Leeds City Region boasts the UK's largest concentration of higher education institutions outside of London, with nine universities producing 39,000 graduates a year, including over 15,000 in STEM subjects.
Each of the region's universities has their own specialisms, strengths, and unique student experiences, with many considered world leaders in their fields.
- University of Bradford
For over 50 years, the University of Bradford has grown its international reputation, pioneering the development of new and diverse course subjects that reflect and anticipate the needs of employers, students and of society as a whole.
The University of Bradford was the first university outside of London to offer part-time degree courses, and all courses are designed to meet the changing business, social, scientific and environmental landscape.
Today, the University of Bradford has associations with employers across the globe, with collaborations ranging from associations with local employers to overseas partnerships, including opportunities in Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Pakistan and India.
- University of Huddersfield
The University of Huddersfield is a successful, innovative and modern educational institution. Located in the heart of Huddersfield, the university has made a multi-million pound investment in new campus buildings, providing innovative and cutting-edge facilities for students.
In 2017, it was awarded the first Global Teaching Excellence Award in 2017 by the Higher Education Academy for its outstanding educators who provide inspirational teaching.
The university has an impressive track record for graduate employment, with all students having the opportunity to undertake professional work experience during their studies and 97.3% of undergraduate students going on to work or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2016/17).
- University of Law, Leeds
The University of Law is the UK's longest established specialist provider of legal education, having trained more lawyers than any other education institution. With origins traced to 1876, the university has a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices, to continuously focus on developing the best legal minds.
Opened in 2015, the University of Law’s Leeds campus is located in the heart of the city's business district. Leeds has been described by the UK Legal 500 as ‘second only to London’ and this close proximity to the 200 law firms operating in the city gives access to a large range of major employers, enhancing students’ career prospects.
- University of Leeds
The University of Leeds is one of the world's Top 100 universities, part of the Russell Group of leading UK universities, and was named The Times University of the Year 2017. Established in 1904, it is one of the UK's largest higher education institutions, with a strong academic and research heritage that has a real impact on the world in cultural, economic and societal ways.
The university has a state-of-the-art campus and facilities in the heart of the city, offering students a wealth of sporting, social and cultural activities at an internationally renowned and important institution.
- Leeds Beckett University
Based across campuses in Headingley, surrounded by 94 acres of leafy parkland, and Leeds city centre, Leeds Beckett University has more than 190 years of teaching experience and a vision to be acknowledged for its commitment to student success, innovation and enterprise, global reach, and strong local impact.
Leeds Beckett University offers a diverse range of business and career-focused courses taught by expert academics who maintain close links with industry. Its aspiration is to help create great graduates, exceptional employees, dynamic citizens and enterprising leaders.
The university works closely with employers and partners to ensure that graduates are ready for the workplace, with 97.7% of UK students in work or further study six months after graduating.
- Leeds Arts University
Leeds Arts University is the only specialist arts university in the North of England, where students enjoy a small, close-knit community in a creative atmosphere. Its graduates include Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, Marcus Harvey, Damien Hirst and Omar Kashoura.
In the Guardian Education 2019 League Table, Leeds Arts University was the highest ranked specialist art university for Design & Crafts in the UK, and holds the highest satisfaction rating for any specialist arts university in the latest National Student Survey.
Leeds Arts University works hard to remain a leading centre for art and design education, choosing from among the brightest international potential to produce some of the most sought-after creative talent.
- Leeds Trinity University
Leeds Trinity University is one of the UK's top universities for employability, and one of the top 15 for teaching quality and student experience (Guardian University Guide, 2019), holding TEF Silver accreditation for its high-quality teaching, learning and student outcomes.
Leeds Trinity pioneered the inclusion of professional work placements with every degree, giving students a head-start when competing for their first graduate job, with the result that 95% of Leeds Trinity University students are employed or in further study six months after graduating.
The university's teaching staff have extensive professional experience in their fields, while many are also active researchers, contributing to Leeds Trinity's increasing reputation for research excellence.
- University of York
Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 and has become one of the UK's leading universities, with a reputation as an academic powerhouse where a clear focus on excellence has secured national and international recognition.
As a member of the elite Russell Group of universities, the University of York is a dynamic, research-intensive university committed to the development of life saving discoveries and new technologies to tackle some of the most pressing global challenges.
Located near York’s historic city centre, the University's attractive campus is home to nine colleges and most of the departments.
- York St John University
York St John University has been a leading education, training and research institution for over 176 years, with a reputation for academic excellence, graduate employability and strong sense of community.
The modernised campus is within walking distance of the historic centre of York, giving students a truly British experience, while it also has one of the largest sports campuses in the country.
The university is committed to developing the very best opportunities for their students and works directly with employers to build partnerships with industry, ensuring that courses meet the need of modern employers and create global graduates of the future.