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University of Leicester

Overview
The University of Leicester is a research-led university based in Leicester
Leicester
Leicester is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest...

, England
England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

. The main campus is a mile south of the city centre, adjacent to Victoria Park
Victoria Park, Leicester
Victoria Park in Leicester, England is a public park of 69 acres . It is in the south-east, just outside the city centre, backing on to the University of Leicester and close to the Leicester railway station....

 and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College
Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College
Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, or "Q.E" is a sixth form college in Leicester, England.-Admissions:There are 1,865 full-time 16-18 year-old students and 140 teaching staff. More than 40 subjects are offered at A Level. Somewhat against the national trend Mathematics and Sciences account...

.

The university has established itself as a leading research-led university and has been named University of the Year of 2008 by the Times Higher Education. The university has consistently ranked amongst the top 20 universities in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 by the Times Good University Guide, The Guardian and the Sunday Times University Guide.

The University was founded as Leicestershire and Rutland University College in 1921.
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The University of Leicester is a research-led university based in Leicester
Leicester
Leicester is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest...

, England
England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

. The main campus is a mile south of the city centre, adjacent to Victoria Park
Victoria Park, Leicester
Victoria Park in Leicester, England is a public park of 69 acres . It is in the south-east, just outside the city centre, backing on to the University of Leicester and close to the Leicester railway station....

 and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College
Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College
Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, or "Q.E" is a sixth form college in Leicester, England.-Admissions:There are 1,865 full-time 16-18 year-old students and 140 teaching staff. More than 40 subjects are offered at A Level. Somewhat against the national trend Mathematics and Sciences account...

.

The university has established itself as a leading research-led university and has been named University of the Year of 2008 by the Times Higher Education. The university has consistently ranked amongst the top 20 universities in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 by the Times Good University Guide, The Guardian and the Sunday Times University Guide.

History


The University was founded as Leicestershire and Rutland University College in 1921. The site for the University was donated by a local textile manufacturer, Thomas Fielding Johnson
Thomas Fielding Johnson
Thomas Fielding Johnson was a prominent Victorian businessman and philanthropist in Leicester, England. Among his many acts of public spiritedness and generosity was the gifting in 1919 of a site and buildings for the establishment of Leicester University.-Family life:Fielding Johnson was born in...

, in order to create a living memorial for those who lost their lives in First World War. This is reflected in the University's motto Ut Vitam Habeant – 'so that they may have life'. The central building, now known as the Fielding Johnson Building and housing the University's administration offices and Faculty of Law, dates from 1837 and was formerly the Leicestershire and Rutland Lunatic Asylum.

Students were first admitted to the college in 1921. In 1927, after it became University College, Leicester, students sat the examinations for external degrees of the University of London
University of London
-20th century:Shortly after 6 Burlington Gardens was vacated, the University went through a period of rapid expansion. Bedford College, Royal Holloway and the London School of Economics all joined in 1900, Regent's Park College, which had affiliated in 1841 became an official divinity school of the...

. In 1957 the college was granted its Royal Charter
Royal Charter
A royal charter is a formal document issued by a monarch as letters patent, granting a right or power to an individual or a body corporate. They were, and are still, used to establish significant organizations such as cities or universities. Charters should be distinguished from warrants and...

, and has since then had the status of a University with the right to award its own degrees. The University won the first ever series of University Challenge
University Challenge
University Challenge is a British quiz programme that has aired since 1962. The format is based on the American show College Bowl, which ran on NBC radio from 1953 to 1957, and on NBC television from 1959 to 1970....

, in 1963.

Organisation


The University's academic schools and departments are organised into four colleges which are, in turn, supported by the Corporate Services.
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Law
  • College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology
  • College of Science & Engineering
  • College of Social Science


The four colleges replaced the former five faculties in 2009.

Teaching


The University is held in high regard for the quality of its teaching. 19 subject areas have been graded as "Excellent" by the Quality Assurance Agency – including 14 successive scores of 22 points or above stretching back to 1998, six of which were maximum scores.

Leicester was ranked joint first in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 National Student Survey
National student survey
The National Student Survey is a survey, launched in 2005, of all final year degree students at institutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland...

 for overall student satisfaction amongst mainstream universities in England. It was second only to Cambridge in 2008 and again joint first in 2009.

Leicester is home to two prestigious national Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (in Genetics and Geographical Information Science) and plays an important role in a third (Physics).

Science


The University of Leicester is one of the 1994-Group research universities. The University has particularly eminent scientific research groups in the areas of astrophysics
Astrophysics
Astrophysics is the branch of astronomy that deals with the physics of the universe, including the physical properties of celestial objects, as well as their interactions and behavior...

, biochemistry
Biochemistry
Biochemistry, sometimes called biological chemistry, is the study of chemical processes in living organisms, including, but not limited to, living matter. Biochemistry governs all living organisms and living processes...

 and genetics
Genetics
Genetics , a discipline of biology, is the science of genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms....

. The techniques used in Genetic fingerprinting
Genetic fingerprinting
DNA profiling is a technique employed by forensic scientists to assist in the identification of individuals by their respective DNA profiles. DNA profiles are encrypted sets of numbers that reflect a person's DNA makeup, which can also be used as the person's identifier...

 were invented and developed at Leicester in 1984 by Sir Alec Jeffreys
Alec Jeffreys
Sir Alec John Jeffreys, FRS is a British geneticist, who developed techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling which are now used all over the world in forensic science to assist police detective work, and also to resolve paternity and immigration disputes...

. It also houses Europe's biggest academic centre for space research, in which space probes have been built, most notably the Mars
Mars
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. The planet is named after the Roman god of war, Mars. It is often described as the "Red Planet", as the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance...

 Lander Beagle 2
Beagle 2
Beagle 2 was an unsuccessful British landing spacecraft that formed part of the European Space Agency's 2003 Mars Express mission. All contact with it was lost upon its separation from the Mars Express six days before its scheduled entry into the atmosphere...

, which was built in collaboration with the Open University
Open University
The Open University is a distance learning and research university founded by Royal Charter in the United Kingdom...

. A Leicester-built instrument has been operating in space every year since 1967. Leicester Physicists (led by Professor Ken Pounds) were critical in demonstrating a fundamental prediction of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity
Theory of relativity
The theory of relativity, or simply relativity, encompasses two theories of Albert Einstein: special relativity and general relativity. However, the word relativity is sometimes used in reference to Galilean invariance....

 - that black holes exist and are common in the universe
Universe
The Universe is commonly defined as the totality of everything that exists, including all matter and energy, the planets, stars, galaxies, and the contents of intergalactic space. Definitions and usage vary and similar terms include the cosmos, the world and nature...

. It is a founding partner of the £52 million National Space Centre
National Space Centre
The National Space Centre is one of the United Kingdom's leading visitor attractions that is devoted to space science and astronomy. It is located in the city of Leicester, England, next to the River Soar on the A6.-History:...

