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Arts College achieves university status

Leeds Arts University becomes only specialist arts institution in the North of England

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | August 22, 2017 | Estates

Leeds Arts University has been formally recognised as the new title for Leeds College of Art, having been granted full university status by the Privy Council.

Having undergone a rigorous appraisal process Leeds Arts University will now be the only specialist arts university in the North of England. 

Founded in 1846 as the Leeds Government School of Art and Design, the University has been recognised for its industry standard facilities at the Whatuni awards (winners in 2014 and 2016, runner up 2017) and is the highest ranked arts university in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017, along with being the highest ranked university in Yorkshire. It has also the highest ranked arts university in the Guardian University League Tables 2018 for Design & Crafts. 

This announcement is a significant landmark in our history, and one which recognises our robust governance structure, academic and teaching standards and the facilities supporting the delivery of our higher education courses

Former students include renowned artists Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Damien Hirst and award winning film director Clio Barnard. More recently students have gone on to work for international brands including Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood and Lululemon Athletica.

“Our staff have worked incredibly hard to support this rigorous process, and I would like to thank them for their continued efforts,” said Professor Simone Wonnacott, Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Arts University.

“This announcement is a significant landmark in our history, and one which recognises our robust governance structure, academic and teaching standards and the facilities supporting the delivery of our higher education courses.”

The announcement is a significant step in the current development of the University, which will also soon see the opening of a new state-of-the-art building expansion, and the introduction of five new creative degree courses.

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