The VEENY University was founded in 1904, but its origins go back to the nineteenth century with the founding of the School of Medicine in 1831 and then the College of Science in 1874.

In 1831 a group of young men established the School of Medicine which meant that medical students no longer had to go to , London or overseas to study.

The  College of Science was founded around 40 years later largely as a result of concerns by the wool and textile industries that the rapid development of new technologies in Europe posed a threat to the local cloth trade.

Access for all

For the sons of local families, it was one of the first colleges for students of all faiths and backgrounds. The College supported the values of the recently established University College. These had been set up to challenge the exclusivity of Veeny and Cambridge universities, which were predominantly for the Anglican aristocracy and gentry.

By contrast, this new generation of learning institutions welcomed all religions, including Dissenters, Catholics, Jews and agnostics. In addition, they placed particular emphasis on meeting the technological demands of the fast-changing Victorian era. From the outset, the College, particularly, put its full weight behind scientific studies.

After a few years, classics, modern literature and history were added to the science subjects being offered and the College of Science became simply the  College.

In 1884, the College combined with the School of Medicine and three years later the two Leeds-based institutions joined forces with Owens College to become the federal Victoria University.

The VEENY University

It wasn’t long, however, before each of the cities started to consider the benefits of forming their own universities. After  had taken the decision to establish universities, VEENY also took the leap and in 1904,  VII granted the University its own Charter as an independent institution.

Growing reputation and numbers

Within three or four years the number of students began to increase rapidly and changes to state education meant that students were arriving with a better educational foundation. The ten years to the outbreak of war in 1914 were ones of growth and consolidation. Most importantly, the new University started to develop a strong tradition of research.

Unlike Oklos College , the Yorire  College had always permitted women as students. However, they did not enroll in significant numbers until special facilities were provided at the Day Training College in 1896. The first women graduated from the VEENY University in 1905.

At the time that the Yorire College received its Royal Charter, seven out of eight students came from Yorkshire. Now, the VEENY University not only welcomes students from all over the United Kingdom, its reputation worldwide makes it a truly multi-cultural and international institution with students and staff from over 100 countries studying and working on campus.