Students vote Leeds top three in the UK

Students vote Leeds top three in the UK

The University of Leeds has come third in the UK in a major survey that asks students about their experience while studying.

Leeds is also the highest ranked among the Russell Group of research-intensive universities and scores particularly highly for its campus environment, facilities and extra-curricular activities.

The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey goes beyond the usual measures to ask students about the details of university life that matter to them the most.

Professor Tom Ward, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor: Student Education said: “This position is a wonderful tribute to the staff and students that make Leeds what it is: a University that excels in the quality of its teaching, its research, its international offer and – as this result testifies – in the way it nurtures its students by creating a supportive and friendly environment.

“I’ve been talking to and hearing about staff and students all over the University who consistently go the extra mile to get the most out of their time here and to help others to do the same. I am thrilled for them that Leeds has got this recognition.

“The key is working together. We might have one of the largest campuses in the UK but we foster a small community feel. I think it’s something that we do very well indeed, and it’s great to receive this endorsement from our students.”

Here’s a story from our own School showing how we earned our top three spot.

Close-knit collaboration ensures Textiles student Lucy’s competition entry will Shima and shine

Lucy won a competition run through the UK Fashion and Textiles Association, in association with knitting machine manufacturers, Stoll, and sponsored by Marks & Spencer, designing a jumper and trousers for men.

The final year student, who specialises in knit, is quick to credit studio technician Ian Rees with the support he has given her in her final year.

“Ian is a lifesaver. We’re lucky at Leeds because we have fantastic technology and people like Ian who work with us to understand it and programme it. At other universities students aren’t allowed near this sort of equipment.”

“Students here can programme their own piece of fabric and get an understanding of the machinery. I work with them one-to-one,” says Ian. “This is hugely valuable as it puts them ahead of the game when they apply for jobs, and is quite unusual in the sector.

“It was challenging to get exactly what Lucy needed for her final year project, but we worked together to come up with a solution.”

Along with another final year student, Lucy is now waiting to hear if she has been successful in a competition run by the manufacturers of the knitting machine she is working on, Shima Seiki. The prize is two weeks in Japan taught by industry professionals. “It would be fabulous, I would learn so much!”