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Hat-Trick of Success in National Student Survey for University of Leicester

Leicester receives laurels for third successive year

Released 12 September 2007

The University of Leicester has emerged as the top University in the Midlands for the second successive year for student satisfaction. 91% of full-time first degree students at Leicester were satisfied with their course. Amongst full-time students at mainstream English universities this score is bettered only by Oxford.

This is the third successive year that the University of Leicester has triumphed in the National Student Survey- the cornerstone of the UK’s independent quality assurance framework and is designed to inform prospective students about what and where to study.

The Survey results are announced as Leicester experiences record applications for its courses – by the start of September more than 16000 students had applied for 2309 places at the University. Applications to Leicester were 19% higher this year than last.

In total, five subject areas at Leicester were ranked top in the country in terms of average overall satisfaction scores (Biology, Genetics, Mathematics, Geology & French). Three quarters of the University’s 22 subjects in the National Student Survey, had a mean average satisfaction score that ranked in the top 10 in the country.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess said: “Leicester’s performance since the inception of the National Student Survey demonstrates that our students are very impressed with their University careers.

“This is an exceptional result proving Leicester’s high standing is not a one-off: we are consistently ranked among the leaders in the UK for student satisfaction.

“Our staff are to be congratulated on another marvellous set of outcomes.”

Professor Burgess added that Leicester’s performance in the National Student Survey and national league tables had transformed the reputation of the University:

Leicester is ranked in the top 20 universities by The Guardian University Guide and UK Good University Guide (out of 120 institutions)

According to Thomson Scientific, Leicester has the tenth highest number of highly cited researchers in the UK. It is a top 20 research university in terms of research council income per academic.

Leicester is one of just 21 British Universities to feature in the world’s top 200. The study, carried out by Shanghai Jiao Tong University uses a range of data sources to compile the table of the world’s top universities.

The University has been shortlisted for the award of University of the Year by the Times Higher Education Supplement for two consecutive years. The 2006 shortlist describes Leicester as ‘by any measure one of the best’

Kim Lord, BA Modern Languages, said: “I chose the University of Leicester as I was aware that it had a high ranking in the National Student Survey. I got a really good impression at the Open Day, and I could imagine myself being a student at Leicester. The standard of teaching at Leicester is great.”

Natasha Ranga, studying Medicine MBChB, added: “I came to the University of Leicester to study Medicine because the teaching reputation at the University is great. The students get a great deal of attention and it’s a student focused course.”

The Results:

Leicester subject areas ranked in top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (full-time first degree students by mean average satisfaction score):

  • Medicine (joint 3rd)
  • Biology (joint 1st)
  • Genetics (1st)
  • Biochemistry (2nd)
  • Geology (joint 1st)
  • Physical Geography (joint 8th)
  • Mathematics (1st)
  • Electrical Engineering (joint 5th)
  • Economics (joint 7th)
  • Politics (joint 2nd)
  • Human Geography (joint 5th)
  • Law (2nd)
  • Business (School of Management) (joint 3rd)
  • English (joint 2nd)
  • French (joint 1st)
  • History (joint 9th)
  • Archaeology (joint 5th)
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