Our 100

Celebrating our past, present and future

Be part of our celebrations

As part of the University’s centenary celebrations, we want your help to showcase ‘Our 100’ – 100 things that define our past, present, and future.

Founded as a memorial to the First World War, the University opened its doors in 1921 with just 11 students and two staff. Since then, it’s grown into a diverse and inclusive community of 18,000 students, 4,000 staff from more than 100 countries, and 200,000 alumni from 194 countries.

We’ve always existed to improve lives, and our motto ut vitam habeant (so that they may have life) drives us. We are Citizens of Change, with a collective social conscience that pushes us to build better futures in our community and wider society. As we move into our second century, we’re committed to showcasing the contribution and impact of people and events which demonstrate our full and diverse history, as well as the University’s commitment to inclusivity.

Old black and white photograph of students outside the fielding johnson building

How can I get involved?

For our anniversary year, we are opening a Centenary Memory Bank. It is open to collect memories, anecdotes, photos, videos and more, from students, staff, alumni and friends. Please submit your memories of the University of Leicester so that we can enrich the University's archives. We aim to showcase select memories on our website so that you can see other submissions online. All memories and materials will be submitted to the University's Archivist to be retained in the long-term.

Hints and tips

  • Submit as many times as you like;
  • Tell us about the people, places and events you remember;
  • The more information or anecdotes you provide, the better;
  • We especially encourage submissions about people and events from under-represented groups, e.g. those who identify as minority ethnic, LGBT+ or as having a disability;
  • We may quote you if we showcase your submission;
  • We would love to see photos or memorabilia linked to your submission;
  • We’ll keep all submissions as a ‘Centenary Memory Bank’;
  • Please submit your memories before 10 June 2022.

Submit now