The Making a World of Difference Campaign offers a range of opportunities through which companies of all sizes – from multi-nationals to SMEs – can philanthropically support the University of Leeds.

At Leeds we understand that corporate giving reflects your company’s interests and values and is integral to your corporate social responsibility priorities. Support can be part of broader partnership activities between your company and the University reflecting a common interest in developing talent, research priorities and working together for the benefit of the wider Leeds community.

Corporate giving to Leeds can:

  • Enhance your corporate reputation on campus, among students, staff and alumni;
  • Provide senior networking opportunities;
  • Develop exceptional graduate talent;
  • Develop new technologies;
  • Offer opportunities to visibly demonstrate your support for Leeds city and region.

Developing talent

Global engineering consultants Mott MacDonald are working with the University to develop our engineering talent, and working together in the community to raise aspirations among young people in East and South Leeds. Staff from their Leeds office gain vital skills and experience mentoring students through their university journey.

In this video, Managing Director Mike Haigh (Civil Engineering 1981) talks about why they got involved.

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The Asda Foundation is working in partnership with the University of Leeds and national charity IntoUniversity to transform the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged young people from inner city Leeds.

The IntoUniversity Centre in south Leeds offers support – both during and after school – for children from the age of seven upwards, providing a sustained programme of engagement and pastoral support to raise their academic attainment and their future aspirations. Academic support is offered through homework clubs, mentoring and study weeks focussed on a single subject area with visits to the University of Leeds campus to find out what it’s like to go to University.

The Centre is close to Asda’s headquarters just south of the city centre. Asda employees have the opportunity to mentor students and support them to learn about the business world and developing important career skills.


James WilkinsonWe encourage our students to become the entrepreneurial leaders of the future, and thanks to support from the corporate community, we are able to turn their best business ideas into reality.

InTechnology Plc supports the university’s enterprise incubator, giving specialist advice to over 50 current students and recent graduates wishing to set up their own business. Alongside this, a blend of practical and financial support from partners including leading professional advice firm Citation, employee engagement specialists Reward Gateway and vehicle rental firm Nexus – ensures that student entrepreneurs benefit from advice in product development, accelerator growth programmes and wider networking.

Their support enabled student entrepreneur James Wilkinson to win an Entrepreneur Fellowship from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – including an invite to the MIT Global Startup workshop in Guatemala City. “The conference was an incredible experience,” he says. “I networked intensively and as a result am already discussing how my product can be applied to other industries with contacts I made.”


The University’s interdisciplinary research networks look at global challenges with fresh eyes, generating ideas and potential solutions.

The generous support of Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay funded a Research Fellow to examine aspects of community engagement around their development. With their support Dr Katy Wright carried out independent research on the community consultation processes and the potential for renewable energy developments to enhance community resilience in the surrounding area. This research has contributed to wider research programmes across the University around climate change, infrastructure, and community engagement.

Find out more about our strong ties with industry through research, spin-out and knowledge transfer


To talk to us about getting involved in the Making a World of Difference Campaign, please contact the Alumni and Development team on +44 (113) 3436109.