potential in the region.
  • Today it is one of the largest and most popular universities in the UK, with over 28,000 students and 2,900 staff.
  • The University holds the Investors in People Gold Accreditation and, in 2013, achieved the Customer Service Excellence Standard with 'compliance plus' for nine of the criteria.
  • From 22 September 2014, Leeds Metropolitan University will become Leeds Beckett University. Beckett Park is where a number of the university’s predecessor colleges were established, the first being the City of Leeds Training College in 1913, and is still home to the university’s Headingley Campus.

Location and Transport

  • Leeds is a vibrant and student-friendly Yorkshire city, located at the heart of northern culture and heritage, and is the largest financial district outside London.
  • An extensive rail, road and air network makes travelling to Leeds both quick and easy from around the country.
  • The University has two campuses: City, a modern campus (in the city centre), and Headingley, a stunning historical and green campus (4 km/3 miles north of city centre).

Entry Standards

  • The University is firmly committed to widening participation and lifelong learning.
  • Entry requirements for our courses generally range from 240 to 320 UCAS tariff points.
  • Academic qualifications are only one of several criteria taken into consideration, as we are also interested in potential to succeed plus a passion for the subject.

Student Mix

  • Men 48%, women 52%.
  • UK 90%, EU and other countries 10%.
  • Over 6,500 part-time students (25%).
  • Over 2,500 students from around the world (EU and overseas).

Course Flexibility

  • The University offers a broad range of part-time and full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are supported through online learning.
  • Our courses are, where relevant, accredited by professional bodies and include placements and work-based learning.
  • A broad range of professional qualifications and Continuing Professional Development short courses are also available to enhance career development.

Teaching Standards

  • 83% of final year students were satisfied with learning and teaching and 81% with their overall experience at Leeds Metropolitan (National Student Survey 2013).
  • We were subject to our Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Institutional Audit in May 2009 and Audit of Collaborative Provision in June 2011. Following successful sign off of those audits, the institution carries the relevant QAA Quality Mark for all its courses. We will undergo QAA Higher Education Review during 2013–14.
  • Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies.

Research Standards

  • Our three research institutes (the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure; the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and the Leeds Sustainability Institute) provide a focussed approach for growth in research and enterprise activity and enhance the quality of our students’ learning experience. 
  • In 2012, our academic staff produced 880 published research outputs across a range of disciplines highlighting our research knowledge and expertise.
  • The 2012–13 academic year saw a rise in successful external grant applications, with a total value in excess of £2 million.
  • We currently have 685 research students who are actively engaged in their studies. Our annual postgraduate conference and collaborative postgraduate conference provide our student body with opportunities for networking and presenting their research.

Enterprise activity

  • The university as an enterprise contributes £450 million to the regional economy.
  • We have strong relationships with the Institute of Directors, CBI, the Chamber of Commerce and Leeds and other regional City Councils, as well as a range of employers across the region.
  • We have an established and highly successful Continuing Professional Development activity recognised by the government in its Higher Education Innovation funding of £1.5 million making the University among the most successful post-92 universities.
  • We offer research translation services in: Built Environment; Healthcare; Digital Technologies and Food and Drink. Our Incubator unit currently supports more than 150 start-up businesses across an extensive range of services.
  • We work collaboratively with the Yorkshire Universities consortium to provide support to regional businesses.
  • We use our substantial business connectivity to support student placements, internships and employability.

Academic Strengths

  • A new employability-focussed undergraduate curriculum was launched in September 2012 and is designed to enable all students to develop the graduate attributes of being enterprising, digitally literate and having a global outlook.
  • Our undergraduate courses include at least two weeks work related-learning and many include work placements. Many of our courses are developed with and/or accredited by professional bodies.
  • We have a network of 30 university teacher fellows and five Higher Education Academy national teaching fellows.

