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Status Quotes  A selection of views from visitors, students, graduates and associates of the University of Leicester

“Today, Leicester is a distinguished academic leader in many fields - including Medicine and Law, faculties established in Noble's time - in no small part because it had at the helm one of the most talented and charismatic academic leaders of the time. Noble's skills toolkit included ease in working with people from all walks of life - inside and outside academe - and these talents, for example, ensured that Leicester was selected as one of the universities to be granted a new medical school, as recommended by the Royal Commission on Medical Education in its report in 1968."  Roddy Begg (Obituary for Sir Fraser Noble, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester 1962-76, The Independent, 16 September, 2003)

“The University of Leicester has had a very formative influence on my life and career. I feel deeply privileged to be receiving an Honorary LLD. It will strengthen my links with - and affection for - the University." Sir John Robertson (Sir Rob) Young, GCMG, British High Commissioner, New Delhi, a University of Leicester Graduate and Honorary Graduate (Leicester Graduates Review, 2002)

“I am very impressed by what I have seen at the University's Centre for Labour Market Studies today, and particularly by the international teaching that has put the University of Leicester at the centre of a network of professionals all over the world." Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and MP for Leicester West (June 2003)

“Leicester has always been very much a part of my life - which of course means the University of Leicester too. I'm excited and flattered by this honour." Peter Preston, The Guardian Foundation, Columnist and Editorial Director of the Guardian Media Group (prior to receiving the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Leicester, June 2003)

 “Leicester scores well in the Research Assessment Exercise, your retention rate is amongst the best in the country. ... You are above the HEFCE benchmark in many things you do and show us that you can have excellence and wider participation ...I congratulate you. You are a role model."  The Rt Hon Estelle Morris, MP, at the inauguration of the Institute of Lifelong Learning. (New Frontiers, The Newsletter of the Institute for Lifelong Learning, Summer 2002)

“We are very supportive of universities in the city. They are major employers and wealth generators. They also bring in a tremendous amount of knowledge, as many people coming out of university work in Leicestershire businesses. We wouldn't have the space centre in Leicester if it wasn't for the University of Leicester." Chief Executive of the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce Martin Traynor (Leicester Mercury, 7 May 2002)

“It is a tremendous honour to receive the prestigious honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Leicester - that is so well known for its specialisation in the field of Space Science and Science Education." Dr June Scobee Rodgers, Founding Chairman of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education (June 2003)

“That's what's good about Leicester...It's not elitist. It's the kind of place where you're encouraged to find your own way. My time at Leicester gave me great confidence. I felt I really could achieve anything I set my mind to."  Author Adele Parks (BA English 1990) (Leicester Graduates Review, 2002)

“My experiences at Leicester have stood me in good stead for future years - being away from home for the first time, doing things on your own and meeting different people were a great part of growing up." TV personality Sue Cook (Leicester Graduate Review, 2002)

“It has been a rare pleasure and privilege to be in at the birth of a university and to see it grow through succeeding stages to the large and flourishing institution it is today. I have known some of the people whose generosity and vision created the University College, and all the Principals and Vice-Chancellors who guided it on its way from 1947 to this day."  Mrs Jean Humphreys, wife of the late Professor Humphreys (Leicester Graduate Review, 2002)

“The fact that the University is situated in a small town makes the place more conductive ... people are friendly and helpful. I like the fact that it's cosmopolitan. If I was given the chance to make my choice again, I would choose Leicester. I've experienced it first hand and I like it." Kenyan  Law student Wanga (Taking Liberties, Winter 2001)

“Leicester is a cosmopolitan place. There are all sorts of people from all ethnic origins and income groups. I cannot overestimate how it changed me as a person - my ability to communicate and interact with people leapt in my student days, largely, I believe, because of Leicester's proximity to the town centre and the fact that it has a strong sense of community. At university I learnt to set my own goals and realise them."  Jon Tickle (BSc Physics 1996, former contestant on Channel 4's game show Big Brother. data strategy manager for Centrica Business Services in Staines)

“I'm glad I came for the exchange program ... Leicester is a beautiful city. It is bigger than I expected it to be. The people here are really nice and helpful."  South African student Carol Adjai (Taking Liberties, Winter 2002)

