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


In or close to the centre of a town


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


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 72%
  • Postgraduate 28%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 87%
  • Part Time 13%

Where students come from

  • UK 76%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 20%

Student gender

  • Male 50%
  • Female 50%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The David Wilson Library opens 24/5 during term-time, providing hundreds of PCs, laptop loans, group study rooms, and a café on site, plus wireless access throughout. 
  • Students have access to the digital library with more than 940,000 e-books and 75,000 e-journals. 
  • A new Digital Reading Room is 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.

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.
  • The Career Development Service works with global and local organisations to bring students a range of opportunities they can apply for and engage in.

Careers advice

  • Leicester’s courses make work-ready graduates, capable of adapting to the workplace of the future. 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 Career Development Service provides support from the moment students arrive, through to graduation and beyond, with on-campus appointments, via Skype or telephone.
  • The annual Festival of Careers is one of the largest graduate recruitment events in the UK. In 2017, over 150 employers attended the five-day event to promote internships and thousands of different graduate roles. The ‘No prep, no entry’ approach helps students make the most of meeting potential employers.
  • The Leicester Award is a personal development programme. Activities such as volunteering and professional mentoring help students explore what motivates, inspires, and interests them. The university also offers thousands of part-time and temporary jobs on campus to fit around studies, and support for start-up business ideas.

Health services

  • The Healthy Living Service supports students to enjoy a healthy and balanced life and 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 services

  • Counselling services provide confidential, face-to-face emotional support. Short-term support and advice is also available face-to-face or by email and 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 difficulties or disabilities.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • Support for students' academic skills includes online courses, printed or downloadable guides, workshops and one-to-one consultations. All lectures are recorded and made available online via lecture-capture technology, and there is an online virtual learning environment for additional resources.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union is a stunning social space with cafés, restaurants, a bank, shops, welfare provision and a student resource centre. The union 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 200 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 – from the specialist to the zany.
  • Run by students for students, the Students’ Union aims to ensure the student experience at Leicester is exceptional.


  • Founded in 1921, its site was donated by a local businessman as a living memorial to the local people who made sacrifices during 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. A multiple medal winner, including Olympic gold in 2016 and bronze in 2012, 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.


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