Our reputation

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Leeds is ranked in the top 100 in the world, QS World University Rankings 2021

The School of Mathematics is globally renowned for its teaching, research and engagement with industry and government, with over 140 staff and 1,400 students from over 60 countries studying with us.

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.

The School is led by Professor Kurt Langfeld, Head of School, supported by Dr Nicola Gambino, Director of Research and Innovation, and Dr Philip Walker, Director of Student Education.

Our achievements

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

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 2014.

Unit of assessment: Mathematical Sciences

  • Top 10 in the UK for Mathematics for the quality of our research
  • 3.21 overall quality profile
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • 86.7% of our research has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 85% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 81.3% of our research outputs are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

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