The University of Leicester is one of Britain’s leading universities with a record of great achievements, most famously the invention of DNA fingerprinting and the discovery of the remains of King Richard III. More than 20,000 students currently study at the University, including large numbers of postgraduates, international students and ‘distance learning’ students.

Open days for prospective undergraduates are held throughout the summer and autumn – see for dates. The University also organises an extensive programme of public lectures and on some occasions throws open the campus to the public, demonstrating our work in physical, natural and social sciences, arts and humanities.

Find out more about how the University of Leicester located and identified the King’s remains at