. In total Leicester has the highest research income of any non Russell Group
Russell Group
The Russell Group is a collaboration of twenty UK universities that together receive two-thirds of research grant and contract funding in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1994 to represent their interests to the government, parliament and other similar bodies...

 institution in the UK. The University of Leicester is one of a small number of Universities to have won the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize
Queen's Anniversary Prize
The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education is a biennially awarded series of prizes awarded to Universities and Colleges in the further and higher education sectors within the United Kingdom...

 for Higher Education on more than one occasion: in 1994 for physics & astronomy and again in 2002 for genetics. The Guardian
The Guardian
The Guardian, formerly known as The Manchester Guardian , is a British national daily newspaper in the Berliner format...

's 2008 University Guide, published in 2007, ranked Leicester 2nd in the UK for Physics, 3rd for Biological Sciences and 8th for Mathematics.

Engineering


The Department of Engineering has 33 academic staff (including 8 Professors) supported by 5 academic-related staff, about 20 research staff and 30 technical and clerical staff. Engineering is one of the largest departments at Leicester and has approximately 240 undergraduate students, 50 taught postgraduate students, and 50 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. The student/staff ratio is 10:1, which the Times Good Universities Guide describes as its "benchmark for excellence".

The Department is renowned for its research in the areas of Control and Instrumentation, Electrical and Electronic Power, Radio Systems, Mechanics of Materials, and Thermofluids and Environmental Engineering. The department achieved a rating of 5A in the latest HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise, putting it in the top tier of UK Engineering departments. Among those General Engineering departments that submitted the research records of more than 95% of their staff, only Cambridge and Oxford did better. Several research led appointments have been made in recent years, including a number of chairs, and this has resulted in research groups of international standing with strong leadership and a research base of highly talented staff.

In terms of teaching, the Department offers MEng and BEng degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Embedded Systems Engineering, Communications and Electronic Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and General Engineering. Each course is accredited by the relevant professional institutions. The Department also offers MSc courses in Embedded Systems and Control, Information and Communication Engineering, Advanced Mechanical Engineering, and Advanced Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The Department is fully committed to teaching excellence and the quality of its provision was affirmed by the results of the 2005 and 2006 National Student Satisfaction Surveys. The Department came joint first (out of 44 universities) for their teaching in Electrical Engineering and joint second (out of 43 universities) in Mechanical Engineering. The overall satisfaction score for the Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester was 4.3.

The Department has an extensive range of industrial partners including: ARM Holdings
ARM Holdings
ARM Holdings plc is a British multinational semiconductor and software company headquartered in Cambridge. Its largest business is in processors, although it also designs, licenses and sells software development tools under the RealView and KEIL brands, systems and platforms, system-on-a-chip...

, BAE Systems
BAE Systems
BAE Systems plc is a British multinational defence, security and aerospace company headquartered in London, United Kingdom, that has global interests, particularly in North America through its subsidiary BAE Systems Inc. BAE is among the world's largest military contractors; in 2009 it was the...

, Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce plc
Rolls-Royce Group plc is a global power systems company headquartered in the City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom. It is the world’s second-largest maker of aircraft engines , and also has major businesses in the marine propulsion and energy sectors. Through its defence-related activities...

, Jaguar
Jaguar
The jaguar is a big cat, a feline in the Panthera genus, and is the only Panthera species found in the Americas. The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The jaguar's present range extends from Southern United States and Mexico...

, Siemens
Siemens
Siemens may refer toSiemens, a German family name carried by generations of telecommunications industrialists, including:* Werner von Siemens , inventor, founder of Siemens AG...

, Corus, Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz is a German manufacturer of automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks. Mercedes-Benz is a division of its parent company, Daimler AG...

. Many undergraduate and postgraduate projects are carried out in collaboration with industry. The employment record for new graduates is strong.

Arts, humanities and social sciences


Literary connections include Kingsley Amis
Kingsley Amis
Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. He wrote more than 20 novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, various short stories, radio and television scripts, along with works of social and literary criticism...

, who is believed to have partially based his Campus novel Lucky Jim
Lucky Jim
Lucky Jim is an academic satire written by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1954 by Victor Gollancz. It was Amis's first novel, and won the Somerset Maugham Award for fiction...

 on Leicester University. Amis is alleged to have been inspired to write the book when visiting his friend Phillip Larkin who was working at the university as a librarian at the time. Malcolm Bradbury
Malcolm Bradbury
Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury CBE was an English author and academic.-Life:Bradbury was the son of a railwayman. His family moved to London in 1935, but returned to Sheffield in 1941 with his brother and mother...

 also used Leicester as a basis for his satire
Satire
Satire is primarily a literary genre or form, although in practice it can also be found in the graphic and performing arts. In satire, vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement...

 on university life Eating People Is Wrong. More recently, novelist Adele Parks graduated from the university in the 1990s, and the university library now holds the writings of both Joe Orton
Joe Orton
John Kingsley Orton was an English playwright.In a short but prolific career lasting from 1964 until his death, he shocked, outraged and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies...

 and Sue Townsend
Sue Townsend
-Adrian Mole series:* The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ , her best selling book, and the best-selling new British fiction book of the 1980s.* The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole * The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole...

.

College of Arts, Humanities & Law


The School of Archaeology and Ancient History is one of the UK's largest, and highest-ranked, departments in its two subjects. It was formed in 1990 from the then Departments of Archaeology and Classics, under the headship of Professor Graeme Barker
Graeme Barker
Graeme W. W. Barker is a British archaeologist, notable for his work on the Italian Bronze Age, the Roman occupation of Libya, and landscape archaeology.Barker was educated at St John's College, Cambridge...

, FBA. The current Head is Professor Colin Haselgrove, FBA. The academic staff includes 19 archaeologists and 6 ancient historians, several of whom teach and research within both disciplines. In addition, there are around 25 other staff (emeriti, research or teaching fellows, research associates, honorary staff, etc.). In 2001, the School was awarded a maximum possible 24 points in the Quality Assurance Agency's teaching review. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 65% of its research was placed in the top two classes of excellence (4* and 3*), making it second equal among UK archaeology departments and first equal among departments teaching both archaeology and ancient history. The School has particular strengths in Mediterranean archaeology, ancient Greek and Roman history, and the archaeology of recent periods and is also home to the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS). In April 2008, the Centre for Historical Archaeology was opened. The Leverhulme-funded 'Tracing Networks' project is based in the School.

The School of English is one of the UK’s leading providers of English at degree level. The Guardian
The Guardian
The Guardian, formerly known as The Manchester Guardian , is a British national daily newspaper in the Berliner format...

's 2009 University Guide ranked Leicester 6th in the UK for English and 2nd for American Studies. The School is committed to offering the whole spectrum of English Studies from Contemporary Writing to Old English and language studies. It contains the distinguished Victorian Studies Centre, the first of its kind in the UK. Malcolm Bradbury
Malcolm Bradbury
Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury CBE was an English author and academic.-Life:Bradbury was the son of a railwayman. His family moved to London in 1935, but returned to Sheffield in 1941 with his brother and mother...

 is one of the Department's most famous alumni: he graduated with a First in English in 1953.

