Facts and figures

The University of Leeds, established in 1904, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. Here are some more facts and figures about the University:

Academic excellence

  • We are a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities.
  • Our staff have been awarded 29 National Teaching Fellowships.
  • We are part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), which comprises 23 research-intensive institutions spanning six continents.
  • We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary prize, the country’s highest accolade for an academic institution, in 2009, 2011 and 2021.
  • In our latest audit by the Quality Assurance Agency the University received a commendation, the highest category of praise available, for our enhancement of student learning opportunities.

Our University community

  • We have more than 39,000 students including more than 36,500 full time, 2,400 part time, 28,300 undergraduates and 10,700 postgraduates.
  • We have over 13,400 international students from 137 countries, including exchange students.
  • We have 3,500 student volunteers who contribute to local, regional and national projects.
  • We have a global network of alumni and are in regular contact with more than 312,000 alumni in more than 197 different countries.
  • We have 9,200 staff from more than 100 different countries.
  • We contribute £1.3 billion every year to the UK economy – students add close to £200m of international revenue into the City Region each year.

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