Saturday, February 10, 2007

University of Leicester Science News

It's a real buzz to work in a place which feels like it's constantly moving science forward. Here are just few of the items which can across my desk (OK, screen) yesterday:

Anthony Brookes Anthony Brookes, Professor of Bioinformatics in the Department of Genetics has won a major research award in the first round of research awards under the UK-India Education and Research Initiative, recently announced by Gordon Brown. The project will develop a novel database that relates human genetics and disease, emphasizing activities of importance to both the UK and India.

The foundation degree is a new higher education qualification designed for those who wish to attain new skills to further their career whilst still in work, using a combination of delivery methods to provide a range of vocational and work related skills. The foundation degree for science technicians will allow both existing science technicians and those wishing to enter the profession the opportunity to upgrade their skills and to broaden their expertise to cover new and emerging aspects of the job. The course will include aspects of science - from biology to the earth sciences - delivered across all years of study. This will be supported by enhancement of study skills, school curriculum matters, and health and safety issues. The course will cover experimental design, equipment maintenance, and trends of science education.

i-ScienceAnd as if that wasn't enough, the i-Science degree website just got a major makeover.

University of Leicester:
  • England's top ranked University for teaching quality and overall satisfaction amongst universities teaching full time students - National Student Survey 2005 and 2006
  • One of just 19 UK universities to feature in world's top 200- Shanghai Jiao Tong International Index, 2005 and 2006. Ranked as a Top 20 university by The Times Good University Guide.
  • Short listed Higher Education Institution of the Year - THES awards 2005 and 2006
  • Students' Union of the Year award 2005, short listed 2006
  • Founded in 1921, the University of Leicester has 19,000 students from 120 countries. Teaching in 18 subject areas has been graded Excellent by the Quality Assurance Agency- including 14 successive scores - a consistent run of success matched by just one other UK University. Leicester is world renowned for the invention of DNA Fingerprinting by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and houses Europe's biggest academic Space Research Centre. 90% of staff are actively engaged in high quality research and 13 subject areas have been awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level. The University's research grant income places it among the top 20 UK research universities. The University employs over 3,000 people, has an annual turnover of £167.5m, covers an estate of 94 hectares and is engaged in a £300m investment programme- among the biggest of any UK university.

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