University of Leicester, UK
The University of Leicester is a public research university based in Leicester, England. The University of Leicester was founded in 1921 and gained its Royal Charter in 1957. Thus, Leicester is one of Britain's oldest universities.
In the aftermath of World War I, the University of Leicester was built with the purpose of establishing a living memorial to those who had lost their lives during the conflict. Its motto Ut Vitam Habeant ('so that they may have life') reflects its belief that through research and education, the university would act as a beacon of hope for the future.
The university offers over 350 degree programmes across three academic colleges: medicine, biological sciences and psychology, science and engineering, and arts and humanities. Its ethos emphasises a cross-disciplinary approach, innovation and collaboration.
Based in the city of the same name, Leicester has a youthful feel and boasts the largest number of people aged 19 and under in the East Midlands region.
Although it?s the tenth largest city in the UK, it has an abundance of green spaces making it easy to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life. Its main campus, which backs onto 69 acres of park land, is often referred to as the university?s ?back garden'.
Leicester is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the UK and its university lays claim to a long-standing record on social inclusiveness.
The city is also among the most economical places to live in the country. In 2015 it was ranked top by HSBC for the second year in a row for being the UK?s most affordable university.
Among the university?s claims to fame are the invention of genetic fingerprinting in 1984 by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and the more recent discovery of King Richard III?s mortal remains in a Leicester council car park.
Campus and Location
· The University of Leicester is located in the heart of England and well connected by road, rail and air.
· Leicester is the most affordable university destination in Britain for both first and second-year students, based on 2014 research from HSBC.
· Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK. The city centre combines heritage and history with culture, shopping, music, nightlife and sport.
Faculties and Subjects Offered
· Business & Economics
o Accounting & Finance
o Business & Management
· Arts & humanities
o Art, Performing Arts & Design
o History, Philosophy & Theology
o Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
· Physical sciences
o Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
o Mathematics & Statistics
o Physics & Astronomy
· Social sciences
o Communication & Media Studies
o Economics & Econometrics
o Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
· Computer Science
o Computer Science
· Engineering & technology
o Electrical & Electronic Engineering
o General Engineering
o Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
· Clinical, pre-clinical & health
o Medicine & Dentistry
- Leicester believes that teaching is most inspirational when it is delivered by passionate academics engaged in world-changing research.
- Since the launch of the National Student Survey in 2005, Leicester has consistently featured amongst the top 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.
- The university has won three Queen's Anniversary Awards for our world-class work in Higher Education.
- Some courses have accreditation from professional bodies.
- Leicester is internationally renowned for ground-breaking research and continually attracts world-class academics.
- From the invention of genetic fingerprinting, pioneering space explorations and breakthroughs in the treatment of degenerative diseases through to our discovery for King Richard III ? our work is world- leading and makes a significant impact.
- Our multidisciplinary approach, using teams or individuals from across the University to integrate information, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts and theories, helps us to advance understanding, solve problems and make a genuine difference to the world.
- The university has invested significant amounts in new research centres and technology to keep us at the forefront of research and innovation.
- The vast majority of research at Leicester is recognised to be of global significance, with 75 per cent judged to be internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings.
- We continue to foster young research talent at Leicester, creating unique opportunities for our thriving postgraduate research community and early career researchers to demonstrate the significance of their work, including an annual Festival of Postgraduate Research to celebrate our very best rising research stars.
- We believe that teaching is inspirational when delivered by passionate scholars engaged in world changing research.
- We believe this enriches the learning experience and equips students with valuable life and professional skills.
- Strengths stretch across our three colleges: Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities; Science and Engineering; Medicine, Biological Sciences and 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
- Run by students for students, the Students? Union aims to ensure your experience at Leicester is exceptional.
- The recently revamped Students' Union building is the perfect place to catch up with friends. It 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 £36m David Wilson Library is located 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 and wireless connectivity. A staffed Help Zone, 24 hour opening times, a book shop and café create a first-class study environment.
- We have around 1,400 computers at the university. There is access to computers 24 hours and at weekends. Wi-Fi is available across campus.
- We offer language learning opportunities for campus-based students, with classes from beginners? level upwards through our Languages at Leicester programme.
- Halls of Residence have free broadband internet access in study bedrooms.
Types of halls
- There are two main sites ? Oadby Student Village and City Living. They offer a huge variety of rooms and cater for different needs and preferences: including catered, self-catered, en-suite or shared facilities, adapted rooms for students with disabilities.
- Oadby Student Village is located about 3.5 km from campus and is popular with undergraduate students, giving it a vibrant atmosphere. There is a mix of catered and self-catered accommodation, as well as a range of room types and prices.
- City Living is conveniently located just next to the campus. It is popular with postgraduate and international students with a range of room types, all of which are self-catered.
- We also welcome students in their second and third years into the Halls of Residence, giving you all the benefits of our accommodation beyond your first year.
Guaranteed accommodation for first years
- If the University of Leicester is your firm choice, and you apply before 1 September, you are guaranteed a place in university allocated accommodation.
- If you get a place at the university through clearing or adjustment, you are still guaranteed a place in university allocated accommodation if you apply before 1 September.
