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The University of Leeds is acclaimed world-wide for the quality of its teaching and research. One of the largest universities in the UK, Leeds is also the most popular among students applying for undergraduate courses. An emphasis on innovative research and investment in high-quality facilities and first-rate infrastructure means that no fewer than 35 departments are rated internationally or nationally 'excellent'.

Its size and international reputation enables the University to offer one of the widest ranges of academic courses in the UK. During the current academic year over 32,241 students are attached to 700 different first-degree programmes and 474 postgraduate degree programmes. A further 32,062 men and women are enrolled on short courses with the University.

The University website is located here.

Facilities

Libraries

Spread across five locations, Leeds University Library holds a total of 2.85 million books, 26,000 print and electronic journals, 850 databases and 300,000 electronic books: making it one of the largest research libraries in the UK. The main libraries are the Edward Boyle Library, the Brotherton Library and the Health Sciences Library, which hold a wide range of books on all subjects. There is even an online library facility, where you can reserve and renew books from the comfort of your own room if you wish, and a huge reference section in case your book is not available.

The libraries operate a self-service system. The University libraries have a swipe-card barrier entry system, so don't forget your student card if you wish to enter. Opening hours are from 08:00 - 00:00 Monday to Thursday, 08:00 - 19:30 on Friday, 10:00 - 17:00 on Saturday and 10:00 - 00:00 on Sunday. During exam periods libraries are open until 02:00am.

Within the city centre itself, Leeds library can be found close to the Town Hall, and is a large and impressive building, with a large number of books, both fiction and non-fiction. There are also other, smaller libraries throughout the suburbs of Leeds. For all non-University libraries, you can acquire a Leeds library card by inquiring at the front desks of the library in question.

IT and computing

Facilities are top-notch, with 9,000 computers on campus. There are many computer clusters throughout the University, which you can access with ease using your username and password (which all students at the University are allocated). The university also is not short of 24 hour computer clusters which can be accessed with a 4 digit pin from the ISS Help desk or via the portal online.

Within Leeds city centre, there are computers in the central library, which can be booked and used for work, or printing, or just surfing the web.

Within the suburbs of Leeds one can find cyber cafes in abundance, so you should never be short of places where you can access a computer.

Sports

The University has a huge range of first-class sports facilities which enable everyone plenty of opportunity to pursue their sporting interests or perhaps participate for the first time.

Located on campus is our state-of-the-art flagship indoor facility, The Edge, which boasts a 25m, 8-lane Swimming Pool, Sauna and Steam Room, 200 station Fitness Suite and Large exercise class programme. This forms part of the large number of sports facilities we have on campus including: 7m Climbing Wall 3 Sports Halls 5 Squash Courts 4 dance studios 3G 5 a-side football pitch

Our first-rate outdoor facilities are located at Weetwood Playing Fields, just 3 miles away from the main campus, which boasts the most playing field space in the whole of the UK and includes: 3G Floodlit Rubber Crumb synthetic pitch 2 Floodlit sand-dressed hockey pitches 2 County Standard Cricket squares including Pavilion 32 Grass Pitches 6 Floodlit 5-aside football pitches 2 Floodlight tennis courts Take a virtual tour of our facilities at http://sport.leeds.ac.uk/virtual-tour/

The University Union has over 60 sports clubs which range from cycling to sub aqua and basketball to sailing. Teams compete regularly at the highest levels in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and the Leeds is currently ranked 13th in the country. Athletes in these clubs benefit from a range of support services such as physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and quality coaching.

We also offer a large Intramural programme which allows students and staff to set up their own teams and compete in leagues and tournaments in many different sports including Football, Netball, Rugby and our new sport RUSH Hockey.

