A year of discoveries showcased at the University of Leicester

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Key figures in Mars exploration, and the Dig for Richard III give their insights in public talks on Saturday 12 October 2013

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 October 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 a series of public lectures.

Leading academics from the University of Leicester will be showcasing their research at the University of Leicester’s Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday, 12 October 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 at 10:00am in Physics and Astronomy Building, Lecture Theatre B.

King Richard III Outreach Officer Charlotte Barratt will share her 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 12.15pm in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson South Wing.

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 in Attenborough Building Film Theatre.

Dr Anne Marie D’Arcy from the School of English will deliver the session “Richard III: Chronicle, Prophesy and Politics in Shakespeare’s Tudor Myth” at 2:30pm in the Ken Edwards Building Lecture Theatre 3, discussing how Shakespeare's depiction of the War of the Roses was not only informed by Tudor propaganda, but also by rival historical accounts written during the War of the Roses.

Dr John Bond from the Department of Chemistry will be presenting on the topic ‘Detecting Crime with Forensic Science” at 10:45am in the Physics and Astronomy Building, Lecture Theatre B.

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 Day, 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 the day, from 10am to 4pm.

Leicester was recently voted Times /Sunday Times University of the Year 2014 runner-up and ranked 14th out of over 120 institutions by their league table. The Guardian ranks the University 13th out of 119 institutions.

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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