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Leeds powers into top 10 Good University Guide

The University of Leeds has secured its place in the top 10 universities in the UK, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, published today.

Last year, Leeds was named University of the Year by the Guide, having been runner-up for the award in the previous two years.

The overall rankings for 2018, which are based on a range of metrics, sees Leeds rising to its highest-ever position, at number 10 in the UK.

Exceptional year for student experience

The University’s move into the top 10 is the latest recognition of its exceptional student education and all round student experience, combined with a strong research base.

Students voted Leeds in the top five universities in the UK in the 2017 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, where students from all over the world commended Leeds for its facilities, activities and societies, and student welfare and support.

Investing in quality

As part of its ambitious plans to maintain its position as one of the best universities in the UK, Leeds is investing £520 million in its campus, including major refurbishment of libraries, lecture theatres and the creation of new sports facilities.

Recent examples include the £17m upgrade of the Student Union to transform the social spaces, improve performance venues and extend facilities for societies. A new cycling track and sports centre, named after the Brownlee brothers who were former students at Leeds, officially opened earlier this year, to complement the state-of-the-art campus sports centre, The Edge.

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee opening the Brownlee Centre

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee open the new cycle circuit and Brownlee Centre at Bodington Playing Fields

A new undergraduate library, the Laidlaw Library, and a complete refurbishment of the Edward Boyle Library, have also created inspirational study environments, with group and silent study spaces, new cafes and IT-rich facilities. Leeds also excels at digital learning, as highlighted in its Gold standard teaching award, which praised Leeds for supporting students with “outstanding physical and digital resources.”

Reflecting the University’s ongoing commitment to life-changing research, the investment programme continues with the transformation of the Engineering and Physical Sciences environment, creating first-class laboratories and specialised teaching spaces for students.

The new enterprise and innovation centre, Nexus, will also provide crucial connections with industry, bringing students and business together to support access to wider opportunities through placements, internships and networking.

Read the full story at leeds.ac.uk


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Temporary Closure of Vernon Road

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Essential work will take place on Vernon Road to extend the district heating main to the new Nexus building.

This work is part of the two-year, £38m investment scheme to construct Nexus; our new, sector-leading innovation and enterprise centre.

The work means there will be no access to the Multi-Storey car park from Woodhouse Lane.

  • Travelling from the north of the city will involve taking a slightly longer route, as access will be diverted via Calverley Street and the Willow Terrace Road entrance, over the Inner Ring Road bridge.
  • From 4pm each day, an alternative route, underneath Physics deck, will be opened to allow traffic to exit north via Woodhouse Lane.
  • Pedestrian access will remain open throughout the works.
  • HGV deliveries will also be affected due to the weak bridge crossing the Inner Ring Road at Calverley Street / Willow Terrace Road, which has a weight restriction of 7.5 tonnes.

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Thank you for your cooperation and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Paul Cook:

p.s.cook@leeds.ac.uk or the Estates Helpdesk on 0113 34 35491.

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Temporary Closure of Cromer Terrace

2 October – 10 January 2018

Essential cabling works will take place along Cromer Terrace in order to lay new infrastructure for the University. This work will help strengthen the University power capabilities and provide essential networking cabling for IT systems.

The works are being split into two phases to minimise disruption:
Road closureRoad closure
02/10/2017 until 08/12/2017 11/12/2017 until 10/01/2018

During this time, vehicular access to Cromer Terrace will be restricted and diversions will be in place to redirect traffic away and around the works. Pedestrian access will be maintained along one side of the road.

Update: from 2-8 January the full length of Cromer Terrace will be blocked off. Footpaths will remain open but normal access to the Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre will not be available. No vehicular access will be available to Cromer Road except for emergency or disabled vehicles.

Download disruption notice (PDF)

Thank you for your cooperation and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Ben Walker, Project Manager.

b.walker@gardiner.com or Estates Helpdesk on 0113 343 5491