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Coordinates: 53°48′15″N 1°32′58″W / 53.80417°N 1.54944°W / 53.80417; -1.54944

Leeds Metropolitan University
Established 1992 - gained University Status
1824 - Leeds Mechanics Institute
Type Public
Endowment £549,000[1]
Vice-Chancellor Professor Susan Price (from 1 January 2010)[2][3]
Staff 3601[4]
(1914 academic)
(1603 support)
(84 management)
Students 41,215[5]
Undergraduates 23,310[5]
Postgraduates 3,905[5]
Other students 14,030 FE[5]
Location Leeds, England
Campus Urban
Colours Purple, Green and White
Website http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/

Leeds Metropolitan University is a British University with two campuses in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It gained university status in 1992; prior to this date it was known as Leeds Polytechnic. The number of students is listed by the HESA 2007/08 data as the largest in Britain, excluding the Open University, at 41,215.[6]

The university's chancellor, Brendan Foster resigned from his position on 12 January 2009.[7] The university's most recent vice-chancellor, Professor Simon Lee, resigned on 14 January 2009.[8] His successor, Professor Susan Price, will take office in January 2010.[2]

In November 2006, the University won the award for "outstanding contribution to the local community" at the annual higher education awards ceremony hosted by The Times Higher Education Supplement. It also came second in the main category, "the University of the Year", which was won by the University of Nottingham. In this category, the University was highly commended for its "low-charging, high impact" strategy.[9]

In June 2007, Leeds Met received recognition of its environmentally friendly attitude by being ranked number one in the UK in the Green League 2007: a ranking of sustainability in the higher education sector, compiled by People & Planet.[10][11]



Leeds Metropolitan University
Buildings in the city centre campus, including The Plaza Tower.
  • 1824 - Leeds Mechanics Institute founded.
  • 1845 - Leeds College of Commerce founded.
  • 1846 - Leeds College of Art founded.
  • 1868 - Leeds Mechanics Institute became the Leeds Institute of Science, Art and Literature, later renamed Leeds College of Technology
  • 1874 - Yorkshire College of Education and Home Economics founded.
  • 1907 - City of Leeds College of Education founded (part of City of Leeds Training College)
  • 1933 - Carnegie Physical Training College founded
  • 1970 - Leeds Polytechnic was formed from the amalgamation of Leeds College of Technology, Leeds College of Commerce, part of Leeds College of Art and Yorkshire College of Education and Home Economics
  • 1976 - James Graham College and the City Of Leeds and Carnegie College of Physical Education joined Leeds Polytechnic.
  • 1987 - the Polytechnic became one of the founding members of the Northern Consortium.
  • 1998 - the Polytechnic merged with Harrogate College established the Harrogate campus.
  • 1992 - the Polytechnic became Leeds Metropolitan University, with the right to award its own degrees.
  • 2008 - Harrogate College left the University and merged with Hull College
  • 2008 - the University petitioned the Privy Council to be re-named Leeds Carnegie University. However, a final decision on this has now been deferred until 2010.[12]
  • 2009 - partnership with the University of North Florida established to begin a student and faculty exchange program.[13]

Campus locations

The University occupies the following campus locations:


Civic Quarter

This comprises an expanding number of locations in Leeds city centre. In addition to the former Polytechnic site, several other buildings have recently been acquired. These include: Cloth Hall Court, in the legal district of the city; Old Broadcasting House, the former home of the BBC in Leeds; Electric Press, a building on Millennium Square; and Old School Board, the birthplace of school education in Leeds and domicile of the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change (CTCC).[14] The latest additions for the 2008/09 year are the Rose Bowl, the new home of the Leeds Business School, opposite the Civic Hall, and Old Broadcasting Place, providing teaching space for the Faculty of Arts and Society and student accommodation. It also plans to build a "Senator George Mitchell Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution" on the former Polytechnic site, once several of the current buildings have been demolished.[15]

Headingley Campus

James Graham Building, Headingley Campus

This is a 100-acre (0.40 km2) campus sited in Beckett Park, Headingley. The oldest property on this site is the Grange, a 1752 farmhouse once occupied by John Marshall.[16] In the 1990s, the University closed existing Halls of Residence on campus, converting the units to lecture theatres and teaching facilities.[citation needed] In 2006, the Campus extended beyond the confines of Beckett Park to include the Carnegie Stand at the Headingley Stadium. This dual-purpose stand accommodates more than 4,500 spectators, and also provides teaching rooms and a hall. In August 2009, the Carnegie Village was opened, providing on-campus accommodation for 479 students.[17]

Leeds Met India[citation needed]

Leeds Metropolitan University has also become the first university in UK to set up a campus in the city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India as a part to increase university's international presence. Leeds Met India initiative is a joint venture between the Leeds Metropolitan University and JSWS (non-profit organization). Built across 26 acres of lush green land the campus currently provides various courses in the discipline of business management where students in India get a chance to study at this prestigious university and visit UK for one semester of study. The campus is equipped with facilities like wi-fi network, computer lab, library, pool and fitness centre etc.

Leeds Met also has a South Asia Office in New Delhi, India. The office was officially opened by Edmund Marsden, Director British Council, India on 22 April 2005. Leeds Met South Asia is a one-stop shop for information about study opportunities at Leeds Met and acts as a catalyst for the development of partnerships in the region.


The Sky Plaza building on the Civic campus

The University provides 4500 bedrooms in a variety of locations.[18] The largest hall is Kirkstall Brewery on Broad Lane which has places for over 1000 students and is located about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the Headingley campus. As its name suggests it is a former brewery property, but is mostly modern blocks. The second largest is Sugarwell Court, in Meanwood, which is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the Civic campus, and accommodates 388 students. This is also a converted industrial site.

Sugarwell Court residences in Meanwood.
Opal 3 student residences in Leeds city centre are shared with the University of Leeds.

Regional University Network (RUN)

This is a network of colleges that have entered partnership with the University to provide access to some of its courses around the region and beyond. The following colleges are members of the RUN:[citation needed]

Belfast Metropolitan College, Bishop Burton College, Bradford College, Calderdale College, Chesterfield College, Craven College, Dearne Valley College, Dewsbury College, Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education, Harrogate College, Hull College, Kirklees College, Leeds City College, Leeds College of Building, Leeds College of Technology, Leeds Thomas Danby College, Loughborough College, Manchester College, New College Durham, Newcastle College, Park Lane College, South Eastern Regional College, Wakefield College, West Nottinghamshire College, and York College.


The University has established a number of cultural and sporting partnerships in the region.


  • Leeds Rugby — Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie
  • Yorkshire County Cricket Club
  • In January 2007, the University became the primary sponsor for Rugby Football League's main knock-out cup competition, the Challenge Cup. This is the first partnership of this kind between the governing body of a sport in England and a university[19]
  • In May of the same year, the University purchased a 51% stake in the Leeds Tykes rugby union club. The name of the club was changed to Leeds Carnegie to fit with Carnegie College[20] The University has now divested itself of that stake [21]
  • Carnegie have also sponsored the last three Rugby League World Club Challenge matches. This is an annual match between the domestic champions of the European Super League and the Australasian NRL. Incidentally all three of the matches sponsored by Carnegie have been won by the European team.
  • Leeds Metropolitan Carnegie F.C., a football club recently promoted to the Northern Counties East Football League
  • Leeds Metropolitan Carnegie R.L.F.C. have won the national BUSA Championship and Plate competitions for the past two years undefeated (2005-06, 2006-07) and have been the only student side to progress to the 2nd round of the RFL's National Challenge Cup (2006-07)


The Student Wiki

In 2006, students and staff from the University developed The Student Wiki, a new source of knowledge about student life.

Students' Union

Leeds Met University Students' Union operates out of offices at both the Beckett's Park and Civic Quarter Campuses. Its live music venue has played host to bands such as Kaiser Chiefs, The Fratellis and We Are Scientists. The Union runs three bars, with one at each site and another at the Kirkstall Brewery halls of residence, a Student Advice service as well as being a source of volunteers working in the local community.[citation needed]


List of Chancellors

List of Vice-Chancellors

  • Professor Leslie Wagner (1994 – 2003)[22]
  • Professor Simon Lee (2003 – 2009)
  • Doctor Geoff Hitchins (2009 – 2009) Chief Executive and Acting Vice-Chancellor
  • Professor Susan Price (starts 2010)

Notable alumni


  1. ^ http://www.lmu.ac.uk/fin/docs/financialstatements2008.pdf
  2. ^ a b "New Vice-Chancellor for Leeds Met". Leeds Metropolitan University. 2009-07-30. http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/news/index_new_vc_300709.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  3. ^ Wainwright, Martin (2009-07-30). "Leeds Metropolitan welcomes Susan Price as new vice-chancellor". guardian.co.uk (Guardian News and Media). http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/jul/30/leeds-metropolitan-susan-price-vice-chancellor. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  4. ^ Staff Profile at 31 July 2006 - from official website
  5. ^ a b c d [title=HESA Statistics - Higher Education numbers 2007/2008 "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}"]. title=HESA Statistics - Higher Education numbers 2007/2008. 
  6. ^ HESA Statistics - Higher Education numbers 2007/2008
  7. ^ "Ex-Olympian quits university role". BBC News. 28 Jan 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/7856616.stm. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
  8. ^ Chris Bond, John Roberts and Jonathan Reed, Yorkshire university chief resigns as vice-chancellor, Yorkshire Post, 14 January 2009, accessed 14 January 2009
  9. ^ "Leeds Met - finalist in the Times Higher University of the Year award". http://www.lmu.ac.uk/internat/award.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  10. ^ People & Planet, People & Planet Green League 2007, accessed 17 June 2007
  11. ^ Anthea Lipsett, Leeds Met tops green university league table, The Guardian, 15 June 2007, accessed 17 June 2007
  12. ^ Roberts, John (2009-07-31). "Leeds Met's name change put on hold as troubled university unveils its new head". Yorkshire Post (Johnston Press Digital Publishing). http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/Leeds-Met39s-name-change-put.5511877.jp. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  13. ^ http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/news/index_international_relations_extended.htm
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "Statesman marks start of work in Peace Centre & Rose Bowl - 15/04/07". http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/the_news/apr07/peacecentre_160407.htm. 
  16. ^ "Blue Plaque Unveiling at Leeds Met". 7 February 2007. http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/the_news/feb07/blueplaque.htm. 
  17. ^ "Carnegie Village open for business". 14 August 2009. http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/news/index_carnegie_village_open_for_business.htm. 
  18. ^ Leeds Met Accommodation Service Accommodation 2009
  19. ^ "Rugby League News: New sponsor for Challenge Cup". http://www.therfl.co.uk/HOME/news_item.php?id=6899. Retrieved 2007-01-19. 
  20. ^ "Ground Breaking Ownership for Leeds Rugby". Leeds Rugby Limited. 2007-05-14. http://leedsrugby.dnsupdate.co.uk/leedstykes/news/news-story.asp?Index=4047. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  21. ^ http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/leeds-met-turmoil/Familiar-faces-back-in-control.5270978.jp
  22. ^ Hefce news 2003 Professor Wagner leads the development of a new enhancement academy

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Simple English

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James Graham Building

Leeds Metropolitan University is a university in Leeds, England. It is the second largest university in the city after the University of Leeds. The University sometimes calls itself Leeds Carnegie. It used to be called Leeds Polytechnic.


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