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About Our University

Opening Minds. Opening Doors

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About Our University

Who We Are

Here at Leeds Beckett, we are a modern professional university with ambition.

Based in the vibrant city of Leeds, the biggest financial district outside of London, our vision is to be acknowledged for our commitment to student success, innovation and enterprise, global reach, and strong local impact.

Our aspiration is to help create great graduates, exceptional employees, dynamic citizens and enterprising leaders and we work closely with employers and partners to ensure that our graduates are ready for work, ready for life, and ready to seize the opportunities that lie ahead.

Big Business

A big business in our own right, we have around 2,900 staff and more than 28,000 students from almost 100 countries around the world; we contributed an estimated £500 million to the economy every year. We are rightly proud to be the only university in the UK to hold both the Customer Service Excellence award and the Investors in People Gold standard. 

With a 190-year history of education, which began with the founding of the Leeds Mechanics Institute in 1824, we are proud of our history and excited about our future.

Our Strategy 

Our 2010 - 2015 Strategic Plan:Quality, Relevance and Sustainability has now come to a close.

Our new Strategic Plan, 2016 – 2021 is in development following extensive consultations with key stakeholders and will be published by Summer 2016.

Our Values
Our values, which are the principles that guide the way we do things, are that we should be:
  • Inspiring
  • Creative
  • Purposeful
  • Professional
  • Enterprising
  • Respectful
A close-up of James Graham building, Headingley Campus

Opening minds.
Opening doors.

Graduate Success Stories

Our graduates go on to inspire

Nicholas Renn Nichol BSc (Hons) International Relations & Global Development, 2012

The course allowed me the freedom to explore how charities are run and how ethics are imposed within the organisation.

Alexa MortonCIM Certificate in Marketing, 2010

The best thing was the ability to study for a postgraduate course part-time, so that I could continue to work full-time.

More Success Stories

Accreditations and accolades


QAA - UK Quality Assured

QAA - UK Quality Assured

Investors in People Gold

Investors in People Gold



Gold Medal Award

Gold Medal Award

HR Excellence in Research

HR Excellence in Research

Our Story

Our values. Our history. Our future.

About our University

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postgraduate and professional courses available

See our courses here.


of our UK postgraduates are in work and/or further study six months after graduation

*Percentage of UK postgraduate leavers in work or further study. (Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13) 


discount on postgraduate study is available to our graduates

Terms and Conditions apply. See our Financing Your Studies page for more information,


Investment into our Clinical Skills Suite at our City Campus

3 & 10

Number of research institutes and centres at Leeds Beckett University

24/7 365

Our libraries are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year