The Legacy of Leicester

The Fielding Johnson Building in the 1920sIn September 2012 the University of Leicester announced the momentous discovery of the mortal remains of Richard III, an achievement which has, since that time, been widely celebrated and discussed. But it would be wrong to think that this is the only important discovery in the University's 92-year history.

'The legacy of Leicester' is a chance to look back at seven great achievements for which the University is renowned, and through which it has contributed to the world we live in today. Seven discoveries: one for each of the decades since University College Leicester received the Royal Charter to become a University in its own right.

From WG Hoskins' seminal analysis of English history through place and people, to John Swales' definitive medical tome on the causes and treatment of high blood pressure; from the first British degree in mass communications to the invention of genetic fingerprinting; from figurative sociology to super-massive black holes: the University of Leicester has contributed to an extraordinary range of fields.

The Fielding Johnson Building today2014 marked an important step in the University's history: the transition from one Vice-Chancellor to the next. The University of Leicester was also be involved in the UK's commemoration of the centenary of the Great War, a conflict which led directly to the foundation of University College Leicester as a 'living memorial' to the fallen. The following year witnessed the University formally handing over the remains of King Richard to Leicester Cathedral for a dignified reinterment in a newly constructed tomb.

For all these reasons, now is a good time to reflect on the University's successes, while also looking forward to the future, not least our own centenary in 2021.

Seven major milestones