University of Leicester
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 4.11 / 5.00
- 2.93 / 4.00
- 0.82 / 1.00
- 75.2 / 100.0
- 74.7 / 100.0
- 93.0 / 100.0
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 famous for the invention of genetic fingerprinting, its space research and for the discovery of the remains of King Richard III.
A level and GCSE requirements vary between courses and departments.
Typical offers range from AAA (Medicine, Law) to BBB with most departments requiring around AAB–ABB.
- Please refer to the university website for details.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
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- Courses are normally taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials, along with laboratory classes where applicable.
- Assessment is usually via exams and coursework.
- Undergraduate students can choose 1 of 3 pathways: single honours degrees focus on one subject, joint honours degrees splits time equally between 2 related subject areas such as English and history, and major-minor degrees split 2 subjects 75% and 25%.
- There are a wide range of combinations available from subject areas across the academic spectrum, providing students with greater flexibility and a broader knowledge base. Many courses offer modules from other related departments to add depth to studies.
- Leicester runs STEM Foundation Year courses for students who wish to study the sciences, engineering or mathematics at Leicester but don't have the traditional entry requirements.
- Many courses include the opportunity to study abroad or spend a year in industry.
Student Services and Facilities
- The David Wilson Library is located the heart of campus, providing over one million printed volumes and extensive online resources, along with group study rooms, self-service check-out and returns, and wireless connectivity. A staffed Help Zone, 24 hour opening times and café create a first-class study environment.
- IT facilities include around 1,400 computers at the university with access 24 hours a day and at weekends. Wi-Fi is available across campus.
- The university offers language learning opportunities for campus-based students, with classes from beginners’ level upwards through the Languages at Leicester programme.
- 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.
- Please refer to the university website for details.
- The Students’ Union is a stunning social space with cafés, restaurants, a bank, shops, welfare provision and a student resource centre. The union is also the only university campus in Britain with its own O2 Academy – 3 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.
- Run by students for students, the Students’ Union aims to ensure the student experience at Leicester is exceptional.
Availability of Part-Time Work
The university and Student 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.
- The Career Development Service works with global and local organisations to bring students a range of opportunities they can apply for and engage in.
- The Career Development Service supports and guides students throughout their academic journey towards their professional goals. In 2016, the service won the Association of Graduate Recruiters award for having the best overall strategy for preparing students for work.
- The service helps students develop the skills and abilities that can help get them to where they want to be after university, with a huge range of activities and workshops on offer. MyCareers online employability portal lists all the events, activities and workshops on offer and students can book 1-to-1 appointments with careers advisers, find out about internships, work placements and graduate jobs.
- The Career Development Service has access to hundreds of paid internships which are a great opportunity for students to build experience and confidence, or help students to find suitable volunteering opportunities.
- The Leicester Award is a scheme which formally recognises volunteering, part-time work and training courses that students do alongside their studies. The Award helps students develop, assess, recognise and record their employability skills, and provides clear evidence to employers of their commitment to developing themselves above and beyond their degree studies.
- The university’s 5-day Festival of Careers is one of the largest graduate recruitment events in the UK.
Level of study
- Undergraduate 65%
- Postgraduate 35%
Mode of study
- Full Time 86%
- Part Time 14%
Where students come from
- UK 69%
- EU 4%
- Other 27%
- Male 46%
- Female 54%
Leicester is one of Britain's older universities, founded in 1921 and with its Royal Charter granted in 1957.
The university site was donated in order to create a living memorial for those who gave their lives during World War I.
- Paul Bateman – Chief Executive of J P Morgan Asset Management.
- Natalie Bennett – 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 – coxswain of the British eight. A multiple medal winner, including bronze in the 2012 Olympics for the men’s eight and gold in the 2013 World Cup Series in Sydney and Eton Dorney.
- Atifete Jahjaga – first female President of the Republic of Kosovo, the first non-partisan candidate, the first female head of state in the modern Balkans and the youngest to be elected to the office. Served as Deputy Director of the Kosovo Police, holding the rank of Major General, the highest among women in Southeastern Europe.
- 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.
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