Awards and accreditation


  • The Association of Graduate Recruiters have recognised the University of Leicester as the best institution in the UK with the best initiative to prepare students for the world of work.
  • 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. We are the only university to win awards in seven consecutive years.
  • Leicester has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education on three occasions - the highest form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution.
  • In August 2015, HSBC announced for the second year running that the University of Leicester is the most affordable destination in Britain for both first and second-year students, according to their research.
  • In 2013 our Students' Union was named HE Students' Union of the Year in the NUS Awards.


Athena SWAN Award

University of Leicester is committed to promoting equality for women in academia. In 2006, we signed up to the Athena SWAN charter for women in science. In 2008 we were awarded with a bronze Athena SWAN award and this was renewed in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Health Sciences achieved a University first by being granted a Silver award in 2013.

Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network), is a UK programme that celebrates recognition and commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in higher education and research.

Stonewall Diversity Champion

The University is a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, with the principle aim of ensuring that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) employees are supported in the working environment, and as a public declaration of our support for LGBT equality and inclusion. The University has been a member of the Diversity Champions programme since 2013.

Coeliac UK

Coeliac UK audited the University's kitchens and confirmed that, as a result, it had decided to award its gluten-free accreditation to Leicester, making it the first UK university to receive this accolade.