The University of Leeds 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 then the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874. In 1831 a group of young men established the Leeds School of Medicine which meant that medical students no longer had to go to Scotland, London or overseas to study. The Yorkshire College of Science was founded around 40 years later largely as a result of concerns by the wool and textile industries that the rapid development of new technologies in Europe posed a threat to the local cloth trade. Our vision is supported by a clearly defined purpose. As a research-intensive international university with a strong, enduring reputation we strive to:
- create, advance and disseminate knowledge
- develop outstanding graduates and scholars
- make a major impact upon global society.