History, Affiliations and Rankings
Leeds Beckett University, established in 1824, was first named Leeds Polytechnic and then known as Leeds Metropolitan University (LMU). The public university was established in Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. In 1992, the university received its right to award its own degrees. LBU started its student and faculty exchange program in 2009 in partnership with the University of North Florida. The current name of the university was adopted in September 2014. Many of the university's courses have been accredited by leading professional bodies, ensuring that they provide the latest industry knowledge and training. QS World University Rankings 2022 places the university between #1001-1200, whereas Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 places the university between #801-1000. As per the Complete University Guide and the Guardian University League Table, Leeds Beckett University has been placed at #110 and #109 respectively.
Infrastructure, Campus and Courses
The university is located across two campuses in Headingley and the City campus. In 1998, they merged with Harrogate College, establishing the Harrogate campus until 2008 when the college left the university and merged with Hull College. The Headingley campus covers around 100-acre of land and is connected to the city centre by the Headingley railway station. The City campus comprises multiple locations on the northern side of Leeds city centre. All the buildings and facilities are grouped together on the two campuses. Its iconic Grade II James Graham Building houses many lectures, theatre, and teaching spaces along with the James Graham Library. LBU also houses the Bronte Hall, The Grange and six other halls that were designed with inspiration from the Bronte Hall. From Biomedical and sport science laboratories to law court and highly acclaimed music studios, LBU provides learning environments that enable students to embrace their interests and career aspirations. The university offers 4,500 bedrooms for accommodation that are available for first-year undergraduate students, provided they choose the university as their first choice. Leeds Beckett University has 13 academic schools including Art, Architecture and Design, Environment & Engineering, Business, Clinical & Applied Sciences, and Computer Science, and Creating Technologies, that provide a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and distance learning programmes, as well as short courses and degree apprenticeships. With more than 125 undergraduate and more than 180 postgraduate and professional programmes for you to choose from, Leeds Beckett University ensures that it has the perfect course for its students.
Accomplishments and Alumni
LBU has a plethora of accomplishments attached to its name. They received five out of five stars for employability in QS World University Ranking 2021. The university also became the third university in the UK to earn the Customer Service Excellence level in June 2013, a Government benchmark given to public sector groups that demonstrate a commitment to driving customer-focused transformation throughout their organisations. Apart from this, the university has also achieved a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework for its outstanding performance. Around 94% of all Leeds graduates join work or further education within six months of graduation. It has invested more than £1 million in its state-of-the-art clinical skills suite and offers sports facilities that attract Olympic athletes. Some of the most famous alumni of Leeds Beckett University include Alexander Skarsgård (Swedish actor), Sam Quek (former field hockey player), and Hassan Diab (37th Prime Minister of Lebanon).
Student Diversity and Placements
Leeds Beckett University has built a community of more than 28,000 students from all socio-economic backgrounds. The institute focuses on uplifting students from lower economic backgrounds and has offered admission to 75% of such applicants. In addition, 97.7% of its graduates find work or pursue further education within six months after graduation from the institution. The school offers placement to their students through the Placement team. The university offers an average salary of £17,574 per year on a 12-month placement.