The School of Historical Studies at Leicester is, with 35 full time members of staff, including 11 Professors as of 2009, one of the largest of any university in the country. It is has made considerable scholarly achievements in many areas of history, notably Urban History, English Local History, American Studies and Holocaust Studies. The School houses both the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) and the Media Archive for Central England
Media Archive for Central England
Media Archive for Central England ' is the public sector regional film archive that collects, preserves and provides access to film, television and other moving image materials that relate to the governmental regions of the East Midlands and West Midlands .In 1995 it was registered as a company,...

 (MACE).

The School of Law (formerly the Faculty of Law and Department of Law) is one of the biggest departments in the University. The School has strong formal relationships with top law schools in many other countries such as Italy, France, South Africa, Singapore and Australia. It also has a number of leading academics who provide consultation to a number of legal and governmental bodies such as Professor Erika Szyszczak, Professor Chris Clarkson and Professor Malcolm Shaw QC. In July 2007, two undergraduate law students, namely Steven Meltzer and Michael Weinstein, won the International Negotiation Competition in Singapore, which is only the second occasion that a team from England and Wales has won the competition. As a result of this win, the law school will be the hosts for the 2008 National Negotiation Competition, which is sponsored by the College of Law and CEDR. The Faculty maintains links with many top law firms, including the Magic Circle
Magic Circle (law)
The "Magic Circle" is an informal term used to collectively describe what are generally regarded to be the five leading UK-headquartered law firms and the four or five leading London-based commercial barristers' chambers.-Law firms:...

 firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a global law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom and a member of the 'Magic Circle' of leading English law firms. It is the second-largest law firm in the world measured by revenues. In 2010-11 it achieved total revenues of £1.14 billion and profits...

, who offer a one year scholarship to a Leicester student studying for the dual Law and French degree. The Law School is very proud of its flourishing Student Law Society which plays a central role in the life of the student body. Many law graduates at the university go on to follow careers in the City as commercial solicitors or barristers and so law at the university remains a popular choice and is always over-subscribed. According to the Times Online Good University Guide 2009, the then Faculty of Law was ranked 8th, out of 87 institutions, making it one of the top law schools in the country.

Also within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Law are the Department of Museum Studies, the Department for the History of Art and Film, and the School of Modern Languages.

Mass Communication Research


Within the College of Social Sciences, the Centre for Mass Communication Research, now part of the Department of Media and Communications, is one of the longest established academic centres at Leicester, engaging in pioneering research in the 1970s and 1980s and now specializing in Masters courses, as does the Department of Museum Studies, in terms of both campus-based and distance-learning Masters.

Management


Within the College of Social Science, the School of Management is dedicated to the advanced study and teaching of the subject matter of Management. In the last few years the School of Management has emerged as one of the country's top management schools with significant recent investment in top-ranking research staff and a thriving PhD programme, and has a strong reputation in the areas of sustainable business, corporate ethics and globalisation.

According to Guardian UK University Ranking 2010 for Business and Management Studies, University of Leicester, School of Management, was ranked 2nd in the UK for Business and Management studies (out of 113 Universities), with Oxford University ranked in the first place.

The School of Management encourages the development of innovation and creativity through dialog, criticism and integrative learning. Professor Gibson Burrell's attempt to develop a critical management school at the University of Leicester, has been recognized in the academic literature, while himself states:

“Changes over the last few years have reflected the successful move towards becoming a community of scholars in Critical Management Studies, dedicated to research in this field. There is now a recognized ‘Leicester strategy’, which has contributed to the fact that this year the University has been shortlisted as one of the top UK universities in both the THES and the National Student Survey, representing accreditation from both academics and students.”

The School of Management provides postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in Management. The School of Management, is one of the only 168 Schools/Universities in the world accredited by the AMBA (Association of MBAs). In addition to the AMBA accredited MBA for both full-time and distance-learning programmes, the School offers a range of postgraduate (MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance, MSc Management, MSc Management, Finance and Accounting, MSc Marketing and MPhil/PhD) and undergraduate courses (BA in Management Studies, BA in Management Studies with Economics and BA in Management Studies with Politics). Many of the School's programmes can be studied flexibly through supported distance learning.

Student support


The University of Leicester has a well-developed network of student support and development agencies. Most but not all of this activity is organised through the Student Support and Development Service.

Student Support and Development Service


The Student Support and Development Service provides a fully integrated development and support service for students at the University of Leicester and a range of specific provision for University of Leicester staff. The SSDS also provides services at an institutional level, and for the national and international Higher Education sector.

Many SSDS services are provided though its specialist units: Careers Service; Student Counselling Service; Welfare Service; Student Support (mental well being); Student Learning Centre and the AccessAbility Centre.

Student Learning Centre


The Student Learning Centre provides support and development opportunities for academic and transferable skills for students at the University of Leicester. This includes individual support, workshops and training opportunities, work with academic departments and the provision of Personal Development Planning and Work-Related Learning.

The Student Learning Centre works with students at all levels from undergraduate to postgraduate and includes a dedicated Research Student Team.

Leicester Medical School



The university is home to a large medical school, Leicester Medical School, which opened in 1971. Leicester Medical School was formerly in partnership with the University of Warwick
University of Warwick
The University of Warwick is a public research university located in Coventry, United Kingdom...

, and the Leicester-Warwick medical school proved to be a success in helping Leicester expand, and Warwick establish. The partnership ran the end of its course towards the end of 2006 and the medical schools became autonomous institutions within their respective universities.

Leicester Research Archive


In common with many institutions in the UK, and globally, the University maintains an open access
Open access
Open access refers to unrestricted access via the Internet to articles published in scholarly journals, and also increasingly to book chapters or monographs....

 research repository
Repository (publishing)
A repository in publishing, and especially in academic publishing,is a real or virtual facility for the deposit of academic publications, such as academic journal articles....

 which collects and shares electronic versions of notable research publications and doctoral theses. Established in 2006 the site is called the Leicester Research Archive (the LRA) and is managed by staff based in the university library. In 2008 the university mandated the deposit of new doctoral theses, and in 2009 introduced a university-wide research publications mandate, which likewise requires the deposition of all research publications as a standard university practice.

League tables


Leicester is ranked 12th in the UK (out of 113 universities) by the Guardian University Guide 2011. >
UK University Rankings
League tables of British universities
Rankings of universities in the United Kingdom are published annually by The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times and The Times...

