Vice-Chancellor’s Address to Court: Driving the University of Leicester forward

Audio recording of Vice-Chancellor’s final address to Court

Professor Burgess LExVice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess gave his final address to the University of Leicester Court on 7 February 2014. This year, Professor Burgess took the opportunity to reflect on themes that have been important to the University over the last fifteen years.

The Vice-Chancellor re-iterated his belief that the purpose of a university is to focus on academic activity.

He discussed the change in student numbers during his time at the University and emphasised the need for a varied subject offer to sustain those numbers. Recent developments in the undergraduate and postgraduate programme offer were highlighted.

Leicester’s improvements in league table position in recent years were examined, and the Vice-Chancellor praised the efforts of colleagues whose work has contributed to these improvements. He particularly noted the University’s position amongst the top 2% of universities in the world and its strong performance in the National Student Survey since 2005.

Professor Burgess also took some time to highlight some of the milestone achievements and developments of the University and its staff and students from the past fifteen years. There was an overview of some of the University’s more prestigious and memorable visitors, as well as the significant changes to the campus that have been made in that time.

Challenges that Professor Burgess highlighted included the impact of raised tuition fees for continuing postgraduate education; progress the University has made in generating a financial surplus, and how to continue doing so; and the importance of fundraising for the work of the University.

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