These are also exciting times for Sport & Physical Activity at the University in relation to the Olympic Games. The Chinese Olympic Team and Canadian Wheelchair Rugby team will be based at University of Leeds in 2012 as they prepare for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. To find out more on the Olympics in Leeds please visit our Olympic webpage http://www.leeds.ac.uk/olympics

For more information about sport at the University of Leeds please see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/sport

 
 
General Information
Established:
1904
Location:
Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
Address:
Leeds, LS2 9JT
Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 243 1751
Website:
SU/Guild website:
UCAS Code:
L23
Type:

 
 
Statistics
Total students:
33,920
Undergrad:
25,020
Postgrad:
8,900
Part-time:
1,519
International:
5%
Mature:
8%
Male:female
42:58
Staff:
7,581
Typical offers:
260-360
Applicants per place:
7

Student Union

The student union, located at the centre of the campus, is often regarded as one of the very best in the country. Once you've experienced all it has to offer it isn't hard to see why! Two bars, three nightclubs, a theatre, concert hall, a mini supermarket, various other shops, a salon, a cafe can all be found in the union here, amongst other things! There are many exciting concerts that take place in the Leeds University Union (LUU), and wonderful bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Who and The Strokes have all played here in the past. To check out the availability of tickets you need to visit leedstickets.com, and the prices are generally quite competitive - about £15.00 per ticket.

In the NUS Awards 2008, LUU was runner up for the award of HE Students' Union of the Year, and won first prize for Equality and Diversity.

Welfare

The Student Advice Centre, located on level 1 of the union, offers free and impartial advice on student matters such as academic problems, housing and money. This service is operated by fully trained advisers, is not part of the University and is completely confidential. Nightline is a listening service for students who need information or to speak to someone if they feel in distress, the number can be found on the back of your student card.

All students are assigned a personal tutor, from their parent school, to oversee their academic development. In addition, departments are increasingly taking advantage of the Peer Mentor scheme, which every student is entitled to join, meaning most first years begin university with an older student providing pastoral support.

Joblink, located on level 2 of the union, which assists students in finding jobs and runs workshops e.g. improving CVs, obtaining a national insurance number. In addition to this there is a JobCentre located near the train station for job hunters, those who need to apply for benefits and anything else.

The university offers a hardship fund, called ALF, which only be applied for by requesting a form from financial aid in the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building.

Great George street in the city centre (opposite Oceana night club) is where you should head to for queries regarding Council tax etc. and it is also home to Leeds LEA.

Healthcare

There are two major hospitals within Leeds. The closest to the University, is Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) which is within walking distance of the University of Leeds. The other is St. James's Hospital, which is located in Harehills, and can be reached by a short bus journey from Leeds city centre.

There are many doctors surgeries and local clinics throughout Leeds, so you won't have to far to get some medical advice. The one used by most students is the Leeds Student Medical Practice, located parallel to the Parkinson building. You can register here before you come to the university through their website.

Shops

Leeds' city centre boasts all the usual big shops; and is often very busy due to it being easily accessible by train and bus from many surrounding villages and towns. There are a few shopping arcades which mainly house clothes shops, cafés and boutiques. Clothes shops for every taste, jewellers, mobile phone shops, chocolate shops such as Thorntons, pharmacies, travel agents, etc. You name it, Leeds has it, right down to the exclusive Harvey Nichols.

Leeds Kirkgate Margate is a huge undercover market housed in a beautiful Edwardian building, which also sports an enormous outdoor market, where you can find everything from trousers to washing machines to fruit and even pets.

Hyde Park corner, a popular area with students, has a number of vintage clothes shops and other amenities. Headingley is very well stocked, with a Carphone Warehouse, Oxfam, Wilkinsons and more. Hyde Park and Headingley both boast various pubs, bars and cafes to suit any student.

For local food shoppping, there is a large Morrisons five minutes from the university, a Sainsburys in Headingley, and a Co-Op and Sainsbury's Local in Hyde Park. There are a number of other supermarkets in other areas of Leeds, and of course many newsagents throughout.

