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Praise for Leicester in Sunday Times League Table

The University of Leicester has been commended in the latest newspaper league table published by The Sunday Times. (September 14, 2003). The University is placed 24 out of 121 higher education establishments.

Leicester’s drop-out rate is among the lowest in the country placing it in the top 10, and the University is ranked among the top 20 in the UK for teaching quality.

The report comments on Leicester’s investment in its future with the £300m development plan and the University’s reputation in space research is also highlighted. Particular note is made of the Mars mission with The Sunday Times commenting that Leicester had dubbed itself ‘Britain’s first interplanetary university.’

The Sunday Times report highlights Leicester’s above average intake from state schools and from working class backgrounds, its low drop out rate and the diversity of the intake.

“With competition for places at fewer than six applicants per place and the average A-levels required for entry a little less than BBB, Leicester is a steal,” states the report.

Leicester’s unbroken cycle of success in teaching quality over the last four years is noted as is the international excellence of its research.

“The multicultural ambience of the city offers much for pleasure-seeking students: good food, bars, clubs, theatre, music and sport. Student halls are plentiful and close to the main campus,” adds The Sunday Times.

You can read the full report on:,,8404-813889,00.html

Other league tables published during 2003 have also highlighted many of Leicester’s credentials.

The University is the UK’s leading provider of taught postgraduate education and it is ranked as having the top medical school in the country by The Guardian. In 2001, 2002 and 2003 the FT placed Leicester at the top of a ‘league of their own’ for the level of taught postgraduate education.

Leicester achieved a top 20 ranking for the third successive year in the Financial Times league table (May 3/4) where it was placed 18th out of 98 institutions. The FT League Table was the first national media league table of 2003.

The Times, which published its league tables from May 7,2003, placed Leicester at 24- its highest ever ranking in that particular league table, compared with 26th in 2002 and 33rd in 2001. In terms of England and Wales, Leicester was placed 21st in The Times league table (2003).

Last year, the FT identified Leicester as an 'outstanding performer' in terms of its five year record and this year Leicester continues to be a top ranking University in the UK for the percentage of taught postgraduate students.

In the 2003 FT League Table, Leicester achieved the following scores:

A Level points 22

Applications to places: 5.66

Student/Staff ratio: 8.66

Research: 7.57

%of 5* research: -

Teaching: 22.11

1st class degrees: 9.1

Employment: 70

% of graduates entering prof training: 9.7

% of graduates entering higher degree: 13.1

% postgrad research: 15.4

% postgrad taught: 73.5

% overseas students 15.9

Income from industry: £3,914,000

Income from industry/FTE: 3,390

Income for Research: £33,123,000

Income for research/FTE:  28,688

Computer expenditure:  £2,294,000

Computer expenditure/FTES: 230

Library expend: £3,908,000

Library expend/FTES: 391


The Times awards Leicester a total of 786 points as follows

Teaching (out of 24): 22.2

Research (out of 7): 5

Entry Standards (out of 30): 22

Student-staff ratio: 15

Library/computing spending: 480

Facilities spending: 261

First and upper seconds (out of 100): 64.4

Graduate destinations (out of 100): 73.4

Efficiency: 93


A total of 16 subjects were ranked by The Times/THES (2003) in the top 20:

Education (6)

Archaeology and Ancient History (7)

English (11)

Mechanical engineering (11)

Medicine (11)

General engineering (12)

Geology (12)

History of Art (12)

Economics (15=)

Electrical and electronic engineering (16)

Psychology (16)

Italian (17)

American Studies (18)

Communication and media studies (18)

Physics and Astronomy (19)



The THES (May 9, 2003) placed Leicester in the top 20 for:

Teaching assessment scores (16th)

Facilities spending (16th)

Efficiency (10th)

Research income (19th)


The Guardian League tables published on May 20 2003 ranks Leicester in the top 30 UK institutions - Leicester is placed 25th (22nd in England). It is cited as being in the top 10 for the following subjects:

Medicine (1st)- Headline: Leicester in top health for medicine

Physics (5th)

American Studies (7th)

Media Studies (9th)

History of Art (10th)

History (10th)


The Guardian (June 3 2003) also cites Leicester as being among the top 20 in the UK for research - it is placed 19th.

A 'table of tables' compiled by the Daily Telegraph on 25 June, 2003, has placed Leicester 24th. The table is based on the rankings of five newspapers and a survey of graduate recruiters.


The Times:  The Times published its league table on May 10, 2002, and placed Leicester at 26 - climbing seven places from the 2001 ranking of 33rd. The Times, ranking Leicester in the top quartile of UK universities, placed 15 subject areas in the top 20 in the UK. They are: Archaeology (3), Education (6), Law (9=), Medicine (9), English (10=), Engineering (10), Economics (12), History (13), Psychology (13), Chemistry (13), History of Art (13), American Studies (15), Media Studies (16), Physics and Astronomy (17), Italian (18).

The Financial Times has placed Leicester 17th in its table published on May 11, 2002. It was also identified as having the highest percentage of taught postgraduates in the country. Leicester was identified as an 'outstanding performer' in terms of its five year record.

The Daily Telegraph: Published on July 27, 2002, this placed Leicester 22 and among the First Division of UK universities. The tables are compiled on the basis of teaching assessments alone.

The Guardian: In terms of Universities - rather than single subject colleges - Leicester was placed 24th in the Guardian tables of May 28, 2002. Departments cited in the top 20 include: Economics 14th; Engineering 9th; Archaeology 5th; History 12th;  Law 13th, Politics 18th, Psychology 13th,  Biosciences 19th; Chemistry 6th;  History of Art 13th.

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