University of Leeds & National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)

The University of Leeds was founded in 1904, but its origins go back to t­he nineteenth century with the founding of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1831 and then the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874.

In 1831 a group of young m­en established the Leeds School ­of Medicine which meant that medical students no longer had to go to Scotland, London or overseas to stu­dy.

The Yorkshire College of Science was found­ed around 40 years later largely as a result of concerns by the wool and textile industries that the rapid development of new technologies in Europe posed a threat to the local cloth trade.

Our vision is supported by a clearly defined purpose.

As a research-intensive international university with a strong, enduring reputation we strive to:

  • create, advance and disseminate knowledge
  • develop outstanding graduates and scholars
  • make a major impact upon global society.
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) is a world leader in atmospheric science.

With an annual budget of £9M we carry out research programmes on:

  • The science of climate change, including modelling and predictions
  • Atmospheric composition, including air quality
  • Weather, including hazardous weather
  • Technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere
Additionally, we provide scientific facilities for researchers right across the UK to enable excellent atmospheric science on a national scale. These include a world-leading research aircraft, a ground-based instrumentation pool, access to computer models and facilities for storing and accessing data. In a nutshell, we provide the UK academic community and the Natural Environment Research Council with national capability in atmospheric science.

We communicate our findings and knowledge for the benefit of policy-makers, other scientists and the general public.