Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds Metropolitan name change is approved

The Rose Bowl at Leeds Metropolitan University
Image caption Leeds Polytechnic was granted university status in 1992 and adopted the name Leeds Metropolitan

Leeds Metropolitan University's name will officially become Leeds Beckett University in 2014 after the Privy Council approved the measure.

The new name was chosen because Beckett Park in Leeds was the location of the university's founding colleges.

Some students had opposed the plan saying the £250,000 expected cost of the change would be better spent on improving facilities.

The university said it had "outgrown" the old name, which it adopted in 1992.

A report presented to the university board earlier this year said there was evidence to suggest using the name "Metropolitan", "indicated a lower quality product".

It also said a renaming would have a "positive impact on student recruitment".

The university's board of governors formally applied for permission to change the name to the Privy Council in July after a consultation.

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