Welcome to the News Centre

Please note: Due to budget cuts, the University no longer uses external media monitoring services.

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.

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

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University of Leicester Archaeological Services project could have unearthed earliest examples of African people living in Leicester

Excavation of Roman Cemetery nominated for national archaeology award

News Highlights

Research finds Earth's ‘technosphere’ now weighs 30 trillion tons

From Hate to Hope - IS captive describes how she survived genocide to fight for a better future

Scholarship awardees share experiences of Leicester

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Leicester researchers outline how kinds of products of our technology now outnumber the planet’s biotic species

Powerful testament by Nadia Murad urges each and every one of us to make a difference

Reception celebrates international students awarded prestigious scholarships

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In this interview, Game of Thrones and Humans star and University of Leicester graduate Will Tudor discusses his roles in the critically-acclaimed TV programmes and his time as a student at the University, describing his experience studying English Literature and performing in a number of plays as an active member of Leicester University Theatre (LUT).

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Juices from damaged salad leaves massively stimulate Salmonella growth and salad leaf colonisationTim Peake describes the first time he saw Earth from space in new video

'Alec Jeffreys is the god of forensic science' - Patricia Cornwell


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 Bestselling author Patricia Cornwell reflects on her life as a successful crime writer and where she draws her inspiration from

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