- We are able to help you find accommodation through SULETS ? a private letting agency run by the Students' Union. All of their properties are part of a local accreditation scheme, helping you to find good quality accommodation.
- Average private sector accommodation prices are approximately £69 per week.
- The university can also offer advice and support to help you with house-hunting/
- Dr Paul Abel ? co-presenter on the BBC?sSky at Night and columnist for the Sky at Night Magazine.
- Lukwesa Barnes ? Sky News anchor.
- Sam Barnett ? entrepreneur, Sam founded the multimillion pound targeting advertising company Struq Ltd.
- Paul Bateman ? Chief Executive of J P Morgan Asset Management.
- Graham Beale ? Chief Executive of the Nationwide Building Society.
- Natalie Bennett ? Leader of the Green Party and former editor of the Guardian Weekly. Founder of the Carnival of Feminists.
- Ian Bishop ? cricket commentator and former member of the West Indian cricket team.
- Professor David Blanchflower CBE ? economist and former member of Bank of England?s Monetary Policy Committee.
- Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell ? Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath.
- Danielle Brown ? paralympian gold medallist in archery and holder of various archery world records.
- Dr Philip Campbell ? Editor-in-Chief of Nature, a science journal and was the founder of Physics World. For ten years, until 2012, he was a trustee of Cancer Research UK and a chairman of the charity's Public Policy Advisory Group.
- Professor Anthony Chapman FRSA ? Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
- Michael Cordy ? novelist, who has written six novels, including The Messiah Code, which reached no. 5 The Sunday Times Bestseller list.
- Heather Couper CBE ? astronomer and presenter, Heather has presented various radio shows relating to astronomy and is the Independent?s Astronomy Correspondent.
- Sue Cook ? TV Presenter and Author. Screen credits include presenting Crime watch, Nationwide and Children in Need.
- Professor Sir Liam Donaldson ? former Chief Medical Officer and principal advisor to the government on health matters.
- Dr Carol Galley ? businesswoman who was a Director of Mercury Asset Management. The Group was the largest investment manager in the UK.
- Diana Garnham ? Chief Executive of the Science Council, the umbrella organisation for various learned societies and professional bodies across science and its applications.
- Graham Goode ? horse racing Commentator for Channel 4.
- Lord Bruce Grocott ? former Chief Whip of the House of Lords.
- Gillian Hargreaves ? BBC education correspondent.
- Christopher Hayman ? Chairman of Hayman Limited, a Fine Alcohols Division and a Drinks Division with a portfolio of Gin and Vodkas, most notably Beefeater Gin.
- Nigel Henbest ? award-winning science populariser, specialising in astronomy and space. Founded the leading international TV production company, Pioneer Productions. Written 36 books and over 1,000 articles on astronomy. Previously Astronomy Consultant toNew Scientist, editor of theJournal of the British Astronomical Associationand media consultant to theRoyal Greenwich Observatory.
- Jeff Herdman ? Non-executive chairman at building repairs specialist Prism Network. Formerly the Managing Director of Oval Insurance Broking Limited. Played rugby for Swansea, Wales ?B? and the Barbarians, as well as Leicester Tigers while studying at Leicester. Went on to coach Swansea and then the Barbarians.
- 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.
- Valerie Howarth, Baroness Howarth of Breckland OBE ? British politician and a member of the House of Lords. She is one of the board members of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. Former Chief Executive of ChildLine.
- 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.
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- John Kennedy OBE ? music mogul and founding member of Band Aid and Live Aid.
- Norman Lamb ? Liberal Democrat MP and Chief Parliamentary and Political Advisor to Nick Clegg.
- Dame Suzi Leather DL ? Chair of The Charity Commission.
- Lieutenant-General Gordon Messenger DSO OBE ? Royal Marines officer who served as British Commander of Task Force Helmand, during the 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines deployment to Helmand province, Afghanistan on Operation Herrick IX from 2008 to 2009. He is currently Deputy Commander of NATO Allied Land Command.
- Bob Mortimer ? English comedian and actor, best known for his double act with Vic Reeves. Owner of the independent production company Pett Productions with Vic Reeves and Lisa Clark and voice of Churchill the Dog in adverts for Churchill Insurance.
- Michael Nicholson OBE ? journalist and former ITN Senior Foreign Correspondent.
- Vicky Orvice ? sports journalist forThe Sun, first female staff football writer in the country and was the only woman chairman of the British Athletics Writers Association in their 48 year history.
- Adele Parks ? author with ten Timestop ten best-selling books.
- Sir Norman Rosenthal ? independent curator and art historian.
- Kate Riley ? Sky Sports News Reporter
- Professor Nilesh Samani ? British Heart Foundation?s Professor of Cardiology and Head of Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester.
- Kathleen Soriano ? Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts.
- Sir Peter Soulsby ? Labour MP and first elected mayor of Leicester City.
- Lord John Stevens of Kirkwhelpington QPM DL FRSA ? former Head of the Metropolitan Police Service.
- Professor Laurie Taylor ? sociologist and BBC Radio 4 Presenter forThinking Allowed.
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- Tony Underwood ? former England Rugby Union player.