The University of Leeds

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The University of Leeds is one of the most renowned universities in the world, thus integrating research, learning and teaching is at the heart of it's strategy. The courses are taught by staff who are engaged in world-class research and cutting-edge professional practice. There are many different courses offered at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate levels. These include Arts, Business, Environment and Education just to mention a few.

Origin and Development
The University of Leeds has been in existence for over a century (since 1904). There was a need for more medical centres in the city (Leeds) since much of the studies took place overseas for physicians; and even the ones held locally were based in apothecaries through apprenticeships programmes. In 1831, six enterprising men and a renowned lecturer of medicine, Charles Turner Thackrah, found the School of Medicine (now The Department of Health Care Studies).
As years went by, the Yorkshire College was found to cater for the middle class families. The Paris International Exhibition of 1867 attracted a number of interested stakeholders of the fashion industry from West Riding. The group, was represented by Obadiah Nussey (a woollen manufacturer) and James Kitson (a locomotive engineer) when the proposal for a college of science was put before the Yorkshire Board of Education. The University of Leeds is a popular institution of learning; known for research, contribution to economic developments as well as great achievements in academic and vocational fields of calling.

Among the many people who have attended the University include Wole Soyinka, Piers Sellers, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jack Straw.

In the view of supporting its strategy of mass education for all by the year 2015, it runs local programmes or courses in four streams They are the Access, Community, Working Culturally and Working Strategically. These will bridge the literacy divide (unequal access to education and/or literacy).

Reasons for why people choose the University of Leeds
People from all over the world come to the university for varied reasons. Among them are:

  • Reputation
  • Recommendation
  • Modern facilities and lots more.
  • Ratings for Teachings and Research

  • Gained the Charter status as a University in 1904.
  • Reputation in world class Teaching and Research.
  • Continuous Innovation in Business and Enterprise.
  • Location and Site-seeing

  • The proximity to major cities and places of interest such as London, York, Blackpool and Manchester. The city of Leeds also has places of interests such as Leeds City Museum, Royal Armouries and The Mandela Centre.


  • University of Halls Residence.
  • UNIPOL. This is a Student-run indispensible accommodation outlet.
  • In line with the above, there are lots of opportunities for students from diverse cultural backgrounds to share views / opinions, foods and beliefs.
  • Academic Facilities
    Libraries, Internet-enabled Computers and Research Centres.

    The Institution is governed by the powers contained within the following:
    The Court
    The Senate
    University Committee
    The Council

    Key Facts and Figures

    • A range of internationally recognised courses offered at undergraduate, postgraduate; as well as fellowships and partnerships with other institutions across the globe.
    • It is the 3rd largest employer in Leeds.
    • Contributes substantially to the development of local, national and international economies.
    • Emerged 104th position at the THES-QS held in October 2008.
    • Had an excellent score of 97 out of 100 in the November 2007 University League of Tables.
    • Part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).
    • State of the art buildings and structures.
    • Diverse Workforce and Students (strongly promotes Equality and Diversity).
    • Strong Student Unionism.

    Entertainment and Leisure

    The city, alongside other cities in the region of Yorkshire, is known for many outdoor events all year round for residents and visitors. Some of them are Pictureville, Odeon, Hyde Park Picture House.

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