Restaurants

Leeds boasts a wide range of restaurants, not merely in the city centre, but also in the suburbs and surrounding areas. Within the city centre itself, (within walking distance of the University), you can reach a great number of delicious places to dine to cater for all tastes and budgets. Italian, Indian, Portuguese (Leeds city centre is home to not one, but two Nandos), fast food (well over 7 Greggs, three McDonalds, 2 Burger King, 4 Pizza Express etc), cafes, fine restaurants of all varieties, and many other places in which you can sink your teeth into a delicious morsel.

On campus are a number of places to buy sandwiches, snacks and drinks, while the Refectory serves hot meals. Opposite the Parkinson building there are a number of places to eat, have coffee and chill out.

The main student areas of Headingley and Hyde Park both have many places to eat; Hyde Park mostly independent cafes and chips shops, Headingley more mainstream eateries like Subway and KFC.

Banks

Most of the major banks can be found in Leeds City Centre. Barclays, Nat West, Abbey etc. There are also many smaller branches in the suburbs of Leeds. Directly opposite the University itself, there are several banks, such as Natwest, Barclays, HSBC, which all have their own free cashpoints, and a number of cash points in the Union building, so you don't have to go far for your money! There is also a Santander branch within the Union,, in the basement.

Trains operate to most parts of West Yorkshire and further afield. Leeds is 2.5 hours from London with services every half an hour during the day. It is also located on the cross country network with direct train services to Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Derby, Birmingham, Bristol, South West and Scotland.

Buses operate around Leeds, with many routes having buses every 10 minutes or less. First buses are in operation around Leeds and you should go to their website to find out the most up to date prices.

A National Express coach station, in the city centre, provides cheap coach journeys to many destinations around the UK.

Careers service

The university's careers centre has a body of experienced staff who are there to help students find the right job after they have finished their degree. Additionally, they keep track of various visiting companies and events which are of use to students. There are regular workshops, career fairs, drop in services and more. The careers service also run elective modules in careers and career planning.

Working Whilst Learning

LUU's own 'Joblink' service, located within the union building can help you find part-time work. Jobs within the union are always advertised through Joblink as well as many other jobs from other employers. Additionally, you can find many post-graduate research projects advertising 'guinea pig' positions which are paid.

Aside from the union support, there are many recruitment firms with offices in Leeds, many focused in the area of Albion Place, in the city centre.

Religious facilities

Whatever your religion, you will find places of worship for your faith in Leeds. Leeds City Centre is home to St. Anne's Cathedral. This beautiful Catholic Cathedral has recently undergone restoration and is a beautiful place to come and pray. There are also many other smaller Catholic churches within the city.

Jewish visitors to Leeds will find many Synagogues in the suburbs, with one of the largest being located on Shadwell Lane, about a 20 minute bus ride from the city centre.

A large Islamic Mosque is situated in Harehills, which is only about 10 minutes by bus from the City Centre.

These are just a few examples of religions places of worship in Leeds, but there are many others. You will not fail to be accommodated in this multi-cultural city.

There is a chapliancy opposite the Parkinson Building which offers pastoral support to all students of any faith.

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Social

Bars, pubs and clubs

Whatever type of scene you are in to, Leeds provides venues for all.

There are many bars and pubs in and around the city centre, each playing different types of music with different atmospheres. From pop to goth, dance to rock, indie to techno, Leeds has it all.

If you like quiet intimate pubs, Leeds has an abundance of them, similarly if it's loud bustling bars that takes your fancy, you won't find a shortage of them here.

There are around 30 clubs in the city, with virtually every genre of music catered for every night of the week. The clubbing scene is definitely prominent at Leeds University. The Union itself is home to three clubs and two bars.

Events

January : The Millennium Square in the city centre becomes home to Ice Cube - a large open air ice-skating rink.

February : Elland Road Football Stadium houses Leeds Valentines Fair - a huge funfair with rides and stalls.

May : Live At Leeds - A music festival held across the city's music venues

July : Party in the Park - a large one-day free pop festival - is held in Temple Newsam

August : Bramham Park holds Leeds Carling Weekend - a large rock festival held over the August Bank Holiday

October: Light Night takes place all over the city, with different events going on in different locations.

