Facilities for the 21st Century Researcher

The University of Leicester offers all the facilities you would expect from a leading research university

Our research students benefit from access to world-class facilities including a new £32m library, high-tech laboratories, the latest research resources and equipment, dedicated postgraduate work spaces, and information technology including refurbished computer suites and high performance computing for research analysis.

University Library

The University Library is your gateway to high quality information relevant to your research. Using it effectively contributes directly to your success. The Library provides you with:

  • access to a huge range of specialist information resources including a print collection of over one million items and a Digital Library of over 250,000 eBooks and 20,000 electronic journals which you can use from anywhere on the Web
  • help in finding and using information - online, face-to-face, and by telephone
  • individual and group work spaces - including the dedicated Graduate School Reading Room
  • PCs, netbooks, and wireless networking for your laptop
  • services for distance learning research students

The University Library also offers dedicated services for researchers to support their specialist information needs:

  • document supply service
  • citation management support
  • bibliographic software support
  • rare books and archives collections
  • advice on copyright and research
IT Facilities and Services

Over the course of your research degree programme you will have a University IT account and email address. There are hundreds of University PCs available on campus with MS Office 2010 and many specialist programs to help you with your research:

Specialist IT services and support for researchers includes:

  • research computing
  • high performance computing
  • secure file storage
  • IT training sessions
Social Areas and Facilities

With bars and cafes across the campus you are never too far away from a quick cup of coffee or a bite to eat.

Catering facilities on campus include the Cafe Piazza offering spectacular views over Victoria Park, Chi - a new and exciting contemporary café restaurant with an international theme, Delic!ous with its deli style sandwich and baguette bar, and the Library Cafe located in the David Wilson Library Building.

Coffee bars and lounges can be found in several of our academic buildings while the City Side and Park Side restaurants are reserved for University staff, visitors, and postgraduates.

The remodelled Percy Gee Building is home to the University of Leicester Students' Union and facilities there are clustered around an open atrium space for meeting and socialising. These include a branch of Starbucks, shops and banking services, and the 1923 restaurant. It is also home to the O2 Academy Leicester - a major new concert and live events space which features regular performances from local and headline bands.

And of course, there are lots of bars, cafes, restaurants, and clubs across Leicester.

Sports and Recreation

The University has excellent sports and leisure facilities at the Danielle Brown Sports Centre and the Roger Bettles Sports Centre.

Facilities include:

  • indoor spaces for aerobics, tennis, and badminton
  • outdoor football, rugby, and lacrosse pitches, cricket squares, tennis courts
  • athletics track
  • swimming pools
  • sauna, steam room, spa pool
  • large cardio workout areas
  • spin cycle areas and stretch areas
  • range of resistance machines and free weights
Student Support Services

The Student Welfare Centre offers wide ranging practical support, advice, and information for students and postgraduates:

  • financial advice
  • immigration advice
  • housing advice
  • legal advice

More specialist advice is available through our professional support teams - Student Counselling Support, Student Mental Wellbeing Support, and the Student Healthy Living Service.

Additionally, the AccessAbility Centre offers a range of services to all students and postgraduates who have specific learning difficulties, disabilities, or long-term medical conditions.

English Language Teaching Unit

The English Language Teaching Unit is British Council accredited and offers courses to help students and postgraduates to improve their academic English language skills.

The English Language Teaching Unit offers a module specifically for new research students who are non-native speakers of English. The module comprises a two hour lesson each week for eight weeks and is designed to support new research students in:

  • seminar skills for group discussions and presentations
  • giving and justifying opinions
  • expressing agreement and disagreement
  • asking for and giving clarification
  • written academic style
  • planning, drafting, and editing written work
  • organisation and paragraphing of written work
  • referencing and bibliographies

The module is presented each term and is free to registered research students.

Students' Union

There is more to student life than studying. Working for your research degree is important, but your years at university are also about other life skills – making friends and making ends meet, exploring ideas, and discovering places.

The University of Leicester Students' Union supports more than 200 student societies. It works to campaign about issues that matter to you, to support your safety and welfare, and to help you boost your employability.

Based in the Percy Gee Building on the main campus, Students' Union services and facilities include:

The Percy Gee Building is also where you can find the Students' Union Shop, the 1923 Cafe and Restaurant, the Common Room Cafe, and branches of Ryman, Santander, and Starbucks.

Facilities in Schools/Departments

Each of our Schools/Departments has facilities and support structures for postgraduate researchers and these may include lab space, office space, dedicated computing facilities, and social spaces. Allocated postgraduate study spaces are also available in most Schools/Departments. 

To learn more about what's available - including specialist laboratory and other research facilities - please see the relevant School/Department website.

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