We think a university should be about empowering people to explore what they don’t know; through passionate, dedicated teaching and innovative, world-changing research. By embracing the fact that we’re all coming at it from a slightly different place, and that every journey is personal, we have managed to achieve some remarkable results in our time.
We believe that the best universities are not just the privilege of elites. We’re proof that you can stand alongside the best and open up the competition for everyone.
Some universities consider their primary purpose to be high quality research, others concentrate on excellent teaching. At Leicester we think that the two are not only complementary, they’re inseparable. We believe that teaching is more inspirational when delivered by passionate scholars engaged in world-changing research – and that research is stronger when delivered in an academic community that includes students.
With these ideas at heart, Leicester is re-framing the values that govern academia and re-defining what a university needs to be in the 21st century. We are constantly finding new ways of being a leading university.
The Times Higher Education applauded Leicester’s very different approach, describing us as “elite without being elitist.”
We were proud to be described as elite. But we were equally as proud to be described as a university that is inclusive and accessible in its academic culture
The University of Leicester was The University of the Year 2008-9. In awarding the title the judges cited Leicester’s ability to “evidence commitment to high quality, a belief in the synergy of teaching and research and a conviction that higher education is a power for good”. Leicester was, said the judges, “elite without being elitist”.
17th in the Guardian (and 12th, 15th and 14th in previous 3 tables)
14th in the Times Higher Table of Tables
17th in The Times (and 15th, 14th, 14th in the previous 3 tables)
Leicester is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world by both the QS World University Rankings 2011 and THE World University Rankings.
Founded in 1921 we received our Royal Charter in 1957.
Leicester is a member of the 1994 Group of internationally renowned universities engaged in leading-edge research and high quality teaching.