Leeds Beckett

In 2007 the club began a pioneering partnership with Leeds Beckett University that has provided a number of benefits for pupils, staff and players and currently sees Professor Paul Smith on the board of Directors at the club.

Leeds Beckett have a proud sporting tradition and in recent years individuals and teams from Carnegie have competed at the highest levels of University sport and have a long list of successful sporting alumni, including world champions and Olympians.

Leeds Beckett is also the home of the UK Centre for Coaching Excellence in sport and disability sport. The Centre is pivotal to The Coaching Framework, agreed by all sports and the government, which aims to establish the UK, as part of the legacy of the 2012 Olympics. It is the first of its kind in the UK and benefits up-and-coming coaches in 29 sports, helping them reach the top and help boost sporting success for future British athletes.


Rugby Union at Leeds Beckett University is very successful, with a string of titles and a prestigious list of graduates and current students who are competing at some of the highest levels.

Due to the strong links between Yorkshire Carnegie and the University, Leeds Beckett students get the benefit of high performance coaching through the partnership, with Yorkshire Carnegie coaches supporting the University programme.

As well as having the opportunity to play a high standard of rugby with the University, many of their players have earned the opportunity to represent Yorkshire Carnegie’s Academy team and Development sides and have been offered trials with the club.

A number of Carnegie players have completed their studies at Leeds Beckett University whilst continuing their development in the team, with past pupils including Tom Biggs, Rob Vickerman, Joe Ford, Joe Bedford, Joe Barker and Chris Walker.


Leeds Beckett is one of the largest and most popular universities in the UK. Their size and wealth of experience sets them apart from smaller institutions meaning they can offer their students a wide range of opportunities.

The University is split across two campuses; Civic Quarter and Headingley Campus. Their Civic Quarter campus is based in Leeds City Centre and the Headingley Campus is located three miles away, set in 100 acres of Woodland.

Leeds has a huge student population with over 200,000 students, making it the biggest student population outside London. Leeds Beckett has 4,500 rooms available across their halls of residence, all located within easy travelling distance of our campuses and first year pupils are guaranteed a place in one of their halls of residence when they accept a firm offer from them.

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