2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993
Times Good University Guide 15th 15th 14th 21st 33th 24th 29th 27th 26th 33rd 34th= 34th= 31st= 23rd 32nd 35th= 22nd= 32nd= 37th=
Guardian University Guide 12th. 15th 14th 27st 25th 25th 34th 27th 25th
Sunday Times University Guide 20th 18th 19th 22nd 22nd 31st 23rd 19th 19th 24th 27th 36th

World University Rankings / Top 200 Universities in the World (out of 2,500 Universities)
2010 2009 2008 2007
QS World University Rankings
QS World University Rankings
The QS World University Rankings is a ranking of the world’s top 500 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds using a method that has published annually since 2004....

169th 196th 177th 185th

Notable architecture


The skyline of Leicester University is punctuated by three distinctive, towering, buildings from the 1960s: the Department of Engineering, the Attenborough tower and the Charles Wilson building.

The University's Engineering Building was the first major building by important British architect James Stirling. It comprises workshops and laboratories at ground level, and a tower containing offices and lecture theatres. It was completed in 1963 and is notable for the way in which its external form reflects its internal functions. The very compact campus contains a wide range of twentieth century architecture, though the oldest building, the Fielding Johnson building, dates from 1837. The Attenborough Tower houses the tallest working paternoster
Paternoster
A paternoster or paternoster lift is a passenger elevator which consists of a chain of open compartments that move slowly in a loop up and down inside a building without stopping. Passengers can step on or off at any floor they like...

 in the UK and is undergoing extensive renovation.

Leicester's halls of residence are also worthy of mention in their own right: many of the halls (nearly all in prosperous, leafy, Oadby
Oadby
Oadby is a town within the borough of Oadby and Wigston, in Leicestershire, England. It is to the east of Wigston Magna, and to the southeast of Leicester. Oadby forms part of the Leicester Urban Area, and is situated on the A6 road....

) date from the early 1900s and were the homes of Leicester’s wealthy industrialists.

The future of the university


The 30-year plan is the largest in the university's history, expanding building space by 30% and student numbers from 19,000 to 25,000.

In recent years the University has disposed of some of its poorer quality property in order to invest in new facilities, and is currently undergoing a £300+ million redevelopment. The new John Foster Hall of Residence opened in October 2006. The David Wilson Library, twice the size of the previous University Library, opened on 1 April 2008 and a new biomedical research building (the Henry Wellcome Building) has already been constructed. A complete revamp of the Percy Gee Student Union building was completed in September 2010.

John Foster Hall (named in honour of the retiring Chair of University Council) was built on the former site of Villiers Hall on Manor Road in Oadby
Oadby
Oadby is a town within the borough of Oadby and Wigston, in Leicestershire, England. It is to the east of Wigston Magna, and to the southeast of Leicester. Oadby forms part of the Leicester Urban Area, and is situated on the A6 road....

 and was designed to attract conference business during vacations. In addition to the main facilities building with bar, dining hall, kitchen, reception, four conference rooms and disabled access it comprises 16 pavilions, named after villages and towns around Leicestershire, and in total accommodates over 700 students/delegates in flats each with 4-5 ensuite bedrooms and a fitted kitchen.

Library special collections



  • Local history collections (for the Centre for English Local History), including:
    • Thomas Hatton (1876–1943) was a successful local businessman whose collection of nearly 2,000 books on English local history was donated to the Library of Leicester College in 1920. This was one of the first major donations to the Library.


The library also holds a number of collections containing items written by several famous writers, these include:
  • Joe Orton Collection
    Joe Orton
    John Kingsley Orton was an English playwright.In a short but prolific career lasting from 1964 until his death, he shocked, outraged and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies...

    . Joe Orton (1933–1967) was a Leicester-born playwright, the collection contains his manuscripts and correspondence.
  • Laura Riding Letters
    Laura Riding
    Laura Jackson was an American poet, critic, novelist, essayist and short story writer.- Early life :...

    . The collected correspondence of the American poet and critic Laura Riding (1901–1991).

  • Sue Townsend Collection
    Sue Townsend
    -Adrian Mole series:* The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ , her best selling book, and the best-selling new British fiction book of the 1980s.* The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole * The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole...

    . The personal papers of Sue Townsend (born 1946). The collection contains Townsend's literary correspondence and notebooks detailing her works.
  • Archives of the Institute for the Study of Terrorism.

Students

  • 21,628 Registered students
  • 10,971 Undergraduate students
  • 10,657 Postgraduate students (9,424 taught, 1,233 research)
  • 8,902 Distance learning students
  • 11,009 Full-time students (8,985 UK and EU, 2,024 other)

Staff

  • 763 Full-time academic staff
  • 46 Part-time academic staff
  • 385 Full-time research staff
  • 50 Part-time research staff
  • 524 Full-time academic-related staff
  • 95 Part-time academic-related staff
  • 857 Full-time support staff
  • 944 Part-time support staff

Societies and associations


One of the things that the University is most proud of is its societies with the Students Union. The Union has around 100 different societies, which are organised into six groups:

Academic Societies

Campaigning Societies

Cultural Societies

Performance and Activity based Societies

Recreational Societies

Religious Societies

Some of the larger societies include the University of Leicester Economics Society, Leicester University Law Society, the University of Leicester Management Society (ULMS), Leicester University Theatre Society (LUTheatre), Medical Society and the religious societies.

The Ripple



The Ripple is the student newspaper of the University of Leicester. The newspaper was founded as the Wave in the early '50s by Malcolm Bradbury
Malcolm Bradbury
Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury CBE was an English author and academic.-Life:Bradbury was the son of a railwayman. His family moved to London in 1935, but returned to Sheffield in 1941 with his brother and mother...

. It became The Ripple in 1957 and has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

LUSH Radio



Founded in officially in 1996 under the title of LUSH FM, LUSH Radio is the radio station of the University of Leicester Students' Union
University of Leicester Students' Union
The University of Leicester Students' Union is the students' union of the University of Leicester. It is situated in the Percy Gee Building on the university campus. The union offers a wide range of facilities for students.-History:...

. It is run and presented exclusively by students and broadcasts a mixture of music, chat and news, providing Leicester students and Leicester residents a local alternative to other regional and national radio stations.

Up until Summer 2008 the station broadcast on a variety of FM frequencies biannually via a Restricted Service Licence
Restricted Service Licence
A UK Restricted Service Licence , is typically granted to radio stations and television stations broadcasting within the UK to serve a local community or a special event...

. However, with Demon FM
Demon FM
Demon FM is a community radio station and student radio station for De Montfort University.Demon FM is simulcast on FM and online on a 24/7 basis...

's successful application to OFCOM
Ofcom
Ofcom is the government-approved regulatory authority for the broadcasting and telecommunications industries in the United Kingdom. Ofcom was initially established by the Office of Communications Act 2002. It received its full authority from the Communications Act 2003...

 for a full-time Community Licence, from 2008 LUSH Radio has broadcast on 87.7FM within the same aforementioned time period. Irrelevant to its FM broadcasting status, the station broadcasts throughout most of the academic year via a dedicated webcast. The LUSH studio is currently located on the top floor of the Percy Gee Building overlooking the main entrance to the Students' Union.

