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The University of Leeds, established in 1904, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, renowned globally for the quality of its teaching and research. Its strong academic expertise combined with the breadth of disciplines provides a wealth of opportunities, and has a real cultural, economic and societal impact on the world. The university strives for academic excellence within an ethical framework informed by its values of integrity, equality and inclusion, community and professionalism.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

UCAS Code: L23

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 74%
  • Postgraduate 26%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%

Where students come from

  • UK 77%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Four libraries on campus are open at various times, seven days a week during term time; working environments include bookable group study areas with interactive presentation equipment, silent individual study spaces, and cafés for study breaks. Resources include millions of print items and thousands of online resources, plus dedicated library collections for specific subject areas. The university library's Special Collections is the home of hundreds of thousands of rare books, manuscripts, archives and art – a rich resource for staff, students, and the wider research community.
  • Students can get support for academic skills, including report and essay writing, delivering effective presentations and planning projects, with expert library staff on hand to help.
  • Computer clusters provide over 1,800 networked PCs, with free high-speed Wi-Fi in most areas. Students get a free Microsoft Office 365 email account, with up to five copies of Office Pro Plus. A Desktop Anywhere service gives secure access to student resources, files and software from anywhere in the world. Students can also access personal timetables and library records on their phone through the UniLeeds app. A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) gives access video and audio recordings of most lectures and other learning activities, so students can revisit course content at any point in the year.

Student jobs

  • If students need to top up their income during their studies, they can find part-time work with a student-friendly and trusted employer through Leeds University Union's Joblink.

Careers advice

  • The Careers Centre team are on hand for help and advice even after students graduate. Its staff help students and graduates find work experience, improve their CV, and offer advice on job applications, preparing for interviews and other options after graduation, including further study. There's also a daily drop-in service, one-to-one appointments and a job website featuring hundreds of vacancies targeted at University of Leeds students.
  • More than 650 graduate recruiters, including Allen & Overy, Civil Service Fast Stream, HSBC, Jaguar Land Rover, Marks & Spencer, PwC and Teach First, target the university's students and visit the campus year after year.
  • Dedicated local employability teams can also give support and advice specific to certain sectors.
  • Leeds for Life is a university-wide initiative bringing together opportunities for academic and personal development, including work experience. It includes the Leeds Network, giving students the chance to make contact with alumni who can provide real-life insights into particular professions or industries.

Health services

  • Leeds Student Medical Practice is an NHS practice close to campus, specialising in all aspects of student health. It has all the usual GP services, along with a wide range of specialist services, including sports medicine, travel advice and immunisation, contraception and sexual health services, plus asthma and diabetes management.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • At Leeds, students can access free professional and confidential counselling, well-being and mental health support through groups, workshops, single-session consultations, brief counselling and web-based self-help resources. If students need longer-term support or treatment, the university will help identify the most appropriate local NHS or voluntary sector services.
  • Students can also access free online peer and professional support, 24/7, with trained counsellors through Big White Wall, which is completely anonymous.

Disability support

  • If students have a disability, health problem or specific learning difference, they can access a range of specialist support services. 
  • For students with an existing moderate-to-severe and enduring mental health diagnosis, mental health advisers provide one-to-one support and work with them to develop an appropriate support plan. They’ll also act as an advocate between the student and the university and liaise with external referral agencies.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information and to contact the Disability Services team at the University of Leeds.

Other services and facilities

  • If students want to learn a different language, the Language Zone has excellent language learning facilities, as well as free access to the online learning resource, Rosetta Stone.
  • Course facilities include performing arts and cultural spaces such as Stage@leeds, Clothworkers' Centenary Concert hall, Workshop theatre, the Stanley and Audrey Burton Art Gallery and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. There are also new laboratories with first-class facilities.

Students' Union

  • Leeds University Union building is at the heart of campus. The union's three venues – Stylus, Pyramid and Function – have hosted hundreds of top bands and headline artists.
  • The union has over 300 student clubs and societies to choose from. Give it a Go sessions are a great way to try a club or society, with no pressure to join for the year. If students want to take part in an activity where there isn't a group, the union will help them set one up.
  • Its media societies, like The Gryphon (the university's student newspaper), Leeds Student Radio and Leeds Student TV, have all won national awards and acted as the springboard for many careers in the media. Polly Curtis (Huffington Post UK), Jay Rayner (Observer) and Nicholas Witchell (BBC) all started out by getting involved in student media at Leeds.

History

  • The University of 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.

Fascinating Fact

  • The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Editors and Ed Sheeran have all played at the University of Leeds refectory.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Nicola Mendelsohn, CBE – vice president of Facebook Europe, Middle East and Africa.
  • Craig Jordan, OBE – chief developer of breast cancer drug, Tamoxifen.
  • Alistair Brownlee, MBE – Olympic gold medallist, triathlon.
  • Elizabeth Price – Turner Prize-winning artist.
  • The RT Hon Baroness Usha Prashar, CBE – deputy chair of the British Council.
  • Jacqui Oatley, MBE – sports presenter and journalist.
  • Wole Soyinka – Nobel Prize-winning playwright.
  • Claire Cashmore, MBE – Paralympic gold, silver and bronze medallist, swimming.
  • Kenton Cool – mountaineer, one of Britain's leading alpine climbers.
  • Hage Geingob – president of Namibia.

Address

University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT