Karen-Innis University of Leeds

W100 Representative

Karen InnisDirector of Marketing Services

Karen is responsible for marketing strategy and planning at the University of Leeds. She leads and manages the marketing team (c80 members) with responsibility for student recruitment marketing and marketing of research and innovation. Within student recruitment this includes a key role in pricing and portfolio development.

Karen is a marketing professional with over 30 years experience, with 20+ years in higher education and 15 years at a senior level.

She is the website development lead at Leeds, as well as the lead on the marketing elements of the development of an institution-wide CRM. Karen is also responsible for the market analysis and insight team which undertakes a broad range of projects across the total student journey and including understanding buyer behaviour, research for new course development and refinement of the portfolio, evaluation of marketing campaigns, events and activities.

University of Leeds

The University of Leeds (UoL), established in 1904, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, and are renowned globally for the quality of their teaching and research.

The University’s 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. After Manchester and Liverpool had taken the decision to establish universities, Leeds also took the leap and in 1904, King Edward VII granted the University its own Charter as an independent institution.

The University strives to achieve academic excellence within an ethical framework informed by their values of integrity, equality and inclusion, community and professionalism.

The strength of our academic expertise combined with the breadth of disciplines we cover, provides a wealth of opportunities and has real impact on the world in cultural, economic and societal ways.

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Investing in knowledge and opportunity

Leeds has 70 partnerships with universities around the world, including many top-ranking institutions. Connections with countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Israel Netherlands, Sweden and the US result in its high level of research quality and allows for students to study abroad in partnered universities through placement years.

Leeds is also in connection with WUN, the Worldwide Universities Network, which compromises 21 research-intensive institutions spanning five continents.

The University of Leeds have launched a joint with Southwest Jiatong University (SWJTU) to deliver world-class teaching and research. The SWJTU-Leeds Joint School, based in Chengdu, China, offers a unique UK-Chinese engineering curriculum and is the first overseas school to be set up by the University of Leeds.

Values and Responsibility

  • Making a difference to society
  • Building relationships
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Engaging with the community
  • Sustainability
  • Climate action
  • Research integrity

Pushing the frontiers of knowledge and discovery


Student volunteers


Invested in the last five years to recruit future academic leaders

The University of Leeds are a top 10 university for research power in the UK according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

A member of The Russell Group, a research-intensive collective of 24 leading UK universities committed to research excellence.

Leeds were ranked the UK top university for the environmental impact of our research according to Times Higher Education.

Our community of researchers brings together excellence and innovation, pushing the frontiers of knowledge and discovery to shape a better future.

This involves creating, nurturing and promoting an environment in which people work together across disciplines and with partners to solve complex problems.

The result is truly transformational fundamental and challenge-led research that advances knowledge and creates solutions to local, national and global challenges.

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The World 100 Reputation Network is a group of the best universities in the world, delivering research that enhances reputation and offering leaders the chance to develop their own careers on a global stage. Members benefit from events and study tours, training, monthly media monitoring, and unique reputation research to provide institutional advantage.

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