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It’s the height of summer. In an engineering laboratory in the northern corner of campus, student Adam Metcalf is working on a robotic arm and pressure-sensitive handle.

Once his designs have been assembled and tested, the device will be used to help the rehabilitation of stroke victims who are learning to recover their physical skills.

But Adam isn’t a Postdoc or PhD – he’s a first year undergraduate, spending the vacation with this remarkable research project at the interface of medicine and engineering.

He’s not alone. Right across campus from medicine and the sciences to the arts and humanities, Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarships are engaging our brightest students in the process of research and experiencing that life-changing moment of discovering something that has never been known before, while developing as the problem-solving leaders of tomorrow.

Support from donors like you is enabling exceptional undergraduate students to:

  • join cutting-edge research projects, mentored by established academics;
  • equip themselves with key investigative, analytical, problem-solving and team-working skills;
  • explore their academic potential;
  • gain an insight into postgraduate opportunities;
  • enhance their employability.

Whether discussing their work at networking events for scholars from of all disciplines, attending conferences, or preparing presentations about their work for an academic audience, scholars participate in a range of activities to develop their leadership and communication skills.

They also put their learning into practice, helping to inspire others by mentoring younger scholars in the programme and contributing to outreach activities, open days and public education events.

Making a World of Difference


Georgia Lea

Adam Metcalf

Kasturi Sukhapure

Nic Orsi

Amelia Woolner

English and French 2016

Amelia Woolner talks about her research into French and British soldiers’ accounts of the First World War.

Chris Hamer

Theoretical Physics 2015

Chris Hamer talks about the support he received to join a project at the interface of physics and mathematics which is working towards a new protocol for online data security.

Joanne Merrygold

Theology and Religious Studies 2014

Joanne Merrygold talks about how donor funding enabled her to work with the University's Community Religions Project charting the many different faith communities of Leeds.

Emily Jones

English Language and Literature 2015

Emily's funding allowed her to research the role of women in anti-war networks during the First World War

How you can help

Your support could give the life-changing opportunity of an Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship to one of our most able students.

And because the University of Leeds is a charity, UK taxpayers can make their gifts go further. Gift Aid enables the University to reclaim the basic rate of tax on the value of the donation, while donors can reclaim the difference between the basic rate and the higher rate of tax.

Area of researchArts, humanities & social sciencesBiology, engineering & physical sciencesMedicine and dentistry
You give£7,200£8,400£11,200
The University claims Gift Aid (1)£1,800£2,100£2,800
Full value of gift£9,000£10,500£14,000

If you are a Higher Rate (40%) taxpayer:

You claim tax relief (2)£1,800£2,100£2,800
Net cost to you£5,400£6,300£8,400

If you are an Additional Rate (45%) taxpayer:

You claim tax relief (3)£2,250£2,625£3,500
Net cost to you£4,950£5,775£7,700

Your support will contribute to today’s research while nurturing our future leaders – gifted individuals who are fired with a passion for new ideas, creative solutions and the desire to find answers to the burning questions of tomorrow.

  1. Added at the basic rate of tax.
  2. Higher rate relief is the difference between basic rate and higher rate tax.
  3. Additional rate relief is the difference between basic rate and additional rate tax.

For further information on tax-effective giving, click here

You may also choose to make your gift in instalments.

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