Student Facilities

  • The University achieved a student satisfaction rating of 87% in the 2013 National Student Survey for learning resources.
  • The Library is open 24/7/365 and is one of very few to do so.
  • Over £1.9 million is spent each year on books, journals and electronic resources with almost half-a-million items available in print or online.
  • There are over 1.4 million visits per year to the library and almost 20 million accesses of electronic resources.
  • Skills for Learning offers online materials, workshops and tutorials to support the development of study skills and graduate attributes.
  • Support for students with disabilities and dyslexia is provided by Learning Support Officers within the library, alongside specialist hardware and software.
  • The library holds the government's prestigious Customer Service Excellence Standard.
  • We have 2,600 student computer workstations across Leeds Met campuses as well as wi-fi access across the University.
  • Students can borrow a range of technical equipment, including digital cameras, camcorders, audio recorders, laptops and other audio-visual equipment.
  • The Student Hub is the first point of contact for any enquiries about the University, whether they are quick questions or more in depth queries about student life and support. If we cannot resolve your issue we will ensure you are signposted to the correct person, team or external organisation that can.

Disability Services

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Centre is a friendly and confidential service made up of a team of disability advisers, support workers and administration staff. We offer support and advice to applicants and registered students with the aim of providing equality of opportunity for you to access your studies and perform academically to the best of your abilities.
  • Leeds Metropolitan University has an established independent Assessment Centre which conducts Study Needs Assessments for students going through the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) application process. We are accredited by Disabled Students’ Allowances Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) and a member of the National Network of Assessment Centres (NNAC). Our experienced Assessors work with students with a wide range of disabilities to identify the most appropriate package of equipment and support to allow you access and participate in your studies without disadvantage.
  • You do not need to be a Leeds Metropolitan student to attend our Assessment Centre; if you attend another college or university locally, or if you live in Leeds but are planning to move away, you are welcome to attend our Assessment Centre. Our Assessors will get in touch with your university/college to find out details about your course to enable them to make informed recommendations in order to support you. Assessments take place all year round, not just term time. All you need is confirmation of your eligibility for DSA from your funding body. Get in touch and we can talk you through the rest.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is led by a team of elected student officers and is primarily here to represent the views and interests of all students at Leeds Met.
  • From housing and money issues to academic queries the Students' Union Advice Service offers independent, free, confidential and expert advice.
  • The Students' Union offers endless opportunities to get involved, make new friends, learn something new and broaden horizons, from joining a society, volunteering, taking up one of the many student media opportunities or standing in student elections.  
  • The Students' Union has bars at both campuses which offer great drink deals and high quality food in a contemporary and relaxed environment.
  • It has a lively and energetic venue that has been graced by legendary acts which have all helped lay the foundations of what is now one of Leeds’ most thriving and best loved music venues.


  • Leeds Met is currently ranked eighth in the country overall for student sport.
  • The University’s Headingley Campus boasts outstanding and extensive indoor and outdoor sporting facilities, covering around a third of the 90 acre estate, which provides excellent sporting opportunities, as well as space for academic and research activity.
  • The University is currently planning significant investment in sporting facilities over the next few years, starting September 2014, to include a new Health & Fitness Suite and Short-Course Swimming Pool which will complement the new 500-seat Sporting Arena opened late 2012.
  • The University supports around 30 scholars playing and competing at national and international levels.
  • The nationally recognised Carnegie Coach Education unit supports coach education and CPD awards for over 3,000 individuals each year.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Leeds Met has two main campuses – one in the city centre of Leeds and one in the nearby suburb of Headingley. In October 2010, Broadcasting Place was named the best tall building in the world by a global council of architects, beating off stiff competition from taller buildings in Dubai.
  • In December 2010, a new world class learning environment, the Carnegie Pavilion, was opened by celebrity chef James Martin. The Carnegie Pavilion is situated at the Headingley Stadium, the home of the world famous Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The building has won acclaim for its design, and was awarded the Best Commercial Building at the local authority building control (LABC) awards and has been recognised for its sustainability, achieving the BREEAM excellent standard.
  • The BREEAM Eco award-winning Carnegie Village student accommodation, located close to the sports centre at Headingley Campus, is made up of a number of townhouses, one of which was built to Passivhaus standard, a unique sustainable design and a first for university accommodation, utilising the latest technology in sustainable building to keep utility costs to a minimum.
  • Leeds Metropolitan has remained one of the 'greenest' in the UK, continually achieving a first class degree in People & Planet's fifth annual green league table.
  • Leeds Metropolitan is continuing to invest significantly in its campuses to ensure the facilities meet the needs of students.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Leeds Met's Job Shop service is the University's in-house employment agency, one of the largest in the country.
  • The service works with some of the biggest employers in the region to secure temporary/part-time jobs for students designed to fit alongside studying.