“Studying at the University of  Leicester has an influence on my personality. I have become aware that different people have different ways of perceiving things and this has taught me how to accept people as they are. I have become more studious and I can really  meet  deadlines in a way I never thought I could." Nigerian student Monisola Olagbaju (Taking Liberties, Winter 2002)

“On my tour of the campus I was very impressed by the University of Leicester, particularly the library, the excellent provision of computing facilities, and the Students' Union amenities. In my university in France, where the student intake is higher, we seem to have fewer facilities."  Nathalie Legrée, visiting French student 

“A friend of mine had sought advice from the Student Welfare Service, and suggested it might help me. So I went along there and saw one of the officers. The kind of advice she gave me was invaluable."  Carl Iszatt (BA Politics 1998) (Leicester Graduate Review, 2002)

 “I am pleased to be here in Leicester to help celebrate the University's strong commitment to lifelong learning. The importance of lifelong learning cannot be overstated. It is at the heart of the Government's ambition for the economy and society and it is great to see Leicester's leading institution taking such a lead in expanding educational opportunities for its local community.” Education and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning (Jan 2002)

     “It is a real privilege to meet you all – what a marvellous place this College is, and it is because of people like you … As a Secretary of State the trick is to keep my feet on the ground, to go out and see what you do and how you affect people’s lives. I am hugely optimistic when I see places like Vaughan College, where people are doing things right, and I can go back to London and tell the Government about it … How many people’s lives have you changed in your 140 years? If the founding fathers of this college were here, they would be proud of what you are doing today.” Education and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris, marking the 140th anniversary of Vaughan College (Jan 2002)

     “I’ve heard good things about this Centre. I can say it is a centre of excellence in inclusion – thank you for being an example to others. Inclusion is one of the areas in which it’s most difficult to bring about a cultural change – it is the implementation of that inclusiveness that is really tough. If you don’t get it right you will make things worse than if you don’t try at all. I sense here that you have been brave and courageous and innovative, and you are there – you have gone through that cultural barrier. The University is one institution that brings many services to many people. When you talk about inclusion now, it is about success, about real life and real change that is taking place here.” Education and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Institute of Lifelong Learning (Jan 2002) at the Richard Attenborough Centre

     “In this beautiful building I have seen what I thought was impossible. I have met students in wheelchairs who were dancing, with visual disabilities artists creating superb sculptures and a painter who has been blind since birth. People with disabilities are able to become involved and excel in all kinds of artistic activities. The joy and purpose throughout the building can be felt.” Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997), at the Opening of the Richard Attenborough Centre of the University of Leicester (May 28, 1997)

     “For too long we, as a society, have excluded disabled people from every form of artistic expression – both as participants and spectators… so when I was asked to raise money to build this Centre, I found it impossible to refuse.  Here was an irresistible opportunity – to make higher education in the arts fully accessible to those with disabilities and to create a brand new building with their needs, for once, at the very forefront of the design.  No cheap and bodged adaptations. No grudging, tacked-on facilities. No sending those in wheelchairs to some hidden rear entrance next to the dustbins…The building had to be totally accessible and –just as important- it was to be created out of the finest materials and it had to be beautiful … Ian Taylor (the architect) has fulfilled his brief with elegance, with taste and with sheer inspiration.  Indeed, Jonathan Glancy of The Independent wrote of Ian and of the building ‘ what could have been one of the worthiest but dreariest of building types of its kind (because that is how we have tended to treat those with disabilities) is, instead, one of the most subtly inspiring buildings in this country. Lord Attenborough, at the Opening of the Richard Attenborough Centre of the University of Leicester (May 28, 1997)

     “The University of Leicester has an enviable reputation in a variety of disciplines and it is an honour to be associated with this University.” The Indian High Commissioner Dr L M Singhvi (University of Leicester, Graduates’ Review, 1996)

     “Leicester is at the very forefront of space research and education.” Dr Patrick Moore, astronomer and broadcaster (Bulletin, May 1997)

     “Leicester already has unrivalled credentials among universities as a centre for space science.” Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees (Bulletin, May 1997)  

     "Your double welcome to me and to my husband, and your assembly here in one building do indeed demonstrate the strength of the bond between city and university. Your city, rich in history and so closely linked with the story of Parliament, has always been a great centre of communications. Today, one of the foremost industrial towns in England, it also cherishes the things of the mind and the spirit." HM The Queen, at the Opening of the Percy Gee Building of the University of Leicester (May 9, 1958)

