set to build upon record achievements
of the University of Leicester Professor Robert Burgess told the University’s
Court - made up of academic and public representatives – that a site
development plan for the University from 2002 to 2050 was among a number of ways
in which strategic thinking was being shaped and developed.
part of its programme to build for the future, the University - which is
celebrating its 80th Anniversary – is establishing new centres of excellence
in science and medicine.
year a £30 million investment will result in two new buildings on campus, the
creation of new laboratories and the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment. In
addition, a £3 million refurbishment programme is being undertaken. Work on the
erection of the new Biomedical Sciences building is due to start next week.
University also aims to strengthen its reputation for excellence. Professor
Burgess said: “The University has achieved an unbroken run of 12 scores of
Excellent for its teaching quality from the Quality Assurance Agency and has the
rare distinction of achieving five consecutive maximum scores.
In total, the University has been assessed as offering Excellent teaching
in 18 subject areas.
is one of the factors that has helped propel the University into the top 20
universities of the UK, as determined by the Sunday Times and the Financial
Times. Another factor is the success of our research activity – the University
has attracted a record of over £33 million last year for research and in the
national Research Assessment Exercise, 84% of staff were deemed to be conducting
research of national and
year, there has been record recruitment with 2,400 new undergraduates and the
number of students registered with the University has risen to its highest ever
total – 18,500.
have launched a number of new undergraduate degree programmes which are proving
to be very popular, including Criminology, Film Studies and Management Studies.
We have also been successful in a national competition to launch two
successful Foundation degrees for classroom teaching assistants and in security
Burgess also highlighted the University’s commitment to widening participation
and lifelong learning – areas of activity that had won particular praise from
Education and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris during her visit to the University
University has been engaged in a comprehensive programme of widening
participation over a number of years and is working in collaboration with other
universities, colleges, schools and community organisations to increase
opportunities for participation in higher education.
remains our firm commitment. We will continue to focus on those communities that
have been identified nationally as facing particular barriers to higher
education. In this context, the University is pleased to be involved in the
official launch of the new Bangladesh Youth and Cultural Shomiti UK online
Burgess added that the University of Leicester would continue to play a
strategic role in regional affairs, particularly by linking in with key
businesses and organisations.
University of Leicester is a major employer, has an annual turnover of £130
million and plays a pivotal role in raising the profile of the city, county and
region. In celebrating our 80th Anniversary, we stand at a pivotal
point in our development. I have every confidence that this University, thanks
to its staff and students, is going to be an even greater success.”
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