A year of discoveries showcased at the University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Jul 22, 2013 12:02 PM |
Key figures in Mars exploration, the Search for Richard III and forensic science give their insights in public talks on Thursday 25th July and Friday 26th July

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 22 July 2013

From exploring the surface of Mars to uncovering the remains of the last Plantagenet king, some of the University of Leicester’s most exciting discoveries of the last year will be examined in two days of public lectures.

Leading academics from the University of Leicester will be showcasing their research at the University of Leicester’s Undergraduate Open Days on Thursday 25th July and Friday 26th July 2013.

The talks are aimed at anyone with a general interest in the subjects or in finding out more about the work of the University of Leicester. They are open to the general public and may be of particular interest to students considering higher education in the future.

Dr John Bridges, Reader of Planetary Science in the Space Research Centre, will be discussing his work exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover on Thursday 25th July at 2.30pm in Bennett Building, Lecture Theatre 1 and on Friday 26th July at 2.30pm in Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 3.

Leading genealogical researcher and key figure in the discovery of the remains of King Richard III Prof Kevin Schürer will share his insight into the search, discovery and identification of the remains of the last Plantagenet king in a session entitled “The King under the Car Park” at 2.30pm on Friday 26th July in Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1.

Carl Vivian, video producer for the University of Leicester, will also be presenting on the topic of Richard III, in his session on “Filming the Search for Richard III” at 10.45am on both Thursday 25th July and Friday 26th July in Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 3.

Mathematician, Dr Clive Rix, will be looking at the discovery of Richard III from a different angle, presenting a session entitled “Quantifying the chances of finding Richard III” at 12.15pm on both Thursday 25th July and Friday 26th July in Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1.

Dr John Bond from the Department of Chemistry will be presenting on the topic ‘Detecting Crime with Forensic Science” at 1.45pm on Thursday 25th July in Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 3.

Lucy Wade, Senior Student Recruitment Officer at the University, said: “This is a great opportunity for visitors to gain a real insight and celebrate with us some of the University of Leicester’s big achievements over the past year, to visit the campus and see for themselves what an exciting place the University of Leicester is, both to work and study.”

Also during the Open Days, visitors will have the opportunity to find out more about the University of Leicester’s undergraduate courses, with course admissions talks, taster lectures, tours of the campus and accommodation happening throughout both days, from 10am to 4pm. The University was recently ranked at 13th out of 119 universities in the Guardian’s University Guide.

For further information, and to book a place, please see the website: www.le.ac.uk/opendays

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For more information please contact Lucy Wade at study@le.ac.uk

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