About the University of Leicester
 
The University of Leicester is one of the United Kingdom’s largest providers of distance learning education, with over 2,300 new distance learners joining the University each year. With over 25 years experience of offering high-quality distance learning courses, students will benefit from studying at a University that has a wealth of expertise in this sector. More than 25,000 students have graduated from the University’s distance learning courses, thus enlisting them as part of the University’s core educational provision. The University of Leicester's courses are internationally renowned with students coming from 206 culturally diverse countries.
 
Distance learning enables a student to study at home in their own time and space, so individuals can combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments. The University of Leicester's courses are flexible, high quality and focused on learners and their needs. Students are able to apply their new knowledge and insights into their working life immediately, with many choosing to tackle work-related topics in their dissertations. Regardless of location, students will be working alongside leading academics at the cutting edge of their disciplines. Distance learners have access to the University's comprehensive online catalogue comprising thousands of electronic journals and 350,000 books as well as Blackboard (a Virtual Learning Environment) which provides students with opportunities to network with peers and connect with tutors.
 
A number of programmes are affiliated with and/or accredited by professional bodies and institutions. Studying a course that is affiliated with or accredited by a relevant body can give individuals a head-start when it comes to getting a job in their chosen industry, or in some cases, be a legal requirement of the profession. The University of Leicester's links with professional bodies ensures that prospective students can be confident in the quality of our courses and have access to the most up-to-date sector information, networking opportunities and in some cases, supplementary training opportunities.
 
A qualification from the University of Leicester can be life changing and with over 25,000 distance learning graduates to date, the University is keen to ensure that the experience of all its students (from application to graduation) is as valuable and memorable as it can be. A university should be about empowering people to explore; through passionate, dedicated teaching and innovative, world‐changing research. By embracing the fact that every journey is personal, the University is consistently one of the most socially inclusive of the UK’s universities with a long‐standing commitment to providing fair and equal access to higher education.
 
The University of Leicester is of the opinion that high quality research and excellent teaching are not only complementary, they’re inseparable. The University is constantly finding new ways of being a leading university, and has done so since it was founded as a University College in 1921. Following the discovery of the mortal remains of King Richard III in 2012, the University became the focus of much publicity, excitement and discussion; however, its successes includes a number of other high‐profile discoveries including the identification of the Stellar black hole in 1975, the invention of DNA fingerprinting in 1984 and most recently its contributions towards the detection of Dark Matter. The University of Leicester is home to 22,500 students, more than a quarter of whom are enrolled on a distance learning course, meaning that distance learning is an integral part of the University’s core educational provision.
 
Credentials
 
The University of Leicester is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world by THE World University Rankings Leicester continues to be ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings and is rated 5 stars for excellence. The Association of Graduate Recruiters has recognised the University of Leicester as the best institution in the UK for its overall strategy to prepare students for the world of work. The University of Leicester is a leading UK University committed to excellent teaching, world‐changing research and business innovation. Leicester is ranked in the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings. The Power ranking takes into account both the quality of research and the number of research‐active staff who made REF returns. Research power is important because it gives a strong indication of a combination of world‐class research, international impact, critical mass and sustainability.
 
The University of Leicester is consistently one of the most socially inclusive of the UK’s universities with a long‐standing commitment to providing fairer and equal access to higher education. The University has won Times Higher Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and most recently in 2013 for Outstanding Communications Team and Outstanding Fundraising Initiative. It is the only university to win awards in seven consecutive years. The University's psychology courses are currently the only purely distance learning courses available from UK higher education institutions.
 
 
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