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About the University of Leeds: Established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science, it merged in 1884 with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII. Leeds is ranked nationally between 10th (Times and Sunday Times) and 14th (The GuardianThe Complete University Guide). The university was named the 2017 Sunday Times University of the Year, having been runner-up in 2016. The university has 33,300 students, the fifth largest university in the UK (out of 167).

About The Refectory: The Refectory has been at the heart of Leeds’s live music scene since the late 1960s, when larger live music venues were needed to deal with the popularity of a new wave of rock bands. Over the coming decades the venue became an essential stop for touring bands as the Leeds University Union booked some of the most iconic musicians of the last century. Perhaps the most famous live recording ever made, The Who Live at Leeds, was recorded in the Refectory on Valentine’s Day 1970. On the night, the 2,100 capacity venue was sold out and over 1,000 fans packed onto the venue’s roof to try to hear the band. In 1971 alone the venue hosted the Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Rod Stewart and the Faces, Status Quo, Deep Purple and the Rolling Stones. Interviewed by the Yorkshire Evening Post after the Rolling Stones gig, Mick Jagger is quoted saying that “everybody wants to play here”. More on the history of Live at Leeds here.

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Travelling to Leeds

Leeds is served by two major airports:

Leeds Bradford


Regular flights are available from a huge number of European and International cities.

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is approximately 8 miles away (35 minutes by taxi) from the University, or you can explore other options using the airport website: 

Manchester Airport (MAN) is approximately 60 miles from Leeds (1 hour 6 minutes by taxi), however, due to the internal train station Leeds can easily be accessed this way ( or alternatively you could organise an airport transfer should you prefer, (

An alternative option would be to fly into Heathrow in London (LHR), approximately 200 miles from Leeds. Due to this, we would recommend travelling by train. Heathrow Airport offers an internal train station into London City Centre, Kings St Pancras Cross Railway station. From here you will be able to get a train to Leeds. Details of trains can be found at

Leeds Train Station is in the centre of Leeds and is a 20-25 minute walk (or 5 minute taxi ride) away from the University.

For further information, please see Getting to the University of Leeds on the University website

Visa Information

Please see the list below of countries for which a visa is required to enter the UK.  Travellers are advised to check the necessary requirements to obtain a visa in advance, please note the process may take considerable time and delays could be experienced.

Please click on the link below for further guidance:

EIBA 2019 can provide an invitation letter confirming the EIBA 2019 conference for registered delegates only.  Information on the process for obtain a visa letter will be forthcoming once the registration process opens.

Please note that EIBA 2019 cannot assist with the formalities of obtaining a visa beyond issuing an invitation letter (like confirmation of accommodation, return travel, health insurance, etc).

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