The University of Leicester is rich with history. Founded by local citizens as a memorial to those who served in the First World War, the University’s motto Ut vitam habeant (so that they may have life), stands as a reminder of that story and the university’s legacy. Granted its Royal Charter in 1957, the University of Leicester is one of the UK’s leading research universities and consistently makes discoveries that have a positive worldwide impact.
The University of Leicester also has a rich history of innovation and success. One such innovation was the invention of DNA Fingerprinting by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys in 1984. First used as evidence in 1987, DNA Fingerprinting continues to be used within criminal justice systems around the world, as well as being used in health care research and the diagnosis and development of cures for inherited disorders.
In 2012 the university made global news after embarking on one of the most extraordinary archaeological projects of modern times. Collaborating with the Richard III Society and Leicester City Council, the university set out to locate the possible final resting place of King Richard III. Remarkably, the university not only located the King’s final resting place, which had remained unknown for over 500 years, but also discovered and identified his remains, which were later interred in Leicester Cathedral after a ceremonious procession that began on the university’s campus.
Located in the centre of England, Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK, reflected in the fact that the city hosts the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India, and one of the biggest Caribbean Carnivals in the UK. Leicester is close to a number of international airports, and only an hour and 5 minutes from London by train.
It's not only the city of Leicester that embraces diversity, the University of Leicester has over 300 degree courses to choose from and welcomes over 4,000 international students from over 150 countries.