University of Leicester

About the University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is led by discovery and innovation – an international centre for excellence renowned for research, teaching and broadening access to higher education. It is among the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings with 75% of research adjudged to be internationally excellent with wide-ranging impacts on society, health, culture, and the environment. 

Our Centenary

On 11 November 2018 (Armistice Day), the University of Leicester marked 100 years since the end of the First World War. That date in 1918 also marked the beginning of the story to create a university in Leicester as a living memorial to honour those who made sacrifices during the Great War. This is reflected in the University's motto Ut vitam habeant – 'so that they may have life'. The University was founded as Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland University College in 1921. 

Out of this World Research

Research scientists at the University of Leicester have a long and distinguished record of discovery. We are world renowned for the discovery of DNA genetic fingerprinting by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and our archaeologists and scientists discovered and identified King Richard III. Every single year since 1967 has seen a Leicester-built instrument operating in space. The University is a partner in Space Park Leicester – a new hub for the analysis and commercialisation of space-enabled data and space mission development.