Test  Corporate partnerships

Companies of all sizes, from multi-nationals to SMEs, are helping to support the University of Leeds to:

  • Develop new technologies and exceptional graduate talent
  • Allow businesses to build their reputation among students, staff and alumni
  • Offer opportunities to visibly demonstrate a company’s support for Leeds city and region
  • Provide networking opportunities for our students and for company executives

At Leeds, we understand that corporate giving reflects a company’s interests and values and is integral to its corporate social responsibility priorities. Support can be part of broader partnership activities between a company and the University, reflecting a common interest in developing talent and working together for the benefit of the wider community.

Our corporate partnerships

Read about how our corporate partners help us to support the community, develop talent and expand our research.

Supporting the community

Asda Foundation –  transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people

The Asda Foundation is working in partnership with the University of Leeds and national charity, IntoUniversity, to transform the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged young people.

The IntoUniversity Centre in south Leeds, close to Asda’s headquarters, offers support during and after school for children from the age of seven upwards, offering a sustained programme of engagement and pastoral support to raise their academic attainment and help them to reach their goals.

Asda employees have taken the opportunity to mentor students and support them to learn about the business world and develop important career skills.


Developing our talent

Mott MacDonald – developing our engineering talent

Global engineering consultants, Mott MacDonald, are working with the University to develop our engineering talent. They are helping us to level the playing field for young people in east and south Leeds and encourage them to reach their own aspirations.


Santander Universities – helping all students to succeed

Santander Universities have been supporting the University of Leeds since 2011, helping all students to succeed, regardless of their circumstances.

Focusing on three key areas – education, entrepreneurship, and employability – a tailored package of financial and in-kind support creates a positive impact on Leeds students, particularly those from less advantaged backgrounds. 

This funding helps students boost their career prospects through internships or overseas travel, empowers them to bring their business ideas to fruition and supports their learning with scholarships and bursaries.

Spark Business Incubator – advice and support for student entrepreneurs

We encourage students to become the entrepreneurial leaders of the future, and thanks to support from the corporate community, we are able to turn their best business ideas into reality. Our Spark Business Incubator gives specialist advice to current students and recent graduates wishing to set up their own business.

Alongside this, practical and financial support from partners including professional advice firm, Citation, employee engagement specialists, Reward Gateway, and vehicle rental firm, Nexus, ensures that student entrepreneurs benefit from advice in product development, accelerator growth programmes and networking.

Supporting research

AIA – air quality research in East Asia

The University’s interdisciplinary research networks look at global challenges with fresh eyes, generating ideas and potential solutions.

Insurance and finance corporation, AIA, has supported an air quality research project in East Asia. Chinese air quality issues have long been recognised, but the actions required to address the problem are less well established.

This project is identifying solutions to address the causes of this pollution and enable action to improve air quality across China. This wil benefit the health, longevity and quality of life for current and future generations.

Work with us

If you're connected to a philanthropic trust or foundation and are interested in talking to us about how we might work together, please email foundations@leeds.ac.uk.

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