University of Leicester

Together our staff and students are discovering innovative ways to change the world for the better and there has never been a more exciting time for you to join us. We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and have an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are led by discovery and innovation, with the synergy between research and learning at the core of our activity.

We have a proud history, founded in the aftermath of World War I as a living memorial to those who lost their lives in the Great War. Our motto – Ut Vitam Habeant, ‘so that they may have life’ – reflects our values to do justice to the hopes and expectations of those on whose shoulders we now stand, striving to make a difference in everything that we do.

Today our University is a lively, energetic and global community, in which dedicated and talented people are anticipating, working towards, and helping to shape the future. We do everything we can to recognise diversities, achieve equalities and enable all of our staff and students to be people who flourish.

The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed our position as a leading research university, ranked among the top 25 universities for research power. Our research has wide-ranging impacts on society, health, culture, and the environment, with 75% judged to be internationally excellent. Whether it’s our revolutionary work in DNA fingerprinting, the discovery of Richard III or breakthroughs in the treatment of degenerative diseases, we consider education and knowledge to be a power for good.

Ours is an enviably close-knit campus, in the heart of the most multicultural city in the UK. Welcoming and cohesive, our surroundings facilitate collaboration in a winning city with a reputation for defying the odds. We are committed to helping our city meet its most significant environmental, social and educational challenges, and our new strategic plan reflects our ambition to raise the University’s profile and contribution to society on a regional, national and international stage.

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Key facts

  • Over 20,000 students
  • 3,300 people are directly employed by the University
  • We are ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world by Times Higher Education
  • Awarded the Bronze Athena SWAN Award