The University of Leeds in Headingley

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We are a university with strong local roots, home to a truly global community, and we are proud to promote and celebrate Headingley as a diverse and dynamic neighbourhood.
Supporting generations of staff and students, Headingley has been at the heart of helping make Leeds a vibrant place to live, work and study.
We are joined by a rich history.  As a research university, creating knowledge is essential and Headingley has offered a home to many inspirational figures.
Headingley-born Arthur Ransome, best known for the children’s classic Swallows and Amazons, started as a student at the Yorkshire College before it became the University of Leeds in 1904.  Author of The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R.Tolkien, lived here when he worked at the University.  Their manuscripts, diaries and original illustrations remain a treasured part or our Library’s Special Collections.
This is also about the future and creating opportunity, whether that’s supporting Headingley’s access to life-long learning, offering events or cultural attractions on the doorstep, or giving back to the community – we work with over 150 local charities and our student volunteering programme is one of the biggest in the country.
As a Friend of Headingley, we value the opportunity to work together, to ensure our research delivers benefits to the local area and that the cultural, social and economic contributions of our students help create a thriving, sustainable community.  Local partnerships and local projects make a difference to the world we live in and we are committed to playing our part.

Sir Alan Langlands
Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds