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Working at Leeds

The University of Leeds is one of the top 75 universities in the world.  We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities. Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe. 

You can find all of the information you need about working for us, including our strategic plan, on our website.


Our Benefits

As a member of staff at the University of Leeds you’ll have access to a diverse range of benefits to help support your lifestyle. Some of these include: 

  • Annual Leave: 26 days paid holiday every year. Plus approximately 16 days off for bank holidays and days when the University is closed (depending on how many hours you work and our campus closure schedule);
  • Work Life/Family Balance: A commitment to helping you achieve a work life balance, including flexible working opportunities; generous family leave packages, including maternity, paternity, adoption/surrogacy and parental/partner leave; an award winning on-campus nursery, Bright Beginnings, and childcare voucher scheme;
  • Skills Development: Access to professional, personal and leadership development, including a high quality Organisational Development and Professional Learning (OD&PL) provision and Staff Review & Development Scheme;
  • Pensions: Access to one of three competitive pension schemes, with generous employer contributions;
  • Facilities: An impressive range of facilities such as The Edge gym: a £12 million pound fitness centre, pool, climbing wall and sports halls all located on campus; an award-winning student union, including a supermarket, beauticians, cafes and bars; one of the UK’s largest and most renowned libraries;
  • Reward and Recognition: Competitive pay structures and reward policies;
  • Discounts and Expense Schemes: Save on shopping, public transport, cycling, healthcare and financial services. We can also help you with the cost of relocating to the local region (depending on meeting the eligibility criteria);
  • Events: We hold events, exhibitions, seminars and lectures on a range of different topics, many of which are free.  

Find out what else is available to you by visiting our Staff benefits | University of Leeds page.


Our Culture

As a new employee we will help you settle in through a central welcome event, local induction activities and online learning packages. Whilst our monthly Reporter magazine, regular events and annual staff festival will help keep you updated and involved in the wider community.

The way we work together is shaped by our values of academic excellence, community, professionalism, integrity and inclusiveness. We have a constant commitment to collegiality, mutual respect, openness and transparency and continuous improvement in the services we provide.

We are committed, through our equity and diversity plans, to celebrating the diversity of members of the University and maximising their potential, underpinned by an emphasis on equality of opportunity.

We see our students as partners and this spirit stretches across our teaching to the way decisions are made about the University. Together, staff and students have created the Partnership, which sets out the mutual expectations of us all as members of the University.


Welcome to Yorkshire 

If you are unfamiliar with the city of Leeds, and the surrounding counties in Yorkshire, our Relocate website contains a wealth of information on the region.

If you are relocating to the area, whether nationally or internationally, the site also contains lots of practical information on life in the UK, including immigration, finance and healthcare, to help make your move as easy as possible.

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