University of Leicester

2014 League Table Ranking 16
2014 Overall Score 812
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Entry Standards 411 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 12.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 2.45 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,520 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.16 Help
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Facilities Spend 584 Help
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Graduate Prospects 69.5 Help
Graduate Prospects
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Degree Completion 93.6 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 75.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 30.0 Help
Green Score
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  • Founded in 1921 and gained its Royal Charter in 1957, Leicester is one of Britain's older universities.
  • The university site was given to create a living memorial for those who gave their lives during World War One.

Location and transport

  • Leicester is in the heart of England, close to the M1 and M69 motorways. The railway station is close to the campus.

Entry standards

  • Typical offers range from AAA (Medicine, Law) to BBB with most departments requiring around AAB/ABB.
  • Get more information about entry requirements at Leicester online.

Student mix

  • Full-time undergraduate students (2011–12), male 49%, female 51%.
  • Full-time undergraduate students (2011–12), UK/EU 83%, international 17%.
  • Full-time undergraduate students (2011–12), under 21 86%, over 21 14%.
  • School type 89% state, 11% independent.
  • Just over seven applicants to each place. Approximately 17,000 applicants applied for 2,350 places in 2010.
  • Leicester is an inclusive university; it meets its widening participation benchmarks for recruitment from state schools and lower socio-economic groups.

Teaching standards

  • The quality of teaching is very high and since the launch of the National Student Survey in 2005, Leicester has consistently featured amongst the top-10 universities in England for student satisfaction.
  • Leicester has one of the strongest student completion rates – 91% of our students leave the sector with an award according to government performance indicators.

Research standards

  • The research conducted by the University has the strongest impact of any Midlands university measured by citations per academic. Citation levels place Leicester amongst the top 1% of universities in the world and are the 7th highest in the UK.
  • Leicester’s Quality Related research funding (QR) is the 19th highest of Britain’s 120 universities.
  • 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.
  • DNA genetic fingerprinting was discovered here and over 90% of academic staff are research active.

Academic strengths

  • Strengths stretch across the four colleges: Arts, Humanities & Law; Science & Engineering; Social Science & Medicine; Biological Science & Psychology.
  • World-class reputation for work in Cardiovascular Medicine, Physics and Space Science, Economics, Engineering, Law, English, Historical Studies, Archaeology, Mathematics, Genetics, and across the biological sciences.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • In 2011 we opened a new £15-m Students' Union building. The Union also houses a 1,500 capacity O2 Academy – making Leicester the only university campus in Britain with its own O2.
  • The state-of-the-art £36-million David Wilson Library opened in 2008 at the heart of campus.
  • The library provides over one million printed volumes and extensive online resources, along with group study rooms, self-service check-out and returns, wireless connectivity and seminar rooms.
  • Halls of Residence have free broadband internet access in study bedrooms.

Disability services

  • The AccessAbility Centre offers a wide range of support services to disabled students.
  • Each academic department has an AccessAbility Tutor who is a point of contact for students with specific learning difficulties or disabilities.
  • For information, telelphone/minicom 0116 252 5002, email or visit the website.

Students' Union

  • The new Percy Gee Students’ Union building was extensively refurbished and opened in 2011.
  • The Students’ Union is a stunning social space and boasts fantastic facilities, including cafés, restaurants, a bank, new shops, welfare provision and a student resource centre.
  • The Union is also home to OAcademy Leicester – three superb live music venues, guaranteeing top acts all year round and a host of great club nights and entertainment.
  • Leicester has more than 100 clubs and societies that run alongside associations including RAG (Raising and Giving) and Contact (student volunteering). Societies cover a huge range – politics, performing arts, religious groups, media, the specialist and zany.


  • A new £5-m Health and Fitness club opened in September 2012 at Oadby (next to Halls of Residence).
  • This comprises a new gym, 25m swimming pool, aerobics room, steam rooms and spa pool will feature.
  • Outside there are new tennis courts, a floodlit all-weather pitch, a floodlit FieldTurf five-a-side pitch and the superb University pitches at Stoughton Road.
  • Another sports centre including gym and swimming pool on our main campus gives extra flexibility.
  • The Sports Association has around 30 affiliated clubs covering all major sports and a host of others.
  • Students can represent Team Leicester in BUCS and regional competition.
  • Intramural Sport runs throughout the year, covering major sports.
  • Leicester Varsity (versus DeMontfort University) is a sporting highlight. The rugby and football matches are held in the city’s stadia, Welford Road and the King Power Stadium, in front of thousands of supporters.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • The opening of the David Wilson Library and new Students’ Union is evidence of Leicester’s commitment to providing a fantastic all round student experience.
  • A £1 billion campus development is continuing to upgrade the campus and provide excellent facilities for students.

Availability of part-time work

  • Plentiful. The University itself employs many students in a range of roles.

Notable alumni

  • Lukwesa Barnes – Sky News anchor.
  • Sam BarnettEntrepreneur, Sam founded the multimillion pound targeting advertising company Struq Ltd.
  • Paul BatemanChief Executive of J P Morgan Asset Management.
  • Ian BishopCricket commentator and former member of the West Indian cricket team.
  • Professor David Blanchflower CBEEconomist and former member of Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.
  • Professor Dame Glynis BreakwellVice-Chancellor of the University of Bath.
  • Danielle BrownParalympian gold medallist in archery and holder of various archery world records.
  • Professor Anthony Chapman FRSAVice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
  • Heather Couper CBEAstronomer and presenter, Heather has presented various radio shows relating to astronomy and is the Independent’s Astronomy Correspondent.
  • Sue CookTV Presenter and Author. Screen credits include presenting Crimewatch, Nationwide and Children in Need.
  • Professor Sir Liam DonaldsonFormer Chief Medical Officer and principal advisor to the government on health matters.
  • Diana GarnhamChief Executive of the Science Council, the umbrella organisation for various learned societies and professional bodies across science and its applications.
  • Lord Bruce GrocottFormer Chief Whip of the House of Lords.
  • John Kennedy OBEMusic mogul and founding member of Band Aid and Live Aid.
  • Norman LambLiberal Democrat MP and Chief Parliamentary and Political Advisor to Nick Clegg.
  • Dame Suzi Leather DLChair of The Charity Commission.
  • Michael Nicholson OBEJournalist and former ITN Senior Foreign Correspondent.
  • Adele ParksAuthor with ten Times top ten best-selling books.
  • Professor Nilesh SamaniBritish Heart Foundation’s Professor of Cardiology and Head of Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester.
  • Lord John Stevens of Kirkwhelpington QPM DL FRSAformer Head of the Metropolitan Police Service.
  • Professor Laurie TaylorSociologist and BBC Radio 4 Presenter for Thinking Allowed.
  • Storm ThorgersonGraphic Designer, has designed album covers for Pink Floyd, Muse, 10cc, and many more. Storm’s most famous design is the cover for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
  • Tony UnderwoodFormer England Rugby Union player.
  • Julian WorrickerTV and Radio Presenter, presenting You and Yours on BBC Radio 4 and The World Today on the World Service.
  • Aaron PorterFormer President of the National Union of Students (NUS) in the UK.
  • The late Malcolm Bradbury – Author and Academic.
  • The late Baron C.P. Snow CBENovelist.
  • The late Professor Sir Alan Walters – Economist, former Chief Economic Advisor to PM Margaret Thatcher, former economic advisor to the World Bank.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 116 252 2522
  • University of Leicester
    University Road
    LE1 7RH
UCAS Code L34

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