Leeds Metropolitan University has been known as such since it gained university status in 1992, changing its name from Leeds Polytechnic, but it has now been revealed that it is to be re-named Leeds Beckett University.
Leeds Met is based on the Beckett Park campus in Headingley and also at the Rose Bowl building in Leeds city centre. It currently has more than 27,000 students and around 2,800 staff.
It is estimated that the cost of changing the name will come to around £250,000, but they feel it is a necessary part of the university’s development, as they are so far beyond where they started in 1992.
Vice chancellor, Professor Susan Price, said, “The last three years in particular have seen a re-positioning of our university to become a university of choice. We have built on already substantial strengths across our subject areas, developed our international profile, seen steady improvement in our National Student Survey results and are in a strong financial position.
“In short the university we see today is remarkably different from that which existed in 1992. We have outgrown our ‘Metropolitan’ name and are now looking towards the future for our institution, and our students and graduates. It is for these reasons that the board has agreed that the time is right to re-name our university.”
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