The history of our logo

The University of Leicester logo has not always looked exactly as it does now, it has undergone many transformations since we were founded in 1921 as this timeline explains

Our logo has been derived from our coat of arms:

crestElements of the coat of arms:

The field of the shield is red.

The one 'cinquefoil pierced ermine' represents Leicester City; the other, Leicestershire.

The golden horseshoe represents Rutland.

The open book symbolises a university or college.

The motto 'ut vitam habeant' ('that they may have life') identifies this University.

The golden demi-gryphon, is taken from the arms of the late Mr T Fielding Johnson.

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