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The University of Leeds in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire was founded in 1904, but its origins go back to the nineteenth century with the founding of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1831 and the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874.

The University is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. It is also a founding member of the Worldwide Universities Network, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association, the White Rose University Consortium, the Santander Network and CDIO and is also affiliated to the Association of MBAs, EQUIS and Universities UK.

Professor Hai-Sui Yu was appointed Interim Vice-Chancellor and President of the University on 1 November 2023 and is responsible for the leadership, management and financial stewardship of the University. Previously Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds, he is also its Professor of Geotechnical Engineering.

Leeds’ strategy sets a blueprint for a values-driven university, one that harnesses its expertise in research and education to help shape a better future for humanity, working through collaboration to tackle inequalities, achieve societal impact and drive change.


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Jerome Powell, chair of the US Federal Reserve, announced a pause in US rate hikes in September 2023. Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE

Why central banks should stop raising interest rates

Central banks balance different factors when raising rates – or not – including inflation and the labour market. But what other countries are doing also has an effect.


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