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

Astronomers discover system of seven Earth-sized planets just 40 light-years away

University of Leicester scientists involved in discovery of new planets in TRAPPIST-1 solar system

News Highlights

Discovery of genetic ‘switch’ could help to prevent symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Leicester bucks national trend in recruiting mature students

£1 million injection to enhance University of Leicester’s Big Data offer to science and business

MRC researchers at the University of Leicester have shed light on critical gene network involved in neurological disease

National event showcases opportunities for students to access higher education in later life

Department of Informatics to equip itself to tackle business challenges

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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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2016: A Year in Review Film

Juices from damaged salad leaves massively stimulate Salmonella growth and salad leaf colonisation Tim Peake describes the first time he saw Earth from space in new video
We look back at a selection of the key events from the past 12 months here at Leicester Research investigates how leached juices from leafy vegetables can enhance growth and virulence of food poisoning bug Tim describes the first time he looked out of the window of the International Space Station, how he achieved his dream of becoming an astronaut and his hopes for the future of space exploration

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