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Key information about our institution

Corporate Status

Leeds Beckett University is a higher education corporation, established on 01 April 1989 pursuant to the Education Reform Act 1988. It was granted taught and research degree awarding powers on 4 June 1992 and university status on 26 April 1993.

Constitutional documents

The University’s constitution comprises the Instrument and Articles of Government. Changes to the Instrument can only be made by Order of the Privy Council. Changes to the Articles can be made by the Board of Governors with the consent of the Privy Council.


The Board of Governors is the University's governing body and is responsible for exercising the powers of the University as defined in the Instrument and Articles of Government, the Education Reform Act 1988, and the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The Board of Governors has a number of standing committees to oversee particular areas of business.

The Vice Chancellor is responsible for the leadership and management of the University, supported by the Senior Management Group and a number of executive groups.

The Academic Board is the University's principal academic authority. Subject to the responsibilities of the Board of Governors and the Vice Chancellor, the Academic Board has oversight of quality assurance and enhancement; learning, teaching, and assessment; and research and scholarly activity. The Academic Board has a number of standing committees to oversee particular areas of business. School Academic Committees are responsible to the Academic Board for overseeing academic activities in each school.

Leeds Beckett in numbers


Our postgraduate students earn 29.4% more on average than those with an honours degree

Based on median salary for UK employed. Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2012/13.


We offer a 10% discount on postgraduate study fees to our alumni

Terms and conditions apply. See our Financing Your Studies page for more information.


Ranked second in the world for personal tutors

i-graduate Student Barometer, Autumn Wave 2016.


Number of postgraduate and professional courses available

13 & 14

We have 13 academic schools and 14 research centres


Our QU2 Business Centre has supported businesses with a collective turnover of more than £42 million over the last 10 years


Our diverse community is made up of students from 143 countries and territories

24/7 365

Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year


Our ranking for personal tutors, class sizes and assessment, International Student Barometer, Autumn Wave 2013

The survey consists of 53 UK universities and 170 globally.


The percentage of all our graduates in work or further study six months after graduating

Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16. Includes all UK, EU and overseas postgraduate and undergraduates.


The number of different research strands submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014


The number of former students who make up our alumni community


The year our first predecessor college at Beckett Park welcomed its first students


We offer more than 140 undergraduate courses

See our courses here.


Value of external research grants during 2013/14


We are one of only two universities in the country to have held the Customer Service Excellence Standard for more than 3 years

Charitable Status

The University is an exempt charity for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011. It is subject to charity law but is not required to register with the Charity Commission. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is designated as the 'Principal Regulator' for the institutions it funds and has a general duty to promote compliance with charity law.

The powers of the University, as defined in sub-section 124(1) of the Education Reform Act 1988, are '(a) to provide higher education; (b) to provide further education; (c) to carry out research and to publish the results of the research or any other material arising out of or connected with it in such manner as the corporation shall see fit'. These powers constitute the objects of the University. The charitable purpose of the University, as defined in the Charities Act 2011, is the advancement of education for the public benefit.

The members of the Board of Governors are the charity trustees in law. A register of the names of the trustees on 31 January each year together with a list of all other charities (if any) of which each trustee is then also a trustee, is published annually.

Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the University’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 July 2017.

Finance & Taxation

The University’s financial year runs from 01 August to 31 July.  The University's group VAT registration number is GB 545 3728 31.  The University is partially exempt from VAT as a supplier of education and research.  By virtue of its charitable status, the University is exempt from corporation tax on its primary purpose activities.  The University’s audited consolidated financial statements are published annually.


This letter from Henderson Insurance Brokers Limited provides evidence of the liability insurance held by Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Beckett University Enterprises for the financial year ending 31 July 2018.

Subsidiary Companies

The University undertakes non-primary purpose trading activities through its subsidiary companies:

  • Leeds Beckett University Enterprises Limited (registered company number 2369724)

The legal name of the corporation is Leeds Beckett University. Its principal place of business and address for correspondence is The Rose Bowl, City Campus, Leeds LS1 3HB.

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