The University of Leeds came into being in 1904 but its origins go back to the nineteenth century with the founding, first, of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1831 and then the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874. It is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive Universities.
Top 50 World's University by 2015
The University of Leeds has an ambitious vision to join the top 50 universities in the world by 2015 through its distinctive ability to integrate world-class research, scholarship and education.
UK's second largest university
The University’s size and international reputation enables it to offer one of the widest ranges of academic courses in the UK. During the current academic year there are over 30,500 students attached to 700 undergraduate and 474 postgraduate degree programmes.
From Arabic to Zoology, the University offers an enormous range of courses
- 650 undergraduate courses
- 300 postgraduate courses
Leeds can be found midway between London and Edinburgh, and is situated in the county of Yorkshire. Leeds was a key city in the industrial revolution, and became one of the main producers of cloth and fabrics during the 19th century.
The University campus is ten minutes by foot from the heart of Leeds city centre.
The campus is five minutes by taxi from the railway station, or a pleasant twenty minute walk. Leeds is served by two major airports, in the form of Leeds Bradford and Manchester. Regular flights are available from a huge number of European and International cities.
Notable Leeds alumni include:
J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Yentob, Kay Mellor, Corinne Bailey Rae, Wole Soyinka, The Rt. Hon. Jack Straw, Andy Kershaw, Mark Knopfler, astronaut Piers Sellers, and many more key cultural, scientific and humanitarian figures.
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