     “The University of Leicester is a giant which is on the move.” Journalist Paul Wilkinson (The Times, October 4, 2001)

     “Academic achievements at Leicester have touched almost every aspects of our lives. Top of the list is probably the work on DNA fingerprinting by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, of the Genetics Department, which has radically altered methods of crime detection, bringing scores of criminals to book when they had previously believed they were beyond detection.” Journalist Paul Wilkinson (The Times, October 4, 2001)

     “Universities such as Leicester, which, according to the Financial Times, is the leading provider of Masters programmes in the UK, also have much to contribute to the success of their region, socially, culturally, politically and economically.” Business East Midlands, (July 2001)

     “Leicester jumped several places in our league table last year, and continues to move in the right direction.” The Sunday Times (2000)

     “The University of Leicester is an excellent education for life.” Richard Pearson (Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters), Economist, Director of the Institute for Employment Studies (Degree Ceremony, Friday 13 July, 2001)

     “I have had the happiest memories of my years at this University.” Jack Spence (Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters), Director of Studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) from 1991-1997, and former Professor of Politics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester (Degree Ceremony, Friday 13 July, 2001)

     “It is a University with such an excellent reputation for research in areas like medicine and bio-sciences, topics like the genetic fingerprinting and in physics and astronomy.” John Taylor (Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science), Director General of the Research Councils and former Director of Hewlett Packard Laboratories (Degree Ceremony, Thursday 12 July, 2001)

     “The University of Leicester is a great University, which is world class in its research and its teaching.” Professor Colin Humphreys (Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge) (Degree Ceremony, Wednesday 11 July, 2001)

     “The University of Leicester is a research led University, it is one of the best universities of the country." Professor Anthony Giddens (Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters), Director of the London School of Economics (Degree Ceremony, Wednesday 19 July, 2000)

     “The education that your University offers to its students is an excellent preparation for the world.” Dr Smith, Chairman of the Smith Institution for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering, the Economic and Social Research Council and the National Space Centre (Bulletin, March 2001)

     “In recent years, British universities have suffered much from scare resources and superabundant regulation. But those like Leicester, which have a strong educational and research roots, and shown a willingness to innovate, still have an enormous amount to offer our society.” Professor Barry Supple (Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters), University of Sussex, Director of the Leverhulme Trust since 1993 (Bulletin, March 1999)

     “The creation of the University of Leicester's Centre for Tuscan Studies is an important initiative in making known the history, traditions and economy of Tuscany.”   Claudio Martini, President of Tuscany (Press Release, February 2002)

     The University of Leicester’s new Centre for Tuscan Studies is an excellent undertaking, worthy of the greatest attention.” Riccardo Nencini, President of the Regional Council of Tuscany (Press Release, February 2002)

     “At Leicester I had the time to explore some of these moral and ethical issues which the demands of ones career afterwards make it difficult to sustain. I think the biggest lesson I learned from those studies was the supreme value of the individual in society. And that has been a central theme for me in my development and in my professional life." Sir Rob Young, Graduate, BA 1967 French and Latin, British High Commissioner to India (University of Leicester, Graduates' Review, Summer 1998)

     “I have had a strange life in many ways, and I have a great deal to be grateful to Leicester for. … I will always have a very soft spot for Leicester. …  So I can honestly say that the good things that have happened to me have all been due to the University of Leicester  and their willingness to give me a chance, when other universities turned up their noses.” Barbara Manighetti, Graduate, Degree of Geology in 1998 (University of Leicester Graduates' Review, January 1998)

     "The study of Tuscany's identity and history in such a prestigious University gives the entire region reason for pride."  President Nencini, on the official launch of the Centre for Tuscan Studies, February 2002) 

     "The University of Leicester and the Student Rugby League have given me great experiences in sport and a platform on which to build. A good club atmosphere and the new friends that have come about through playing at university will be my lasting memories of my time here. I would advise all new students to play sport at this University. Socially and competitively, the rewards for me have been high." Business Economics Student and international rugby star Greg Hurst (University of Leicester Press Release, February 2002)

     “It [The University] is absolutely fabulous.” Anna Farley and Gemma Bishop (Ripple, May 15, 2000)

     “It is a very good educational establishment.” Alex Harris and David Figes (Ripple, May 15, 2000)


     “This is a very good University and there is always someone to ask if you have a problem. I am happy studying here.” Paul Abel (Leicester Mercury, October 1, 2001)

