University of Leicester eBulletin

Success of University Reflected in Leicester's Climb Up League Tables

May 2002
No 98

Latest national media league tables have placed the University of Leicester among the foremost universities in the UK - and it leads the country in the provision of postgraduate programmes.

Leicester achieved its highest ever rating in the Financial Times league table (May 11) which placed the University at 17 - climbing two places from last year's 19th, the first time it had achieved a top 20 rating.

The University is also ranked in the top 20 by The Sunday Times, and The Times, which published its league table on Friday (May 10), placed Leicester at its highest ever ranking of 26 - climbing seven places from the 2001 ranking of 33rd.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess said: "This is a splendid set of achievements. It is the result of some very hard work by all members of the University."

The FT identified Leicester as an 'outstanding performer' in terms of its five year record and placed Leicester in first place for being the largest provider of taught postgraduate courses in the UK.

The Times, ranking Leicester in the top quartile of UK universities, placed 15 subject areas in the top 20 in the UK. They are: Archaeology (3), Education (6), Law (9=), Medicine (9), English (10=), Engineering (10), Economics (12), History (13), Psychology (13), Chemistry (13), History of Art (13), American Studies (15), Media Studies (16), Physics and Astronomy (17), Italian (18).

The University, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary, achieved record recruitment this year and scored among the best results in teaching quality for any university - it is graded Excellent in 18 subject areas. For research, the University attracted a record income of 33 million last year and it 84% of staff were deemed to be doing research of national and international calibre by the Research Assessment Exercise, 2001.

Earlier this year, the University announced its biggest expansion plan since the sixties, establishing world-class inter-disciplinary research centres on campus.  

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