Notable Alumni

Honorary Graduates

  • Dr Edward Barber (2012)
  • Geoffrey Boycott OBE (2010)
  • Susan Brown (2013)
  • Peter Clegg (2013)
  • Barry Cryer OBE (2013)
  • Gaynor Faye (2013)
  • Wayne Hemingway MBE (2012)
  • Stuart Lancaster (2012)
  • Matthew Lewis (2012)
  • Keith Loudon (2013)
  • David Parkin (2013)
  • Alexander Skarsgard (2011)
  • Lawrence Tomlinson (2013)
  • Dennis Weinreich (2013)
  • Edward Ziff (2013)


  • Piers Aggett, Musician (Rudimental)
  • Marc Almond, Musician (Soft Cell)
  • Dave Ball, Musician (Soft Cell)
  • Joel Bygraves, Actor (The Office and EastEnders)
  • Peter Cattaneo, Film Director (Full Monty)
  • Kesi Dryden, Musician (Rudimental)
  • Jeremy Dyson, Writer (League of Gentlemen)
  • Green Gartside (Paul Strohmeyer), Musician (Scritti Politti)
  • Charlotte Harris, Artist (National Portrait Gallery portrait prize 2003)
  • Mark Herman, Writer and Director (Little Voice, Brassed Off)
  • Jack Higgins (Harry Patterson), Author (Hon D 1995)
  • Robert Norbury, Actor (Hollyoaks)
  • Peter O’Toole, ActorDeceased
  • Ricky Wilson, Musician(Kaiser Chiefs)


  • Colin Burgon, Member of Parliament (Lab), Elmet
  • Michael Clapham, Member of Parliament (Lab), Barnsley West & Penistone
  • Eric Pickles, Member of Parliament (Con), Brentwood & Ongar
  • Phil Willis, Member of Parliament (LD), Harrogate & Knaresborough
  • Michael Wood, Member of Parliament (Lab), Batley & Spen


  • Guin Batten, Rowing (Sydney Olympics 2000 Silver medallist)
  • Sarah Barrow, Diving (GB Olympics)
  • Brendan Boyce, Race Walker (Irish Olympic Team)
  • Richard Buck, 400m Sprinter (GB Olympics)
  • Malcolm Brown MBE, Athletics (Coach of world champions and Olympic medallist triathletes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee) (Hon D Sport Science 2013)
  • Alistair Brownlee MBE, Race Walking (GB Olympics Gold Medal)
  • Dee Caffari, Sailing (Hon D Sport Science 2006)
  • Matt Diskin, Rugby League (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Brendan Foster MBE, Athletics (GB Olympics & Commonwealth Games) (Hon D 2004)
  • Frank Hadden, Rugby Union (National Coach, Scotland)
  • Vid Hidvégi, Gymnastics (Hungarian Olympic Team)
  • Austin Healey, Rugby Union (Leicester, England, British Lions)
  • Mick Hill, Athletics (GB Olympics & Commonwealth Games)
  • Jo Jackson, 20K Women’s Walk (GB Commonwealth Games Gold medallist, Delhi 2010)
  • Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Rugby League (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Ian McGeechan OBE, Rugby Union (Coach, Scotland & Wasps) (Hon D 2004)
  • James Parrack, Swimming (GB Commonwealth Games Silver medallist)
  • Willie Poching, Rugby League (First Team Coach, Leeds Rhinos)
  • Will Porterfield, Cricket (Ireland)
  • Sam Ramsamy, Olympics, Member, International Olympic Committee (South Africa) (Hon D 1994)
  • Kevin Sinfield, Rugby League (Leeds Rhinos)
  • David Stone MBE, Cyclist (GB Paralympic Gold medallist)
  • Dame Sarah Storey, Cyclist  (GB Paralympic Gold medallist)
  • Laura Weightman, Athletics (GB Olympics)
  • Howard Wells, Soccer (Chief Executive, Irish FA)


  • Denise Jagger, Lawyer (Partner, Eversheds) (Hon D Laws 2013)

For further information

  • www.leedsmet.ac.uk
  • course-enquiries@leedsmet.ac.uk
  • +44 (0) 113 812 3113
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
    The Rose Bowl
    City Campus
    LS1 3HE
UCAS Code L27

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