The University of Leeds Ladies' Club

Short Summary

The Ladies' Club is celebrating its ninety- fifth year in the academic session 2019-2020.

It was founded in the 1920s with the aim initially of offering friendship and support to the wives of newly appointed academic staff, many of whom found themselves in a strange city. Today membership is open to all women with close connections to the university.


Membership is open to:

(a) all women members of, and wives/partners/widows of members of Court/Council; the academic, administrative, library, research and analogous, technical and clerical staff

(b) retired women members of staff and wives/partners/widows of retired staff

(c) women visiting staff and wives/partners of visiting staff

(d) women postgraduate students and wives/partners of postgraduate students

(e) women graduates of the University of Leeds and wives/partners/widows of graduates of the University of Leeds

(f) women who have been members, or have been eligible to become members, of the Ladies' Clubs of other universities, at the discretion of the committee.

The club is primarily a social organisation and holds 10 to 12 meetings per academic year, made up of talks, social functions and excursions.

In addition there are small groups of special interest:

currently two book groups and a gardening group, as well as thriving coffee groups in Adel, Roundhay and West Park.

We hold our meetings at Devonshire Hall on Cumberland Road, and at University House on the campus.