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Key information about our institution

Corporate Status

Leeds Beckett University is a higher education corporation, established on 01 April 1989 pursuant to the Education Reform Act 1988. It was granted taught and research degree awarding powers on 4 June 1992 and university status on 26 April 1993.

Constitutional documents

The University’s constitution comprises the Instrument and Articles of Government. Changes to the Instrument can only be made by Order of the Privy Council. Changes to the Articles can be made by the Board of Governors with the consent of the Privy Council.


The Board of Governors is the University's governing body and is responsible for exercising the powers of the University as defined in the Instrument and Articles of Government, the Education Reform Act 1988, and the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The Board of Governors has a number of standing committees to oversee particular areas of business.

The Vice Chancellor is responsible for the leadership and management of the University, supported by the Corporate Management Team and a number of executive groups.

The Academic Board is the University's principal academic authority. Subject to the responsibilities of the Board of Governors and the Vice Chancellor, the Academic Board has oversight of quality assurance and enhancement; learning, teaching, and assessment; and research and scholarly activity. The Academic Board has a number of standing committees to oversee particular areas of business. Faculty Boards are responsible to the Academic Board for overseeing academic activities in each faculty.

Leeds Beckett in numbers


More than 190 years of teaching experience

The Leeds Mechanics Institute, to which Leeds Beckett University can trace its origins was founded in 1824

Our postgraduate students earn 29.4% more on average than those with an honours degree

Based on median salary for UK employed. Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2012/13.


Discount on postgraduate study available to our graduates

Terms and Conditions apply. See our Postgraduate Study pages for more information.


Investment into our Clinical Skills Suite at our City Campus


Virtual learning, online library and technology ranked 1st in the UK

(International Student Barometer, Summer Wave 2015. This is an independent survey of 69 institutions worldwide, of which 51 are in the UK.)


Number of postgraduate and professional courses available

3 & 10

Number of research institutes and centres at Leeds Beckett University


Our QU2 Business Centre has supported businesses with a collective turnover of more than £42 million over the last 10 years


Our contribution the local economy each year

Based on economic impact multiplier from Universities UK

Our diverse community includes students from numerous different countries and territories around the globe

24/7 365

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


Our ranking for personal tutors, class sizes and assessment, International Student Barometer, Autumn Wave 2013

The survey consists of 53 UK universities and 170 globally.


Percentage of all our graduates who are in work or further study six months after graduating

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2013/14. Includes all UK, EU and overseas undergraduates and postgraduates.



The number of different research strands submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014


The number of former students who make up our alumni community


The first university in the UK to hold both IiP Gold and CSE for our whole institution

First university to hold Customer Service Excellence (July 2013) and Investors in People Gold (January 2014) standards


The year our first predecessor college at Beckett Park welcomed its first students


Through our partnership with Festival Republic we offer more than 220 volunteer places across 27 different roles including stage managers, film crews, DJs and artist liaison.


Value of external research grants during 2013/14

Charitable Status

The University is an exempt charity for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011. It is subject to charity law but is not required to register with the Charity Commission. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is designated as the 'Principal Regulator' for the institutions it funds and has a general duty to promote compliance with charity law.

The powers of the University, as defined in sub-section 124(1) of the Education Reform Act 1988, are '(a) to provide higher education; (b) to provide further education; (c) to carry out research and to publish the results of the research or any other material arising out of or connected with it in such manner as the corporation shall see fit'. These powers constitute the objects of the University. The charitable purpose of the University, as defined in the Charities Act 2011, is the advancement of education for the public benefit.

The members of the Board of Governors are the charity trustees in law. A register of the names of the trustees on 31 January each year together with a list of all other charities (if any) of which each trustee is then also a trustee, is published annually.

Finance & Taxation

The University’s financial year runs from 01 August to 31 July.  The University's group VAT registration number is GB 545 3728 31.  The University is partially exempt from VAT as a supplier of education and research.  By virtue of its charitable status, the University is exempt from corporation tax on its primary purpose activities.  The University’s audited consolidated financial statements are published annually.

Subsidiary Companies

The University undertakes non-primary purpose trading activities through its subsidiary companies:

  • Leeds Beckett University Enterprises Limited (registered company number 2369724)

The legal name of the corporation is Leeds Beckett University. Its principal place of business and address for correspondence is The Rose Bowl, City Campus, Leeds LS1 3HB.

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