University of Leicester eBulletin

Students to Celebrate Achievements at Degree Congregations

June 2002
No 136

More than 3,000 students will celebrate success at the University of Leicester when they are awarded their degrees on July 10, 11 and 12. Friends and families from around the world will be present for the ceremonies.

Approximately 2,000 undergraduate students will receive their Bachelor’s degrees while higher degrees will also be conferred on approximately 1,200 postgraduate students.

The degrees will be conferred at six ceremonies, marking the University’s 80th Anniversary, by the Chancellor of the University, Sir Michael Atiyah, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess.

Professor Burgess said: “I would like to congratulate all of the University’s new graduates. The excellent results reflect both the ability of our students, and the quality of the University’s teaching and research.  The University’s teaching has been consistently rated excellent by the Quality Assurance Agency in its rigorous subject-based quality assessments.  The University of Leicester is ranked in the top 20 institutions in league tables compiled by the Financial Times and the Sunday Times.

“The skills, attributes and abilities of these graduates will enable them to make a decisive impact on their chosen careers in the knowledge-based economy. We wish them every success and, in the age of lifelong learning, we are sure that many of our graduates will wish to return to Leicester to update their professional skills and knowledge.”

NOTE TO NEWSDESKS: The degree ceremonies take place at 11am and 3pm from July 10-12 at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.


·      Established as a University College in 1921. Royal Charter, giving own degree-awarding powers, granted in 1957

·        University is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2001-2

·        More than 18,500 students

·      Over 140 undergraduate degree courses and more than 100 postgraduate degree programmes

·      Largest provider of taught postgraduate courses in the UK (Financial Times, 2002)

·      Houses Europe’s biggest university-based space research groups and co-founded the National Space Centre which opened 30 June 2001.Pioneering discovery of DNA genetic fingerprinting

·      94% of first time graduates entered employment or pursued training/research/interests

·      96% of postgraduates entered employment or pursued training/research/interests

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