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Leicester Rockets up Student Popularity Chart

University of Leicester records one of biggest increases in undergraduate applications in the UK

The University of Leicester has recorded one of the biggest increases in undergraduate applications in the UK – an increase of almost 20% for non-medical courses.

The increase is three times the national average of 5.7% and, with the inclusion of medicine, the increase in applications is 11.6% - over twice the national average.

Leicester has received almost 15,000 applications for 2,000 places according to figures published by UCAS.

The largest increases in applications are for Management Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics, Politics, Geography, Physics, Geology and History of Art.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess said:

“This tremendous success for the University of Leicester is testament to the national and international standing of the University, making it one of the top places to study.

“Our success follows our outstanding achievement in the National Student Survey where Leicester achieved the joint highest score for overall student satisfaction and teaching quality among full-time students in English universities.

“Our Students’ Union won the award of Students’ Union of the Year in 2005 and was shortlisted again in 2006 while the University itself has been shortlisted for two consecutive years as University of the Year by the THES.

“This year we broke into the top 20 universities in the UK in the Times Good University guide and we are in the midst of a £300m development plan, creating state-of-the art facilities for staff and students.

“We have also joined the 1994 Group of universities- a select group of internationally recognised, research intensive universities that share a commitment to research excellence, high quality teaching and an outstanding student experience.”

Leicester has a total of 19,000 students of which nearly 10,000 are undergraduate.

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