Values and responsibility

Historic clock in the brotherton library

Engaging with the communityOur values guide our decisions and how we work together

Making a difference to society

Our values of professionalism, inclusiveness, integrity and community are at the heart of everything we do. We understand that what we do can have an impact on the wider community, which is why we take our social, economic and environmental responsibilities seriously.

Building relationships

We strive to ensure that everyone within the University is treated fairly, with dignity and respect; that the opportunities we provide are open to all; and that the University provides a safe, supportive and welcoming environment.

Engaging with the community

  • the University is accessible as a place of learning to everyone who has the potential, regardless of age or background
  • we contribute to the region's cultural landscape through our research and teaching and by opening our doors to the public as a cultural venue
  • over 2000 of our students and many staff work as local volunteers

Find out more about how we engage with the community

Sustainable development and environmental management

The University recognises the importance of the environment and has established policies and programmes that are needed to tackle environmental issues at a local and global level. From transport schemes to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions to waste management and energy efficient buildings we are looking ahead. A major shift in emphasis is taking place which will integrate sustainable development into the heart of our activities and operations.

Visit our sustainability website

Research integrity

The University’s research community is committed to adhering to high ethical standards and the University’s values in order to ensure the integrity of our innovative and high quality research.

As supporters of the UUK Concordat to Support Research Integrity we are committed to:

The University of Leeds Research Ethics Policy and ethical review procedures seek to protect, as far as possible, all groups involved in research including participants, researchers, funders and the University of Leeds throughout the lifespan of the research.

Use of animals in research

The University of Leeds carries out research on animals to improve the health and welfare of human beings and animals, and to provide a better understanding of the animals themselves. It uses animals only when there are no alternatives, and is firmly committed to the replacement, reduction and refinement of the use of animals in research (the 'three Rs').

Research using animals is driving fundamental advances in understanding, treating and curing a range of health problems including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and mental illness, and continues to enable fundamental advances in our understanding of diseases.

The University will use alternatives to animals wherever possible, such as computer modelling, tissue culture, cell and molecular biology, and research with human subjects. But these cannot yet properly reproduce the complex biological characteristics of man and animals and nor can they replicate the study of wild animals in their natural environment.

All research involving animals is carried out to high standards of humane care and treatment within a strict framework of legal controls. Projects must also be approved by an ethical review committee, and researchers are trained in the ethical dimensions of their work and in standards of animal care, welfare and accommodation.

The University of Leeds has signed up to the Animal Research: Reporting In Vivo Experiments (ARRIVE) guidelines. This is a 20-point checklist for researchers designed to improve the design, analysis and reporting of animal research.

Further information:

Understanding Animal Research

Home Office

National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research

Commitment to fairtrade

We are proud to be a fairtrade university and have been since 2005. Along with Leeds University Union we sell fairtrade foods in all shops and food outlets on campus and we're passionate about raising awareness of fairtrade. The fairtrade label guarantees a better deal for disadvantaged producers in the developing world.

See the values and responsibility section of the latest annual report for more about our approach.