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University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is a leading university committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. A research-intensive university, academic staff are breaking new ground and setting new directions aimed at making the UK and the world a better place. Consistently ranked among the world's top 250 universities (QS World University Rankings), Leicester's staff and students are drawn from around the globe.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: L34

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 72%
  • Postgraduate 28%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 89%
  • Part Time 11%

Where students come from

  • UK 75%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 21%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The David Wilson Library opens 24/5 during term time, providing hundreds of PCs, laptop loans, group study rooms, plus wireless access throughout. Students also have access to the digital library with more than 940,000 e-books and 75,000 e-journals.
  • A new Digital Reading Room provides an outstanding social learning space with an interactive table and wall. Here, students and staff can discover, collaborate, and share ideas online and in person.
  • With its own café, the library is also a great spot to read or take time out.

Student jobs

  • The university and Students' Union both employ many students in a range of roles, including student ambassadors, who help with campus tours, open days and many other activities across the university.
  • The Unitemps service offers temporary employment opportunities to current and former students.

Careers advice

  • The Career Development Service provides support from the moment students arrive, through to graduation and beyond, with on-campus appointments, via Skype or telephone.
  • Leicester's courses make work-ready graduates, capable of adapting to the workplace of the future. Employability modules are embedded into its courses.
  • Representatives from different industry sectors visit campus all year round, offering workshops and talks on different career pathways, supporting the university's track record for employability.
  • The annual Festival of Careers is one of the largest graduate recruitment events in the UK. Over 100 employers attend to promote internships and thousands of different graduate roles. The university also offers thousands of part-time and temporary jobs on campus to fit around studies, and support for start-up business ideas.
  • The Leicester Award is a personal development programme. Activities such as volunteering and professional mentoring help students explore what motivates, inspires, and interests them.

Health services

  • The Healthy Living Service supports students to enjoy a healthy and balanced life; it is able to direct and refer students to appropriate health care services at times of ill health.
  • Victoria Park Health Centre, next door to the campus, has provided primary medical care to the students and staff of the University of Leicester for many years.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university's Student Support Services provide access to a range of services and resources to enable positive student well-being, including access to confidential counselling and support. They can assess each student's needs to ensure they are met, whether that's one-to-one, by email or by telephone.

Disability support

  • 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 differences or disabilities.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union offers part-time work to fit around studies, as well as training for students. Great services includes an advice service providing academic, welfare and accommodation support, and a scheme that offers every first year a friendly student peer mentor to help them settle into university life.
  • The Students' Union building is a stunning social space with a Starbucks café, a restaurant, a bank and shops. It also has its own O2 Academy – a superb live music venue, guaranteeing top acts all year round and a host of great club nights and entertainment.
  • Leicester has more than 250 clubs and societies that run alongside associations including RAG (Raising and Giving) and student volunteering. Societies cover a huge range: politics, performing arts, religious groups, media – from the specialist to the zany.

History

  • Thanks to crowdfunding by local people 100 years ago, Leicester is the only city in the world to have created a university as living memorial after the First World War.
  • This is reflected in the university's motto Ut vitam habeant – 'so that they may have life'.
  • The university was granted its Royal Charter in 1957.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Leicester won the first ever series of University Challenge, in 1963.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Paul Bateman – chief executive of J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
  • Natalie Bennett – former leader of the Green Party and former editor of The Guardian Weekly.
  • Professor David Blanchflower CBE – economist and former member of Bank of England's monetary policy committee.
  • Danielle Brown – Paralympian gold medallist in archery and holder of various archery world records.
  • Heather Couper CBE – astronomer and TV presenter, with an asteroid named in her honour.
  • Professor Sir Liam Donaldson – former chief medical officer and principal advisor to the government on health matters.
  • Phelan Hill MBE – coxswain of the British eight, with medals including Olympic gold in 2016 and bronze in 2012.
  • Atifete Jahjaga – first female president of the Republic of Kosovo.
  • John Kennedy OBE – music mogul and founding member of Band Aid and Live Aid.
  • Bob Mortimer – comedian and actor, best known for his double act with Vic Reeves.

Address

University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH