Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett University

Here at Leeds Beckett, we are a modern professional university with ambition. Based in the vibrant city of Leeds, the biggest financial district outside of London, our vision is to be acknowledged for our commitment to student success, innovation and enterprise, global reach, and strong local impact.

Our aspiration is to help create great graduates, exceptional employees, dynamic citizens and enterprising leaders and we work closely with employers and partners to ensure that our graduates are ready for work, ready for life, and ready to seize the opportunities that lie ahead.

A big business in our own right, we have around 2,900 staff and more than 28,000 students from almost 100 countries around the world; we contributed an estimated £500 million to the economy every year. With a 190-year history of education, which began with the founding of the Leeds Mechanics Institute in 1824, we are proud of our history and excited about our future.

Our Strategy

Our institutional Strategic Planning Framework 2016-2021 was approved by our Board of Governors on 6th May 2016.

During 2016, our University entered a new chapter under the leadership of Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor, and the development of our new Strategic Planning Framework 2016-2021 incorporating a new Vision, Mission and Values. The framework does three things:

  • It says what we stand for
  • It explains what we do
  • It says what we want to achieve over the next 5 years.

Our Values

Our values, which are the principles that guide the way we do things, are that we should be:

  • Student focus
  • Excellence
  • Inspiration
  • Creativity
  • Professionalism
  • Enterprise
  • Integrity
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Success for small business in Yorkshire in Leeds Beckett awards

Five early-stage businesses scooped the 2019 Business Advantage Awards run by Leeds Beckett University.

The Allen key effect – Swedish style

Leeds Beckett's eight-year association with IKEA is reaping rewards and the student IKEA project has morphed into a three-year scholarship deal with the university.

Digital Shift: Transforming Calderdale’s digital and creative landscape

Leeds Beckett’s aim in Calderdale is two-fold; we want to play a part in growing the digital eco-system, and have an impact on local startups’ bottom lines.

Leeds Beckett and IKEA partnership shortlisted for national award

Leeds Beckett’s partnership with retail giant IKEA has been shortlisted for the annual Times Higher Education awards.

Placing locality at the heart of engagement

Leeds Beckett University’s Business Centres are currently home to 240 SMEs in Leeds and Wakefield, helping innovative new businesses grow.