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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1966
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +441132837100
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of the Leeds Trinity University

Established in 1966 as two Catholic teacher training colleges, Leeds Trinity University has transformed into an acclaimed University renowned for teaching excellence, student satisfaction, and employability. This transformation has been guided by our vision and values that are at the heart of everything we do. 

Our mission is guided by our Catholic identity and faith foundation, we provide an exceptional educational experience in a diverse community. We are committed to the promotion of dignity, respect, social justice and equality in order to deliver positive social and economic impacts.

Our vision is to be renowned for developing socially impactful, highly employable individuals through pioneering, research-led learning and teaching.

Academic Highlights

Leeds Trinity had 3,415 students in 2018/19, almost all of whom are full-time.[1] The ratio of male/female students is 35/65.

A professional work placement is offered with every degree, through links Leeds Trinity maintains with local business, industry, and schools.

Foundation year programs are available for prospective students who may not already hold the required qualifications for university study. They are currently offered in Sport, Social Science, Law studies, and Computing

Life in the Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity's sports center was refurbished and extended in 2007. Its indoor facilities include a sports hall, a fully fitted fitness suite with free weights area, two treatment rooms, a movement and spin studio, a gymnasium (incorporating dance studio facilities) and two squash courts.

Leeds Trinity outdoor sports facilities include 3 full-size rugby/football pitches, 6 dedicated tennis courts, 2 multi-use hard courts, and a running track.

In 2012, Leeds Trinity opened a new 3G All Weather Pitch. The pitch is the latest generation of 3G synthetic turf accredited by FIFATM for football and the FIHTM for Hockey. Local football team AFC Horsforth now trains on the pitch each Saturday.

School Ranking

In the latest editions of the main university ranking guides, Leeds Trinity was ranked outside the top 100 in The Complete University Guide - being placed 108th in the country out of 131 listed institutions. It was rated somewhat higher in The Guardian league table, placing 85th out of 121 institutions.

The university performed best in The Times/The Sunday Times table, finishing equal 67th alongside De Montfort University in Leicester out of 129 listed institutions. It is notable that Leeds Trinity is mainly a teaching institution and because of this has a low research output - contributing to a lower position in the major tables. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, it was ranked 145th out of 154 for research power, with only 20 research staff


On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website from the 'how to apply' section on your course page, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll also need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

call 0113 283 7123 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm)

email [email protected] 

 You should get in touch with our admissions team if you'd like to apply to study part-time.

Notable Alumni

The notable alumni of Leeds Trinity University include British peer and disability rights activist Nicola Jane Chapman, Baroness Chapman, Irish presidential candidate Mary Davis, Conservative Party politician Kris Hopkins, Minister for Culture, Media, Youth, and Sports of Liberal Party of Gibraltar Steven Linares, Conservative Party politician Jason McCartney, Irish Fine Gael politician Paul McGrath, CNN journalist Stephanie Busari, comedian and writer Kate Fox, English musician Nick Hodgson, author and journalist Lis Howell, TV and Film Director Julian Jarrold, historian and author of religion Edward Jarvis, TV presenter Rebecca John, BBC radio presenter Shaun Keaveny, novelist Dorothy Koomson, author Mark Morris, British painter Hughie O'Donoghue, florist Paula Pryke, singer Kimberley Walsh, sports journalist Don Riddell, and Commonwealth Games marathon champion Ian Thompson.

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