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Leeds Beckett University
Established 1992 – gained University Status
1824 – Leeds Mechanics Institute
Type Public
Endowment £146,339[1]
Budget £188.9m[2]
Chancellor Sir Bob Murray CBE
Vice-Chancellor Susan Price[3][4]
Dean

Professor Mohammad Dastbaz
(AET Faculty)[5]
Professor Andrew Slade, acting
(Carnegie Faculty)[6]
Dr Damian Ward, acting
(FBL Faculty)[7]

Professor Ieuan Ellis,
(HSS Faculty)[8]
Admin. staff 3601[9]
Students 25,805[10]
Undergraduates 22,155[10]
Postgraduates 3,650[10]
Location Leeds, England
Campus Urban
Colours Purple
Website http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/

Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University) is a university located in Leeds, West Yorkshire with campuses in the city centre and in Headingley. It gained university status in 1992; before this date it was the Leeds Polytechnic. The number of students is listed by the HESA 2008/09 data as the 15th largest in Britain.[11]

Vice Chancellor, Susan Price, joined the university in January 2010 and three new deputy Vice Chancellors were appointed to lead areas of strategic development, research and enterprise, and student experience.[12]

The university’s origins can be traced to 1824, with the foundation of the Leeds Mechanics Institute. Leeds Polytechnic was formed in 1970 and was a part of the Leeds Local Education Authority until it became an independent higher Education Corporation on 1 April 1989. In 1992 the institution was granted university status.

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.[13]

In June 2007, the university was recognised for 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.[14][15]

History[edit]

Leeds Mechanics' Institute building, Woodhouse, LS6 2PD

The university traces its roots to 1824 when the Leeds Mechanics Institute was founded. The institute later became the Leeds Institute of Science, Art and Literature and in 1927 was renamed Leeds College of Technology. In 1970, the college merged with Leeds College of Commerce (founded 1845), part of Leeds College of Art (f. 1846) and Yorkshire College of Education and Home Economics (f. 1874), forming Leeds Polytechnic. In 1976 James Graham College and the City Of Leeds College of Education (f. 1907 as part of City of Leeds Training College) joined Leeds Polytechnic. In 1987 the Polytechnic became one of the founding members of the Northern Consortium.

After the Further and Higher Education Act came into effect in 1992, the Polytechnic became Leeds Metropolitan University, with the right to award its own degrees. In 1998, the university merged with Harrogate College, establishing the Harrogate campus until 2008 when the college left the university and merged with Hull College. In 2008 the university petitioned the Privy Council to be renamed "Leeds Carnegie University"; however, this was eventually dropped.[16] In 2009 a partnership with the University of North Florida was established to begin a student and faculty exchange program.[17]

Name change[edit]

In 2013, it was announced that the Board of Governors had applied to the privy council to change the name to Leeds Beckett University,[18] named after the location of the university's founding colleges Beckett Park, which in turn was named after Ernest Beckett, 2nd Baron Grimthorpe. The proposed change resulted in a backlash among students.[19] The Privy Council approved Leeds Metropolitan University's application to change its name to Leeds Beckett University in November 2013. The name change took place in September 2014.[20]

Campus[edit]

The university occupies the following campus locations:

City Campus[edit]

City Centre campus.

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. The latest additions for the 2008/09 year were the Rose Bowl, the new home of the Leeds Business School, opposite the Civic Hall and designed to reflect the facade of the Civic Hall and the Broadcasting Place complex, including Broadcasting Tower, a new set of buildings which fits in with the red stone brick buildings famous in Leeds and which provides teaching space for the Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology and the Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design, as well as student accommodation.

New high-rise student accommodation has been built around the City Campus and includes Opal Tower and the Sky Plaza. These are now the tallest buildings in the Northern half of the city centre.

Headingley Campus[edit]

The James Graham building seen across The Acre on the Beckett Park campus.

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.[21] The site is mostly made up of low-rise 19th century buildings set around a central lawn. The site is in a park location and has many open areas on campus. 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. After bulldozing R.W.Rich Hall,[22] a student hall of residence built in the 1960s, the Carnegie Village was opened in August 2009, providing on-campus accommodation for 479 students.[23]

Beckett Park Campus

Accommodation[edit]

Sugarwell Court residences in Meanwood.

The University provides 4,500 bedrooms in a variety of locations and all first year undergraduates are guaranteed a place in university accommodation, so long as Leeds Beckett University is the student's first choice university.[24]

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

Carnegie Village was newly built in September 2010 and provides Passivhaus standard townhouses and apartments at Headingley Campus. The largest hall is Kirkstall Brewery on Broad Lane which has places for over 1,000 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 City campus, and accommodates 388 students. This is also a converted industrial site.

Two of the most popular accommodation buildings are located next to each other in Burley near The Leeds Studios and 0.8 miles (1.3 km) from City Campus. Formerly owned by Opal Property Group and now owned by Greystar, they are Prodigy House (previously Opal 1) and Leeds Student Village (previously Opal 2).

Accommodation types not owned by the university vary. Across North Leeds there are many sites which are primarily low-rise buildings, often converted from a former industrial use. The growing number of sites around the city centre has led to the building of new highrise complexes, these include CLV Leeds (previously Opal 3), The Skyplaza and Broadcasting Tower.

Leeds Met Repository[edit]

In common with many institutions in the UK, and globally, the University maintains an open access repository that comprises an Open Access research archive and an OER repository: A store of Open Educational Resources produced at Leeds Met that are freely available for reuse under a Creative Commons (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales) licence.[25]

Partnerships[edit]

The University has established a number of sporting and cultural partnerships, both in the UK and overseas.

Simon Lee embarked on a controversial programme of partnerships with external bodies during his time as vice-chancellor, which were dubbed as "rubbing shoulders" after the university took a majority stake in the Leeds Tykes[26] rugby club, renaming it Leeds Carnegie. It was subsequently revealed that the club signed Waisale Serevi after he had been paid for other work at the university.[27] The university sold its stake in April 2009.[28]

The university spent large sums on other partnerships, including £423,000 to the Northern Ballet Theatre[29] and £283,000 on the Irish Football Association.

In October 2009, the Quality Assurance Agency gave the university a "limited confidence" rating,[30] due to concerns over maintenance of academic standards. In 2009 Simon Lee resigned[31] following a series of controversies over the university's fees strategy, allegations of bullying[32] and foreign travel for his wife paid for by the university.[33] The chancellor, Brendan Foster, also resigned less than a month later. The controversies that led to these resignations formed part of the 29 July 2010 edition of the BBC Radio 4 documentary "Face the Facts".[34]

Partner colleges[edit]

Partner colleges include:[35]

Belfast Metropolitan College, Bishop Burton College, Bradford College, Calderdale College, Chesterfield College, Craven College, Dearne Valley College, Kirklees College, Leeds College of Technology, Loughborough College, New College Durham, New College Stamford Newcastle College, North Glasgow College, The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, The Hull College Group, The Manchester College, Wakefield College, West Nottinghamshire College and York College.

Sporting[edit]

  • 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[36]
  • 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[37] The University subsequently divested itself of that stake[38]
  • 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.

Cultural[edit]

Students' Union[edit]

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 two bars, with one at each study site. A Student Advice service as well as being a source of volunteers working in the local community.[39] A third Student Union bar at the Kirkstall Brewery halls of residence was closed and discontinued in 2012.

People[edit]

List of Chancellors[edit]

List of Vice-Chancellors[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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