our people our city
At Leeds Beckett University we are proud of our heritage and our place within the community.
As a modern university we have almost 200 years of history, our activities and endeavours over many years have not only had positive impacts on us as an institution but have also been transformative to the world around us. As an education provider we have a strong history of creating graduates for the future which have been crucial to the economic lifeblood of the city of Leeds. Today we have over 24,000 students in Leeds and 185,000 alumni worldwide. Throughout our history, it is people who have shaped us and who continue to do so today.
We are located across two campuses in Headingley and the city centre. The history of Headingley Campus can be traced back to the Cistercian monks of Kirkstall Abbey in the mid-12th century, through to the landowner and Leeds banker William Beckett, before it became the City of Leeds Training College in 1913. The founding of Leeds Mechanics Institute in 1824 was once housed in what is now the Leeds City Museum, which marks the origins of the modern-day Leeds Beckett University.