University of Leicester
The University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, United Kingdom
Overview of University of Leicester
Leicester University is a leading university dedicated to global excellence, changing research and high-quality, inspired teaching. Research-intensive universities, the university’s research personnel are setting new ground and guidelines that will improve the situation in the UK and the world. Leicester’s staff and students are consistently ranked amongst the top 250 universities in the world (the QS World University Rankings). Leicester has been awarded its 1957 Royal Charter, now a leading UK research university and is proud to make positive contributions to health, culture, society and the environment. In three academic colleges it offers more than 350 degree programs: medicine, biology and psychology, science and engineering, arts and humanities. Its ethos underlines an interdisciplinary approach, innovation and cooperation.
The buildings of the University of Leicester represent over a century of architectural styles that reflect our heritage and development. The first university building, Fielding Johnson, dates back to 1837 and is a fine example of late Georgian design. Many of the more recent buildings have received architectural awards for excellence in architecture.
All buildings are within a few minutes ‘ walk of each other on the compact campus of the University of Leicester. Leicester Train Station is within walking distance of the campus, although stores, the cinema complex, local shops, bars and restaurants are all within walking distance. East McCain Airport is the nearest airport which serves 28 different countries.
With a population of more than 300,000, Leicester is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city in the heart of England. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Leicester is just an hour’s drive from London by rail and is within easy reach of many other major cities and places of interest, including Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Oxford and Cambridge.
- Bob Mortimer – Comedian
- Norman Lamb – MP
- Natalie Bennett – Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
- Peter Atkins – Physical chemist
- Leicester was the birthplace of local radio, Radio Leicester was Britain's first local radio station ever.
- Leicester is believed to have the most traffic lights in the UK than any other town, and Leicester was also the first town to have both traffic lights and traffic guards.
- Leicester hosts the biggest Diwali festivities outside of India.