The University of Leicester was founded as Leicester and Rutledge College in 1918 in Leicester, England. In 1957, the University of Leicester was given its Royal Charter. Today, the University of Leicester has nearly 15,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The six faculties of the university are: Medicine and Biological Studies, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science Faculty of Social Science and Education, and Faculty of Engineering. The University of Leicester is noted for its high level of complex research, including astrophysics, biochemistry and genetics. The School of Engineering is ranked exceptionally high throughout Europe.
Scientists describe detailed make-up of deadly toxin for the first time
Scientists from the University of Leicester have for the first time created a detailed image of a toxin - called pneumolysin - associated with deadly infections such as bacterial pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia.
Scientists solve planetary ring riddle
In a breakthrough study, an international team of scientists, including Professor Nikolai Brilliantov from the University of Leicester, has solved an age-old scientific riddle by discovering that planetary rings, such as ...
How much is your time really worth? Student paper evaluates the economics of thought
Big thinkers may wish to re-evaluate their rates, according to a student study at the University of Leicester, which tested the popular idiom 'A penny for your thoughts' by working out how much of a person's thought could ...
Women are more fairly funded in the social sciences
Accounting for academic position, women are as successful as men at winning grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and they receive grants that are actually slightly larger than those won by men. However, ...
Researchers observe how nanoparticles grow when exposed to helium
A team of researchers from the University of Leicester and France's G2ELab-CNRS in Grenoble have for the first time observed the growth of free nanoparticles in helium gas in a process similar to the decaffeination of coffee, ...
Genes responsible for increased activity during the summer
The warm temperature on a summer's day is often a time for relaxing, but researchers from the University of Leicester have suggested that a 'thermosensory' gene could be responsible for changes in behaviour in different climates.
Researchers discover importance of using right rubber for the job
Researchers from the University of Leicester have discovered that when it comes to rubbers, textured surfaces, and reproduction, more fluid formulations have greater reliability than those that are thick and sticky.
From worker to queen at the drop of a gene
Biologists from the University of Leicester have discovered that one of nature's most important pollinators - the buff-tailed bumblebee – either ascends to the status of queen or remains a lowly worker bee based on which ...
Most European men descend from a handful of Bronze Age forefathers
Geneticists from the University of Leicester have discovered that most European men descend from just a handful of Bronze Age forefathers, due to a 'population explosion' several thousand years ago.
Oldest DNA sequences may reveal secrets of ancient animal ancestors
700 million year-old DNA sequences from ancient animals have been unearthed by researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Warwick, shedding new light on our earliest animal ancestors and how they influenced modern species ...