Leeds Beckett University
With roots stretching back nearly two centuries, what is now known as Leeds Beckett University has had a number of changes since a merger of specialist colleges happened in 1970. Formerly a polytechnic, a name change to Leeds Metropolitan University in 1992 reflected the awarding of university status in the same year.
Then, after dropping a name change to Leeds Carnegie University in 2009, it adopted its current moniker in 2013 to reflect its history. This university has a good reputation for degrees in subjects such as sports, business, media and teaching, while it is becoming increasingly popular with international students.
It is spread across two campuses - Headingley and City. Leeds Beckett has benefitted from major investment in new facilities in recent years. The Rose Bowl building and Broadcasting Place are two such examples, while many of the older buildings in its City Campus have either been renovated or demolished.
Leeds Beckett University in numbers
1970 founded as Leeds Polytechnic
26,000 approx. Students
2,900 approx. number of Staff
2 Campuses, located in the City Centre and Headingley
2 Libraries, Sheila Silver Library in the Leslie Silver Building and Headingley Library in the James Graham Building, Headingley Campus
71 Student Union and Societies
239 Undergraduate courses
347 Postgraduate courses
Studying at Leeds Beckett University
Leeds Beckett has all manner of state-of-the-art facilities to make studying during your course a breeze. Its two libraries have dozens of computers ready for use, while there are many cafe areas within the many buildings to revise, type and make notes without distraction. Its online library is open 24/7, every day of the year, with many resources free at the point of use.
In the City Campus, there are a handful of large lecture theatres with good acoustics and comfortable seating, while there is a Student Hub where you can ask questions on anything related to studying there at an information desk.
The Headingley Campus, which has a few facilities annexed in nearby Headingley Stadium, is home to many of the sports-based degrees. As such, there are playing fields and a gym for students to use, while there’s also an on-site library and small student union building to take advantage of.
Whichever campus you study at, you’ll be greeted by a modern, clean and friendly environment which is just perfect for getting the best possible degree. You’ll also be close by to local amenities, be they in the city centre or on the busy Otley Road in Headingley.
Life on Leeds Beckett University Campus
Students at Leeds Beckett can expect to be greeted by a number of computer labs and seminar rooms tooled up with the latest in educational technology. They can also expect to come across a number of great value bars and shops on-site - the student union bar in the City Campus hosts live music almost every night.
At the City Campus, you’ll be within a short walk of the city centre and all of its attractions, while you’re greeted by a massive library full to the brim with resources. On top of that, there are some green spaces for sitting outside with your friends and revising and reading in the open air. There’s an on-site gym and campus shop in many of the buildings.
The Headingley Campus is somewhat more peaceful, owing to it being surrounded by Beckett Park to the south and playing fields to the north. Its 19th-century buildings provide a professional place to study, while there are all the essentials of student life on-site - a student union bar, gym and campus shop selling sandwiches, newspapers and stationery.
Interesting Facts about Leeds Becket University
- The Broadcasting Tower, just next to Broadcasting Place, won the award for Best Tall Building in the World in 2010
- Leeds Beckett’s lineage dates back to 1824 when its founding college, the Leeds Mechanics Institute, was founded
- The former chancellor of Leeds Beckett, Sir Leslie Silver OBE, served as chairman of Leeds United throughout the 1980s and early 1990s
- Close to 6,000 students study degrees validated by Leeds Beckett away from the two campuses in the city
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Leeds Becket University Contact details
City Campus: City Campus, Leeds LS1 3HE
Headingley Campus: Church Wood Avenue, Leeds LS6 3QS
Phone Number: 0113 812 0000
Student Union: www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk