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Leeds Metropolitan University is a British university with two campuses in Leedsmarker, West Yorkshire, Englandmarker. It gained official 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 Universitymarker, at 41,215.

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

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 Nottinghammarker. In this category, the University was highly commended for its "low-charging, high impact" strategy.

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.


Leeds Metropolitan University
  • 1824 - Leeds Mechanics Institute founded.
  • 1845 - Leeds College of Commerce founded.
  • 1846 - Leeds College of Artmarker 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 Collegemarker established the Harrogate campus.
  • 1992 - the Polytechnic became Leeds Metropolitan University, with the right to award its own degrees.
  • 2008 - Harrogate Collegemarker left the University and merged with Hull Collegemarker
  • 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.
  • 2009 - partnership with the University of North Floridamarker established to begin a student and faculty exchange program.

Campus locations

The University occupies the following campus locations:

Civic Quarter

This comprises an expanding number of locations in Leeds city centremarker. 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 Squaremarker; and Old School Board, the birthplace of school education in Leeds and domicile of the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change (CTCC). 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.

Headingley Campus

James Graham Building, Headingley Campus
This is a campus sited in Beckett Parkmarker, Headingley. The oldest property on this site is the Grange, a 1752 farmhouse once occupied by John Marshall. In the 1990s, the University closed existing Halls of Residence on campus, converting the units to lecture theatres and teaching facilities. In 2006, the Campus extended beyond the confines of Beckett Park to include the Carnegie Stand at the Headingley Stadiummarker. 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.

Leeds Met India

Leeds Metropolitan University has also become the first university in UK to set up a campus in the city of Bhopalmarker, Madhya Pradeshmarker, Indiamarker 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 UKmarker for one semester of study. The campus is equipped with facilities like wi-fi network, computer lab, library, pool and fitness centre etc.


The University provides 4500 bedrooms in a variety of locations. The largest hall is Kirkstall Brewerymarker on Broad Lane which has places for over 1000 students and is located about from the Headingley campus. As its name suggests it is a former brewery property, but is mostly modern blocks. The second largest is Sugarwell Courtmarker, in Meanwoodmarker, which is about from the Civic campus, and accommodates 388 students. This is also a converted industrial site.

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:

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


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
  • 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 The University has now divested itself of that stake
  • 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 Brewerymarker halls of residence, a Student Advice service as well as being a source of volunteers working in the local community.


List of Chancellors

List of Vice-Chancellors

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

Notable alumni


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