The University of Leicester is a leading UK University committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. Leicester is the most socially inclusive of Britain's top-20 leading universities.
The University of Leicester was the THE University of the Year 2008-9. In awarding the title the judges cited Leicester’s ability to “evidence commitment to high quality, a belief in the synergy of teaching and research and a conviction that higher education is a power for good”. Leicester was, said the judges, "elite without being elitist".
We’re highly ranked in the UK, consistently in the top 20 of major national tables including:
• 17th in the Guardian (and 12th, 15th and 14th in previous 3 tables)
• 14th in the Times Higher Table of Tables
• 17th in The Times (and 15th, 14th, 14th in the previous 3 tables)
Founded in 1921 we received our Royal Charter in 1957.
Leicester is a member of the 1994 Group of internationally renowned universities engaged in leading-edge research and high quality teaching.
High quality research and teaching
• Leicester is ranked top after Oxbridge in the 2011 National Student Survey amongst 120 mainstream public universities in the UK. Leicester's levels of student satisfaction have been consistently in the top-10 since the annual survey commenced in 2005.
• The UK University Guide states "The introduction of [the National Student Survey] measure has helped to consolidate the positions of Oxbridge, St Andrews, Leicester, Loughborough and Exeter as first class universities.’
• The Times states "Leicester has been enjoying a period of unprecedented success... Consistently among the leaders in the National Student Survey, it has become a fixture in the top 20 of The Times League Table"
• Research by THE and Opinion Panel published in February 2011 rated Leicester third best in England (after Oxford and Cambridge) for the quality of lecturing staff.
• The research conducted by the University has the strongest impact of any Midlands university measured by citations per academic. Our citation levels place us amongst the top 1% of universities in the world are the 7th highest in the England (QS World University Ranking - September 5th 2011).
• It was here that DNA Genetic Fingerprinting was invented by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys.
• Leicester has one of the highest proportions of staff who are research active in the UK, with approximately 93% of staff submitted for the national 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Of these, Leicester has 87% of research activity deemed by the RAE to be producing internationally significant research.
• Leicester is home to the department with greatest concentration of world class research of any department of any discipline in the UK – in our Department of Museum Studies.
Inclusive and accessible – a diverse University
• Of the UK’s top-20 leading universities, as ranked by the Times Good University Guide, only one meets its government benchmarks for inclusivity for students from state schools and lower socio-economic groups. That university is Leicester.
• Leicester has one of the strongest student completion rates – 91% of our students leave the sector with an award according to government performance indicators.
• The University won the 2009/10 THE Award for Outstanding Student Support.
• A University of 23,000 students, our turnover is in excess £230m per annum. Our turnover has a secondary knock on effect of £350m into the regional economy. Our students’ spending contributes a further £140m directly and indirectly into the economy. In total the University contributes well over £700m of activity annually to the economy.
• The University directly employs over 3,500 people and indirectly supports the employment of just under 3,000 others.