Our reputation

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Top ten in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Guardian University Guide 2024

The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is one of the leading Electronic and Electrical Engineering schools in the UK with over 100 years’ experience in both teaching and research excellence. We have around 700 students from over 65 countries studying with us.

Our Industrial Advisory Committee, which enhances the links between the School and our industrial partners, along with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), help ensure our programmes are of the highest standard and meet the needs of industry.

The quality of our research, and the funding it attracts, means we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research, which means you will be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the top of their fields.

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Academic excellence

  • Top 100 in the world for Engineering and Technology, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024
  • Top ten in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Guardian University Guide 2024
  • Top 10 in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Complete University Guide 2025
  • The University of Leeds is among the top 100 universities, QS World University Rankings 2024
  • University of Leeds students are among the top 5 most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2024, High Fliers Research
  • 100% of UK based graduates who responded from the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering are in graduate level employment such as professional or managerial work within 15 months of graduation. (Graduating cohort 2020/21, Graduate Outcome Survey)
  • We are a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities
  • 88% of our research environment was assessed as “world-leading”, Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Gender equality

We have been commended for our strong and continued commitment to gender equality in the form of a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver award

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Every six years, the UK’s four higher education funding bodies undertake an exercise to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The funding bodies use the outcomes to inform the allocation of their research funding to HEIs. The Research Excellence Framework was the framework used in 2021.

Unit of assessment: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials

  • 54% of our research activity submitted was assessed as “world-leading”, with an additional 43% assessed as “internationally excellent”
  • 88% of our research environment was assessed as “world-leading”.