Leeds Metropolitan University
Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds Polytechnic) is a public university located in Leeds, West Yorkshire, with campuses in the city centre and in Headingley. The university’s origins can be traced to 1824, with the foundation of the Leeds Mechanics Institute. Leeds Polytechnic was formed in 1970 and was a part of the Leeds Local Education Authority until it became an independent higher Education Corporation on 1 April 1989 and in 1992 the institution gained university status. The current name was adopted in September 2014.
It offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, full-time and part-time courses, as well as flexible and weekend courses. The university’s city campus boasts the Rose Bowl and Broadcasting Place – judged the best tall building in the world by a council of global architects in 2010. The historic Headingley campus sits among woodland just a few miles outside of the city.
The four faculties – arts, environment and technology; business and law; Carnegie; and health and social sciences – offer a range of disciplines, from physiotherapy to computer forensics and sport, to human-resource management.
With employability at the heart of its curriculum, Leeds Beckett uses its relationship with employers to ensure course content is relevant to the workplace.
Carnegie Village is the on-campus accommodation and is built to Passivhaus environmentally friendly standards. Accommodation prices range from £87.50 to £170 a week, and include rent, utilities (in most cases). All halls have disabled access.
Leeds Beckett students enjoy low-cost gym membership and fitness classes, and good access to IT resources (including some specialist software) and libraries – which have been awarded the government’s customer service excellence standard – with 24-hour access, 365 days a year. Libraries at both campuses have undergone a major transformation in 2014-15, with new facilities and enhanced study spaces for students. The university has invested in new specialist music studios and state-of-the-art health laboratories, as well as a clinical skills suite. The student union is home to one of the best live music venues in Leeds.
Midway between Edinburgh and London, Leeds is well served by road, rail and air, with Leeds Bradford airport just a few miles away. Leeds is under two hours from London by train, and easily accessible to motorway networks including the M62 and M1.