The Leeds Centre for Dante Studies promotes the study of Dante from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both within the University of Leeds and beyond. It does so through its dynamic programme of research activity and collaboration; supporting and enriching undergraduate and postgraduate study; and bringing Dante to a wider public through its open lectures and podcasts.

The Centre is based in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies [at the University of Leeds. Following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the Guardian ranked Italian at Leeds second in its league table of UK Italian Departments with all of its research rated as being internationally recognised in terms of its originality, significance and rigour, and 75% of its work being classed as 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading'.