Presenter numbers vary but are often in the region of between 80–150, presenting music styles from indie rock
Indie rock
Indie rock is a genre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1980s. Indie rock is extremely diverse, with sub-genres that include lo-fi, post-rock, math rock, indie pop, dream pop, noise rock, space rock, sadcore, riot grrrl and emo, among others...

, R&B, house
House music
House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in Chicago, Illinois, United States in the early 1980s. It was initially popularized in mid-1980s discothèques catering to the African-American, Latino American, and gay communities; first in Chicago circa 1984, then in other...

/dance, pop
Pop music
Pop music is usually understood to be commercially recorded music, often oriented toward a youth market, usually consisting of relatively short, simple songs utilizing technological innovations to produce new variations on existing themes.- Definitions :David Hatch and Stephen Millward define pop...

 and metal
Heavy metal music
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the Midlands of the United Kingdom and the United States...

 through to bhangra and other internationally flavoured music. From 2005 the radio station has pursued a policy of giving its presenters a free run in the production and programming of the station's shows, leading to a heavily diverse style and method of output.

In 2009 the then current student-run executive administration of LUSH Radio introduced a series of programming changes setting aside various schedule slots in order to make consistent the formatting of some programs. Examples of this would be 'The Breakfast Show' which ran on weekday mornings following a rigid and consistent format. A further example would be the 'Chart Show' every Wednesday evening which supplies the Students' Union's Top 10 tracks as voted for by students of the University, again with a regular and consistent format. The station has its own jingles which now enjoy a cult status among listeners, for example: "From the heart of your Students' Union, this is LUSH Radio" and "This is X CORE where the beat never stops on 107.5 LUSH FM".

LUSH has recently made numerous attempts to modernise in line with other student radio stations and the industry as a whole, taking steps such as adding a blog to the website, which hosts music reviews and artist interviews, and installing professional quality radio playout software.

Some notable personalities from the early days of LUSH Radio (or LUSH FM as it was known at the time) who have gone on to work in the media are Lucy O'Doherty (BBC 6 Music) and Adam Mitchenall (ETV).

Annual events


From 2005, the station holds a 24 hour charity broadcast. Local and national companies support by providing prizes. In 2006 the charity was Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer....

; in 2007 Comic Relief; in 2010 Sports Relief. During the 2010 65hr Charity Broadcast, LUSH Radio was unexpectedly visited by the then Lord Mayor of Leicester, Sir Roger Blackmore
Roger Blackmore
Roger Blackmore is a Liberal Democrat politician. He was leader of Leicester City Council from 2003 to 2004 and 2005 to 2007 and Lord Mayor of Leicester 2009/10....

, in order to lend his support to the station and recorded a jingle for LUSH Radio concerning the aforesaid charity broadcast.
The charity broadcast was repeated again in 2011, with nearly £300 being raised for Comic Relief.

From 2006, the station holds an award ceremony on a given evening usually between May and June. The award ceremony is entitled 'The LUSH Awards' and is designed to recognize the achievements of the station's broadcasters and producers. There are several award categories such as 'Best Female', 'Most Dedicated Member' and 'Best Show'.

Chancellors

  • The Lord Adrian
    Edgar Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian
    Edgar Douglas Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian OM PRS was a British electrophysiologist and recipient of the 1932 Nobel Prize for Physiology, won jointly with Sir Charles Sherrington for work on the function of neurons....

     (1957–1971)
  • Alan Lloyd Hodgkin
    Alan Lloyd Hodgkin
    Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, OM, KBE, PRS was a British physiologist and biophysicist, who shared the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Andrew Huxley and John Eccles....

     (1971–1984)
  • Sir George Porter
    George Porter
    George Hornidge Porter, Baron Porter of Luddenham, OM, FRS was a British chemist.- Life :Porter was born in Stainforth, near Thorne, South Yorkshire. He was educated at Thorne Grammar School, then won a scholarship to the University of Leeds and gained his first degree in chemistry...

     (1984–1995)
  • Sir Michael Atiyah
    Michael Atiyah
    Sir Michael Francis Atiyah, OM, FRS, FRSE is a British mathematician working in geometry.Atiyah grew up in Sudan and Egypt but spent most of his academic life in the United Kingdom at Oxford and Cambridge, and in the United States at the Institute for Advanced Study...

     (1995–2005)
  • Sir Peter Williams
    Peter Williams (physicist)
    Sir Peter Michael Williams, CBE, FREng, FRS is a British physicist.Williams completed his first degree and PhD at the University of Cambridge, and began an academic career at Selwyn College. He then moved to industry and worked first at VG Instruments and later Oxford Instruments...

     (2005– )

To date, each of the former chancellors has had a University building named after him.

Notable academics

  • Khurshid Ahmad, Islamic scholar
  • Lyman Andrews
    Lyman Andrews
    Lyman Henry Andrews was an American poet, and close friend of Allen Ginsberg and Robert Lowell amongst other writers with whom he maintained a lifelong contact. He also knew William S...

    , American Studies
  • Isobel Armstrong
    Isobel Armstrong
    Isobel Armstrong FBA is a British academic. She is Emeritus Professor of English at Birkbeck, University of London and a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies at the University of London. She is a Fellow of the British Academy....

    , scholar of nineteenth-century poetry and women's writing
  • Graeme Barker
    Graeme Barker
    Graeme W. W. Barker is a British archaeologist, notable for his work on the Italian Bronze Age, the Roman occupation of Libya, and landscape archaeology.Barker was educated at St John's College, Cambridge...

    , Disney Professor of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
  • Richard Bonney
    Richard Bonney
    Richard Bonney is an English historian and priest. He was appointed Lecturer in European History at the University of Reading in 1971 and Professor of Modern History at the University of Leicester in 1984, a post from which he retired in 2006...

    , historian
  • Alan Bryman
    Alan Bryman
    Alan Bryman is currently Professor of Organisational and Social Research at the University of Leicester, prior to this Bryman spent 31 years at Loughborough University. He is best known for three main areas of work...

    , social scientist
  • John Coffey
    John Coffey
    John "Jack" Francis Coffey born in New York, New York was an Infielder for the Boston Doves , Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox ....

    , Professor of Early Modern history.
  • Heather Couper
    Heather Couper
    Heather Anita Couper CBE CPhys is a British astronomer who popularized astronomy in the 1980s and 1990s on British television. She is a former president of the British Astronomical Association from 1984 to 1986.-Early life:...

    , astronomer and television presenter
  • Nicholas J. Cull
    Nicholas J. Cull
    Professor Nicholas J. Cull is a historian and the director of the Master's in Public Diplomacy program at the University of Southern California.-Biography:...

    , US historian
  • Gabriel Dover
    Gabriel Dover
    Gabriel A. Dover is a British geneticist. He is best known for coining the term molecular drive in 1982 to describe a putative third evolutionary force operating distinctly from natural selection and genetic drift...

