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The ''University of Leicester'' is a leading UK University committed to international excellence through the creation of world-changing research and high-quality inspirational teaching. The university was the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2008-9. In awarding the title the judges cited Leicester's ability to "evidence commitment to high quality, a belief in the synergy of teaching and research and a conviction that higher education is a power for good". Leicester was "elite without being elitist".
The ''University of Leicester'' is a research-led university based in Leicester, England, [[UK]]. Of its approximately 20,000 registered students, about 13,000 of them are full-time, with 7,000 part-time and/or distance learning students. The university was founded in 1927.
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According to the 2004-2005 Annual Report, of 18,000 registered students, over 5,000 were enroled in Distance Learning courses.
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Achievements that have been documented in recent years include:
  
In their strategic plan we can see that they want to increase the number of students in distance learning.
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* Research published in February 2011 rated Leicester 3rd in England after Oxford and Cambridge for the quality of lecturing staff.
:*Sustaining our position as a major UK provider of postgraduate education and as the UK’s leading niche provider of distance-learning education.
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* The research conducted by the University has the strongest impact of any university in the UK Midlands region measured by citations per academic.  
:*Leading the UK in terms of innovation in teaching and learning through the application of e-learning.
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* Leicester has one of the highest proportions of research-active staff in the UK, with some 93% of staff submitted for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
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* Leicester is the most inclusive of Britain's top-20 leading universities with the greatest proportion of students from under-represented groups.
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* Leicester has one of the highest student completion rates - 91% of students leaving the sector with an award, as per UK Government performance indicators.
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* Leicester has the department with greatest concentration of world class research of any department of any discipline in the UK - the Department of Museum Studies.
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* It was at Leicester that DNA Genetic Fingerprinting was invented by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys.
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* The university has 23,000 students; it directly employs over 3,500 people and indirectly supports the employment of just under 3,000 others.  
  
In this university they have a huge experience in distance learning, we can see the number of students enroled in the last years.
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The ''Beyond Distance Research Alliance'' is a unique R&D unit that researches learning technologies and builds capacity within the University and the UK university sector. It collaborates with academic departments and senior management to identify appropriate ways to underpin the University's learning and teaching innovation strategy and policy for the future. It is one of the UK's premier centres for research into online and distance learning, facilitating change in the sector by informing best practice in teaching, based on the findings from research.  
  
The couse materials will be sent to the student house by post, like textbooks, and suggestions to create your own timetable. The library offer several services, e-books, e-journals, but if the student need a textbook the university send to him via post. For distance learning they also use the tool called blackboard.
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Research here is evidence-led rather than target-driven: the credo of the unit is ''innovation to mainstream; research to practice'', with emphasis on low-cost, high-impact technologies that enable appropriate, learner-centred learning and teaching.
This kind of students also can use the distance learning network, created from a lot of universities, to know where take a look, the student has to ask to his department.
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The student will submit their essays and course work in the post; although some departments allow coursework to be emailed. Some courses include some examinations, which take place at centres that are local to the student.
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In this way of studying is very important the feedback that the student has with the teacher, for this reason they use e-mail or phone.
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The University of Leicester web site is at http://www.le.ac.uk/
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The achievements of Beyond Distance are twofold: (i) in high-quality research undertaken and widely disseminated; (ii) in contributing to the University's strategic vision and positioning in e-learning and distance learning. In the past two years the unit's strategic activity has included drafting policies, procedures and guidelines for the integration of OERs into curriculum design and delivery, fuelled by findings from the JISC- and HEA-funded UK-OER project, OTTER (http://www.le.ac.uk/otter. Knowledge gained from this project is currently being cascaded to other universities in UK through two new projects: OSTRICH (http://www.le.ac.uk/ostrich) and TIGER (http://www.northampton.ac.uk/tiger). A significant focus for all these projects is to set in place appropriate OER policies and strategies. Additionally the SPIDER project (http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/beyond-distance-research-alliance/projects/spider) builds on the foundations of the OTTER project, and shares knowledge and practice about OERs.
  
