The Week in University News: 24 March – 4 April

Posted by pt91 at Apr 05, 2012 12:00 PM |
It's not just eggs that have featured in Leicester's news output in the run-up to Easter - here's a selection of other recent news stories.

The Prime Minister has praised a book by a Leicester academic in a letter to the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess. Dr Stuart Ball of the School of Historical Studies published Dole Queues and Demons - British Election Posters from the Conservative Party Archive this year, which David Cameron has described as ‘a wonderful book’.

PhD student Tammy Ayres of the School of Psychology has invited participants to take part in a study examining the relationship between those who take drugs and those who commit crimes. Her study hopes to determine how accurate is the notion that drug use causes crime. Those interested in taking part in the study can find out more on her staff page for the Department of Criminology.

On the day that the Higher Education Statistics Agency published performance indicators for widening participation, the University announced that it continues to meet key benchmarks for attracting students from state schools and working class backgrounds. The figures also mark out Leicester as having one of the best course completion rates in the sector.

The University’s Careers Service has been working on a number of projects to improve our students’ employability. Firstly, they have helped the Department of Mathematics has introduced a new Employer Led Forum to further develop their programme of employer engagement across all courses and years. They are committed to producing students who immediately add value in the workplace and by developing employability skills such as independent research, business awareness, IT, presentation and teamwork.

They also worked with PR and event management company Holland Alexander on their Event Management Challenge. Students were required to devise and submit an events proposal to a fictional client: the successful candidates won the opportunity to attend an intensive training day at the Holland Alexander Leicester studios and two candidates will win the chance for on-the-job experience at a future event.

For more information on either of these projects please contact Aimee Harrisonwild on 0116 252 5117 or email