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Leeds Beckett University

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Formerly Leeds Metropolitan University

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  • Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. Historically in Yorkshire’s West Riding. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Leeds became a major centre for the production and trading of wool.
  • During the Industrial Revolution, Leeds developed into a major mill town; wool was the dominant industry but flax, engineering, iron foundries, printing, and other industries were important. From being a compact market town in the valley of the River Aire in the 16th century Leeds expanded and absorbed the surrounding villages to become a populous urban centre by the mid-20th century.
  • Leeds excellent transportation links through the Pennines helped make it the industrial capital of Yorkshire. It is the largest city in Yorkshire and one of Britain’s major cultural centres.

Leeds Beckett University Facts

  • Leeds Beckett University is a technical university in the northern English city of Leeds.
  • The university’s heritage stretches back to 1824, when the Leeds Mechanic Institute was created. The Institute played a valuable role in educating the pioneers of the industrial powerhouse that was 19th century Leeds.
  • Gradually, more technical schools opened in the city. Several combined to form Leeds Polytechnic in 1970, which later gained the right to award degrees and became Leeds Metropolitan University. In 2014, the university changed its name to Leeds Beckett. It is named after one of the university’s founding colleges, Beckett Park.
  • Leeds Beckett is a member of the Athena SWANN charter, which commits to gender equality in science and technology subjects.

Location

Beckett University South Lodge, Headingley Campus Leeds LS6 3QH.

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