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We are Beckett

Leeds Beckett University is a modern, professional-based university with a dedicated, diverse community. We work closely with employers and partners to help our graduates become ready for work, ready for life and ready to seize all the opportunities that lie ahead.

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At Leeds Beckett University, our work is dedicated to making a difference. Our students and academics work together on research projects that have real-life impact, delivering social, economic, and cultural benefit for the communities we serve. This focus shapes our place in the city and region, our people, and our purpose.

As an organisation, we have a strong sense of momentum, and we have shown tremendous resilience in the face of huge challenges during the pandemic. The lessons we have learned in the last two years will stand us in good stead as we navigate the challenges ahead. We will build on this momentum, evolving our culture and putting the infrastructure in place to support our progression.

Our Impact

We place huge importance on our role as an anchor institution for Leeds and the wider region, maximising the benefit our presence delivers directly and indirectly to our communities.

Leeds Beckett makes a significant impact to the economy, through our teaching and learning, our research and the value of our spending.

We commissioned London Economics, leading specialist economic and policy consultants, to analyse the university’s economic impact on the UK economy.

Every year, the university delivers a £1.43bn impact on the UK economy. This represents a return of more than £6 for every £1 spent on university operations.

Every student completing a first degree experiences a net earnings benefit of £67,000 and delivers a net benefit to the public purse of £60,000.

This economic benefit sits alongside the broader impact of the thousands of highly skilled graduates we produce every year, and our world-leading research making a difference to the major challenges of the 21st Century such as climate change, health and inequality.

Our impact in numbers

  • £1.43bn 

    economic impact

    Our teaching and learning, research and spending deliver a £1.43bn impact on the UK economy every year.

  • 6.1 : 1

    benefit to cost ratio

    For every £1 spent supporting university operations, a £6 return is generated for the UK economy - £1.43bn every year.

  • £67k

    net grad premium

    Students completing a first degree at LBU experience a net earnings benefit of £67,000.

  • £60k

    net exchequer benefits

    Students completing a first degree at LBU deliver a net benefit to the public purse of £60,000.

  • 4,015

    FTEs in jobs, of which 2,945 are in the region

    Through direct employment and its impact on the wider economy, LBU supports more than 4,000 jobs including almost 3,000 in Yorkshire and Humber.


London Economics report on the economic impact of Leeds Beckett University.

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Our strategy

The university has agreed a strategic plan to steer our course for the following five years. 

We have clearly articulated our purpose: to make a positive and decisive difference to people, organisations and communities through excellent education, research, and service.

Our new strategy is based on seven key plans, setting our direction, and sharpening our focus to meet the challenges ahead.

One of the main drivers of our strategy is to equip Leeds Beckett to navigate the anticipated government reforms of higher education, and to enable us to thrive in the new environment these changes will create. 

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