A year of discoveries showcased at the University of Leicester

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Key figures in Mars exploration, and the Search for Richard III give their insights in public talks on Saturday, 21 September 2013

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 17 September 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, 21 September 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 the Physics and Astronomy Building, Lecture Theatre B.

Leading genealogical researcher and key figure in the discovery of the remains of King Richard III, Professor 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 1.45pm in the Bennett 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 in the Attenborough Building Film Theatre.

Mathematician, Professor Jeremy Levesley, 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 10:45am in the 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 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 10:00am to 4:00pm. 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

  • 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.


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

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