In 1921 we welcomed our first students. Our university had been founded in Leicester, funded by local people, as a living memorial to honour those who made sacrifices during the Great War. So that they may have life.  

This year we will celebrate 100 years since those first students started. Join us online and in-person to mark this moment, to reflect on our past, and look ahead. The future is ours to change. 

Commemorate our Centenary with a selection of clothing and gifts

University of Leicester research

For 100 years, our researchers have changed the way we view our world.

Meet just a few of our incredible Citizens Of Change who have pushed back the boundaries of human knowledge. From distant galaxies to a council car park, this is University of Leicester research.

Centenary Gallery

 View our gallery of images from our centenary celebrations.

"Since our founding, the University of Leicester has always been about our place, our people and our purpose. We want our centenary to be a chance to pause and celebrate these, reflect on our past and also be a time to look forward."

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor

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