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University of Leeds

The University and its new innovation hub, Nexus, are proud to support the Leeds Digital Festival 2020.


University of Leeds

Leeds is a world top 100 research-intensive university, we exist to create knowledge and opportunity through education and research.



The university provides cutting-edge education and experience that develops independent, critical thinkers and improves our students’ lives and life chances, regardless of background.

Digital innovations shape the experience of students on our campus as well as 1.2 million online learners worldwide benefiting from our digital education. Leeds offers a range of online courses, including many to support young learners and professionals’ continuing professional development (CPD) on FutureLearn and Coursera, and also has online postgraduate degrees.

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Leeds is undertaking solutions-driven, challenge-led research with real-world impact, delivered through collaboration, partnership and commercialisation. Digital technologies are critical to many areas of our research, this includes our Centre for Immersive Technologies and Leeds Institute for Data Analytics and through our partnership with The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

Our education and research are a powerful combination so that each reinforces the other, harnessing our extraordinary breadth and depth and commitment to quality to produce truly exceptional results, all with an increasingly international focus.

And we never lose sight of our civic roots, with an enduring purpose and a sense of responsibility to the world around us, be that on our doorstep or the other side of the globe.

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The University’s new, purpose-built innovation hub is designed to connect business to the world-leading research, talent and facilities at the University of Leeds. The Nexus building opens in Spring 2019 and will host the university’s showcase for the Leeds Digital Festival this year and several other events on the programme.

Nexus provides flexible office and laboratory space for start-ups, SMEs and corporate teams who will accelerate business growth by accessing and commercialising the multi-sector research strengths of the University across health, data, environment and engineering.

It builds on the university’s strong track record of commercialisation with over 110 companies created over the past 20 years and six market-listed companies valued in excess of £550m.

Nexus will bring together a dynamic community of innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, researchers and partners to create effective research partnerships delivering commercial impact.

Businesses can benefit from access to ground-breaking research, seamless professional support and a year-round programme of events in a purpose-built environment.

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