About the University

The University of Leeds is one of the top 100 universities in the world. Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe.

We have made breakthrough discoveries, designed innovative products, services and technology, developed research-informed public policies and projects for the cultural enrichment of society, and revolutionised established ideas, theories and practices. The breadth of our knowledge base provides a springboard to address major global challenges including high impact work in health, water, food, energy, culture and cities.

Our teaching, research and academic strengths speak for themselves. We are members of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-intensive universities in the UK. We are also part of the White Rose University Consortium, a strategic partnership between the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, as well as the Worldwide Universities Network, which comprises 16 research-intensive institutions, including Penn State and the University of Sydney. We have been listed in the UK’s top ten for research power based on the results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

In 2013 we secured 615 new research awards totalling £146m. Our research power, and the funding this attracts, enables us to invest in world-class facilities; from special collections and archives, digital resources, data analytics, robotics, simulation and imaging to nanofabrication, and attract high-quality staff that are experts in their subjects. Our staff have been awarded more National Teaching Fellowships than any other university in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The creation, dissemination and application of knowledge remains at the heart of all that we do. The way we work together is shaped by our values of academic excellence, community, professionalism, integrity and inclusiveness. We aim to provide an excellent work environment and a wide range of opportunities to ensure we are outstanding in every aspect of student education, research and innovation, and enterprise and creativity.

We have been recognised as an employer of choice in a variety of surveys and awards:

  • We have been named as one of the best universities to work at in the UK, scoring highly in several categories of the Times Higher Education's 2014 THE Best University Workplace survey;
  • The University's People Management Framework has been recognised as a sector-leading initiative at the 2014 Universities HR Awards for Excellence winning the 'Organisational Impact' award;
  • We have been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award;
  • We have been named as runner-up in the 2014 University of the Year award by the Sunday Times University Guide.

Our single city campus is one of the largest in the UK, it has a diversity of architectural styles, inspiring places and facilities and a striking range of biodiversity and green spaces. It is also just a short walk from the city centre, making it a perfect place to work.