The University's vision is that by 2015 its distinctive ability to
integrate world-class research, scholarship and education will have
secured us a place among the top 50 universities in the world.
the University is a research-intensive university which strives to
create advance and disseminate knowledge, and develop outstanding
graduates and scholars to make a major impact upon global society.
The University's values set out the principles of how the University
of Leeds - A century of service
- Academic Excellence
- Knowledge, academic freedom, critical
independence, creativity, innovation, world-class
- Public service and citizenship,
collegiality; teamwork and mutual respect
- Openness, transparency and honesty
- Diversity, equal opportunity and access
- Provision of effective and efficient
customer-focused services in all aspects of the University's work
- (internally and externally)
The University of Leeds is Yorkshire's oldest and largest university.
The University's predecessors were the Leeds School of Medicine,
founded in 1831, and the Yorkshire College of Science, which opened in
The University of Leeds received its own Charter as an independent
institution from King Edward VII in 1904.
The University is proud of its tradition and heritage and have build
upon them to
become a major player in higher education.
- has 30,500 students from over 130
than a million
people have graduated from the University of Leeds.
- A total of 7,400
students graduated in 2007/2008 during 62 degree ceremonies.
University is one of the top ten research universities in the UK and a
member of the
Russell Group of research-intensive universities.
- Over 136,000 alumni
are in regular contact with the University.
- 2007/2008 total
income was £460m, an increase of 9% on the previous year.
Tuition fee and education
Research grants and
Endowment income and
interest receivable 11,929
The University is a major contributor to the city and the region:
with 8,800 staff it is the third largest employer in Leeds
contributes £860m a year to the local economy
- students add a
further £190m to the local economy through rents and living
- The University of Leeds was ranked
104th in the THES-OS world
ranking in November 2008
University of Leeds has:
650 undergraduate courses
£360m campus development plan
The University inspires its students to
develop their full potential.
The University has some 24,400 undergraduate and 6.300 postgraduate
Its 250,000 graduates can be found all over the world and have been
successful in all walks of life.
Over 450 University of Leeds alumni from the worlds of business, arts
and science have registered as invaluable career mentors for students
and recent graduates.
The University is providing the best service and facilities for its
enabled by a £360m campus development plan.
From Arabic to Zoology the Universityoffer an enormous range of courses
- 300 postgraduate courses
Integrating research with learning and
teaching is at the heart of its
strategy. The courses are taught by staff who are actively engaged in
world-class research and cutting-edge professional practice.
The University has fifteen National Teaching Fellows - more than any
university - reflecting the excellence of its teaching.
St James University Hospital is the one
of the largest teaching
hospitals in Europe. It is home to the University's Clinical Sciences
building and the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine.
The local community benefits from the University's 2,000 Student
volunteers - almost
five times the national average.
The University is dedicated to making its courses available to all
those who could
benefit from them and in 2007/08 the University committed over
bursaries and scholarships.
110 student scholarships are currently funded by its alumni.
The University's students are heavily targeted by top rate recruiters
and, in the
world, university league tables published in November 2008, our
'employer review' score was a magnificent 98 out of 100.
Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs) are part of a
Government initiative to develop excellent learning and teaching in UK
Its involvement in six CETLs demonstrates its outstanding strengths in
teaching and learning.
- The assessment and Learning in
Settings (ALPS) Centre ensures that health and social care graduates
develop their practical skills. - The Inter-Disciplinary Ethic Applied
(IDEA) Centre equips students to respond to ethical issues.
- The White Rose Centre for Excellence
in Teaching and Learning of
Enterprise (WRCETL) raises awareness of enterprise skills.
annual research income
£105m new grants in 2007/2008
£10m Transformation Fund
The University is a leading research
university - one of the top ten
for research power and market share of research funding.
Its annual research income exceeds £101 million. The total of new
grants awarded in 2007/2008 exceeded £105million
The University is part of the Russell Group which consists of the 20
successful universities in research in the U.K.
The University is part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN),
chaired by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Arthur. this network of
research universities across four continents supports innovations in
research and education on a global scale.
The University's new £10 million Transformation Fund, launched in
encouraging and promoting research in major societal issues including
food security, water processes, translating clinical research into
healthcare treatments and the production of pharmaceuticals and fine
Leeds has one of the largest medical and
bioscience research bases in
the UK. the Universityare leaders in cancer research, and are
treatment of TB, HIV, and malaria across the world.