November : Rounday Park puts on a spectacular firework display complete with large bonfire, in this free event for Guy Fawkes Night.

December : The German Christkindelmarkt (Christmas market) comes to Leeds city centre.

Clubs and societies

Currently there are over 270 clubs and societies run by the Union. The sky really is the limit; anything from beer and wine making to classics society. If there is something that you are interested in and their isn't a society for it then it is quite easy to create one. There really is no excuse not to make the most of your university experience!

Accommodation

See: Leeds Accommodation

Environment

Architecture

Due to the university's 150-year existence, there is an eclectic range of architecture throughout the campus. The Parkinson Building and Great Hall are wonderful Victorian buildings, Michael Sadler is a lovely redbrick building right next to the Parkinson Building, the Roger Stevens Building is typical of the 1970s, while brand new buildings - such as the Performance Arts Building and Margorie & Arnold Ziff Building - also take pride of place. However, there are also such buildings as EC Stoner, which is both incredibly large and sprawling, and horribly confusing (each entrance only allows access to one part of the building); leave plenty of time to find your class!

The city of Leeds is also an exciting mix of different types of architecture. From the large Edwardian market in the city centre, to modern apartments, offices, and shops that have recently been built, you cannot fail to notice the wide spectrum of architecture in this city. Leeds is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, and as a result there is an increasing number of sky-scrapers popping up, and you'll frequently see new developments around.

Local area

The University's main entrance is located on Woodhouse Lane (the A660), 1 mile north of the city centre. The popular student areas of Hyde Park and Woodhouse are a further mile north, and Headingley a mile north from there.

Leeds is the largest city in Yorkshire. It is surrounded by many smaller cities and towns, notably Bradford and Wakefield, as well as much open land.

It is primarily a commercial city, with an abundance of shops and offices within the city centre.

In addition of the hustle and bustle of the busy city centre, there is a great deal of beautiful countryside in the suburbs which can be easily accessed by bus.

Leeds is also home to some delightful parks. Roundhay Park is the most popular, and its two large lakes make it a lovely spot to go fishing, or simply relax with a picnic. It has hosted several large concerts including Michael Jackson, U2, and most recently Robbie Williams. Just behind the university is Woodhouse Moore (known locally as Hyde Park) which makes for a very pleasant walk into uni.

In addition to parks, Leeds has many other attractions, such as Tropical World, situated next to Roundhay Park, within which one can find many butterflies, ducks, birds, turtles, and many other creatures including a host of nocturnal mammals.

The Royal Armouries is situated within walking distance of the city centre, and is home to medieval armoury.

Kirkstall abbey is a short bus journey from the centre of town, and is a beautiful large ruined Cistercian monastery.

All this and many more attractions make Leeds a lovely place to spend time in.

Teaching quality

Leeds is a leading research institution, and a member of the Russell Group of Universities. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise - that of 2001 - the University was placed seventh nationally for the number of top scoring researchers and eighth for 'research power' out of 173 institutions taking part in the exercise. Just under 800 researchers at the University were given ratings of 5* or 5, meaning that 70 per cent of the University's researchers were working at the highest level on projects of international importance. The University received the highest 5* grade, denoting work at the forefront of international research, in six subjects: Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, English, Town and Country Planning, Food Science, and Italian.

In The Times Higher Education Supplement Rankings 2007, Leeds was placed 16th in the UK, 27th in Europe and 80th in the world.

The Guardian University Guide 2008 rated it top in the country for Dentistry and Chemical Engineering, while a majority of its courses were ranked in the top ten or twenty.

The Leeds University Business School is regarded as one of the best in the UK. In its most recent ranking the school's MBA programme was placed at 15th in Europe by The Economist. In the Financial Times' Global MBA ranking for 2008, the Leeds MBA was ranked 48th in the World.

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