We have a diverse community and a global network of students, staff and alumni.
We are in regular contact with more than 250,000 alumni from more than 180 different countries. We have 8,000 international students from more than 140 countries, and nearly 1,000 staff from more than 90 different countries. We've been ranked in the top 40 most international universities in the world in 2019 by Times Higher Education.
Supporting our international community of talented students and staff is a top priority for us. We can provide specialist immigration advice and support when they arrive. We are committed to ensuring international staff and students feel welcomed into the University community and to enhancing the international student and staff experience. Whether they are from the UK or overseas, they are part of our global community.
We have ambitious plans to increase our expertise and capacity for Transnational Education and routes to studying at the University from overseas. We will also increase our presence internationally via our overseas offices and our international business and alumni engagement activity in collaboration with the City of Leeds. The University's International Office coordinates all of our internationally-facing professional services.
Investing in our staff
We are investing £520m in campus infrastructure and more than £100m in our academic community to further boost our research excellence. We are developing a vibrant PhD and postdoctoral community and attracting new senior and early-career researchers.
The University is home to a significant number of doctoral training centres, funded by research councils and others, with ambitions to grow the numbers of postgraduate researchers to more than 3,000 by 2020/2021.
Our Doctoral College creates a real sense of community and shared endeavour amongst our postgraduate community.
We are international
We are proud to support the sector-wide #WeAreInternational campaign, which celebrates international university communities.
Our diverse community is celebrated through initiatives including:
Leeds is a truly global city and we offer access to some of the best and brightest minds in the world.
- Our Global Community initiative connects students to intercultural and international activities that will bring them a world of different ideas and experiences.
- Link to Leeds, which enables prospective students to talk to some of our current students.
- Our Intercultural Ambassadors Programme, which supports students as they create projects to inspire and connect people from different backgrounds.
- The World Unite festival in Leeds University Union, an annual celebration of the University's different cultures and identities.