Leeds Trinity University

 

Overall ranking: 108th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.

History: Opened in 1966 as two separate Catholic teacher training colleges, Trinity for women and All Saints for men, which subsequently merged and expanded the range of degree provision. Leeds Trinity University was granted full university status in December 2012.

Address: Attractive 40-acre residential campus in the popular suburb of Horsforth, six miles from Leeds city centre.

Ambience: Supportive and welcoming, with a good community atmosphere, accessible staff and support services.

Who's the boss? Professor Margaret House, who joined from Middlesex University in January 2013.

Prospectus: 0113 283 7150 or request one online here.

UCAS code: L24

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Most honours degrees ask for between 260 and 280 UCAS tariff points but the average entrant has 286.

Vital statistics: Over 3,000 students. Male to female ratio is 35:65. Undergraduate courses include media and marketing, journalism, business and marketing, early years and educational studies, humanities, and English and history. It was one of the first universities to offer courses in forensic psychology and sports journalism.

Added value: Close links with industries and an emphasis on gaining practical experience including professional work placements. In fact, it was the first university to offer professional work placements with every degree, and these still form an integral, assessed part of every degree. A 3G Astroturf Pitch opened in 2012 in addition to the £2m sports centre that opened in 2007. Purpose-built media centre housing TV production, editing and sound recording gear has undergone a major refit recently, with upgrades including a fully-fitted suite of Apple Mac computers.

Teaching: 34th out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.

Research: 97th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.

Graduate prospects: 61st out of 124 with 62.6 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Self-catering accommodation ranges from £88 to £113 per week while part-catered options cost £107 or £115, depending on whether your room is en-suite. Fees are based on a 39-week contract for three year courses and a 46-week one for two year fast-tracks. 

Cheap to live there? Leeds is very reasonable. Local rents are around £70 per week.

Transport links: Leeds is just over two hours from London by train and there is a local station at Horsforth. There's easy access to the A1, M1 and M62. Buses to Leeds and Bradford serve the campus. Leeds Bradford airport is only two miles from campus.

Fees: Home and EU 2014/15 entrants on three year courses will be charged £8,500 per year. Two year courses cost £9,000 per year.

Bursaries: Partakes in the National Scholarship Programme, offering 75 awards of £6,000 to students with the greatest need for financial support. Academic achievement awards and alumni scholarships are also available. See here for further information.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: The students' union has a bar and organises discos, live music and comedy events as well as trips to social events off campus. Close to the popular student haunts of Headingley.

Price of a pint: £2.40 on average in Leeds but head to the union for the best value bevvies.

Sporting reputation: Not the sportiest- 138th out of 148 universities and colleges in the BUCS 2012/13 league.

Notable societies: Only a small range, including dance, film and creative writing. Scope to set up your own though. A fair few sports clubs including Eagles basketball club and Lions cricket.

Glittering alumni: Nick Hodgson, Kaiser Chiefs; Gervase Phinn, author; Dorothy Koomson, author; Natalie Sawyer, Sky Sports presenter; Xana Antunes, editor Crain's New York; John Champion, BBC sports commentator; Julian Jarrold, director of Cracker and Great Expectations; Paula Pryke, celebrity florist; Ryan Parry, Mirror journalist.

Alternative prospectus: See how current Leeds Trinity students rate aspects of their university experience, from the lecturers to city life, on What Uni? here.

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