 
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The unit shares its research outputs and best practice both internally and across the Higher and Further Education sectors. It has established a culture of open sharing via Creative Commons-licensed artefacts wherever possible, even supporting presenters at its online conferences and dissemination events to release their presentations as OERs. The repository is held at http://www.le.ac.uk/oer - all the OERs are also available on JorumOpen.
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The University of Leicester uses [[Blackboard]].
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The University of Leicester is a member of the [[1994 Group]], an association of middle-ranking universities in the UK who regard research as important but not to the excluision of excellent teaching.  
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This institution/programme was discussed as a case study in the [[Megatrends]] project in its second report, [http://www.nettskolen.com/in_english/megatrends/Book2.pdf Megaproviders of e-learning in Europe (PDF - 212 pages - EN)], 2007 (ISBN 978 82 562 88184).
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Revision as of 13:40, 3 August 2011

The University of Leicester is a leading UK University committed to international excellence through the creation of world-changing research and high-quality inspirational teaching. The university was the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2008-9. In awarding the title the judges cited Leicester's ability to "evidence commitment to high quality, a belief in the synergy of teaching and research and a conviction that higher education is a power for good". Leicester was "elite without being elitist".

Achievements that have been documented in recent years include:

  • Research published in February 2011 rated Leicester 3rd in England after Oxford and Cambridge for the quality of lecturing staff.
  • The research conducted by the University has the strongest impact of any university in the UK Midlands region measured by citations per academic.
  • Leicester has one of the highest proportions of research-active staff in the UK, with some 93% of staff submitted for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
  • Leicester is the most inclusive of Britain's top-20 leading universities with the greatest proportion of students from under-represented groups.
  • Leicester has one of the highest student completion rates - 91% of students leaving the sector with an award, as per UK Government performance indicators.
  • Leicester has the department with greatest concentration of world class research of any department of any discipline in the UK - the Department of Museum Studies.
  • It was at Leicester that DNA Genetic Fingerprinting was invented by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys.
  • The university has 23,000 students; it directly employs over 3,500 people and indirectly supports the employment of just under 3,000 others.

The Beyond Distance Research Alliance is a unique R&D unit that researches learning technologies and builds capacity within the University and the UK university sector. It collaborates with academic departments and senior management to identify appropriate ways to underpin the University's learning and teaching innovation strategy and policy for the future. It is one of the UK's premier centres for research into online and distance learning, facilitating change in the sector by informing best practice in teaching, based on the findings from research.

Research here is evidence-led rather than target-driven: the credo of the unit is innovation to mainstream; research to practice, with emphasis on low-cost, high-impact technologies that enable appropriate, learner-centred learning and teaching.

The achievements of Beyond Distance are twofold: (i) in high-quality research undertaken and widely disseminated; (ii) in contributing to the University's strategic vision and positioning in e-learning and distance learning. In the past two years the unit's strategic activity has included drafting policies, procedures and guidelines for the integration of OERs into curriculum design and delivery, fuelled by findings from the JISC- and HEA-funded UK-OER project, OTTER (http://www.le.ac.uk/otter. Knowledge gained from this project is currently being cascaded to other universities in UK through two new projects: OSTRICH (http://www.le.ac.uk/ostrich) and TIGER (http://www.northampton.ac.uk/tiger). A significant focus for all these projects is to set in place appropriate OER policies and strategies. Additionally the SPIDER project (http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/beyond-distance-research-alliance/projects/spider) builds on the foundations of the OTTER project, and shares knowledge and practice about OERs.

The unit shares its research outputs and best practice both internally and across the Higher and Further Education sectors. It has established a culture of open sharing via Creative Commons-licensed artefacts wherever possible, even supporting presenters at its online conferences and dissemination events to release their presentations as OERs. The repository is held at http://www.le.ac.uk/oer - all the OERs are also available on JorumOpen.