The University of Leeds was founded in 1904, with origins in the nineteenth century, and is now one of the biggest universities in the UK with more than 23,000 undergraduates, 8,000 postgraduates and 7,400 staff.

The combination of increasing knowledge and opportunity is the defining feature of life at Leeds. The university provides an outstanding student experience, and with its strong commitment to nurturing talent and developing people, has built a vibrant PhD and postdoctoral community. Its industry-facing networks are at the heart of its interdisciplinary research, focusing on health, water, food, energy, culture, cities and high value engineering. The university is investing in key technologies which will become a platform for its research in future, including imaging in biomedical and physical sciences, robotics and big data analytics.  In the most recent assessment of research quality in UK universities, 32% of its research was rated world-leading and a further 50% rated internationally excellent.

Closer to home, the University plays a huge role in the economic and cultural prosperity of Leeds and the region. It is the city’s third largest employer and has a turnover of nearly £640 million. Leeds encourages collaboration and enterprise at all levels, as seen through unique partnerships with Marks & Spencer and Opera North. The university hosts several outstanding cultural institutions on campus such as the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, the International Concert Series and the University Library Special Collections, which houses collections of national and international importance.

Over a quarter of staff and one fifth of students are from overseas, creating a single, cosmopolitan campus on the edge of one of the UK’s largest cities.