The University of Leeds was founded in 1904, but its origins go back to the nineteenth century with the founding of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1831 and then the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874.
In 1831 a group of young men established the Leeds School of Medicine which meant that medical students no longer had to go to Scotland, London or overseas to study.
The Yorkshire College of Science was founded around 40 years later largely as a result of concerns by the wool and textile industries that the rapid development of new technologies in Europe posed a threat to the local cloth trade.
Making a difference to society
Our values of professionalism, inclusiveness, integrity and community are at the heart of everything we do. We understand that what we do can have an impact on the wider community, which is why we take our social, economic and environmental responsibilities seriously.
We strive to ensure that everyone within the University is treated fairly, with dignity and respect; that the opportunities we provide are open to all; and that the University provides a safe, supportive and welcoming environment.
Engaging with the community
At the University of Leeds we understand the importance of finding the right living environment to help you settle in, study effectively and enjoy a good social life. In our accommodation, you can experience a real home away from home.
in the UK, with more than 4,000 study places if you need somewhere quiet to work.
On the main campus our three libraries, the Brotherton Library, Edward Boyle Library and the newly refurbished Health Sciences Library, provide a variety of different working environments. They all house IT clusters too, alongside access to the University wireless network if you want to work on your laptop.
Email, file storage and a fast internet connection are the least you can expect from IT facilities at the University of Leeds our first class facilities are some of the most extensive of any UK university.
Laboratories and clinical facilities
Across campus and St James' University Hospital we have a range of high-tech laboratories for biomedical and physical sciences, food and engineering - including clean rooms for bionanotechnology and plant science greenhouses.
Our campus is connected to Leeds General Infirmary and the institute of molecular medicine based at St James University Hospital, helping bring researchers closer to clinicians and patients. Leeds teaching hospitals are some of the biggest in Europe.
Facilites tailored to your research
No matter how specific your research we have facilities for you. This includes some unusual specialist ones, like our two computerised simulators.
Leeds University Union (LUU) is a democracy, giving students the power to create change. When you register at the University, you automatically become a member of LUU, entitling you to vote in elections, put forward motions, attend Union Council and vote at referenda.
We are continually investing in our sports facilities both on and off campus whether youre interested in rowing, ultimate Frisbee or climbing youll find what youre looking for.
Our high quality facilities include our flagship £12.2m fitness centre The Edge, located on our city centre campus. The Edge boasts a 25m eight-lane swimming pool with a movable floor and we have swimming lessons for children and adults, as well as a sauna and steam room so you can relax after a workout.
Not only are we committed to giving you the best possible education, we help with employability too. Our award-winning Careers Centre supports you in finding work during and after your course, as well as giving you skills for the future.
Performing arts and culture
Situated in the building for performance and culture industries (PCI) Stage@Leeds is our public licensed theatre complex.
The complex includes:
Life as a student can be one of the most exciting and rewarding times of your life. A lot of it is down to what you make of it, but it's also down to what your university has to offer and at Leeds we've got outstanding study and sporting facilities and support to help you excel. So, first things first....
We have 17 National Teaching Fellows - more than any other English university - reflecting the excellence of our teaching.
From the moment you arrive at the University a personal tutor will support your academic and personal development to help you get the best out of your time here.
Computer and IT
We have some of the best IT facilities in the country according to The Guardian, and the National Student Survey consistently ranks us in the top three universities for IT support. Find out more about computers and IT at the University.
Split over four buildings with over 2.8 million items, our library is one of the largest and finest in the country. The Edward Boyle library is our busiest with more than 47,300 visitors a week.
The library catalogue provides easy access to electronic resources including e-journals and e-books and you can reserve and renew your books online.
Find out more about our libraries
Virtual learning environment
The Portal is your web-based entry to student services and information. Log in and get access to information from personal timetables and academic groups to the University's Virtual Learning Environment - a powerful system with discussion groups, online tests, wikis, blogs and tools for submitting coursework.
Find out more about what it's like to study here in your course details and on your chosen school's website.
The Student Counselling Centre offers support, advice and guidance for anyone experiencing personal difficulties, or who just need to talk to somebody. Confidential online counselling is now also available.
Our Equality Service team help promote good practice within the University across the main equalities 'strands' (race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability and age) and assess and co-ordinate the academic support requirements of disabled students.
But it's not all work, work, work!
We've got fantastic facilities for all kinds of sports whether you want to participate for fun or at club and elite levels. Here's a taste of what you could get involved in:
A great student city
There is so much going on on campus and you're only a ten-minute walk away from a lively, cosmopolitan city, so you have the best of both worlds. Leeds has a well-deserved reputation for being a great student city as it is compact and has a good mix of culture, pubs, bars, eateries and shops. It has all you would expect from a major city and is surrounded by beautiful, accessible countryside
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Leeds!