What we offer
The University of Leeds is in the top 100 universities for academic reputation in the QS World University Rankings 2018. Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe.
We recognise that our staff are the greatest asset and realize it is our people who have built our outstanding reputation. If we are to maintain our position at the top we must attract and retain brilliant and inspired people.
In this section we aim to give you a flavour of the University and tell you what’s available, in terms of our facilities, benefits and personal and professional development opportunities.
All employees have access to a wide range of benefits, from support and advice at work to discounts on shopping and leisure. Some of these include:
- 25 days paid holiday every year. Plus approximately 15.5 days off for bank holidays and days when the University is closed (depending on how many hours you work and our campus closure schedule);
- Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave;
- Numerous discounts on shopping, health care, financial services and public transport;
- Competitive pensions, with generous employer contributions;
- Award winning on-campus nursery, Bright Beginnings, and childcare scheme;
- Access to a range of policies promoting work life balance and flexible working;
- Relocation expenses scheme (dependent on meeting the eligibility criteria);
- Sickness benefits increasing with your length of employment.
The full range of benefits is listed on the HR website.
We are one of the UK’s largest, most prestigious and diverse universities, with more than 31,000 students from 146 different countries, more than 7,500 staff of 102 different nationalities and more than 220,000 alumni from over 180 different countries.
Our pursuit of academic excellence is based on increasing knowledge, respecting academic freedom, encouraging critical independent minds and promoting creativity and new approaches to education, research and innovation within an ethical framework. None of this is possible without a constant commitment to collegiality, mutual respect, openness and transparency, equality and inclusion and continuous improvement in the services we provide.
The way we work together is shaped by our values of academic excellence, community, professionalism, integrity and inclusiveness.
We welcome and support individuals from under-represented groups and have various staff networks and events to help us progress equality.
We help new employees settle in through a central welcome event, local induction activities and online learning packages. Whilst our annual Staff Festival and Reporter magazine helps keep everyone continually connected.
The encouragement of career development for all staff is one of our core values and we put this into practice through various services and initiatives. Some of these include:
- The Organisational Development and Professional Learning Unit (OD&PL), offers training and development for all employee’s, from short courses to credit-bearing programmes, networks to one-to-one advice. Areas included: learning and teaching, research and innovation, along with professional, leadership and technological skills;
- Staff review and development scheme (SRDS) is a University-wide framework for all employees designed to facilitate career development and enhance effectiveness;
- Probation periods for new employees provides a framework for discussing training and development needs and reviewing progress;
- The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on our FutureLearn platform offers a diverse range of free online courses from top universities and cultural institutions;
- The opportunity to attend lectures and seminars held by University departments and institutions;
- The LOGIK centre, Learning Opportunities for Gaining Information and Knowledge, provides a range of life and leisure courses, from African Drumming to Zumba! They also work in partnership with the Skills Network and so are able to offer NCFE accredited courses free of charge.
We have an impressive range of facilities for our staff to enjoy. Our high-quality facilities include:
- The Edge, a new £12 million pound fitness centre, pool, climbing wall and sports halls providing state-of-the-art fitness, sport and well-being opportunities, all located on campus;
- Sports Park Weetwood, three miles off campus, has newly refurbished, high-quality pitches for a variety of outdoor sports use;
- Two dedicated outdoor centres in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District; which are perfect for an adventure packed trip of hiking, climbing, caving or mountain biking.
- Our award-winning student union has everything you need for life at Leeds, from a supermarket, hairdressers, to bars and clubs;
- The Staff Centre is a welcomed recreational retreat that provides a chance to relax and meet others;
- We have one of the UK’s largest and most renowned libraries, spread over four sites. Our libraries include collections of international significance, more than 2.8 million items and over 33,000 online journals;
- We have some of the best computing resources in the country along with free, high-speed Wi-Fi network that covers most of the campus.
Museums, galleries, stage and events:
- The Stanley and Audrey Burton Art Gallery houses our collections of drawings and other works on paper. It also offers a changing programme of exhibitions, as well as a designated space for research and teaching;
- Stage@Leeds is our public licensed theatre complex. It features a 180-seat auditorium as well as a studio and dance theatre. Here you can attend a variety of events and concerts;
- Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall is home to instrumental concerts, our concert programme covers almost every musical genre for you to enjoy;
- We hold exhibitions, seminars and lectures from great thinkers. You can find a list of upcoming events on our event listings web page.
Food and drink:
- We have 13 cafés each selling a wide range of light snacks, sandwiches and drinks. You can view all our cafés on our where to eat, cafes, web page;
- Our catering service, Deli(very), has a variety of menus from the simple to the exquisite;
- You can sign up for our Refresh Card and receive 10% off a range of products including sandwiches and drinks.
Our single city campus is one of the largest in the UK (98 acres) and just one mile from Leeds city centre.
It has a diversity of architectural styles, inspiring places and facilities along with a striking range of biodiversity and green spaces for you to enjoy. It is an eclectic mix of the old and the new reflecting its 100 years history.
The People and Planet have awarded us a first class ranking in its 2016 University League table, the UK’s only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities.
You can visit our campus at any time, but remember that University buildings are not normally open at weekends and if there is a particular academic department you would like to see you should contact the department directly beforehand to avoid disappointment. Please download our self-guided tour, our directions sheet and campus map to make the most of your visit.
The University of Leeds Strategic Plan ‘Investing in Knowledge and Opportunity’ is available to download; the main objectives are:
- Students: To provide an outstanding education which will attract, excite and retain high-quality students from diverse backgrounds, and equip them to succeed in a competitive global employment market and to make a difference;
- Research and Innovation: To be an outstanding research university, securely placed in the UK’s top ten and achieving significant increases in research quality, income and impact;
- Partnership: To create and enhance strategic partnerships and collaborations in education, research and innovation – regionally, nationally and internationally;
- Enterprise: To provide an integrated approach to enterprise which promotes creativity, innovation, enterprise and impact at the University and across the city region;
- International: To increase the University’s international reach, ensuring that the impact of our education, research and alumni community is globally relevant;
- People: To attract, retain and develop the very best people in a high-trust, academically-led working environment;
- Campus: To ensure that our campus offers an exceptional student experience, providing leading-edge facilities for education, research and working with partners.