University of Leicester Archives

University Archives
The first group of 9 students with staff, 1922.

The University of Leicester was founded in 1921 as Leicestershire and Rutland University College. The site for the College was donated by a local textile manufacturer, Thomas Fielding Johnson, in order to create a living memorial for those who lost their lives in First World War.

In 1927, after it became University College, Leicester, students sat the examinations for external degrees of the University of London. Vaughan College, founded as a Working Men's College by Revd David Vaughan in 1862, merged with the University College 1929. In 1957 the college was granted its Royal Charter, and has since then had the status of a University with the right to award its own degrees.

The University Archives contain the institutional archives of the University of Leicester and its predecessor bodies and affiliated bodies.  There are 9 different categories of material:

Enquiries and Access

The University Archives form part of the Library's Special Collections and are available for consultation by appointment in the Kirby and West Reading Room in the Library Basement.

Contact the University Archivist Caroline Sampson for more information:

Telephone: 0116 252 2441

Certificates and Transcripts

Replacement degree certificates and transcripts are not supplied from the University Archives. These can be purchased via the online shop For further information, please email or phone 0116 252 2448.

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Caroline Sampson
Telephone: 0116 252 2441