Leeds Beckett University transforms the lives and prospects of thousands of individuals and organisations across the city and beyond. This modern, professional university has 24,000 students across two campuses, based in the city centre and in the nearby suburb of Headingley. Students can access great teaching and the latest thinking from research on big issues in society from cybercrime to dementia, on programmes that meet the needs of employers and provide the skills the city region needs.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


On the outskirts of a city or town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: L27

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Where students come from

  • UK 94%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Open 24/7, 365 days a year the libraries offer inspiring learning environments, a wide range of print and electronic collections and friendly, knowledgeable staff. The Sheila Silver Library at City campus and Headingley Library in the James Graham building have undergone significant refurbishment, creating more collaborative and effective learning areas including spaces with specialist software and fully-equipped rooms to rehearse presentations and group projects.
  • Both libraries have access to more than 315,000 print and multimedia items and 150,000 e-books, journals, databases and newspapers to inspire learning and support study.
  • The library also assists students to develop their academic skills, helping them to study successfully at the university and boosting their employability prospects. Each library has dedicated academic librarians to help students get the most out of everything the library has to offer.

Student jobs

  • Leeds Beckett has its own employment agency for current students and alumni. Students can gain valuable employability skills and earn while they learn in a variety of casual, hourly paid roles across the university and with external partners in the local business community.
  • Leeds Beckett's online system, MyHub, helps students to search for a range of jobs relevant to their course and sends job alerts direct to their inbox.

Careers advice

  • Leeds Beckett combines academic and practical studies with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
  • A dedicated Employability Team helps students shape their CV and write job applications, prepare for interviews, and provide expert guidance to help them decide on their next steps in the world of work. They can also arrange career mentoring, where students receive advice from people who have been successful and influential in their chosen field.
  • Placements enable students to apply their learning from campus into the world of work, giving an invaluable taste of their chosen career. The university's placement programme, in partnership with more than 2,300 companies and organisations, registered 5,806 placements for students in 2017–18 with the likes of Disney, Samsung, Apple, Nike and BMW.
  • If students dream of running their own business, University Business Centres (in three locations) provide start-up workshops, networking events and advice on funding. Over 180 student and graduate businesses have launched since 2004, including Sweet Cecily's, a natural skincare company, and Boston Shakers, a mobile cocktail bar service. The Business Centres also offer recent graduates use of a business address, professional meeting spaces and membership of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce, free of charge for three months.

Health services

  • Students' health and well-being is a priority and the university encourages students to be healthy in all aspects of their lives, including their physical and mental health.
  • Events to encourage healthy living include 'give it a go' week, with lots of free exercise classes; and gym membership is offered at a low cost to ensure facilities are available to all.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Leeds Beckett provides students with expert support and guidance to help them with issues such as exam stress, homesickness, bereavement, relationships and anxiety. An experienced team of counsellors, mental health practitioners and chaplains provide free and confidential advice.
  • Student Experience Officers are based at both campuses and can signpost students to all the help, opportunities and services that they need.
  • Extra support can also be found on the Leeds Beckett website; and students have access to Kooth Student, an online support platform.

Disability support

  • Specially trained staff provide help and support to students with a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or a specific learning difference (including dyslexia). Support ranges from one-to-one study support, mentoring, specialist software or equipment, to recommendations relating to learning and teaching.
  • Students eligible for the Disabled Students' Allowance can access staff in the Disability Assessment Centre to undertake their study needs assessment and identify the most appropriate support. This can be done before the start of the student's course.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • Leeds Beckett's City campus makes a striking contribution to the Leeds skyline. Professional-quality facilities include biomedical laboratories, a courtroom, clinical skills suite, financial trading floor, radio studios, a TV studio and control room, 3D printing workshop and an immersive learning laboratory, the Hydra Suite.
  • A new building to house the university's School of Film, Music & Performing Arts and its fashion department, is due to open in late 2020. Specialist facilities will include a 184-seat performance theatre and 220-seat Dolby Atmos movie cinema, as well as course-specific studios.
  • Leeds Beckett is fiercely proud of its reputation for sporting excellence. A new sports teaching and research facility opens in winter 2019/20, with high-tech and elite sporting facilities, as well as strength and conditioning suites, state-of-the-art health and well-being studios and a rooftop-walking terrace.

Students' Union

  • Leeds Beckett Students' Union (SU) aims to make student life the best it can be, giving students the chance to get involved in student-led activities such as volunteering, joining a club or society, campaigning for change or simply enjoying social events throughout the year. Students automatically become a member of the SU once they enrol on their course.
  • Free confidential expert advice can be accessed through the SU's Advice Service on a variety of issues including personal finances, academic life, and housing.
  • Student-led societies offer a huge range of fun activities and are a fantastic way to meet new friends. With an ever-increasing number of societies (including the Harry Potter Society, Elevating Young Minds, and the Geek Culture Society to name just a few), students are sure to find something that will spark their interest. If not, the SU can help students set up their own society.


  • The Leeds Mechanics Institute was the university's founding college, established in 1824.
  • Several of the university's other predecessor colleges were established at Beckett Park, the first being the City of Leeds Training College in 1907, followed by Carnegie College of Physical Training in 1933. Beckett Park is still home to the university's Headingley campus.
  • In September 2014, the university changed its name from Leeds Metropolitan University to Leeds Beckett University.

Fascinating Fact

  • Researchers from Leeds Beckett University have discovered a plant that can purify water, making it safe to drink – potentially saving lives across the developing world.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Ruth Holt – director of nursing for NHS England.
  • Catherine Dixon – former chief executive of The Law Society.
  • Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden – musicians from Rudimental.
  • Kadeena Cox, MBE – Paralympic gold medallist.
  • Rose English – performance, installation, theatre, dance and film artist.
  • Sir Eric Pickles – former Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar, former secretary of state for communities and local government.
  • Dame Sarah Storey – swimmer and cyclist, most successful female British Paralympian with 14 gold medals.
  • Alistair Brownlee, MBE – triathlete, double Olympic champion.
  • Kevin Sinfield, MBE – rugby league, former Leeds Rhinos, England captain and Great Britain player.
  • Sir Ian McGeechan – rugby union, former Wasps, Scotland, and British and Irish Lions head coach.


Leeds Beckett University, The Rose Bowl, City Campus, Leeds, LS1 3HE