Leeds is one of the largest cities in the UK and one of the most populous urban areas. It is also the cultural, commercial, and financial centre of the West Yorkshire region. Leeds offers numerous options for higher education, as well as schools devoted to music, dance, and art.
Leeds Arts University
Founded in 1846 as the Leeds School of Art, the school gained university status in August 2017. Leeds Arts University is the only specialist arts university in the North of England. A new, state-of-the-art building expansion was completed in 2019, adding an auditorium and industry-standard film and photography studios. It also includes a postgraduate study suite, fashion design studios, and specialist arts and research library.
The university received the silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017, and in the 2019 Whatuni Student Choice Awards, it was ranked 6th in the University of the Year category.
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds Beckett University was established in 1824 and is located on the Northern side of Leeds City Centre. With more than 28,000 students from over 100 countries around the world, the university is a vibrant, inclusive location.
Its City Campus includes several administrative and academic buildings, spacious classrooms, conference facilities, and modern lecture halls, in addition to specialist health facilities and hi-tech biomedical and environmental laboratories. Three miles from the City Campus, the university has a 100-acre campus in Becket Park, with sport science labs, animation and music studios, and computing labs.
Fields of study include architecture, arts and design, psychology, film, law, engineering, and more. It is an esteemed school for those wishing to pursue a career in sports science.
Notable graduates include professional rugby player Kevin Sinfield, Peter Cattaneo, director of The Full Monty, and award-winning actor Alexander Skarsgård.
Leeds Trinity University
Leeds Trinity University is located six miles from the city centre, in the suburban and rural outskirts. While some will consider the location somewhat less convenient, it has an enrolment rate of about 3,500 students, allowing it to provide a more personalised learning experience, which is a point of pride for the university.
Leeds Trinity has ranked in the national top 120 and has received the silver award from TEF. The majority of the teaching staff are previous professionals with considerable working experience in their fields prior to becoming lecturers, and many continue to be active researchers.
Leeds Trinity offers students the opportunity to gain employment at the university enabling them to earn an income while studying and emphasizes work placement as part of their courses to help students when they compete for their first graduate job. 97% of students are employed or in further study six months after graduating from Leeds Trinity University.
University of Leeds
With their main campus located approximately one mile north of the city centre, the University of Leeds is conveniently situated near the popular student neighbourhoods of Woodhouse, Hyde Park, and Headingley. Leeds Uni is a member of the Russel Group. The Russell Group is a self-selected association of twenty-four public research universities in the United Kingdom. They are commonly considered as the most prestigious British universities after the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge & the University of St Andrews.
Leeds is part of the Worldwide Universities Network, a collection of 23 research-intensive institutions. They have also received the Queen’s Anniversary prize in 2009 and 2011. This is the country’s highest accolade for an academic institution.
The university has more than 38,000 students, including 12,000 international students from more than 130 countries. It has been ranked in the top 10 most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings.
The University of Leeds had the first students’ union in the UK to be awarded Excellent status by the NUS (National Union of Students) and is also the first to have been awarded two gold standard awards from the Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative. Students here will receive an unparalleled experience and education of the highest quality.