Occupying a site covering approximately 98 acres close to the City centre, the University has a wide range of facilities, activities and educational opportunities which local communities can access. Part of our role in the Sustainability Service is to ensure our campus is welcoming, culturally and environmentally vibrant. That our campus is a place where people want to visit, walk through, come to events and just generally explore. Please follow the links below to discover more.
The University has some of the UK’s most outstanding collections of rare books and manuscripts. A number of our collections have won recognition as having outstanding national and international importance through the Designation Scheme. Nearly 200,000 books and hundreds of thousands of manuscripts can be consulted in the Fay and Geoffrey Elliott Reading Room. The Special Collections and the University Archive are open to members of the public who would like to use their resources.
Leeds International Piano Competition
The Leeds International Piano Competition is a truly international competition with previous prize winners from twenty eight countries worldwide to date. Over the last 50 years it has sustained an enviable reputation for launching the successful careers of some of the worlds finest and most eminent pianists of our time.
International Concert Series
Each year the University offers a programme of concerts provided by our School of Music which makes a significant contribution to the City’s performing arts. The popular Family Concert series continues to provide Sunday afternoon concerts designed especially to appeal to all ages. The regular Friday lunchtime free recital series provides a wide ranging programme to suit all tastes and is an ideal opportunity to sample what’s on offer.
The University of Leeds International Textiles Archive (ULITA)
ULITA collects, preserves and documents textiles and other related design material from most of the textile producing areas of the world for the benefit of scholars, researchers and the general public. The collection includes fine embroidery from India and the Mediterranean; delicate Japanese stencils; rare Egyptian costume; Pakistani prints; Kashmiri shawls; pattern books, zebra and armadillo fibres, and information on how to make fibreglass curtains. ULITA has a range of free to use educational resources available for students in schools, further education and higher education institutions, as well as offering workshops or guided tours led by our experts.
Free public lectures are held throughout the year on various academic disciplines. Involving guest experts, private partners and our own academic staff. We have public lectures available to suit everyone’s tastes.
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery offers both innovative temporary exhibitions and displays treasures from the University Art Collection. Entrance is free for visitors to experience the University’s exceptional art collection. The Gallery also offers a lively programme of public events – including artist talks, roundtable discussions, and art workshops fro all ages.
stage@leeds is a theatrecomplex comprises Stage One, a 180 seat auditorium; the Alec Clegg studio, a 50 seat experimental studio theatre and a dance studio. The venue is host to productions from touring theatres and dance groups as well as performances from our own students. Performance are held throughout the year and available to members of the public.
Located in the Heart of Campus the garden is a multi-functional space for staff, students and visitors to campus to enjoy quiet contemplation but also to cultivate an allotment-and-forest-style edible garden. It is a great example of a functioning ecosystem with wild flower areas, soft fruit hedgerows, insect houses and pocket habitats.
Offering some of the best provision in Leeds, The University’s sporting facilities are extensive and have benefited from significant investment in recent years. The University’s facilities and classes are accessible to the local community, either through annual membership or on a pay as you go basis.
The University campus is rich in architectural heritage: the 19th century Gothic redbrick of the Great Hall, to the Portland Stone era of the 1920’s to 1950’s exemplified by the Parkinson Building to the great statements of the 1960’s—the E.C. Stoner building and Chancellor’s Court. The campus architectural heritage is explored in the campus guide “Walks Round Red Brick”. The University’s grounds, gardens and open spaces are all open to the public. See also our biodiversity campus trail!