The University of Leicester is a public research university based in Leicester, England. The main campus is south of the city centre, adjacent to Victoria Park. In 1957, the university’s predecessor (University College, Leicester) gained university status. The University is ranked 201-301 in the world and Top 30 in the UK in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), known as the Shanghai Rankings. Leicester is placed 223rd in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, up an impressive 15 places from the previous year.
The university had an income of £302.8 million in 2016/17, of which £52.2 million was from research grants. The university is famous for the discovery of genetic fingerprinting and contributing to the discovery and identification of the remains of King Richard III. The university has research groups in the areas of astrophysics, biochemistry and genetics. The techniques used in genetic fingerprinting were invented and developed at Leicester in 1984 by Sir Alec Jeffreys. It also houses Europe’s biggest academic centre for space research, in which space probes have been built, most notably the Mars Lander Beagle 2, which was built in collaboration with the Open University.
Leicester is one of a small number of universities to have won the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education on more than one occasion: in 1994 for physics & astronomy and again in 2002 for genetics. The 2018 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise for the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, 74% of research activity, including 100% of its Research Environment, was classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, ranking it 6th among UK university departments teaching archaeology and 1st for the public impact of its research.
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