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At Leeds Beckett, we are a modern professional university with ambition. Based in Leeds's vibrant city, the most significant financial district outside of London, our vision is to be acknowledged for our commitment to student success, innovation and enterprise, global reach, and strong local impact. We aspire to help create great graduates, exceptional employees, dynamic citizens, and enterprising leaders. We work closely with employers and partners to ensure that our graduates are ready for work, ready for life, and ready to seize the opportunities that lie ahead.

Big business in our own right, we have around 2,900 staff and more than 28,000 students from almost 100 countries around the world we contributed an estimated £500 million to the economy every year. With a 190-year history of education, which began with the founding of the Leeds Mechanics Institute in 1824, we are proud of our history and excited about our future.

Our Board approved our institutional Strategic Planning Framework 2016-2021 of Governors on 06 May 2016. During 2016 our University entered a new chapter under the leadership of Professor Peter Slee, Vice-Chancellor, and the development of our new Strategic Planning Framework 2016-2021 incorporating a new Vision, Mission, and Values. The framework does three things:

  • t says what we stand for
  • It explains what we do
  • It says what we want to achieve over the next five years

Our values, which are the principles that guide the way we do things, are that we should be:

  • Student focus
  • Excellence
  • Inspiration
  • Creativity
  • Professionalism
  • Enterprise
  • Integrity

Situated in the heart of Leeds, our City Campus is ideally placed. On our doorstep are hundreds of businesses and organizations that offer work placements and employment opportunities to many students. We are committed to openness and transparency here at Leeds Beckett and publish a range of available information to the public. The links on this page provide more information on the types of information we publish. We are committed to openness and transparency here at Leeds Beckett and publish a range of information that is available to the public. The links on this page provide more information on the types of information we publish.

We are a vibrant university with a culture of celebration and success. Our students and staff achieve great things, and we enjoy shouting about them! We remain committed to providing an excellent environment for students, staff, and all other customer groups to provide high-quality transformational education, research, and enterprise services. Our corporate commitment to our customers is reflected in our Customer Service Excellence accreditation we have successfully held since 2013.

Leeds Beckett University is a higher education corporation, established on 01 April 1989 under the Education Reform Act 1988. It was granted taught and research degree awarding powers on 04 June 1992 and university status on 26 April 1993. 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. The Board can make changes to the Articles of Governors with the consent of the Privy Council.

The Board of Governors is the University's governing body. It is responsible for exercising the University's powers 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 several standing committees to oversee particular areas of business.

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

The University is an exempt charity for 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 subsection 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. As defined in the Charities Act 2011, the charitable purpose of the University is the advancement of education for the public benefit.

Leeds Beckett University offers a variety of employment opportunities to committed and talented people across various academic and support functions. The link on this page will direct you to our Jobs website. You will find detailed information on the roles we currently have available and a range of information to help you consider if our University is the next employer for you.

Here at Leeds Beckett, we are committed to providing not only an excellent learning environment for our students but also a stimulating work environment for our colleagues where everyone can contribute. We are an enterprising and innovative University and are delighted to be one of only three universities in the UK to have achieved the Customer Service Excellence standard for the whole institution. We have also been recently re-accredited as an Investor in People Gold.

This is an exciting time to join Leeds Beckett University, and we look forward to providing you with the opportunity to play an essential part in our future development.

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