Leeds Metropolitan University2014 League Table Ranking 101
2014 Overall Score 503
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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 28,200 students and 2,800 staff.
- The University holds the Investors in People Bronze Accreditation and, in 2013, achieved the Customer Service Excellence Standard with 'compliance plus' for nine of the criteria.
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).
- The University is firmly committed to widening participation and lifelong learning.
- Entry requirements for our courses 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.
- Men 48%, women 52%.
- UK 88%, EU and other countries 12%.
- Almost 7,500 part-time students.
- Almost 3,500 students from around the world (EU and overseas).
- The University offers a broad range of part-time and full-time courses and the mode of delivery can be tailored to students’ needs, including distance, online, blended and work-based learning.
- We also have a growing number of fast-track undergraduate and postgraduate awards.
- A broad range of professional qualifications and Continuing Professional Development short courses are also available to enhance career development.
- 85% of final year students were satisfied with learning and teaching and 83% with their overall experience at Leeds Metropolitan (National Student Survey 2012).
- 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.
- Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies.
- The recently formed 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 2011–12, our academic staff produced 1,063 published research outputs across a range of disciplines highlighting our research knowledge and expertise.
- We have over 600 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.
- The university as an enterprise contributes £420m to the regional economy.
- We have strong relationships with the Institute of Directors, CBI, and Leeds and other regional City Councils, as well as a range of employers across the region.
- An established and highly successful Continuing Professional Development activity recognised by the government in its Higher Education Innovation funding of £1.5m making the University among the most successful post-92 universities.
- 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.
- 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.
- All 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, including library and computing
- The University achieved a student satisfaction rating of 86% in the 2012 National Student Survey for learning resources.
- The Library is open 24/7/365 and is one of very few to do so.
- Over £1.7 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 1.5 million visits per year to the library and almost 10 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 2,500 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 transactions 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.
- The Disability, Dyslexia and Assessment Centre has a team of disability advisors, support workers and administration staff who work with applicants and registered students to provide a range of assessments, advice and support to enable your academic studies and student life to be both successful and enjoyable.
- The Students' Union 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 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, being a journalist for Met Media 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 fifth 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.
- These facilities include a significant investment in late 2012 in a 500-seat sporting arena, which will provide sporting opportunities for the student and local communities.
- The University supports around 45 scholars playing and competing at national and international levels. The nationally recognised Carnegie Coach Education unit supports coach education and CPD opportunities 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.
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.
- Piers Aggett, Musician (Rudimental)
- Marc Almond, Musician (Soft Cell)
- Dave Ball, Musician (Soft Cell)
- Edward Barber, Designer
- 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)
- Wayne Hemmingway, Fashion Designer
- Mark Herman, Writer and Director (Little Voice, Brassed Off)
- Jack Higgins (Harry Patterson), Author
- Matthew Lewis, Actor (Harry Potter films)
- Robert Norbury, Actor (Hollyoaks)
- Peter O’Toole, Actor
- Alexander Skarsgard, Actor (True Blood)
- 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
- Sarah Bailey, Swimming & Cycling (GB Paralympic medallist)
- Guin Batten, Rowing(Sydney Olympics 2003 Silver medallist)
- Geoffrey Boycott, Cricket (Yorkshire)
- Dee Caffari, Sailing
- Matt Diskin, Rugby League (Leeds Rhinos)
- Brendan Foster, Athletics (GB Olympics & Commonwealth Games)
- Frank Hadden, Rugby Union (National Coach, Scotland)
- 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)
- Stewart Lancaster, Rugby Union (Former Coach, Leeds Carnegie)
- Ian McGeechan, Rugby Union (Coach, Scotland & Wasps)
- 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)
- Kevin Sinfield, Rugby League (Leeds Rhinos)
- Dame Sarah Storey, Cyclist (GB Paralympic Gold medallist)
- Howard Wells, Soccer( Chief Executive, Irish FA)
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