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Leeds Metropolitan University

Leeds Metropolitan University is a university with two campuses in Leeds, West Yorkshire. It came into existence as a university in 1992; prior to this date it was known as Leeds Polytechnic. The number of students at the University is stated as "around 30,000".

In November 2006, the University won the award for "outstanding contribution to the local community" at the annual higher education awards ceremony hosted by The Times Higher Education Supplement. It also came second in the main category, "the University of the Year", which was won by the University of Nottingham. In this category, the University was highly commended for its "low-charging, high impact" strategy.

In June 2007, Leeds Met received recognition of its environmentally friendly attitude by being ranked number one in the UK in the Green League 2007: a ranking of sustainability in the higher education sector, compiled by People & Planet.

Becky Baldaro


0113 812 5173

Leeds Metropolitan University, Priestley Hall 221, Headingley Campus, Leeds, LS6 3QS

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Northumbria University

Northumbria University has its origins in three regional colleges: Rutherford College of Technology; the College of Art & Industrial Design; and the Municipal College of Commerce. An amalgamation of these three institutions formed the Newcastle Polytechnic in 1969. This became the major regional centre for the training of teachers with the incorporation of the City College of Education in 1974, and the Northern Counties College of Education in 1976. Northumbria was inaugurated as a university in 1992.

By 2000, Northumbria University was the largest university in the North East of England, with a broad portfolio of courses and a student population of around 30,000. Growth in recent years has been both impressive and carefully managed as part of the University’s overall strategic development, and in the context of a careful review of their academic portfolio.

Garth Rhodes


0191 2156429

School of Flexible Learning, Northumbria University, Coach Lane Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7XA

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University of Bedfordshire

The University of Bedfordshire is the largest higher education institution in the county, providing excellent opportunities for more people to access top quality higher education. They work closely with employers on our curriculum, while forging close links with UK companies to provide a broad range of training and accredited industry courses.

With large campuses in Luton and Bedford, the University is the single, major provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional education in Bedfordshire.

Helen Corkhill


01582 743063

Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Park Square, Luton, Befordshire, LU1 3JU

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University of Bradford

Bradford has always been a forward-thinking, modern and student-orientated University with a thriving and vibrant student community. They have a firm commitment to confronting inequality and celebrating diversity.

Consistently ranked No1 for Graduate Employment in Yorkshire and joint 1st place in the North of England (Time Good University Guide 2008), with a history spanning the last century, the University’s values are built on firm foundations with the strong ethos of 'Making Knowledge Work'.

Vicki Illingworth


01274 235637

University of Bradford, Richmond Road, Bradford, BD7 1DP

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University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria was formally formed on 1st August 2007, from an amalgamation of St Martin’s College; Cumbria Institute of the Arts; and the Cumbrian campuses of the University of Central Lancashire. The University has campuses in Carlisle, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Ambleside and Lancaster, and a specialist teacher-education centre in London. The University also has strong links and close partnership working with the four FE Colleges in Cumbria (Lakes Colleges, Furness College, Carlisle College and Kendal College) to enable HE delivery locally across the county. In addition, the University is the lead institution of Cumbria Higher Learning, a Distributed Learning Network for Cumbria.

The University works closely with employers, schools, colleges and agencies in the region to offer research, scholarship and knowledge transfer excellence which shapes and supports social, cultural and economic development in support of the inclusion sustainable communities agenda.

Sarah Chesney


01524 385469

F08 Hornby Building, Lancaster Campus, Lancaster, LA1 3JD

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University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is a world-leading research university. Its history dates back to 1881 and the establishment of University College Liverpool. Liverpool is the original redbrick university. The term 'redbrick' was inspired from the iconic Victoria Building, completed in 1892.

Today, the University continues to expand its teaching and research with centres of excellence in areas such as medicine, engineering and veterinary science. It is a member of the Russell Group, the association of the UK's top 20 research-led universities.

Building on its global academic reputation, the University was the first in the UK to open an independent university in China.

Michelle Peters


0151 7952442 126

Mount Pleasant, 3rd Floor, Liverpool, L69 3GA

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University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth is one of the UK's most prominent and dynamic universities, with an educational history dating back to 1862.

Consistently ranked as one of the top three modern universities, Plymouth has:

  • over 30,000 students
  • almost 3,000 staff
  • an annual income of around £160 million
  • a major role in the Combined Universities in Cornwall.

The university has a long record of high-quality innovative research as demonstrated by its achievements in the RAE. The university submitted 25 Units of Assessment in the 2008 RAE. The results show that the majority of research submitted by the university included world-leading research, achieving the highest rating possible: 4-stars.

Overall, 80% of the research was judged as being of international repute.

In the Research Fortnight research power league table, on the basis of the results of the 2008 RAE Plymouth has leapt 15 places to join the top 50 universities, showing the greatest improvement in the UK in research performance since the last RAE, in 2001.

David Croot


01752 585970

Department of Geographical Sciences, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton is located on four campuses across the West Midlands and Shropshire. The main campus is located on Wulfruna Street in Wolverhampton.

The university currently offers over 340 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and was the first to offer degrees in Interactive Multimedia Communication and British Sign Language.

The university is noted for its success in encouraging wider participation in higher education, and is the only university in Britain where the majority of undergraduates are from working-class backgrounds.

Alison Felce


01902 322980

Institute for Learning Enhancement, Wulfruna Street, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY

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University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is a research-led university based in Leicester with approximately 20,000 registered students - about 13,000 of whom are full-time students and 7,000 part-time and/or distance learning. The main campus is one mile south of the city centre, adjacent to Victoria Park and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College.

On 23 October 2008 the University was named University of the Year by the Times Higher Education at their annual awards celebration.

Martin Pennington


0116 2522716

2nd Floor, David Wilson Library, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

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