The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool).[6] In 1903 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.[7]

For 2017-18 Leeds is ranked nationally between 10th (Times and Sunday Times) and 14th (The Guardian; The Complete University Guide).[8][9][10] The university is ranked as the 31st best in Europe and was ranked 93rd in the QS World University Rankings for 2019.[11] Leeds was ranked in the top three in the UK and the top 20 in the world for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016), and it was also ranked as the fifth most targeted British university by the UK's top graduate employers in 2016-17.[12] Leeds was ranked 10th in the UK for research power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework,[13] the best result in the Yorkshire and the Humber region.[13] The university was named the 2017 Sunday Times University of the Year, having been runner-up in 2016.[14]

The university has 33,300 students, the fifth largest university in the UK (out of 167). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received.[15]

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Institute of Functional Surfaces:

Prof. Richard Hall is a Professor of spinal biomechanics at the University of Leeds. He has an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Leeds and was awarded a PhD from the University of Lancaster.  He rejoined the University of Leeds as a jointly appointed Lecturer in the Schools of Mechanical Engineering and Medicine.  His appointment is now solely within the School of Mechanical Engineering.  His research interests are related to medical engineering particularly of the spine as well as other joints including the hip. 

Prof. Anne Neville is a Professor of Tribology and Surface Engineering and Director of the Institute of Functional Surfaces at the University of Leeds. She is the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies and has an extensive research track record and broad expertise in tribology, lubrication and wear, surgical technologies, corrosion and tribo-corrosion.

Dr Michael Bryant is currently developing research and teaching activities devoted to modern aspects of corrosion, tribology and surface science. This includes surface chemical effects in energy production, bio-tribology, bio-corrosion and methods of mitigation. His research is concerned with understanding and optimising the interactions occurring at interfaces commonly found in many applications. His research addresses a wide range of applications including aerospace, automotive, orthopaedic, cardiovascular and incontinence technologies.

Role in the project: Local Lead – for the University of Leeds.

Last modified: 2022-02-08