A year of success

In 2010-11, across its teaching and research activities, Leicester made excellent progress picking up awards and accolades along the way.

Inspirational teaching

The National Student Survey continued to rank Leicester amongst the country’s top universities for student satisfaction and teaching quality. Leicester enjoyed the third highest score in England, narrowly behind Oxbridge, across the 22 questions of the NS. Never lower than sixth, this was Leicester’s seventh successive top-10 finish.

National Student Survey 2011
Top mainstream UK universities
 
University
Average score
University of Oxford 4.28
University of Cambridge
4.28
University of Leicester
4.17
Loughborough University
4.15
Durham University
4.13
University of Bath
4.11
University of St Andrews
4.11
University of Glasgow
4.10
Keele University
4.10
Aberystwyth University
4.09


Leicester’s position
Amongst mainstream universities

 
Year Overall Satisfaction
2005
1st
2006
1st
2007
1st
2008
2nd
2009
1st
2010
6th
2011
3rd

World-changing research

The impact of Leicester’s research, as measured by the number of times academics’ work was cited by fellow academics, was ranked the ninth highest in the UK. The analysis, conducted by QS, also placed Leicester in the top 1% of universities worldwide for research impact.

QS research impact
Amongst UK universities (September 2011)
 
University
QS’s citation per academic
University of Cambridge
93
University College London 90
University of Oxford 82
Imperial College London 80
University of Glasgow 72
Bristol University 69
University of Edinburgh 69
King’s College London 69
University of Leicester 68
University of Dundee 59

League table success

In 2011 three major international league tables ranked Leicester amongst the top 2% of universities in the World (THE, QS, Taiwan Rankings). The UK’s domestic Times and Guardian tables ranked Leicester amongst their elite top-20 universities for the fourth and fifth successive years respectively. The Times declared Leicester “consistently amongst the leaders… a fixture in the top-20 of The Times”.

Five in a row

By winning the national award for “Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology” at the 2011 Times Higher Education awards Leicester completed a special five-in-a-row sequence. In taking the award, Professor Bryan Williams and his revolutionary new device for measuring blood pressure secured Leicester’s fifth successive THE award.

In 2010 Leicester’s School of Museum Studies, which the judges said was “a world leader in the museum industry,” won the award for outstanding departmental administration.

In 2009 Leicester’s Careers Service won the Award for Outstanding Support for Students.

Leicester was the THE’s University of the Year in 2008 and in 2007 picked up the award for Outstanding Marketing.

This article originally appeared in LE1 Spring 2012/Annual Report Edition 2010/11.

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