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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.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simone Buitendijk is the 13th Vice-Chancellor of the University and was appointed in September 2020. Before that she was Vice-Provost (Education) and Professor of Maternal and Child Health at Imperial College London.

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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COP26: experts react to the UN climate summit and Glasgow Pact

Has the summit delivered on its goals?

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