Archived News 2017

City Series Lecture, From Planetary to Provincial Gentrification: Lessons for Leicester

Talk by: Professor Loretta Lees (Professor of Human Geography & Leicester Urban Observatory)

Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017

Time: 5.15pm - 6.45pm

Venue: Bishop Street Methodist Church, Bishop Street, Leicester, LE1 6AF

The talk will draw on Professor Lees’ recently published book ‘Planetary Gentrification’ and will focus on urban gentrification, a subject in which she is an international expert.

There will also be a question and answer session after the talk with Loretta and Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby.

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University of Leicester academics attend reception in Buckingham Palace

Our links with Chinese Higher Education continue to grow as academics attended a reception with HRH Prince Andrew to launch a new UK-China Fellowship Initiative.
University of Leicester academics attend reception in Buckingham Palace

Professor Heiko Balzter

The reception in Buckingham Palace was hosted on Monday 27 February by the Duke of York, HRH Prince Andrew, and the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Professor Bai.

This is another step in our international strategy which aims to build links with HE institutions in areas where we welcome many students from. With 1300 Chinese students at the University, collaborations and partnerships are a vital part of making long lasting and sustainable relationships.

The new fellowship initiative funds cooperation and aims to support highly-qualified international scientists and postgraduate students to work and study at CAS institutions and strengthen their scientific collaboration with CAS researchers.

The reception was attended by Professor Sarah Dixon (PVC International), Professor Andrea Cooper (Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation) and Professor Heiko Balzter (Centre for Landscape and Climate Research/Department of Geography).

The CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) offers a package of international fellowships and is available for four categories of international researchers and students: distinguished scientists, visiting scientists, postdoctoral researchers and international PhD students.

Professor Dixon said: “There is no doubt in my mind that our University would benefit enormously from taking up these marvellous opportunities for developing strong research ties with China. Faculty or PhD students who spend time on collaborative research within China will not only be able to increase their research outputs, access funding, build sustainable research alliances and access key research networks, but also have the opportunity to experience first-hand all the excitement that China offers in terms of its rapidly developing economy, its diverse and beautiful country and its history and culture.”

You can find out more about the initiative here.

Student life photography competition winner

Winning images depicting modern-day student life to go on display at University and included in historic archives.
Student life photography competition winner

Rosalinde Nicholls

The winners of a student life photography competition designed to provide an insightful overview of student life in 2016/17 to add to our University's Archives have been announced.

Students were invited to submit photographs that portray a modern-day perspective and celebrate what studying at our University means to them – showcasing both the academic and social side of university life today.

Categories included student accommodation, social activities in halls of residence, how and where a student studies, recreational activities, what makes Leicester special, the University community and campus shots.

Geography PhD student Rosalinde Nicholls has been named as the winner of the 'Campus Photos' category in the competition. Ros' photo which was taken overlooking campus, was taken from the Charles Wilson building on a winter's evening.

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Ros Nicholls Campus Photo Winner
Campus Photo category winning entry

Leicester Urban Summer School

The first Leicester Urban Summer School will take place on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July. Hosted by the University of Leicester events will be held at locations throughout the city.

The event will provide a unique opportunity to learn about various aspects of the regeneration of Leicester from key people involved in the city's recent transformation. The knowledge acquired will be relevant to all kinds of cities, regions and time-periods.

Sessions will be run by leading experts in architecture, urban design, planning and local government in order to highlight practical examples of the combined ways in which architecture, history, urban design and policy are all contributing to Leicester's regeneration. The Summer School is aimed at postgraduate students in relevant areas of urban studies (history, geography, sociology, architecture and design, etc.) and those new to the planning professions.  Elain Harwood (Historic England) will give the keynote lecture on Leicester's changing architectural landscape since 1945.

The Leicester Urban Summer School is organised by the Leicester Urban Observatory which is a collaboration between practitioners at Leicester City Council and leading academics at three local universities: De Montfort University, University of Leicester and Loughborough University.  It aims to establish and develop a combined centre of excellence in urban studies and planning for Leicester.  Organisers of Summer School include Dr Robert Harland (Loughborough), Professor Loretta Lees (University of Leicester) and Professor Simon Gunn (University of Leicester), Neil Stacey and Professor Jonathan Davies (De Montfort University) and Grant Butterworth and Justin Webber (Leicester City Council).

The two days will provide an opportunity to meet key actors in urban regeneration and like-minded young professionals and post-graduate students.  The programme will run from 11am to 5pm on Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday.  The fee of £50 covers attendance at all sessions and materials and refreshments and a buffet lunch on both days.  As some sessions will be practical and interactive places will be strictly limited in order to maximize benefits to those attending.  Consequently, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Book a place

Email Sally Hartshorne if you have any queries.

UK-Kenya Food Security Workshop

Call for participants to workshop on: Strengthening Food Security through Integrated Earth Observations & Ecological Assessments of Ecosystem Services in Kenya, 26-30 November, 2017.

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About the workshop

Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council, together with Universities of Leicester and University of Nairobi, will be holding a workshop on Strengthening Food Security through Integrated Earth Observations & Ecological Assessments of Ecosystem Services in Kenya in Nairobi.

The workshop is being coordinated by Prof Heiko Balzter, University of Leicester (UK) and Dr Faith Karanja, University of Nairobi (Kenya), and will have contributions from other leading researchers.

UK coordinator:
Professor Heiko Balzter, Director, Centre of Landscape & Climate Research, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Partner Country coordinator: Dr Faith Karanja, Senior Lecturer, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Discipline: Environment, Agriculture and Food Sciences
Dates and venue: 26 - 30 November 2017, Nairobi, Kenya.

Application and deadline

We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK and Kenya to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme.

The application form should be sent to:, before the deadline of 1st September, 2017In case of questions, contact Dr John Atibila (Workshop Organiser) on

All applicants will be informed about the outcome of their applications by 15th September 2017. Selected participants will be sent details about travel, accommodation and other information about the conference by 30th September, 2017.


The programme, ‘British Council Researcher Links’ provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

As part of this programme, we are now recruiting early career researchers to participate in the above workshop.

The British Council, with Universities of Leicester and University of Nairobi will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will be covered; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council, participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form.
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline.
  • Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers.
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in Kenya.
  • We will consider up to six (six) sponsored participants from industry, government of civil society sectors.
  • Please note that participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.
  • If you have questions, you can contact Dr John Atibila (Workshop Organiser) on

Quality Assessment

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop.
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop.
  • Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop.
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes.

Selection Procedure

  • Eligibility check
  • Quality assessment

Notification of results

Applicants will be notified by email 2 months prior to the workshop.

Equal Opportunities

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, co-ordinators are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance, promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given.


UK-Kenya Food Security International Workshop Application Form

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