DNA from renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough is being used in a study to see if people with unusual surnames tend to be related.Read the full story ›
A member of the Japanese Imperial Family will be at the University of Leicester today for her graduation ceremony.Read the full story ›
The University of Leicester is to confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws upon the Chairman of Leicester City Football Club.Read the full story ›
The University of Leicester is helping refugees in the city by giving them free English lessons to help them get work and settle here in the UK.
Staff have volunteered to teach the asylum-seekers who have fled war and persecution from all over the world. Our Education Correspondent Peter Bearne has this report.
Refugees who struggle with a language barrier once in the UK are being offered help by volunteers at the University of Leicester.Read the full story ›
A Japanese Princess is celebrating finishing a Masters degree at the University of Leicester.Read the full story ›
Most men want to spend less time at work and more time with their families, even if that would result in a drop in how much they earn.Read the full story ›
Students at the University of Leicester have been given a bouncy castle to help relieve exam stress.Read the full story ›
Remains from a 2,000-year-old Iron Age chariot have been discovered in Leicestershire.
Archaeology students from the University of Leicester found the decorative bronze attachments while digging at Burrough Hill Fort near Melton Mowbray.
Nora Batterman was one of the students who made the discovery:
Realising that I was actually uncovering a hoard that was carefully placed there hundreds of years ago made it the find of a lifetime.
Looking at the objects now they have been cleaned makes me even more proud, and I can't wait for them to go on display.
Scientists at the University of Leicester hope a major breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer's and cancer may also lead to the development of a new painkiller, using a toxin produced by a sea snail.
We are very proud of this research. It has taken several years of hard work to master the chemistry techniques to create these new building blocks but now that we have conquered it we have access to new building blocks that people have only ever dreamed of before!
Amino acids are Mother Nature’s building blocks. They are used to make all proteins and so are essential for life, however Mother Nature only uses twenty of these building blocks. The Leicester research involves the chemical synthesis of unnatural amino acids that can be used to make unnatural mini-proteins with new 3D structures and importantly new functions.
We are actively using these building blocks to develop new treatments for cancer and Alzheimer's disease. We have also had a summer student use the building blocks to synthesise a toxin produced by a sea snail, and hope to develop this as a new painkiller.