University of Leicester wins Research Project of the Year

Posted by ap507 at Nov 29, 2013 10:15 AM |
University receives Times Higher Education Award for the Dig for Richard III
University of Leicester wins Research Project of the Year

Richard III researchers from the University of Leicester receive their award

We have been awarded ‘Research Project of the Year’ at this year’s Times Higher Education Awards - which took place on 28 November - for our work on the Discovery of Richard III.

The Research Project of the Year award recognises innovative research that has a far-reaching academic impact on its field and has caught, or has the potential to catch, the imagination of the public.

University of Leicester archaeologists identified the likely resting place of the last Plantagenet king in the grounds of a former friary and then, in partnership with the Richard III Society and Leicester City Council, successfully excavated the site to find human remains. These were confirmed as the king’s using a variety of techniques, including DNA analysis, radiocarbon dating, stable isotope analysis, and comparison of the of the grave and the remains with historical accounts.

This is the seventh successive year in which Leicester has won a Times Higher Award, following two more awards at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards earlier in 2013.

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society