University of Leeds


This Scholarship is for Graduate Study in any subject at either Masters or Doctoral level at the University of Leeds and will be for up to two years (with a possibility of a third year for doctoral studies). If awarded a Leeds Marshall Scholarship candidates would be expected to study at the University of Leeds.

The following information has been provided by the University of Leeds:

The University has its origins in the establishment of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1831 and the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874. Other subject areas, including those in the humanities, were then developed and in 1904 the University of Leeds was granted a Royal Charter and established as a University.

Leeds is now among the top ten universities for research in the UK and is internationally acknowledged as a centre of excellence in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines. Its broad research and skills base and superb facilities attract interest from major multinationals and small local businesses alike. Many of the research initiatives cross traditional subject boundaries. Research students are supported through Graduate Schools in nine different Faculties, which cover all the major subject disciplines.

Passing & surpassing

We have 30,761 students from over 141 countries

  • 27,479 full time students
  • 3,282 part time students

Of which:

  • 23,823 are undergraduates
  • 6,938 are postgraduates
  • We run more than 560 undergraduate and 300 postgraduate courses – one of the widest ranges in the UK
  •  We have been awarded 17 National Teaching Fellowships -  more than any other institution in England, Northern Ireland and Wales - reflecting the excellence of our teaching

The local community benefits from our 2,000 student volunteers

A century of service

  • With 7,144 staff we are the third largest employer in Leeds
  • We contribute around £1.23bn a year to the local economy - students add a further £211m through rents and living costs
  • The University continues to appear in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings in 2012 - one of only 18 UK universities

Impact & influence

  • We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-intensive universities
  • We are a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) which comprises 19 research-intensive institutions spanning six continents
  • We have been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary prize, the country’s highest accolade for an academic institution, twice in a row (In 2009 – Institute for Transport Studies and 2011 – Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering)

Enterprise & initiatives

  • We have six listed spin-out companies (more than any other University), with a market capital value of approx £188m (IP Group Annual Report March 2012)
  • Since 1995, the University of Leeds has produced 101 ‘spin-out’ companies, the second largest number in the higher education sector in the UK. We currently have 44 active spin-out companies
  • Our ‘Spark’ initiative offers business start-up support and we run an annual business plan competition with prizes up to £2,000 for entrepreneurial students (students have recently set-up businesses in sectors as diverse as graphic design and film production, drink manufacturing and overseas volunteering)

Performing wonders

  • The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Editors and Klaxons have all played at the University Refectory
  • We have one of the UK’s best students’ unions, 90% of final year students gave it a positive rating in the NSS and our Students’ Union is the only one in the country to receive two gold standard awards for the Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI) (The National Student Survey (NSS) 2012)
  • Over 250 clubs and societies are available via Leeds University Union

Building futures

  • Our single campus is a ten-minute walk from Leeds city centre
  • By 2015/16 we will have spent £157m on new buildings and refurbishment to create the environment to pursue excellence in research and teaching
  • The Edge is our state-of-the-art fitness, sport and well-being facility which includes a 25m 8-lane swimming pool and the largest fitness suite of any UK university

The University recognises the importance of sustainable development and has established policies and programmes that are needed to tackle impacts at a local and global level. In 2012 we won a Green Gown award for ‘Promoting Positive Behaviour’
2008 RAE outcomes:

  • 61 % of the University's search is 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent,' (3*) and a further 32.5 % is 'recognised internationally'.
  • Leeds comes 8th in the country for 'research power' - a measure of quality and volume.
  • Leeds is ranked joint 14th in the Times Higher Education (THE) league table of research quality, which is jump of 12 places up from 26th in the 2001 RAE.
  • More than half Leeds' schools are ranked in the top ten in the country.
  • The work of 1,328 (1,269 FTEs) staff was submitted - the sixth highest number in the UK.

Leeds is ranked joint 14th in the Times Higher Education (THE) league table of research quality, which is jump of 12 places up from 26th in the 2001 RAE.

Those subjects that were leaders in their field in 2001 have maintained their position amongst the best.

Among recent research degree graduates there are many who have gone on to work in the USA, these include:

  • John Elderfield(MPhil): Chief Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Professor V. Craig Jordan (PhD):Developed the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen
  • Dr Piers Sellers (PhD: NASA astronaut; undertook three space walks as crew member, Space Shuttle Atlantis, 2002
  • Ngugi wa Thiong'o - Student, English 1960s - Novelist; playwright; critic; literary awards include UNESCO prize; director, International Center for Writing and Translation, University of California; Honorary DLitt 2004.

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Winners of Leeds Marshall Scholarship


Andrew Furnas
US University: Brown University


Andrew Furnas will graduate this Fall with an MRes in Textiles. After a wonderful first year at Leeds University doing the taught MSc in Advanced Textiles and Performance Clothing, he was so engaged with his research on quantifying the conformability of textiles that he continued on as a full-time research student. Andrew has been involved with the Leeds community both at the University by leading Peer Assisted Learning sessions in the school of Mathematics and off campus. He was an acting, singing and dancing participant of the Leeds Amateur Operatic Society's production of Chess at the stunningly beautiful Leeds Grand Theatre in Spring 2012.