The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds , West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine which was established 1831 and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College which later became the University of Manchester and University College Liverpool which later became the University of Liverpool. In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII . The university has 36,250 students. It is the fifth largest university in the UK out of 169. From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University , the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £706.2 million in 2017/18, of which £137.1 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £77.2 million, this makes it to rank outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.
The University of Leeds became The University of the Year 2017 in The Times and The Sunday Times’ Good University Guide. The university has risen to 13th place overall, which reflects impressive results in student experience, high entry standards, services and facilities, and graduate prospects. The average tuition fee is 12,000 – $14,000. The University is famous for its social opportunities. Its Student Union is the only one in the country to have won two gold standards in the Student Union Evaluation Initiative, and there are over 300 different clubs and societies to join. The university has 1,230 acres of land in total, with the main campus taking up 98 acres. The main campus is located 1 mile north of Leeds city centre and is made up of a mixture of Gothic revival , art deco, brutalist and postmodern buildings, making it one of the most diverse university campuses in the country in terms of building styles and history. It is within walking distance of both the city centre and popular student neighbourhoods Hyde Park , Woodhouse , and Headingley.
The university library is spread over five locations, and holds, in total, 2.78 million books, 26,000 print and electronic journals, 850 databases and 6,000 electronic books, making it one of the largest research libraries in the UK. The main arts and humanities library is the Brotherton Library , located in the Parkinson Building. The main science, social sciences and engineering library is the Edward Boyle Library, located in the centre of the campus. Medicine, dentistry and healthcare students are served by the Health Sciences Library, located in the Worsley Building, and there is an extension of this library at St James’s University Hospital. The Laidlaw Library on the main campus, serve the needs of undergraduates. It was opened in May 2015. It is named after Lord Laidlaw who gave £9,000,000 towards its construction. The university library houses numerous archives, rare books and some objects in its Special Collections ranging from 2,500 BC to the 21st century. The various schools, institutes and centres of the university are arranged into eight faculties, each with a dean, pro-deans and central functions. Many of the academic departments have specialist research facilities, for use by staff and students to support research from internationally significant collections in university libraries to state-of-the-art laboratories.
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