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School of Geography

About us

Ranked in the top five Geography departments in the UK for research power in REF2014 and awarded an 'Excellent' grading by HEFCE for the quality of our teaching, we disseminate cutting edge knowledge and research on topics as diverse as tropical ecology, social inclusion and future cities. We offer an excellent student experience and achieved a 94% satisfaction rating in the 2017 National Student Survey results (NSS).



  • 59 academic staff
  • 30 postdoctoral researchers
  • 36 support staff


  • 630 undergraduates
  • 50 masters, 126 dist. learners
  • 92 research postgraduates


  • 13.6m awarded since Jan 2012
  • 25 different sponsors
  • 3 research fellows

Our vision

To provide international leadership on major social, political and environmental challenges associated with global change. To ensure the quality of our research and its impact, combined with the excellence of our student experience, will enable the School to be recognised as one of the world’s leading geography departments. To pursue our vision, we have identified the following priorities:

  • To lead internationally excellent research collaborations and foster future research activity in ways that minimise our use of global resources and offer value for money
  • To develop our students as lifelong Leeds geographers with outstanding career opportunities
  • To nurture a thriving research postgraduate network
  • To build progressive knowledge transfer partnerships
  • To continue to engage our alumni community to support current students and research activities