    , geneticist
  • Eric Dunning
    Eric Dunning
    Eric Dunning is Emeritus Professor of sociology at the University of Leicester, UK.-Career:Eric Dunning was a pioneer in the sociology of sport and the founder, with Patrick Murphy, of the . He is the author of a number of books and articles on sport and the figurational sociology of Norbert Elias...

    , sports sociologist
  • Christopher Dyer
    Christopher Dyer
    Christopher Charles Dyer CBE FBA is Leverhulme Emeritus Professor of Regional and Local History and director of the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester, England.-Background:...

    , medieval historian
  • Colin Eaborn FRS, chemist
  • Norbert Elias
    Norbert Elias
    Norbert Elias was a German sociologist of Jewish descent, who later became a British citizen.-Biography:...

    , German sociologist
  • Brian J. Ford
    Brian J. Ford
    Brian J. Ford is an independent research biologist, author, and lecturer, who publishes on scientific issues for the general public...

    , scientist, visiting professor
  • G. S. Fraser
    G. S. Fraser
    George Sutherland Fraser was a Scottish poet, literary critic and academic. He was born in Glasgow, later moving with his family to Aberdeen. He went to the University of St. Andrews....

    , Scottish poet
  • Anthony Giddens
    Anthony Giddens
    Anthony Giddens, Baron Giddens is a British sociologist who is known for his theory of structuration and his holistic view of modern societies. He is considered to be one of the most prominent modern contributors in the field of sociology, the author of at least 34 books, published in at least 29...

    , prominent sociologist, taught social psychology
    Social psychology
    Social psychology is the scientific study of how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. By this definition, scientific refers to the empirical method of investigation. The terms thoughts, feelings, and behaviors include all...

     at Leicester
  • Reuben Goodstein
    Reuben Goodstein
    Reuben Louis Goodstein was an English mathematician with a strong interest in the philosophy and teaching of mathematics....

    , mathematician, proponent of Goodstein's theorem
    Goodstein's theorem
    In mathematical logic, Goodstein's theorem is a statement about the natural numbers, made by Reuben Goodstein, which states that every Goodstein sequence eventually terminates at 0. showed that it is unprovable in Peano arithmetic...

  • Cosmo Graham
    Cosmo Graham
    Cosmo Graham is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Leicester. He specialises in the field of law relating to the regulation of public utilities and is co-editor of the Utilities Law Review...

    , Public law and Competition law specialist. Member of the Competition Commission
  • Jeffrey A. Hoffman
    Jeffrey A. Hoffman
    Jeffrey Alan Hoffman, Ph.D. is an American former NASA astronaut and currently a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT....

    , NASA astronaut and physicist
  • Richard Hoggart
    Richard Hoggart
    Herbert Richard Hoggart is a British academic and public figure, whose career has covered the fields of sociology, English literature and cultural studies, with a special concern for British popular culture.-Career:...

    , sociologist
  • W. G. Hoskins
    W. G. Hoskins
    William George Hoskins CBE FSA was a British local historian who founded the first university department of English Local History. His great contribution to the study of history was in the field of landscape history...

    , (1931–1952) (1965–1968), local historian, author of The Making of the English Landscape
  • Norman Housley
    Norman Housley
    -Background:Educated at the University of Cambridge, Housley was a research student of Jonathan Riley-Smith. He was research fellow in history at Girton College in 1979 and came to the University of Leicester in 1983.-Work:...

    , crusading historian
  • Leonard Huxley
    Leonard Huxley
    Leonard Huxley may refer to:* Leonard Huxley , British writer and editor and member of the famous Huxley family* Leonard Huxley , Australian physicist, and also a peripheral member of the Huxley family...

    , physicist
  • Terence Ingold, mycologist
  • Sir Alec Jeffreys
    Alec Jeffreys
    Sir Alec John Jeffreys, FRS is a British geneticist, who developed techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling which are now used all over the world in forensic science to assist police detective work, and also to resolve paternity and immigration disputes...

    , geneticist, inventor of genetic fingerprinting
    Genetic fingerprinting
    DNA profiling is a technique employed by forensic scientists to assist in the identification of individuals by their respective DNA profiles. DNA profiles are encrypted sets of numbers that reflect a person's DNA makeup, which can also be used as the person's identifier...

  • Hans Kornberg
    Hans Kornberg
    Professor Sir Hans Leo Kornberg, FRS is a British biochemist.-Early Life, Education and Career:Kornberg was born in 1928 in Germany of Jewish parents. In 1939 he left Nazi Germany , and moved to the care of an uncle in Yorkshire...

    , biochemist
  • Philip Larkin
    Philip Larkin
    Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL is widely regarded as one of the great English poets of the latter half of the twentieth century...

    , librarian and poet
  • David Mattingly
    David Mattingly (author)
    David John Mattingly is an archaeologist and historian of the Roman world, who is currently a professor at the University of Leicester.- Biography :...

    , Roman archaeologist
  • John McManners
    John McManners
    John "Jack" McManners CBE FBA was a British clergyman and historian of religion who specialized in the history of the Church and other aspects of religious life in 18th century France...

    , former Head of History Dept., Regius Professor of History at the University of Oxford
    University of Oxford
    The University of Oxford is a university located in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest surviving university in the world and the oldest in the English-speaking world. Although its exact date of foundation is unclear, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096...

     until retirement
  • Ken Pounds
    Ken Pounds
    Kenneth Alwyne Pounds, CBE, FRS is Emeritus Professor of physics at the University of Leicester.He was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, then attended University College London where he gained his BSc and PhD. He then moved to Leicester as Assistant Lecturer in 1960...

    , Emeritus Professor of Physics, discovered black holes were common in the universe
  • Charles Rees
    Charles Rees
    thumb|right|Prof Charles W. ReesCharles Wayne Rees CBE FRS was a British organic chemist.-Early life and education:Rees was born in Egypt, but educated in England at Farnham Grammar School...

    , organic chemist
  • Lord Rees of Ludlow
    Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow
    Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, OM, FRS is a British cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995 and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge since 2004...

    , the Astronomer Royal
    Astronomer Royal
    Astronomer Royal is a senior post in the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom. There are two officers, the senior being the Astronomer Royal dating from 22 June 1675; the second is the Astronomer Royal for Scotland dating from 1834....

    , visiting professor at Leicester
  • J.B. Schneewind, philosophy professor, Johns Hopkins University
    Johns Hopkins University
    The Johns Hopkins University, commonly referred to as Johns Hopkins, JHU, or simply Hopkins, is a private research university based in Baltimore, Maryland, United States...

  • Malcolm Shaw
    Malcolm Shaw
    Malcolm Nathan Shaw QC is a British legal academic, author, editor and lawyer.-Early life:Shaw studied at the University of Liverpool , the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Keele University .-Career:...

