Welcome to the News Centre

Our multi-award winning News Centre provides a central source for media enquiries, both proactively by contacting journalists about our latest news and research and also reactively by providing expert commentators on a daily basis. Read about our purpose and functions

From our communications work surrounding: the discovery of Richard III, which was described by The Guardian as ‘one of the most successful UK university media operations ever’; the discovery of DNA fingerprinting recently dramatised in the ITV series Code of a Killer starring renowned actors John Simm and David Threlfall; and the development of the landing spacecraft Beagle 2 and its rediscovery on Mars in 2015, we have an international reputation for generating exciting news content which is repurposed across the University.

We are responsible for:

• external communications • corporate news items
press releases • news videos
news podcasts @UoLNewsCentre Twitter account
• media training • work experience
partnership with The Conversation platform expert commentary and opinion (Think: Leicester)

Experts Guide database

• media monitoring

Headline News


Archaeological detectives discover ‘secret square’ beneath world-famous Avebury stone circle

New archaeological survey reveals unique square megalithic monument at the heart of the World Heritage Site

News Highlights

New community counting materials for children launched

Report suggests current responses to hate crime in the UK are failing and letting down victims

Leicester researchers discover Charles Dickens artist's lost sketches in school textbook

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Poster and playing cards feature local schoolchildren and Leicester legends Mark Selby, Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys and Richard III

Leicester experts highlights the barriers that victims face in accessing justice and identifies ways of overcoming them

Illustrations are being displayed in the David Wilson Library until 31 July

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In this interview Professors Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams from our Department of Geology outline how humans are permanently reshaping our planet by leaving behind a distinctive technological signal.

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Street artist to install Orton artwork in Library

'Great Cold Spot' Discovered on Jupiter

Unique ‘exceptionally preserved’ fossil named in honour of Sir David Attenborough

British artist Stewy to make iconic image to mark 50th anniversary of death of renowned playwright A second Great Spot has been discovered on Jupiter by Leicester astronomers Watch Sir David's response to having the 430 million-year-old fossil named in his honour

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