Earth and environment
From the poles to the Amazonian rain
forests, its research is greatly
adding to knowledge about the nature and effects of climate change. the
Universityhave first-class expertise in earth systems science from the
core to the atmosphere.
Culture and society
Its ground-breaking work in dialect
studies, medieval studies, cultural
studies, post-colonial studies, international business research and
global society is recognized world-wide.
Nanotechnology is set to transform the
future. Leeds is at the
cutting-edge of this new science and its application to create new
products to benefit society.
Renewable energy, sustainable energy
systems, processing and reusing
waste, solutions for nuclear waste - the Universityare at the forefront
The planning design, operation and use
of transport systems across the
globe is informed by world-leading interdisciplinary transport
research group - the largest such group in Europe.
85 families of patents
active spin-out companies
£150m value of
The results of the University's research
direct impact on the world around
us. 40% of academics are involved in applied research or
consultancy contracts with industry and public sector organizations,
with a value of around £39m.
One in four of the University's graduates moving into employment joins
with a Leeds post-code.
Since 2006, the University has:
- filed more than 85 families of
- developed 28 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with local
- included 63 companies daunted by undergraduates.
The University leads the ground-breaking White Rose Health Innovation
pioneering methods of open innovation to enable rapid development of
new healthcare services and technologies in partnership with
clinicians, hospitals and manufacturing companies in Yorkshire and New
Jersey, USA. The partnership has received international recognition for
work including a USA Thomas Edison award for innovation in 2008.
Centres of industrial Collaboration
apply the University's research in the areas of
particle science, tissue engineering, engineering design, digital print
and wireless communications.
The University fosters and celebrates success in personal
new "enterprise Scholarships" for undergraduates and the annual Sir
Peter Thompson Enterprise Prize award, which rewards enterprising staff
on students at the University who have innovative commercially viable
A new state-of-the-art Innovation Hub part of the new Charles Thackrah
building, was completed in 2007. The hub incorporates high quality
space for enterprise activities and incubation space for spin-out
The University that 45 active spinout companies in areas as diverse as
oil exploration, cancer drug development geological research,
embryology and foetal development.
The majority of these companies are based in Yorkshire and their total
value is an estimated £150 million. Since 2007 the University has
spun out 18 new companies. Recent success stories include:
- The development of an almost waterless washing machine, which could
change the way the Universitylive and save precious resources by Ceros.
provides new technologies of the biopharmaceutical, defense and
healthcare sectors. It has listed on the Stock Exchange AIM in 2006,
and this year has gone from strength to strength wit the acquisition of
two diagnostic sector rivals.
- Tracsis was founded in 2004 to commercialize world class research
and expertise in transport scheduling. They floated on the AIM a year
ago and due to their recent success the Universityhave been awarded a
commendation for outstanding contribution to innovation and technology
at the Times Higher Education 2008 Awards.
101 nationalities of staff
University of Leeds is an international university
The University is one of the largest recruiters of international
students in the
The University's total
international student population exceeds 5,000 - they come to
a range of programmes from advanced PhD study to summer schools.
International students from over 130 countries. the
University has staff
of 101 different nationalities.
The University is in touch with graduates living in over 160 countries
the world, and the University has over 30,000 active international
meaning graduates really are spanning the globe.
University has one of
the largest and most successful study abroad programs in the UK.
Students can choose from hundreds of universities across Europe, North
and South American, Africa and Asia.
A new degree in petroleum engineering is an example of the University's
responsiveness to the demand of international markets, students and
The University's offices in China, South East Asia. South Asia. Nigeria
support student recruitment.
In the past year over 1,500 of alumni have attended a University of
Leeds event somewhere in the world - from New York to Sydney via
London. Riyadh and Tokyo
A new Indian TV reality show offered a full scholarship to Leeds
University Business School as a prize. The winner, Akshay Goyal,
started his course in 2007.
The University is a founding member of the Worldwide Universities
key international partnership combines intellectual fire power and
leading-edge facilities and resources with 18 other world- leading
universities to tackle research problems of global importance.
The University leads the White Rose Health Innovation Partnership
involving over 290
companies and organisations with White Rose Universities and the
University of Bradford, along with university and medical partners in
James U Lynch India and South Asia Business Centre was formally
opened in 2006. Its market research briefings 'Watching India' keep UK
firms informed of India is rapidly changing economic environment.
