Academic excellence

  • We have been awarded 22 National Teaching Fellowships – more than any other institution in England, Northern Ireland and Wales – reflecting the excellence of our teaching
  • The University continues to appear in the top 100 of the QS world rankings in 2014 – one of only 19 UK universities
  • We are a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities
  • We are part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), which comprises 16 research-intensive institutions spanning six continents
  • We are a top 10 university for research power in the UK according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework
  • We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary prize, the country’s highest accolade for an academic institution, in 2009 and 2011
  • In the 2015 National Student Survey, 90% of Leeds students said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course.
  • In our latest audit by the Quality Assurance Agency the University received a commendation, the highest category of praise available, for our enhancement of student learning opportunities
  • The University has been ranked 1st out of 14 participating Russell Group universities for international student satisfaction with learning environment in the latest International Student Barometer survey (Autumn 2014)

Our University community

  • We have 31,906 students from 146 countries
    - 28,752 full time students
    - 3,154 part time students
    Of which:
    - 23,685 are undergraduates
    - 8,221 are postgraduates
  • The local community benefits from our 2,000 student volunteers
  • We have a global network of alumni and are in regular contact with more than 220,000 alumni from 186 different countries
  • Our students include 1,585 from EU countries and 5,835 from other international countries
  • We have staff of 102 different nationalities
  • With 7,517 staff we are the third largest employer in Leeds
  • We contribute around £1.23bn a year to the local economy - students add a further £211m through rents and living costs

Enterprise and initiatives

  • Since 1995 the University of Leeds has produced over 100 ‘spin-out’ companies, seven of which are market listed, more than any other UK university. We currently have 44 active spin-out companies
  • 36% of our academics are involved in applied research or as consultants to industry with an estimated contract value of £59m
  • We have 49 active Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, the third highest number in the UK and the third highest in the Russell Group
  • Our ‘Spark’ initiative offers business start-up support and we run an annual business plan competition with prizes of up to £2,000 for entrepreneurial students
  • Our research income in 2012/13 was £129m

The campus

  • Our single campus is a ten-minute walk from Leeds city centre
  • By 2015/16 we will have spent more than £100m on new buildings and refurbishment to create an environment to pursue excellence in research and teaching, with a further £200m of expenditure in the pipeline.
  • The Edge is our state-of-the-art fitness, sport and well-being facility, which includes a 25m eight lane swimming pool and the largest fitness suite of any UK university
  • Plans are underway for a new undergraduate library, with 1,000 study spaces
  • The students' union is one of the best in the country with more than 250 clubs and societies.
  • Ours was the first students' union in the country to receive two gold standard awards for the Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative
  • We have won a number of environmental awards including a Green Gown Award in 2012 for Promoting Positive Behaviour, in relation to our It All Adds Up campaign


  • The University is home to the International Pianoforte Competition and is part of a groundbreaking collaboration with Opera North
  • We have a unique partnership with national institution Marks & Spencer – the company’s entire archive is based on campus
  • We are part of the White Rose University Consortium (White Rose); a strategic partnership between three of the UK’s leading research universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York 
  • We have launched a joint school with China's Southwest Jiaotong University to deliver world-class teaching and research

Performing wonders

  • The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Editors and Klaxons have all played at the University Refectory and Katy B, 2manydjs and Marina and the diamonds have played at other venues at the University
  • Electronic rock band Alt-J, who met while studying at the University of Leeds, won the prestigious Mercury prize for best album of the year in 2012

Last updated 25.08.2015