The Burgess Legacy: Leadership that transformed Leicester

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Receiving the Queen's Anniversary Prize

Professor Sir Bob Burgess has presided over a significant increase in Leicester’s success that has now been sustained over a number of years.

The University has increased its position in the national league tables and won University of the Year and has, this year, won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the third time and is the Sunday Times University of Year runner up.

The Vice-Chancellor has also guided the University to its highest ever ranking in the Times Higher Education World University guide and he has been nominated by The Guardian for the award of Britain’s inspirational leader in higher education

Bob retires at the end of September this year after 15 years’ distinguished service as Leicester’s longest serving Vice-Chancellor. With international plaudits for its work around the discovery and identification of King Richard III, Leicester’s claim to fame is embedded in its culture of inter-disciplinary and collaborative approach to world-class research and innovative teaching.

THE awardWhen the University claimed the title of University of the Year 08/09, the then Editor of the Times Higher Ann Mroz said: “Leicester's turnaround in the past decade has been extraordinary, and it is encouraging to note that the University has risen through the league tables without feeling the need to compromise on its widening-participation initiatives.”

Since winning that award, it has been a testament to the leadership at the University and the spirit, skill and expertise of the staff and students that Leicester has continued go from strength to strength.

In fact, 2013 has been a remarkable year of successes. Establishing itself as one of the foremost universities in the UK, we have risen in every major league table and are consistently ranked in the top 20 out of over 120 universities.

THE awardsLeicester is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings. In 2013 Leicester was the highest climbing UK university in the THE World Rankings, moving up 35 places to 161st in the table.

The University has won Times Higher Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and most recently in 2013 for Outstanding Communications Team and Outstanding Fundraising Initiative. It is the only university to win awards in seven consecutive years. We also won the THE Research Project of the Year. In 2014, we have been shortlisted for an award again by The Guardian for our communications work around the Dig for Richard III.

In 2013 our Students' Union was named HE Students' Union of the Year in the NUS Awards.

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