The University of Leicester has made a series of key appointments to enhance the educational excellence of its academic departments in research and teaching.
The University has the rare distinction of achieving 11 successive Teaching Quality Assessment scores equating with Excellent following external assessments and it now ranks as one of the UK's top 20 universities.
The University's research income has also reached a new record in its 80-year history, topping £33 million for the first time.
New professorial and other appointments are set to strengthen the quality and depth of the University of Leicester's academic portfolio even further.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess said: "The University of Leicester is a popular choice for students and we are also attracting top calibre staff.
"The University of Leicester is a success story because of its staff and students - it is the people who work and study here that make it such a distinctive institution."
The following senior appointments have recently been made:
· Professor Christopher Dyer, Professor of Regional and Local History in the Centre for English Local History, Department of Economic and Social History
· Professor Jonathan Percy, Research Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry
· Professor Adrian Hyde-Price, Professor of Politics and International Relations in the Department of Politics
· Dr Paul Poplawski, Director of Studies at Vaughan College, Institute of Lifelong Learning.
In addition, there were 22 other new academic staff who began working in Leicester in this academic year.
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