About the University
The University was founded as Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland University College in 1921. The site for the University was donated by a local businessman, Thomas Fielding Johnson, in order to create a living memorial for all local people who made sacrifices during the First World War. This is reflected in the University’s motto Ut vitam habeant – ‘so that they may have life’.
Students were first admitted to the college in 1921, sitting examinations for external degrees awarded of the University of London. In 1927 the institution became University College, Leicester; 30 years later the college was granted its Royal Charter. This gave it the status of a University with the right to award its own degrees.
The University won the first ever series of University Challenge, in 1963.
- Discover some of our finest research achievements, from genetic fingerprints to King Richard III.
- Find out about the University’s origins as a living memorial to the fallen of World War One.
University Ranking – Standings
- 27th in the UK (and 185th in the world) in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings
- 29th-33rd in the UK (and 301st-400th in the world) in the Shanghai Ranking
- 30th in the Guardian University Guide 2022
- 31st in the UK (and 242nd in the world) in the QS World University Rankings
- 37th in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 (paywall protected)
- 38th in the Complete University Guide 2022
- 76th in the Reuters Top 100 Most Innovative Universities in Europe
Distance Learning – Postgraduate
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