Global collaborations

We encourage and support our staff as they develop high-quality international research collaborations, and as a university we foster strategic, global, institutional and industry partnerships. 

Our staff connect with organisations such as the British Council, UK Science and Innovation Network, and RCUK overseas offices and apply and secure international funding from various sources including the EU, the Newton Fund, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), and other overseas funding bodies.

Leeds is ranked as one of the 40 most international universities in the world.

Wherever possible, we ensure our research delivers benefits to society and the economy. Our strength and facilities enable us to contribute distinctive research to help tackle seven global challenges - cities, climate, culture, energy, food, health and water.

We engage with international businesses to develop research, innovation, executive education, continuing professional development and student employability opportunities.

Download a map showing our collaborations between 2011 and 2016

International research networks

The University of Leeds is part of a number of international research networks which help us maintain our international research presence and develop new research opportunities.

Worldwide Universities Network

The University is a founder member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), which consists of 23 research-led universities collaborating on research, postgraduate degree programmes and continuing professional development. The network brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate on some of the most pressing global challenges.

Its research focuses on four themes: 

  • responding to climate change
  • public health (non-communicable diseases)
  • global higher education and research
  • understanding cultures

Within each of these areas is a collection of high-quality collaborative research programmes involving WUN member universities along with other academic institutions, governments, international agencies, foundations and industry. The network funds high-quality research collaborations and promotes researcher mobility between partner institutions.


The Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives (RENKEI) is a partnership of six UK and six Japanese universities aiming to develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing knowledge-based economies by bringing together talented individuals from both countries.

RENKEI members collaborate on the following areas:

  • technology and knowledge exchange with industry
  • student mobility
  • universities and social engagement

São Paulo Research Foundation

The University has an agreement with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from Leeds and the State of São Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects.

As part of our collaboration, we're looking for proposals for postgraduate researchers to exchange with colleagues in São Paulo. Applications to exchange open on 29 January 2019 and close on 29 April 2019.

Find out how you can apply

How to partner with us

The International Market Development team provides support to the University in developing and maintaining partnerships. If you would like to partner with the university, phone +44 (0)113 343 1153 or email