University of the Year

University of the Year

Our £520m campus development plan has been recognised as a key contributor to the University of Leeds being named University of the Year 2017 by The Times and The Sunday Times’ Good University Guide.

A key factor, amongst many, that has contributed to Leeds being the University of the Year is our £520m campus developments programme, which is supporting Leeds’ position as one of the UK’s top higher education institutions.

Through our ambitious programme of capital investment projects, development of open spaces, new gateways, pedestrian routes and more accessible and usable green spaces we are on track to support the University’s strategic aim of being securely placed in the UK’s top ten research universities.

In 2016 a sizeable number of capital project investments along with smaller refurbishment projects will be complete. Two significant investments, the £40m Worsley building refurbishment, which has involved a modernisation of teaching facilities in the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the £24.7m transformation of the Grade II listed Edward Boyle Library, are expected to complete in December and be fully operational at the beginning of 2017.

Moving into 2017 we will see a further completion of large investment projects, including the Leeds University Union building which will offer state-of-the-art facilities on completion of its £16.8m upgrade followed by the School of Chemical and Process Engineering which has received an injection of £38m for the refurbishment of facilities.

Two major new build investments commencing on site in 2017 will be Nexus, a £40m innovation and enterprise centre, offering a gateway to help businesses access the University’s world-class research and the £96m investment in Physical Sciences and Engineering. Following recent approval by University Council this will help to foster a culture of inter-disciplinary working in the development of novel materials to address 21st Century challenges.

These key investment priorities alongside smaller schemes ranging from £90k to £1m will underpin Leeds’ future success.

Read more about the University of the Year story on the University of Leeds website.