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University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is a leading teaching and research university. One of only a handful of British universities in the world’s top 200, the University is ranked 12th (out of 118) in the UK. The University of Leicester is a member of the ‘1994 Group’ of internationally-recognised, research-intensive universities that share a commitment to research excellence. The University has an annual turnover of £220 million and research income of over £45 million (approx. €58.5million) each year. It was named the UK’s University of the Year in 2008–09. The judges cited Leicester’s “commitment to high quality, a belief in the synergy of teaching and research and a conviction that higher education is a power for good”. The University also won the Times Higher Education award for Outstanding Student Support 2009–10.

The University of Leicester has a long tradition of providing a wide range of adult education. Each year there are some 3,500 enrolments on Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning (LILL) courses, while over 4,500 people attend other events, including activities in the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disabilities and the Arts. LILL works closely with partners in the region, including many voluntary groups.

As well as the teaching activities, the Institute of Lifelong Learning has an extensive research programme. Much of this research focuses on the ageing society, lifelong learning and the benefits for older people, through the work of the Leicester Learning and Ageing Group (LLAG). LLAG has established an international reputation for its research and has been involved with a number of Grundtvig projects. LLAG’s work seeks to show the potential benefits to individuals, families, communities and the state that can arise from lifelong learning in an ageing society. Learning in later life can promote greater social capital, stronger communities, and enable older peoples’ voices to be heard.

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