University of Leicester
The University of Leicester
is a red-brick university
based in Leicester
, with about 10,000 full-time students. The main campus is not far away from the city centre and is adjacent to Victoria Park
and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College
University of Leicester seen from Victoria Park
It was founded as Leicestershire and Rutland College in 1918 in the memory of those who lost their life in World War I. The university motto "Ut vitam habeant" - 'so that they may have life' - reminds one of that origin. Students were first admitted in 1921. In 1927, after it became University College, Leicester, students sat the examinations for external degrees of London University.
In 1957 the college was granted its Royal Charter and has since then the status of a University with the right to award its own degrees.
It is notable for its research. Genetic fingerprinting was developed at Leicester, and it has built space probes, most notably the Mars lander Beagle 2, in collaboration with the Open University.