University of Leicester ranked in UK top 20 by The Times for fifth year in succession

Posted by pt91 at Jun 14, 2012 02:01 PM |
Third league table of 2012 ranks Leicester in top 20

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 June 2012

The University of Leicester has been cited as a UK top-20 university by another league table of universities- the third this year to accord the University this distinction.

The Times Good University Guide ranks Leicester 17th out of 116 institutions. This is the fifth successive year that the University has been ranked in the UK top 20 by The Times.

In their report, The Times said: “Leicester has become a fixture in the top 20 of The Times League Table, with consistently high levels of student satisfaction, generous staffing levels and high spending on student facilities.

“Leicester has the most socially diverse intake of any university in our top 20, aided by initiatives such as a summer school for local teenagers. An £8-million scholarship programme is designed to keep it that way, offsetting the impact of £9,000 undergraduate fees. Nearly nine out of ten undergraduates come from state schools and more than a quarter are from working-class homes. The 7 per cent projected dropout rate falls below the national average for the university’s courses and entry grades.”

Richard Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs and Planning said: “It is very pleasing to see the University of Leicester once again ranked amongst Britain’s elite top-20 institutions”.

The University of Leicester is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world by both the QS World University Rankings 2011Taiwan World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings. It is also ranked in the UK top 20 by The Guardian and the Complete University Guide.

The University has won Times Higher Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and most recently in 2011 for its work in innovation and technology. It is the only university to win five consecutive awards.

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