University of Leeds Building

Research and facilities

Ranked 13th in the UK for Research (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022)‭

WORLD-CLASS FACILITIES

Once you progress to your degree at the University of Leeds, you'll have access to a range of modern buildings and facilities. As one of the world's leading research-intensive universities, you will benefit from new laboratories and one of the largest and most impressive libraries in the UK.

  • National Centre for Robotics where researchers and industrial ‭partners have access to advanced equipment and technologies for robot design and construction.
  • Electron Beam Lithography Facility is one of the most high-resolution electron-beam lithography systems in Europe that can fabricate new generations of high-frequency electronics, spintronic devices and magnetic materials.
  • University of Leeds Driving Simulator is one of the most advanced driving research environments in the world, that allows research into driver behaviour to be performed in controlled laboratory conditions.
A student in a science lab

Research excellence

Research is at the heart of learning at Leeds, so as a student here you’ll find out about groundbreaking discoveries as they are happening – sometimes even before they’ve been published. The University is committed to tackling global climate, energy, health and engineering challenges.

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 saw 90% of the research submitted by the University of Leeds rated  ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, a measure of the number of people producing the highest quality research.

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Library resources

Four libraries on campus provide 4,000 study spaces where you can work on your own, or in a group, 2.8 million printed books, 500,000 online books and 35,000 print and online journals.

  • The Laidlaw Library, opened in 2015, has been specifically designed for undergraduate students. It has 1,000 seats, IT zones and study facilities with the latest technology, including interactive presentation equipment.
  • Brotherton Library is a stunning historic library that contains the main collections for the arts, social sciences and law. Special collections include rare books and manuscripts.

Computers and IT

The University of Leeds has some of the best computing resources in the country, according to the Guardian University Guide, 2016. As an undergraduate student here you will have full access to IT services, including over 1,800 computers across the campus – some of which are available 24/7, so that you can study when it suits you. If you would rather use your own laptop, most areas on campus offer free, high-speed Wi-Fi.

The Language Centre

Open to all students, the Language Centre at the University of Leeds provides access to learning materials in over 40 languages. The Language Centre also provides English language and study skills support.