Welcome to the News Centre

The News Centre, which consists of the Press Office and Corporate Communications, welcomes news and event information from across the University and provides a central source for media enquiries, both proactively by contacting journalists about our latest research and events, and also reactively by providing expert commentators on a daily basis.

Headline News


Inventor of DNA fingerprinting reflects on career highlights on milestone 30th anniversary of discovery

Interview with Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys about the discovery of genetic fingerprinting at the University of Leicester marks 30th anniversary of monumental invention.

News Highlights

Widest-ranging hate crime study in history releases findings

Leicester Cancer Research UK Centre launches

University team to tackle University Challenge

hate crime 



Two-year Leicester Hate Crime Project reveals that acts of hate are an everyday and often unreported reality for thousands of people.

University expertise is set to help lead a new Cancer Research UK Centre for region.

A team of University students will be competing in BBC2’s University Challenge, 50 years after Leicester won the very first series.

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Memories of Joe Orton by his sister

In this podcast interview recorded by the News Centre, Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton's sister, Leonie Orton Barnett shares her memories of her infamous brother as the University celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first play, Entertaining Mr Sloane.

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Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys

King Richard III Visitor Centre

The University during WWI

In 1984, Alec Jeffreys discovered the technique of genetic fingerprinting in a lab at Leicester. 30 years on he discusses the discovery.

A behind-the-scences video of the new Richard III Visitor Centre: 'King Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery' which opens July 2014.


In this video, Colin Hyde describes what Leicester and the site of the University as we know it today, were like during the First World War.

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