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Facts and Figures

Our Students

  • Our students come from over 100 countries around the world
  • Nine out of 10 (94.1%) of all our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating (Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2013/14. Includes all UK, EU and overseas undergraduates and postgraduates).
  • Our National Student Survey (NSS) results have shown an increase in overall student satisfaction from 69 per cent in 2009 to 82 per cent in 2015.
  • We were ranked 1st in the world for technology, ranked 2nd in the world for virtual learning and ranked 3rd in the world for our laboratories (out of 50 universities, source: International Student Barometer Autumn Wave 2015).
  • Famous alumni include Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs, England Rugby Union head coach Stuart Lancaster, Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden from Rudimental and Alistair Brownlee MBE. 
  • Our Job Shop secured more than 70,000 hours of paid work for our students during 2013-14.
James Graham Headingley Campus

Our Achievements

  • We are one of only three universities to be awarded the RoSPA Gold Medal for Occupational Safety and Health in recognition of achieving five consecutive gold awards (March 2014).
  • We have over 2,900 staff
  • We are the first university in the UK to hold both Investors in People Gold (January 2014) and Customer Service Excellence (July 2013) for our whole institution.
  • We have three research institutes and 10 research centres.
  • Recent campus developments include a £1 million clinical skills suite and cutting edge biomedical sciences laboratories within our Faculty of Health & Social Sciences. We have also refurbished our library and resource spaces, and are currently redeveloping our flagship City Campus. 


  • We contribute an estimated £500 million to the local economy every year (source: Universities UK). 
  • Our University has helped to support more than 200 start-up businesses through our Business Start-up unit and QU2.