University of Leeds

The University, established in 1904, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. We are renowned globally for the quality of our teaching and research.

Our mission

Through collaboration, we harness our expertise in research and education to advance knowledge, transform lives and shape a better future for our communities, our region and the world.  

Our vision

Working with others, we will use our collective talents, expertise and shared endeavour in research and education to address local and global challenges, achieve social justice, reduce inequalities, and help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

We will enable our students to thrive through a sense of belonging. They will be partners in shaping their own dynamic and innovative educational experience, characterised by active learning, digital technologies and collaboration. Students will feel valued for their unique contribution, and they will graduate equipped to make a difference as true global citizens. 

Our strategy

Our strategy sets a blueprint for a values-driven university. One that harnesses its expertise in research and education to help shape a better future for humanity, working through collaboration to tackle inequalities, achieve societal impact and drive change.


  • Heritage

    A rich history spanning more than a century.

    A side shot of the Great Hall in summer with flowers in the foreground and the Parkinson tower in the background
  • Governance

    Find out about the governance structure and charitable status of the University.

    Sign for Art sculpture in Beech Grove Plaza with the Great Hall and Baines Wing in the background.
  • Values and responsibility

    Our values of collaboration, compassion, inclusivity and integrity are at the heart of everything we do.

    Students walking and talking outside the Great Hall in summer.
  • Term dates

    From term times to exams, here are the key dates to note in your diary during the University of Leeds academic year.

    The Marjorie and Arnold Ziff building in summer. With people in the foreground and background, walking and meeting at the entrance.
  • Faculties

    A list of the University's seven faculties and their corresponding academic departments and key contacts.

    Students sat on the grass in the sun outside the stage@leeds building with the bronze sculpture by Barbara Hepworth in the foreground.

Facts and figures

170 countries represented

100 A world top 100 university, according to the QS

281,000 alumni in over 190 countries