     QC, The Sir Robert Jennings Professor of International Law, prominent international lawyer & jurist
  • Brian Simon
    Brian Simon
    Professor the Hon. Brian Simon , was an English educationist and historian.-Background and early life:The younger son of Ernest Darwin Simon, 1st Baron Simon of Wythenshawe and Shena, Lady Simon, he was the brother of the second Baron Simon of Wythenshawe, Roger Simon, the solicitor and writer on...

    , professor of education 1966-1980
  • Sami Zubaida
    Sami Zubaida
    Sami Zubaida is an Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck, University of London and, as a Visiting Hauser Global Professor of Law in Spring 2006, taught Law and Politics in the Islamic World at New York University School of Law....

    , political scientist

Notable alumni


Numerous public figures in many diverse fields have been students at the University, including:
  • Peter Atkins
    Peter Atkins
    Peter William Atkins is a British chemist and former Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Lincoln College. He is a prolific writer of popular chemistry textbooks, including Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Molecular Quantum Mechanics...

    , physical chemist
  • David Blanchflower
    David Blanchflower
    David Graham Blanchflower CBE is a leading labour economist, currently a tenured economics professor at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire...

    , economist, Dartmouth College
    Dartmouth College
    Dartmouth College is a private, Ivy League university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. The institution comprises a liberal arts college, Dartmouth Medical School, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business, as well as 19 graduate programs in the arts and sciences...

     professor
  • Sir Malcolm Bradbury
    Malcolm Bradbury
    Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury CBE was an English author and academic.-Life:Bradbury was the son of a railwayman. His family moved to London in 1935, but returned to Sheffield in 1941 with his brother and mother...

    , author
  • Justin Chadwick
    Justin Chadwick
    Justin Chadwick is an English actor and television and film director.Chadwick began acting at the age of eleven. He graduated from the University of Leicester and in 1991 made his screen debut in London Kills Me...

    , actor and director
  • Philip Campbell
    Philip Campbell (scientist)
    Philip Campbell is the editor-in-chief of the science journal, Nature, and of the Nature Publishing Group.-Education:Campbell graduated from the University of Bristol with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1972...

    , editor-in-chief of Nature
    Nature (journal)
    Nature, first published on 4 November 1869, is ranked the world's most cited interdisciplinary scientific journal by the Science Edition of the 2010 Journal Citation Reports...

  • Michael Cordy
    Michael Cordy
    Michael Cordy is a British novelist. He was born in Ghana and spent much of his childhood in West and East Africa, India and Cyprus. He was educated in Britain at The King's School, Canterbury, and the universities of Leicester and Durham. After ten years in marketing and advertising, with his...

    , novelist
  • Liam Donaldson
    Liam Donaldson
    Sir Liam Joseph Donaldson was the Chief Medical Officer for England, the 15th occupant of the post since it was established in 1855...

    , Chief Medical Officer
  • Lord Grocott
    Bruce Grocott, Baron Grocott
    Bruce Joseph Grocott, Baron Grocott PC is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.Grocott was born in Kings Langley near Watford, and was educated at Leicester University. He obtained an MA from Manchester University after conducting research on Local Government...

    , former MP, Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms
    Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms
    The Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms is a UK government post since 1945 held by the Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords. Prior to 17 March 1834, the Gentlemen-at-Arms were known as the Honourable Band of Gentlemen Pensioners....

  • Baroness Howarth of Breckland
    Valerie Howarth, Baroness Howarth of Breckland
    Valerie Georgina Howarth, Baroness Howarth of Breckland, is a British politician and a member of the House of Lords.In 2001, she was created a life peer with the title Baroness Howarth of Breckland, of Parson Cross in the County of South Yorkshire. She is one of the board members of the Children...

    , peer, on the board of CAFCASS
  • Norman Lamb
    Norman Lamb
    Norman Peter Lamb is a British Liberal Democrat politician, and Chief Parliamentary and Political Adviser and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.He is the Member of Parliament for North Norfolk....

    , MP
  • Martin Löb
    Martin Löb
    Martin Hugo Löb was a German mathematician. He settled in the United Kingdom after the Second World War and specialised in mathematical logic. He moved to the Netherlands in the 1970s, where he remained in retirement...

    , Logician and proposer of Löb's theorem
  • Pete McCarthy
    Pete McCarthy
    Pete McCarthy , was a British broadcaster and successful travel writer, noted for his books McCarthy's Bar and The Road to McCarthy.-Biography:...

    , writer, broadcaster, comedian
  • Massimiliano Neri
    Massimiliano Neri
    Massimiliano Neri is an Italian fashion model.-Early life:Neri was born in Naples, Italy in 1977. As a teenager he was very involved in sports and he practised equestrianism professionally. During summer he usually spent holidays in Capri, an island near Naples...

    , fashion model
  • Michael Nicholson
    Michael Nicholson
    Michael Nicholson OBE is an English journalist and former ITN Senior Foreign Correspondent.- Journalistic career :Born in Romford, Essex, Nicholson attended the University of Leicester. Nicholson was a war reporter for ITN, who reported from wars in Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Cambodia,...

    , journalist
  • Bob Parr MBE
    MBE
    MBE can stand for:* Mail Boxes Etc.* Management by exception* Master of Bioethics* Master of Bioscience Enterprise* Master of Business Engineering* Master of Business Economics* Mean Biased Error...

    , multi Emmy Award
    Emmy Award
    An Emmy Award, often referred to simply as the Emmy, is a television production award, similar in nature to the Peabody Awards but more focused on entertainment, and is considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards and the Grammy Awards .A majority of Emmys are presented in various...

    -winning television producer and former Special Air Service
    Special Air Service
    Special Air Service or SAS is a corps of the British Army constituted on 31 May 1950. They are part of the United Kingdom Special Forces and have served as a model for the special forces of many other countries all over the world...

     soldier
  • J. H. Plumb
    J. H. Plumb
    Sir John Harold Plumb, FBA , known as Jack, was a British historian, known for his books on British 18th century history. He wrote over thirty books.-Biography:...

    , historian of eighteenth century Britain
  • Aaron Porter
    Aaron Porter
    Aaron Ross Porter is the former President of the National Union of Students in the United Kingdom; he was elected with a 65% majority and took office in June 2010 for one year.-Background and positions held :...

    , President, National Union of Students (United Kingdom) 2010-11
  • Patrick Redmond
    Patrick Redmond
    Patrick Redmond is an English author of psychological thrillers; typical themes include insanity, secrets and death. Before becoming a writer, he went to Felsted School,then studied law at Leicester University and British Columbia in Vancouver, and worked for eight years as a solicitor in...

     , novelist
  • C. P. Snow
    C. P. Snow
    Charles Percy Snow, Baron Snow of the City of Leicester CBE was an English physicist and novelist who also served in several important positions with the UK government...

    , author
  • Sir John Stevens, former Metropolitan Police Commissioner
    Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
    The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis is the head of London's Metropolitan Police Service, classing the holder as a chief police officer...

     and former adviser on international security issues to Gordon Brown
    Gordon Brown
    James Gordon Brown is a British Labour Party politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 until 2010. He previously served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Labour Government from 1997 to 2007...