The Centre for International Business, part of its highly successful
Business School, helps businesses interested in investing in China and
The School of Education offers bespoke programme for teachers,
lecturers and administrators from schools and universities around the
world. As part of this the School has designed and run a jointly taught
Masters TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) program
with a university in Guangdong.
of Leeds new main theatre
260 activities, clubs and
DARE, a pioneering collaboration between
the Univeristy and Opera
North, has created a powerful force exploring new ways of working and
performing. This combination of artistic and academic
excellence is making a real contribution on the local, regional and
- European Union Culture Cooperation
funding has been secured to help
bring DARE together with Bregenz Opera Festival Austria, Sibelius
Institute Finland and Shanghai Theatre Academy China, to explore the
many traditions that make up European and Chinese opera. The results of
Operatic Encounters: Common Voices will be.
- Over 300 students and staff have
already experienced life at the
heart of a working opera company, through placements, internships and
participation in the opera production process.
- After receiving funding from the Arts
and Humanities Research
Council, two collaborative PhDs studying Opera as an Adaptation' are
now being run.
the Universityare proud of long association with the Leeds
Phanoforte Competition - one of the most significant events in the
international music calendar. As a result of winning, Leeds prize-
winners - such as Murry Parahia, Llya Itin and Michel Dalberto - have
achieved world-wide renown.
Composer Iian Eshkeri, who graduated from Leeds in 1999, has produced
the score for the film Stardust, starring Robert De Niro and Michelle
The new state-of-the-art home for the School of Performance and
Cultural Industries, stage@leeds, has a 180-seat main theatre. The
theatre hosts a huge variety of performances throughout the year by
students, community groups and professional theatre companies.
Set over four levels, the School of Music provides rehearsal,
performance and practice spaces, as well as a professional recording
studio. It is connected to the spectacular Clothworkers' Centenary
Concert Hall, where a lunchtime concert series has been running since
The University Refectory has a national reputation as a great venue for
gigs. The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Foyd, The Kaiser
Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Editors and Klaxons have all played at the
Leeds University Union is one of the biggest and best students' unions
in the country, providing services, facilities and entertainment for
all students. Over 260 sports and leisure activities cater for all
tastes. The Union organizes numerous volunteering projects to help the
local community. It also runs an award-winning student newspaper, radio
and television station.
campus development plan
£14m improved sports
University is transforming its campus
The University's single campus is a ten minute walk from Leeds city
one of very few Russell Group Universities to have a full campus so
close to the heart of the city.
The University is set to enter a renaissance period that will see many
taking place to the campus as the University embarks on an ambitious
million development plan over the next ten years. New buildings, and
the transformation of existing buildings, will create
state-of-the-art space for research and teaching.
The new landmark Marjorie and Arnold Ziff building was completed in May
2008. The £16m six- storey building brings key student services
under one, environmentally-friendly roof.
The Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine (LMM) brings together
researcher, medics and patients so that new developments and research
results can flow from the laboratory to the ward. In May 2007 Nobel
Prize winner Dr. Sydney Brenner opened the £20m building which
now bears his name.
Stage@leeds offers exciting opportunities for staff and students to get
involved in live theatre. The new £5m home for the School of
Performance and Cultural Industries houses a theatre, a "black box"
rehearsal studio, and a dance studio.
The University leads the way in the healthcare and bioscience sector
with the new Charles Thackrah building. The building provides
state-of-the-art accommodation for all enterprise activities and also
houses the Institute for Health Sciences and Public Policy Research.
Chemists can work alongside biologists, physicists and engineers in new
state-of-the-art chemistry facilities.
The University's growing number of dental students are benefitting from
£14m investment in new dentistry teaching laboratories and
A swimming pool and fitness complex to be completed in 2009, will
provide outstanding sports facilities for students, staff and Leeds
The newly re-opened Refectory reveals the stunning results of a
£4.5m refurbishment. The decor celebrates the Refectory's role as
a major venue.
The striking Marjorie and Arnold Ziff building incorporates chilled
beams as a lowest-every air- conditioning solution. This is just one
example of its commitment to promoting a "green" campus.
The University has won a number of prestigious awards for
friendly buildings and practices. Recent awards include the Green Gown
award for Waste Management in 2006 and the 2007 Award for Continuous
Improvement. the Universityalso retained for 2007/2008, itsSilver
the Business in the Environment Scheme and received a "First" in the
people and planet green league table for environmental performance.
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