About us

The University of Leeds, established in 1904 is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. We are known globally for the quality of our teaching and research. Our new strategy sets a blueprint for a values-driven university. One that harnesses its expertise in research and education to help shape a better future for humanity, working through collaboration to tackle inequalities, achieve societal impact and drive change. Facts and Figures:

  • more than 38,000 students including more than 36,000 full time, 2,000 part time, 28,000 undergraduates and 10,000 postgraduates.
  • over 12,000 international students from more than 130 countries, including exchange students.
  • 9,200 staff from more than 100 different countries.
  • Leeds has been ranked in the top 10 most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters.


Our values

Our values of professionalism, inclusiveness, integrity, community and academic excellence are at the heart of everything we do.

We understand that what we do can have an impact on the wider community, which is why we take our social, economic and environmental responsibilities seriously.

We strive to ensure that everyone within the University is treated fairly, with dignity and respect; that the opportunities we provide are open to all; and that the University provides a safe, supportive and welcoming environment.

In addition to complying with all our legal duties under the Equality Act 2010, the University will advance equality and inclusion by:

  • Providing an inclusive environment where everyone feels included and involved.
  • Ensuring that our strategies, policies and practices are inclusive to students and staff from all backgrounds.
  • Working in partnership with our students and staff to increase the engagement of the whole University community with Equality and Inclusion.
  • Providing a clear framework which enables any unwanted conduct, behaviour or practice to be reported and which assures our students and staff of a robust process of investigation and appropriate action. 
  • Demonstrating senior leadership visibility and accountability for Equality and Inclusion. 

Engaging with the communityGreat Hall

Located close to the city centre, the University serves the community in a number of ways:

Over 3,500 of our students and many staff work as local volunteers with over 350 students helping in local schools.

Residents and visitors to Leeds can access the University’s facilities including sport and fitness centre The Edge, the Stanley and Audrey Burton Art Gallery, the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, the Library Special Collections and the Michael Marks Building which houses the Marks and Spencer Company Archive.

Members of the public can participate in events including the University’s Be Curious festival, the Leeds Festival of Science and Yorkshire Sculpture International which is coordinated by the University and partners across the city.


We have developed a sustainability strategy focused on four core themes:

  • developing knowledge and capacity
  • being a positive partner in society
  • enhancing our resource management
  • developing a collaborative organisation.


Career development

Having great people is central to our success and an integral part of our strategy. This is why we encourage everyone to develop their skills, not only to help us, but also so you can get the most out of working here.

Staff review and development scheme 
All staff take part in the Staff Review and Development Scheme (SRDS). It's an annual review which gives you an opportunity to look back at your successes and difficulties over the past year, and to plan your objectives for the future.

Training and development
From courses and networks to workshops and mentoring we have a range of development opportunities provided by two internal services.

Organisational Development and Professional Learning 
The Organisational Development and Professional Learning (ODPL) runs a varied programme of seminars, courses and workshops for your personal and professional development.

LOGIK centre
You can study just about anything you want in the LOGIK (Leaning Opportunities for Gaining Information and Knowledge) centre. Courses include everything from Spanish to wine tasting and yoga, so you can improve your teamwork and social skills while learning something new.

Recognition for our support for staff
We have been awarded the HR Excellence in Research badge by the European Commission for our dedication to our researchers and the Careers Centre has won the Staff Development Award for its work in the front-line training and development of staff gaining NVQ level 3 and 4 qualifications.

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Our employees

Join us and you will become part of a large and diverse organisation – with more than 9,200 staff of around 100 nationalities we are the third largest employer in Leeds.

Leeds is a great place to live and work, a bustling city surrounded by beautiful countryside, and our campus is just a short walk from the city centre.

As a new member of staff, settling in to a new work environment can take a little time but we will offer you support and guidance, to help to settle you into to your new role quickly and comfortably as possible.

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Our office

Marketing Services are currently taking a hybrid approach to work. There is some space for the team on campus should they need to work but the majority of teams are currently working from home.