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The University of Leeds is a redbrick university located in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Originally named the Yorkshire College of Science and later simply the Yorkshire College, it incorporated the Leeds School of Medicine and became part of the federal Victoria University alongside Owens College (which eventually became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904, a royal charter, created in 1903, was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.
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.
As a student at the University of Leeds you'll have access to one of the largest libraries in the UK, with more than 4,000 study places if you need somewhere quiet to work.
On the main campus our three libraries, the Brotherton Library, Edward Boyle Library and the newly refurbished Health Sciences Library, provide a variety of different working environments. They all house IT clusters too, alongside access to the University wireless network if you want to work on your laptop.
We are continually investing in our sports facilities both on and off campus – whether you’re interested in rowing, ultimate Frisbee or climbing you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Our high quality facilities include our flagship £12.2m fitness centre The Edge, located on our city centre campus. The Edge boasts a 25m eight-lane swimming pool with a movable floor and we have swimming lessons for children and adults, as well as a sauna and steam room so you can relax after a workout.
The Edge’s 250 station fitness suite is the largest in UK higher education and has the latest Technogym equipment and Sky TV. Over 140 exercise classes take place per week which range from Pilates and Yoga to Body Pump and Swimfit. We also have dedicated personal training and strength and conditioning rooms with qualified trainers available when you need some extra motivation.
The Edge also houses squash courts, a climbing wall, outdoor court and sports halls where you can play badminton, netball, 5-a-side and much more. Additional studio space, sports halls and squash courts can be found at the Gryphon Sports Centre and Cromer Terrace Gym.
Just three miles off campus Sports Park Weetwood has newly refurbished, high quality pitches for a variety of outdoor sports. International teams regularly use these facilities for training prior to tournaments, such as the Scottish rugby team in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup 2015.
Whatever you get a rush from we have two dedicated outdoor centres in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District which are perfect for an adventure packed trip of hiking, climbing, caving or mountain biking.
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