University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool).[6] In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.[7]

University of Leeds
Coat of Arms
MottoLatin: Et augebitur scientia[1]
Motto in English
And knowledge will be increased
Established1831 – Leeds School of Medicine
1874 – Yorkshire College of Science
1884 - Yorkshire College
1887 – affiliated to the federal Victoria University
1904 – University of Leeds
Endowment£90.5 million (2021)[2]
Budget£751.7 million (2020–21)[2]
ChancellorJane Francis
Vice-ChancellorSimone Buitendijk
Administrative staff
Students36,330 (2019/20)[4]
Undergraduates25,955 (2019/20)[4]
Postgraduates10,370 (2019/20)[4]
Location, ,

53°48′26″N 1°33′6″W
CampusUrban, suburban
NewspaperThe Gryphon
Colours [5]

The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top five (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received.[8] Leeds had an income of £751.7 million in 2020/21, of which £130.1 million was from research grants and contracts.[2] The university has financial endowments of £90.5 million (2020–21), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.[2]

Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.[9][10]

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