Leeds Trinity University
The newest of Leeds’ three universities, Horsforth-based Leeds Trinity and its small, perfectly-formed campus have attracted many students who want to get on with their studies in peace. From its roots as two Catholic teaching colleges, it eventually gained full university status in 2012 after a few years as a university college with ties to the University of Leeds.
Leeds Trinity University enjoys a great reputation for student satisfaction, with it appearing in the top 10% for student satisfaction rates according to the Times Good University Guide of 2013. This can be put down to its location on the edge of Leeds, with the countryside just a few minutes’ walk away.
Among the courses that have proved popular with students here are secondary teacher training, psychology, media production, journalism and marketing. Sport-based degrees are also popular, with an on-site running track and sports centre providing state-of-the-art technology that’s open to all the other students too.
Leeds Trinity University in numbers
1966 was the year when the university was founded (as two Catholic teacher training colleges)
3,500 approx. number of students
235 approx. members of staff
1 university campus
46 undergraduate courses
47 postgraduate courses
Studying at Leeds Trinity University
Despite being smaller than Leeds and Leeds Beckett, Leeds Trinity University has a wide range of top learning facilities. For those on media-based courses, The Media Centre has the feel of a top production studio for print, digital and video. Also on-site is a sports and fitness centre, which has an astroturf pitch, indoor courts and a sports science lab.
That, coupled with a large library packed with relevant print and digital resources, will leave students wanting for nothing when it comes to having the necessary resources to study. The calm aura that surrounds the campus is conducive to learning without distraction, whether it’s in the library, in a lecture theatre or even in some of the dedicated social spaces.
What makes this university unique is that it has its own chapel. Known as The Chapel, it helps Leeds Trinity stay true to its roots, while it has all manner of worship and meeting spaces. For a spot of quiet contemplation, The Chapel really comes in handy when there’s a deadline for an essay round the corner and you need to think clearly.
For the first and second year of study at Leeds Trinity, all students are required to do a six-week professional work placement as part of their courses. This could involve working with companies such as Asda, Sky and the BBC and is meant to help boost job prospects after graduation.
Life on Leeds Trinity University campus
Being smaller than your average university, there’s a tight-knit community feel to life at Leeds Trinity University. You’ll have everything - shops, the student union bar, fitness centre, library, lecture theatres and seminar rooms - within walking distance of one another. On top of that, most of the facilities are newly-built and equipped with all the tech needed to make study fun.
For socialising with friends on-campus, there are three places to go for a bite to eat. For sandwiches and other quick bites, there’s the Atrium Cafe, while The Dining Room is good for hot and cold meals. For a well-deserved pint at the end of term, there’s The Lounge.
In the library and in other parts of the campus, there are in excess of 300 computers to use, spread across 10 computer suites. along with a help desk that’s open on weekdays to assist with any IT problems you’re having.
As far as social spaces are concerned, The Lounge is the most popular on campus, while many of the Leeds Trinity Student Union (LTSU) societies organise regular trips to Leeds. There are also a handful of student-friendly bars in Horsforth that are a short walk away.
Intersting Facts about Leeds Trinity University
- Leeds Trinity University’s chancellor is sports TV presenter Gabby Logan; her dad is former Leeds United and Wales midfielder Terry Yorath
- There is a free shuttle bus service connecting the campus with Horsforth’s train station and shops
- Leeds Trinity is one of only three universities in the UK with a Catholic foundation; which is reflected in its name and history
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