Leeds Beckett is a modern, professional university with 24,000 students across two campuses, situated within the Northern Powerhouse. Students get great teaching (TEF silver 2017) and access to the latest thinking from research on big issues in society, such as cybercrime and living well with dementia. Leeds is the biggest financial district outside of London, and the university works with businesses to ensure its programmes reflect the latest thinking, 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


In or close to the centre of a town


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 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 74%
  • Part Time 26%

Where students come from

  • UK 94%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • The library is open 24/7, 365 days a year with access to thousands of online and printed resources, spaces with specialist software and fully-equipped rooms to rehearse presentations and group projects.
  • The library can also assist students to develop their academic skills, helping them to study successfully at the university and boosting their employability prospects.

Student jobs

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

Careers advice

  • A dedicated Employability Team helps students shape their CV and write job applications, prepare for interviews, and provides expert guidance to help students decide on their next step 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.
  • 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, all completely free of charge for three months.

Health services

  • Leeds Beckett encourages and supports students to be healthy in all aspects of their life, including their physical and mental health. Events to encourage healthy living include 'give it a go' week, with lots of exercise classes are offered for free; and gym membership is offered at a low cost to ensure facilities are available to all.

Counselling services

  • Leeds Beckett provides students with expert support and guidance to help with issues such as exam stress, homesickness, bereavement, relationships and anxiety. This is provided by an experienced team of counsellors, mental health advisors and chaplains. All advice and guidance is free, confidential and easily accessible – either via the Student Hub or online. Support resources are also found on the Leeds Beckett website.
  • Student Experience Officers are recent graduates of the university who also ensure that students have access to all the help, opportunities and services the university provides.

Disability support

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

Other services and facilities

  • Course facilities include a new £80 million building at the City campus, to house the university's School of Film, Music & Performing Arts, and its fashion department. Expected to open in September 2020, specialist facilities will include a performance theatre and 220-seat Dolby Atmos movie cinema, as well as specialist studios for fashion, music, film, and television.
  • Other specialist course facilities include biomedical, sport science and computing laboratories, a courtroom, a mock trading floor and fully-equipped radio, film, music, animation and performing arts studios.
  • Student Hubs on each campus signpost students to specialist support on any issue they are experiencing. The Student Hub services can also be accessed online.

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.


  • Leeds Beckett University has a long history of teaching in the city. The Leeds Mechanics Institute was the university’s founding college, established in 1824.
  • Beckett Park is where a number of the university’s other predecessor colleges were established, the first being the City of Leeds Training College in 1913. It is still home to the university’s Headingley campus. The university's predecessor porting college, Carnegie College of Physical Training, was founded in 1933.
  • In September 2014, the university changed its name from Leeds Metropolitan University to Leeds Beckett University.

Fascinating Fact

  • Soft Cell, the band best known for the classic song Tainted Love, started out when students Marc Almond and David Ball met at Leeds Polytechnic – which went on to become Leeds Beckett University.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden – musicians from Rudimental.
  • Kadeena Cox, MBE – Paralympic gold medallist.
  • Charlotte Harris – portrait 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.
  • Emily Scarratt – rugby union, England international and World Cup winner.
  • Lucy Bronze – footballer, Manchester City Lyon and England.


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