     “University life in Leicester has been fantastic, both academically and socially.  Anyone who chooses Leicester as their place of study will not regret their decision.” Martin Hale, Communication and Society

     “My education at Leicester not only provided me with a great scientific foundation, it also gave me the skills and self-confidence to succeed. Chemistry does indeed offer a wealth of experience.” Brian Kelly, Graduate

     “Leicester was my first choice because everyone was so friendly at the open day, and because the course was in line with what I intended in studying.  The lecturers have a very wide range of interests, and all the staff are always on hand to help.” Angeline Hollinshed, BA Ancient History and Archaeology, Second Year

     “I have been in contact with other universities and it has become clear to me that there is far more student/teacher interaction at Leicester.  This, as any student will tell you, is very important.” Nicola Hughes, BA Archaeology Graduate 2001

     “There were a number of things that impressed me at Leicester.  Initially it was the genuine welfare of the student, from both the teaching and support staff that was apparent.” Ian Reeds, BSc Archaeology Graduate 2001

     “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Leicester, both socially and academically.  The History and Archaeology departments have a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the tutors are also approachable.” John Braendeholm, BA History and Archaeology Graduate 2001

     “Leicester, both the University and the city, is friendly and multi-cultural, offering something for every student.” Oliver Webb, BA History Graduate 2000

     “I’ve really enjoyed my degree at Leicester and I found the informal positive attitude of the staff created a positive environment for study.  The tutors were always ready to discuss problems and open up new lines of thinking, and the topics offered were varied and interesting.” Nicky Pink, BA Economic and Social History Graduate 1999

     “I immediately took to Leicester when I visited on an Open Day, and the campus atmosphere particularly appealed to me.  The variety and choice of modules available really made my choice.  In addition, the University’s careers service has helped me prepare for my future.  Leicester is a fantastic city in which to work and play, with a lively city centre and a friendly, helpful University.” Louise Mayson, BA History Graduate 2000

     “The best four years of my life.” Andy Richards, Geology Graduate 2000

     “I decided to come to the University of Leicester because I was attracted to the excellent reputation of the English course and the lively, ‘student friendly’ city.  My three years here have been everything I expected and more.  I have really enjoyed my course and made so many friends, both students and staff.  I shall certainly be sorry to leave!” Sally Crowe, BA English

     “This is a good University and the Department itself is very friendly.  It has a nice size campus and you can get to know everybody and what is going on.  The Halls of Residence are lovely and very comfortable and you get to know people studying many different disciplines.” Emma Lewis, BEng Mechanical Engineering

     “I enjoyed my time at Leicester immensely and have found it to be a well regarded university in the City.” Samantha Burden, BA Business Economics Graduate 1998

     “I visited the Faculty on the basis that it has a good reputation and was so impressed by the welcome I received that I knew I would be happy here.  The tutors are ‘top-notch’ and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.  I made the right decision choosing Leicester.” Sarah Hunt, LLB in Law

     “I would most definitely recommend the University of Leicester to anyone wanting to do Law.  The Faculty has far exceeded my expectations and the respect that it has within the legal profession is clearly evident.  I have been very impressed by the teaching and the calibre of the staff.” Jenna Latchford, LLB in Law

     “Leicester gives students the ultimate university experience. The city is friendly and culturally mixed. Union entertainments are lively and varied, with three nightclubs and recently expanded bar.” Lisa Castledine, former Students’ Union President, quoted in The Sunday Times

     “The importance attached to lifelong learning has recently increased dramatically. The University of Leicester anticipated the trend, having for many years provided education for mature students. There are a wide variety of courses available. Staff are friendly, approachable and helpful and the atmosphere at Vaughan College is welcoming and ideal for those considering higher education for the first time … I have thoroughly enjoyed my years of study and would strongly recommend the University’s lifelong learning courses to anyone.” Guy Sumpter, Graduate

     “The Students’ Union has facilities that are second to none – a large shop, restaurant, travel agent and top nightclubs – the Venue which is one of the best nightclubs of any Students’ Union in the country. Plus there is a range of initiatives to make sure that you count.  After studying, it is great to dance the night away on campus in such surroundings.” Leita Zighead, Student (UG Prospectus 2000)

“The University accommodation is brilliant!” James Tomlinson, Student (UG Prospectus 2000)

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