Leicester is a First Class University

Founded in 1921, The University of Leicester is a first class UK university with strong international reputation in research and teaching. Today the university has 20,000 students with nearly 10,000 full time undergraduates and over 6,000 students studying its international courses through distance learning.

University of Leicester offers more than 140 undergraduate degree programs and 100 postgraduate degree programs with a wide range of courses and options available.

In the recent years Leicester is moving up its ranking in all major league tables in the UK and the world. It is now ranked as a Top 15 UK university, challenging for a place in the top ten.


- University of Leicester is rated 20th nationally in the Sunday Times University Guide 2010.

- Its citation levels are the 6th highest in the UK relative to size (THE/QS World University Ranking October 8th 2009).

- University of Leicester is ranked 12th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2008. It is described as a “first class university” by the Guide, signifying its outstanding performance in the ranking profile.

- Ranked joint 16th among all UK universities and joint 151st in the world by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University League Table. It is one of only 21 UK universities to feature in the world top 200 universities.

- It is ranked 14th by both the Times Good University Guide and the Guardian University Guide 2009.

- The University of Leicester was shortlisted for the award of the “University of The Year” by the Times Higher Education Supplement in 2005 and 2006. It was also shortlisted by the Sunday Times as University of the Year 2007.

- It was ranked joint first (with Loughborough University) for overall student satisfaction and teaching quality in the National Student Survey.

- It gained 13 grades of 5 and 5* ratings in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2001).

- University of Leicester has achieved 14 successive teaching scores of “excellent” (at least a score of 22 out of 24) from the Government's Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

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