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Leeds Beckett University


Leeds Beckett University

Key Information
Quick facts
An Overview
Services for students
Accommodation for Students
Campus of the University
Notable Alumni
Key Information




Leeds, West Yorkshire, England



Total Students


Percentage of International Students


Quick facts

  • Leeds Polytechnic was formed in 1970, and was part of the Leeds Local Education Authority until it became an independent Higher Education Corporation on 1 April 1989. In 1992, the institution gained university status. The current name was adopted in September 2014.
  • It has campuses in the city centre and Headingley. The university’s origins can be traced to 1824, with the foundation of the Leeds Mechanics Institute.
  • Leeds Law School offers undergraduate, postgraduate and professional law courses, as well as having a Law Research Unit. Postgraduate law courses include the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and the conversion course, the Graduate Diploma in Law.

An Overview

The schools which constitute the University are:

  • Art, Architecture and Design
  • Built Environment & Engineering
  • Business
  • Clinical & Applied Sciences
  • Computing, creating technologies & engineering
  • Cultural studies and humanities
  • Education
  • Events, Tourism & Hospitality management
  • Film, music & performing arts
  • Health & community studies
  • Law
  • Department of Languages
  • Social Sciences
  • Sport

Services for students

  • Accommodation and Residential Services
  • Beckett Award
  • Careers and Employability
  • Disability Advice
  • Distance Learning Unit
  • IT Advice
  • Funding Team
  • Graduate Network
  • Immigration Advice and Compliance
  • Incomes team
  • International Office
  • Library
  • Money Advice and Bursaries
  • Placement Teams
  • Prayer spaces and Faith-based support
  • Student Advice Hub
  • Students’ Union Societies
  • Students’ Union Student Voice Team
  • Students’ Union Volunteering
  • Students’ Union Advice Service
  • Wellbeing


National rankings
Complete (2020)[22] 121
Guardian (2020)[23] 120
Times / Sunday Times (2020)[24] 123
Global rankings
THE (2020)[25] 601-800
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework[26] Silver

Accommodation for Students

The university provides 4,500 bedrooms in a variety of locations and all first year undergraduates are guaranteed a place in university accommodation, so long as Leeds Beckett University is the student’s first choice university.
Opal 3 student residences in Leeds city centre are shared with the University of Leeds.
Carnegie Village was newly built in September 2010 and provides Passivhaus standard townhouses and apartments at Headingley Campus. The largest hall is Kirkstall Brewery on Broad Lane which has places for over 1,000 students and is about 2 miles (3 kilometres) from the Headingley campus. As its name suggests, it is a former brewery property, but is mostly modern blocks. The second largest is Sugarwell Court, in Meanwood, which is about 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from the City campus, and accommodates 388 students. This is also a converted industrial site.

Two of the most popular accommodation buildings are next to each other in Burley near The Leeds Studios and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from City Campus. Formerly owned by Opal Property Group and now owned by Greystar Real Estate Partners, they are Marsden House (previously Opal 1) and Leeds Student Village (previously Opal 2).
Accommodation types not owned by the university vary. Across North Leeds there are many sites which are primarily low-rise buildings, often converted from a former industrial use. The growing number of sites around the city centre has led to the building of new highrise complexes, these include CLV Leeds (previously Opal 3), The Skyplaza and Broadcasting Tower.

Campus of the University

This comprises a number of locations on the northern side of Leeds city centre, largely between the Inner Ring Road and the University of Leeds campus. In addition to the former Polytechnic site, several other buildings have recently been acquired. These include: Old Broadcasting House, the former home of the BBC in Leeds; Electric Press, a building on Millennium Square; and Old School Board, the birthplace of school education in Leeds.

  • Headingley Campus- A 100-acre (40-hectare) campus sited in Beckett Park, Headingley, the campus is connected to the city centre by Headingley railway station which is a short walk from the campus. Bus routes on Otley Road and Kirkstall Lane are also close by.
  • James Graham Building- The main building was constructed in 1912 as the Education Block for the City of Leeds Training College and is a Grade II Listed Building of red brick, gritstone ashlar dressings, slate and a lead roof.
  • The Halls- The James Graham Building stands in front of a large lawn called the Acre. On the two sides are buildings of the same date and materials, which were originally halls of residence for the college students but are now teaching facilities.
  • The Grange- This is a Grade II* listed building of ashlar gritstone with blue slate roofs and a lead-covered dome. The earliest portions date from 1752, but there were major alterations in about 1834 and 1858 by the Beckett family, who ultimately sold it and the surrounding estate to Leeds Corporation to build the college and make a public park. It was used by the college as a hall of residence for men, but the university converted it into IT offices and service areas.
  • Carnegie Campus- In 2006, the campus extended beyond the confines of Beckett Park to include the Carnegie Stand at the Headingley Stadium. This dual-purpose stand accommodates more than 4,500 spectators, and also provides teaching rooms and a hall. After bulldozing R. W. Rich Hall, a student hall of residence built in the 1960s, the Carnegie Village, was opened in August 2009, providing on-campus accommodation for 479 students.

Notable Alumni

  • Piers Aggett&Kesi Dryden – Rudimental
  • Marc Almond – Singer-songwriter and musician
  • David Ball – Musician
  • Alistair Brownlee – Triathlete
  • Richard Buck – Sprinter
  • Colin Burgon – Politician
  • Peter Cattaneo – Film-maker
  • Green Gartside – Musician
  • Jill Gibbon – artist
  • Austin Healey – Rugby Union player
  • Mohammad Sidique Khan, Terrorist who led the 7 July 2005 London bombings
  • Lucy Bronze – Football Player
  • Paul Heckingbottom – Football player and manager
  • Stuart Lancaster – Rugby Union – England Head Coach
  • James Machon – Skier
  • Andy McDonald – Politician
  • Carol McNicoll – potter
  • Stereo Mike – Hip-hop artist
  • Stass Paraskos – Artist
  • Eric Pickles – Politician
  • John Poulson – Architectural designer
  • Sam Quek – Team GB hockey player
  • Alexander Skarsgård – Actor[56]
  • Kevin Sinfield – Rugby league player
  • Nick Sloane Runner
  • David Stone, MBE – Para-cyclist
  • Ben Thaler – Rugby league referee
  • Frank Tovey – musician
  • Andrew White – Guitarist of Kaiser Chiefs
  • Phil Willis – Politician
  • Lala Ram – Entrepreneur Politician
  • Ricky Wilson – Singer of Kaiser Chiefs
  • Kenji Cheung – Commentator on Japanese politics in Hong Kong

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