Jargon Buster

A

AHRC

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Almanac

University's diary of events for the academic year.

Athens

An identity management system which allows users in Higher Education access to a wide range of otherwise restricted databases and other online resources. Athens

B

BBASH

Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Support Hub

BBSRC 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Blackboard

The University's virtual learning environment (VLE) - which supports a range of academic and administrative functions. Blackboard

C

Calendar

A guide to committee memberships, the Almanac (see above), a list of University senior staff.

CBS

(Centre for) Core Biotechnology Services

Chancellor

The formal head of the University, the Chancellor is Chair of the Court. The Chancellor presides at degree ceremonies and other formal occasions, but also has a wider role in representing the University to the world at large.

Council

Council is the governing body of the University made up of University staff and lay representatives.

CUH

Centre for Urban History

D

DL

Distance Learning

DMH

De Montfort Hall

E

ELH

(Centre for) English Local History

ELTU

English Language Teaching Unit

EPSRC

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

ESRC

Economic and Social Research Council

F

FJB

Fielding Johnson Building

G

GTA

Graduate Teaching Assistant

GRA

Graduate Research Assistant

H

HEFCE

Higher Education Funding Council for England

HWB

Henry Wellcome Building

HR

Human Resources (previously Personnel)

I

III

Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

ITS

IT Services

J

K

L

LITE

Leicester Imaging Technologies

LPT

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (mental health services provider)

LRA

The Leicester Research Archive, the University's open access research repository

M

MRC

Medical Research Council

MSB

Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building

N

NERC

Natural Environment Research Council

O

OSCE

Observed, Structured, Clinical Examination

P

Paternoster

The constantly moving series of open boxes for travelling between floors in the Attenborough Tower.

PDC

Programme Development Committee

PG

Postgraduate

PGR

Postgraduate Research (eg. PhD)

PGT

Postgraduate Taught (eg. MA, MSc)

PIT

Project Implementation Team

Plone

The content management system used for University of Leicester websites. University Webcentre

PNACL

Protein Nucleic Acid Chemistry Laboratory

President and Vice-Chancellor

The President and Vice-Chancellor is the chief academic and executive officer of the University.

PROTEX

Protein Expression Facility

Pro-Vice-Chancellor

The Pro-Vice-Chancellors assist the Vice-Chancellor in maintaining and promoting the efficiency, effectiveness and good order of the University, and the senior of them stands in for the Vice-Chancellor in his/her absence.

PVC

Pro-Vice-Chancellor

PubMed

An online resource of citations, abstracts and full papers in medicine and biological sciences. PubMed

Q

R

RACS

Residential and Commercial Services

Registrar and Chief Operating Officer

The Registrar and Chief Operating Officer is the senior member of the University's administrative staff. He/she is responsible for providing all the University's administrative services.

Registry

The Registry is responsible for administrative matters relating to undergraduate students.

S

Senate

Senate is the principal academic body of the University.

SRC

Space Research Centre

STFC

Science and Technology Facilities Council

SU

Students’ Union

T

U

UCAS

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

ULAS

University of Leicester Archaeological Services

UG

Undergraduate

UHL

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

V

VLE

Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard)

W

X

Y

Z

Please send suggestions for other jargon, abbrieviations or acronyms to: webcomms@le.ac.uk

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