The University of Leeds is proud to support the Leeds Digital Festival 2021.

The University of Leeds is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, with more than 38,000 students from more than 150 different countries. Leeds is a world top 100 research-intensive university, we exist to create knowledge and opportunity through education and research.

Our ten-year strategy sets a blueprint for a values-driven university. One that harnesses its expertise in research and education to help shape a better future for humanity, working through collaboration to tackle inequalities, achieve societal impact and drive change.

We want to provide a transformative, research-based educational experience for students from diverse backgrounds, who develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed and make a positive impact in the world.

Our culture and environment will place us at the centre of a global research and innovation community, delivering transformational fundamental and challenge-led research to advance knowledge and tackle local, national and global challenges.

We will work with our staff, students, alumni, partners and our local and global community to harness digital technologies and digital approaches to enrich our activities, contribute to global challenges, and reduce inequalities.

The digital transformation strategy will also support the University’s activities, making more effective use of data, digital processes, digital systems and technologies and digital approaches to enhance and transform the way we work.

 You can read more about the University of Leeds strategy for 2020-2030 here and follow University of Leeds on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram for all the latest news.



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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Digital Education Service

The Digital Education Service at the University of Leeds has a remit to design and deliver innovative online learning. Since 2013, its rich portfolio of courses has been enjoyed by over 2 million learners worldwide.

The Service has successfully partnered with a wide range of organisations to co-create online award-winning courses. Our partners include the Goldman Sachs Foundation, the Institute of Coding, NIHR, M&S, ICAEW, Ufi, IBM and the BBC.

Utilising the FutureLearn and Coursera international learning platforms, we have helped organisations reach worldwide audiences to deliver business growth training to women in developing countries, disseminate research on COVID-19, offer support for retail staff working in schools and provide a portfolio of digital skills training for those entering or returning to the workplace.

Our award-winning team of over 90 professionals can support organisations across the entire online learning user experience whether the audience is employees, suppliers or clients. This includes anything from designing pedagogically appropriate learning to creating high-quality video, animation and interactive exercises to engage and encourage learning for even the most hard-to-reach audiences.