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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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Campus Developments in 2016

As the year draws to an end we take a look back on how campus has changed in the space of just 12 months.

The development of our estate and infrastructure remains a key factor in the University‘s ability to achieve its strategic goals. This sustained period of change and improvement is enabling us to respond to new challenges and opportunities to underpin our future success.

Major schemes completed in 2016

 

Large schemes progressed well

A number of large investment schemes have also seen part project completion during 2016 and have included the handover of two thirds of the Edward Boyle Library in autumn. A sizeable proportion of the School of Chemical and Process Engineering refurbishment has completed alongside the completion of Level 11 of the Worsley Building also including the opening of PURE café.

Art on Campus

In 2016 a number of significant artworks including some newly commissioned, restored and acquired on long-term loan arrived on campus, contributing to our vision of creating an inspirational campus.

We welcomed back one of the largest pieces of art – Untitled Bas-Relief, an aluminium sculpture by Hubert Dalwood. The work originally adorned the University’s Bodington Hall of residence. It has now been installed in a new home on the stage@leeds building.

Nearby is Dual Form by the great British sculptor Barbara Hepworth, on loan for five years from the Leeds Art Gallery.

Find out more about the Leeds University Union project.

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University of Leeds shortlisted in the Leeds Architecture Awards

A number of building projects at the University of Leeds have been shortlisted for the 2016 Leeds Architecture Awards. 

Organised by Leeds City Council and Leeds Chamber Property Forum the awards were set up to promote and show case best practice in architecture and design in the city. The 2016 Leeds Architecture Awards look set to be the biggest and best yet; with nearly 80 nominations over seven categories.

The University shortlisted schemes are:

  • ‘A Spire’, and ‘Untitled Bas-Relief’ pieces of art shortlisted in the best public art and landscape design category.
  • Edward Boyle Library, shortlisted in the category for the best conserved building, focusing on restoration of historic buildings; altered buildings, celebrating new uses for existing buildings;
  • The Laidlaw Library, shortlisted in the best new building, covering completely new developments in the city category.
  • University of Leeds Multi-storey car park, shortlisted in the best new building and innovation categories.

The winners will be announced in March 2017.

For more details visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Business/Pages/Leeds-Architecture-Awards-2016.aspx

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Take a look inside Edward Boyle Library

The Edward Boyle Library re-opened its doors this term following the partial completion of the building.

The newly refurbished space now offers a modern and inviting environment providing 1000 study spaces and a new Postgraduate Hub on Level 13.

Since re-opening its doors this month the library has welcomed 53,242 users.

 

Take a look inside…

 

 


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Key facilities re-open for autumn term

Leeds University Union and the Edward Boyle Library will partially re-open their doors as students make their return to the University in late September.

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Edward Boyle Library Refurbishment

Significant refurbishment work has been underway to transform, modernise and upgrade both facilities.

Phase 3 of the refurbishment programme for the Edward Boyle Library will see the opening of the new Postgraduate Research Hub on Level 13 and 1000 new study spaces. Full completion of the project is on schedule for early 2017.

Partial completion of upgrade work at the Union building will mean that current and new students will be able to kick-start term with full access to the Old Bar and Pyramid (formerly Mine).  All of which have been upgraded as part of the £16.8m investment. Full completion of the project is planned for April 2017.

Find out more about the Edward Boyle Library project

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Edward Boyle Library Refurbishment

The £24.7M refurbishment of the Edward Boyle Library will create a dynamic information resources hub at the heart of the campus. The team is now 20% of the way through the refurbishment project and once complete the library will offer:

  • Over 2,000 group and silent study spaces and IT cluster PC’s
  • Upgraded and increased study space and a range of group study options
  • A new Great Food at Leeds café
  • A dedicated postgraduate learning zone
  • Plenty of group study and teaching spaces

 

Work began in June 2015 and the project will be complete by spring 2017. Find out more about the Edward Boyle Library project.

£520m development now underway

Our ambitious five-year plan to transform the University campus is now well underway, as we invest £520m in the development of 19 new sites and the refurbishment of our older buildings.

This investment supports the Strategic Plan by further enhancing our students’ experience, and growing our research income through the development of new research platforms. As a result, students, staff and key partners will have access to new, world leading facilities and equipment, such as the £17m Astbury Centre, housing electron microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and the new University Enterprise and Innovation Centre which will provide a high profile gateway and UK leading environment for collaboration and partnership.

Individual project investments range from £90m to £90k, and several are already underway including a £40m refurbishment of the School of Medicine, £8m refurbishment of the Grade II listed Fine Art building, and the £25m refurbishment of Edward Boyle Library.

Autumn project update

Welcome to the first seasonal update on progress of campus development projects. This quick summary provides an overview of recent projects that have now begun on site within the campus.

Edward Boyle Library

Eward_Boyle_GalleryIn September Phase 2 of building work on the Edward Boyle Library commenced which signifies the start of the refurbishment to the main part of the library.  The building will remain partially open for students to use throughout the year.

The £24.7m investment will allow the development of an Information Resources Hub at the heart of the campus, serving taught and postgraduate students as well as staff, fit for the 21st century and reflecting the University’s ambitious academic vision.

Find out more about the Edward Boyle Library project.

 

Institute for Transport Studies

Transport StudiesRefurbishment and re-build work to the Institute for Transport Studies commenced in September. The work will result in a significantly improved energy efficient, sustainable and fit for purpose building.

The £4 million investment will extend and refurbish the ITS building, to create a first class learning environment to match the Institute’s standing as a world-leader in transport teaching and research.

The project reflects the success of the Institute, and the corresponding growth in staff and student numbers. It also paves the way for further collaborations – with colleagues across the University of Leeds, with industry and with international partners. The Institute’s pioneering inter-disciplinary approach is at the core of what it does, and a new-look building is a key enabler for future development.

Find out more about the ITS project.

 

Faculty of Engineering

Engineering-1000x700Work has begun on the £38m full refurbishment of the Faculty of Engineering.

With the current engineering building reaching the end of its useable life this refurbishment aims to incorporate new state of the art facilities to enable ambitious growth in academic activity.

The new contemporary environment will create open and flexible laboratory spaces and breakout and informal meeting areas.

Find out more about the Engineering Building project.

 

Worsley Building

News - WorsleyPhase 2 of the Worsley Building came on site in September. The 1970’s building will undergo significant transformation work to create a much sought after dynamic learning environment.

The £38m investment will create a new contemporary environment with open and flexible laboratory spaces along with breakout and informal meeting areas.

Find out more about the Worsley Building project

Enabling Works Complete at EBL

Enabling works are now complete and the library is back open for use in a smaller footprint with over 1,000 study spaces and IT cluster PC’s.  The bulk of the book stock has now gone to Laidlaw Library with the exception of the main collection for science and engineering.

Due to the extensive refurbishment work being undertaken there will be periods of noise – apologies are given for this during the essential works.