Car-park King dig earns Leicester Uni top prize

The University of Leicester has won a Times Higher Education Award for the seventh successive year.

Their discovery of King Richard III under a Leicester city-centre car park, has earned them the award for 'Research Project of the Year', recognising innovative studies that have significant academic impact and capture public imagination.

Using new technology, a facial reconstruction was created from King Richard's remains... Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The annual awards celebrate the achievements of higher education institutions in the UK and so Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Kevin Sch?rer, at the University of Leicester, said:

"This award is fantastic recognition of the world class research and expertise at the University of Leicester...

...The astonishing inter-disciplinary detective work that led to the discovery and identification of King Richard III demonstrates the quality of expertise developed by the University."

The dig-site where the remains of King Richard III were found... Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images