Inspirational education has strong foundations.  The cornerstone is academic excellence, reflected in first-class teaching.

In this section you should find some useful information on our teaching, resources, support mechanisms and our students expectations, including our Student Education handbook.


Teaching at Leeds

Our teachers are inspirational academics who are actively involved in a diverse range of research. They aim to provide students with outstanding education, opportunities for all-round personal growth and a life-changing experience; to graduate global citizens who are prepared for the future and ready to make a difference.

In recognition of their teaching excellence, 20 of our academics have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships – more than any other university in the UK.  Also, in the latest Quality Assurance Agency (2014) review, we were one of only three institutions reviewed to receive a commendation, the highest category of praise available, for our enhancement of student learning opportunities.

At Leeds, we see our students as partners and this spirit stretches across our teaching to the way decisions are made about the University.  Together, staff and students at Leeds have created the Partnership, which sets out the mutual expectations of us all as members of the University.


Student Education Handbook

You can find out more about Student Education at Leeds in our Student Education Handbook.

This handbook provides introductory material for those new to learning and teaching at the University and those undertaking new roles and responsibilities. It is intended to be a practical and holistic guide, which directs you to relevant policies, resources, and contacts that contextualises local practice within your Schools and Faculties.



As a teacher or lecturer at Leeds, you can expect a supportive environment where you can develop your career.

Our Organisational Development and Professional Learning Unit (OD&PL)  promotes excellent and inspirational learning and teaching in the University and has a variety of methods to support you, including courses, workshops and events, networking opportunities, professional recognition and bespoke support.

We have a long history of reward and recognition for excellent teaching, you can find out more on the OD&PL web pages.



At Leeds we have a variety of teaching resources available to help make life easier; these include:

  • Lecture capture and media management: our state-of-the-art system is the largest installation of its type in Europe, and offers fully automated video capture for staff and students with comprehensive archiving, generous storage quotas and mobile support.  The system also provides ad-hoc capture from devices including laptops and tablets.
  • Minerva: The combined portal and virtual learning environment (VLE) platform. This system provides easy access to news, events, updates and online services for staff and students. The online services include collaborative tools for staff and students, run on the industry standard Blackboard framework.
  • Teaching space: we currently have approximately 250 lecture theatres and seminar rooms with capacities from 550 seats to 10 seats.  We have a dedicated central teaching space support team to ensure these spaces are fit for purpose at all times.


Term dates and calendars

The Academic year commences on 1st October and finishes on 30th September each year.  Other key University dates for the academic session are listed separately.

All the information you need for creating a teaching timetable is available in our Syllabus Plus.

You can also download our annual year planner.