Leicester ranked in top 20 universities by The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide

Posted by pt91 at Sep 19, 2014 04:25 PM |
Third national league table places Leicester among UK’s top universities

The University of Leicester has been ranked as a top 20 university in Britain by the latest league table compiled by national newspapers.  This is the third league table to place Leicester amongst the country’s leading institutions.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide places Leicester 20th out of over 120 universities and states: “The University of Leicester came within a hair’s breadth of winning The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide University of the Year title last year, an acknowledgement of its approach to higher education that does not see teaching and research as mutually exclusive operations.

“The discovery by its archaeologists of the body of Richard III, buried under a car park in the city, raised the profile of the university like never before. Both applications and enrolments rose in 2013 as Leicester won a string of awards.

“Archaeology is one of the subjects that have been moving Leicester up generally in the league table, although this year it has slipped six places to rank 20th overall. It is in the top 20 nationally for staffing levels and in the top 10 for spending on student services and facilities, as well as producing consistently high scores in the National Student Survey.

“The undergraduate population is the most socially diverse of any university in our top 20. Nearly nine out of 10 undergraduates come from state schools.”

Leicester is ranked as follows in the various league tables:

Professor Sir Bob Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, said: “We are delighted that Leicester is one of only two East Midlands universities in the UK top 20, and is ranked in the top 10 for investment in student services and facilities.  It has been a tremendous year for Leicester having also won the highest honour available in the UK university system- the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. As the Sunday Times acknowledges, the discovery of King Richard III by our archaeologists and subsequent identification by a multidisciplinary team at Leicester has raised our global profile and this discovery will have a tremendous impact on the local economy.  We are also proud to be recognised as being among the most inclusive of the leading universities in Britain.  Leicester is also ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world.”

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