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Academics at the Attenborough Arts Centre

We would be happy to explore with you and your department how we might add value to
your planning for the new academic year.

The University of Leicester has over 11,000 under-graduate students out of a total of 23,000
students in total, 49% of whom are from BAME backgrounds and 9% who identify as
disabled. Recent research would suggest that these BAME and disabled students have lower
levels of engagement than their non-BAME peers and the University is keen to address this
as a matter of urgency.

With a growing focus on student engagement and satisfaction, all departments are being
asked through the Educational Excellence programme to articulate their contribution to this
important agenda, particularly in the light of our falling place in the national student
satisfaction survey.

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The Attenborough Arts Centre is an active participant in the Edex (Educational Excellence)
programme. Its pioneering work in championing equality and diversity, widening access to
the arts, and nurturing emerging talent has seen a year on year increase in its visitor
numbers. There are now over 100,000 people attending annually and a growing number of
local schools and colleges engaging in our educational programmes these visitors take part
in our yearlong programme of performances, exhibitions, classes and events. The scope of
our cultural provision for your students, therefore, is broad.

We would be happy to explore with you and your department how we might add value to
your planning for the new academic year in the following areas:
If you would like to discuss opportunities further please contact Alistair Burns, Customer Services Manager on

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Broadening skills and careers development

  • Opportunities for paid work
  • Providing volunteering and placement opportunities
  • Enhancing critical thinking, through the opportunity to review exhibitions, films and productions
  • Building transferrable skills (e.g. content creation and
    customer service)
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Curriculum integration and enhancement

  • Supporting and supplementing your teaching through our exhibitions, shows and events, with focus on identity, class, gender, society and culture.
  • Tailored performances to complement course content
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Social and Wellbeing

  • Tours of our facilities
  • Free or reduced rate space for student society socials
  • Ice breaker sessions as part of student induction
  • De-stress by joining one of our student specific, free, drop in creative courses
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Research excellence

  • Work with us as a named partner in research bids
  • Joint collaboration on public facing talks, exhibitions, seminars
  • Hire our facilities for meetings and public consultation events
  • Foster Inter disciplinary collaborations with artists involved in interpreting or responding to research topics