Leicester reaches out to young people in London schools

The University is targeting potential students living in London by forging new links with schools and colleges across the capital.

The move has been prompted by an increased level of interest in Leicester from Londoners. Applications to the University from candidates in Greater London rose by more than 25 per cent between 2012 and 2014, with a 12 per cent surge in the intake from the capital during the same period.

Since September, staff from Leicester have targeted nearly 30 schools and colleges in London, offering taster lectures, training for teachers on UCAS applications, and group visits to the Leicester campus.

Seven schools have signed a formal “partnership agreement”, guaranteeing a certain level of contact with the University. One deserving sixth former will be chosen by each school to be awarded a University of Leicester scholarship, worth £1,000 per year at University.

Leicester holds many attractions for London students, including its close proximity and cultural similarities between the two cities. The University has also been identified as the most affordable student destination in national surveys for the past two years.