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Students Celebrate Achievements at Degree Congregations

July 2003

Approximately 3,000 students celebrated success at the University of Leicester when they were awarded their degrees on July 9, 10 and 11. Friends and families from around the world were present for the ceremonies.

A total of 2,000 undergraduate students received their Bachelor’s degrees while higher degrees were also conferred on approximately 1,000 postgraduate students.  

The degrees were conferred at six ceremonies, by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess.  

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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 the University to update their professional skills and knowledge by taking a higher degree offered on campus or by distance learning”.

The degree ceremonies took place at 11am and 3pm on July 9, 10 and 11 at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.


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

·        Nearly 19,000 students

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

·        Largest provider of taught postgraduate courses in the UK (Financial Times, 2003)

·        Houses Europe’s biggest university-based space research groups and co-founded the £52m National Space Centre.

·        Pioneering discovery of DNA genetic fingerprinting. University won Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2002 for achievements in Genetics.

·        93% of first time graduates entered employment or pursued training/research/interests

·        97% of postgraduates entered employment or pursued training/research/interests

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