A culture of collaboration in which excellence in research and learning is delivered

In which excellence in research and learning is not just talked about, it happens.

We conduct fundamental and applied research across all our disciplines which helps create our strong culture of interaction, sharing and learning, helping to deliver an outstanding education for our students.

The University of Leicester’s discovery of the mortal remains of King Richard III in September 2012 generated so much publicity, excitement and discussion that it is often forgotten how the project started. In August that year, University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) – in partnership with Leicester City Council and the Richard III Society – began an excavation in a Council car park.

Their goal was a lost medieval friary, reputed to be the final resting place of the last Plantagenet king. All of that changed when a skeleton under the choir of the church was found to have battle wounds and a bent spine...

The plan had been that a number of skeletons would be exhumed and DNA tests conducted to investigate whether any were King Richard. A whole new plan had to be created, with experts in Departments across the University – from Genetics to History to English – working together to establish whether this amazing discovery was indeed the King.

The results of this unique interdisciplinary project, examining this unprecedented archaeological find, generated a global fire-storm of laudatory media and press coverage. Of all our discoveries, Richard III has been the most high-profile, establishing the University of Leicester on the global stage as a research university par excellence.