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.
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 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.
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.
We offer a 10% discount on postgraduate study fees to our recent graduates
Terms and conditions apply. See our Financing Your Studies page for more information.
The total investment in our Clinical Skills Suite at our City Campus
Ranked first in the world for technology
i-graduate Student Barometer, Autumn Wave 2015.
Number of postgraduate and professional courses available
We have 13 academic schools and 11 research centres
Our QU2 Business Centre has supported businesses with a collective turnover of more than £42 million over the last 10 years
Our University contributes an estimated £520 million to the economy annually
Our diverse community is made up of students drawn from 125 countries and territories around the globe
Our Library is 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.
The percentage of our undergraduates in work or further study six months after graduating
Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014/15. Includes all UK, EU and overseas undergraduates.
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 year our first predecessor college at Beckett Park welcomed its first students
Ranked fourth in the UK for graduate employment
Based on HESA data and the DLHE 2014/15 survey. Ranking excludes providers with fewer than 500 respondents to the DLHE survey.
Value of external research grants during 2013/14
We are one of only two universities in the country to have held the Customer Service Excellence Standard for more than 3 years
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.
The University undertakes non-primary purpose trading activities through its subsidiary companies:
- Leeds Beckett University Enterprises Limited (registered company number 2369724)
Legal Name and Correspondence Address
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.