  • John Sutherland
    John Sutherland
    John Andrew Sutherland is an English academic, emeritus professor, newspaper columnist and author.John Sutherland is now Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. After graduating from the University of Leicester in 1964, he began his academic...

    , Guardian Columnist
    The Guardian
    The Guardian, formerly known as The Manchester Guardian , is a British national daily newspaper in the Berliner format...

    , Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University College London
    University College London
    University College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom and the oldest and largest constituent college of the federal University of London...

  • Laurie Taylor
    Laurie Taylor (sociologist)
    Laurence John "Laurie" Taylor is an English sociologist and radio presenter originally from Liverpool.-Academic career:After attending Roman Catholic schools including the direct grant grammar school St Mary's College in Crosby at the same time as Liverpool poet, Roger McGough, Taylor first...

    , broadcaster, actor, sociologist
  • Philip Tew
    Philip Tew
    Professor Philip Tew is an English academic. A professor in English in the School of Arts at Brunel University , Tew is a literary critic and theorist in the field of contemporary and modern British fiction after 1945, and of various strands of critical or 'high' theory, particularly metarealism...

    , professor of English (Post-1900 Literature), Brunel University
  • Jon Tickle
    Jon Tickle
    Jonathan "Jon" Tickle is a television presenter in the UK, who initially rose to fame as a contestant on the fourth series of the British Big Brother. He appeared before this, however, as a contestant on the gameshow Blockbusters in 1991. He is also a co-presenter on the Sky Digital television...

    , celebrity
  • Sunshine Martyn, Reality television star
  • Storm Thorgerson
    Storm Thorgerson
    Storm Thorgerson is an English graphic designer, known for his work for rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, 10cc, Dream Theater, The Mars Volta, Muse, The Cranberries, and Biffy Clyro.-Biography:...

    , artist
  • Tony Underwood
    Tony Underwood
    Tony Underwood is a former English rugby union footballer who played as a wing three-quarter back. He is of Chinese-English parentage....

    , England rugby union international
  • Professor Sir Alan Walters
    Alan Walters
    Professor Sir Alan Arthur Walters was a British economist, best known as the former Chief Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher from 1981 to 1983 and again in 1989 after his return from the USA.- Early life :...

    , economist
  • Andrew Waterman
    Andrew Waterman
    Andrew Waterman is a poet. Born in London in 1940, Waterman grew up in Woodside and Croydon, and at the age of eleven won a scholarship to the Trinity School of John Whitgift...

    , poet
  • Bryan R. Wilson
    Bryan R. Wilson
    Bryan Ronald Wilson, , was Reader Emeritus in Sociology at the University of Oxford and President of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion 1971-75.-Academic life:...

    , Oxford sociologist
  • Ted Wragg
    Ted Wragg
    Edward Conrad Wragg known as Ted Wragg, was a British educationalist and academic known for his advocacy of the cause of education and opposition to political interference in the field...

    , educationalist
  • Malik Zahoor Ahmad
    Malik Zahoor Ahmad
    Malik Zahoor Ahmad is a former Pakistan diplomat and Middle East expert. He is currently the Chief Coordinator of the Pakistan Trilateral Secretariat and the Director General of NAPHIS...

    , Pakistan diplomat
  • Ashford Campbell, X-Factor finalist and member of The Risk

See also Alumni of the University of Leicester.

The Attenboroughs


Two names commonly associated with the University of Leicester are Richard
Richard Attenborough
Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough , CBE is a British actor, director, producer and entrepreneur. As director and producer he won two Academy Awards for the 1982 film Gandhi...

 and David Attenborough
David Attenborough
Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS, FZS, FSA is a British broadcaster and naturalist. His career as the face and voice of natural history programmes has endured for more than 50 years...

. Their father Frederick Attenborough
Frederick Attenborough
Frederick Levi Attenborough was a British academic.-Early life:He was the son of Frederick and Mary Attenborough of Stapleford in Nottinghamshire. He was educated at schools in Long Eaton. He became a teacher at the Long Eaton Higher Elementary School in 1913. This school was founded by Samuel...

 was Principal of the University College from 1932 until 1951. The brothers grew up on the campus (with their younger brother John), in College House which is now home to part of the Maths department (and is now near to the Attenborough tower, the tallest building on the campus and home to many of the arts and humanities departments). They were educated at the adjacent grammar school
Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College
Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, or "Q.E" is a sixth form college in Leicester, England.-Admissions:There are 1,865 full-time 16-18 year-old students and 140 teaching staff. More than 40 subjects are offered at A Level. Somewhat against the national trend Mathematics and Sciences account...

 before attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art is a drama school located in London, United Kingdom. It is generally regarded as one of the most renowned drama schools in the world, and is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom, having been founded in 1904.RADA is an affiliate school of the...

 and the University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world , and the seventh-oldest globally...

 respectively. Both have maintained links with the university - David Attenborough was made an honorary Doctor of Letters in 1970 and opened the Attenborough Arboretum in Knighton
Knighton, Leicestershire
Knighton is an area of Leicester, situated roughly between Clarendon Park to the north, Stoneygate to the east, Oadby and Wigston to the south and the Saffron Lane estate to the west...

 in 1997. In the same year, the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, whom she married on 29 July 1981, and an international charity and fundraising figure, as well as a preeminent celebrity of the late 20th century...

. Both brothers were made Distinguished Honorary Fellows of the University at the 13 July 2006 afternoon degree ceremony.

See also

  • National Space Centre
    National Space Centre
    The National Space Centre is one of the United Kingdom's leading visitor attractions that is devoted to space science and astronomy. It is located in the city of Leicester, England, next to the River Soar on the A6.-History:...

  • Peer English
    Peer English
    Peer English is an academic journal established in 2006 and published annually by the Department of English at the University of Leicester and the English Association...

    , an academic journal published by the Department of English
  • Rocklands House
    Rocklands House
    Rocklands House is an Edwardian house in Oadby, Leicestershire, which is currently part of Beaumont Hall, a Halls of Residence for the University of Leicester.- History :...

  • Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies
    Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies
    The Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide studies is a teaching and research centre located within the school of Historical studies at the University of Leicester.-The Centre:...

  • The Ripple
    The Ripple (newspaper)
    -The Ripple Today:The Ripple is the Students' Union student magazine at the University of Leicester. The monthly flip-over free magazine editions have a potential readership of nearly 10,000 students...

  • University of Leicester Botanic Garden
    University of Leicester Botanic Garden
    The University of Leicester Harold Martin Botanic Garden is a botanic garden close to the halls of residence for the University of Leicester in Oadby, Leicestershire, England. Founded in 1921, the garden was established on the present site in 1947...

  • University of Leicester Students' Union
    University of Leicester Students' Union
    The University of Leicester Students' Union is the students' union of the University of Leicester. It is situated in the Percy Gee Building on the university campus. The union offers a wide range of facilities for students.-History:...


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