City of Leicester has come under the microscope, and 2000 Leicester people will
be sought to help by completing a questionnaire which should be dropping through
doors throughout the city in the next few days.
addition Dr Christopher Pole and his colleagues at the University of Leicester
will be conducting focus groups and interviews with people from different walks
of life who currently live in Leicester.
aim of the study is to find out what life in Leicester is like now and how
people would like it to be in the future. One of the key concerns of the
research is that of ethnicity and multi-culturalism.
research which is scheduled to take some nine months to complete is funded
jointly by the University of Leicester, the Leicester Mercury and Leicester City
Pole will be collecting existing information on the basic character of the
city's population, as well as details of the present use of the city by
different social groups. He
will then look at how the city's population may be made up in the future, what
image it will have and what use the different groups will make of it.
research will analyse the experience of living in Leicester for different social
groups, and will achieve this through individual interviews, surveys and group
said: "The research offers a
real opportunity for people who live in Leicester to have their say about the
future development of their city by telling us about their experiences of living
and working here."
Mercury Editor Nick Carter said: " We hope that this research will help
throw more light on how our city will develop into the future."
Ross Willmott, leader of Leicester City Council, said: "The study will help
us better understand the diversity in our city. It will provide us with a
picture of how people use and identify with our city."
to editors: Further
information on the research project Researching the Future of Leicester is
available from Dr Chris Pole, telephone 0116 252 2724, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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