History and Campus

Founded in 1921 we received our Royal Charter in 1957.


The University was founded as Leicestershire and Rutland University College in 1921.

The site for the University was donated by a local textile manufacturer, Thomas Fielding Johnson, in order to create a living memorial for those who lost their lives in First World War. This is reflected in the University's motto Ut Vitam Habeant – 'so that they may have life'.

Students were first admitted to the college in 1921. In 1927, after it became University College Leicester, students sat the examinations for external degrees of the University of London.

In 1957 the college was granted its Royal Charter and since then has had the status of a University with the right to award its own degrees.


The University is a friendly and welcoming place, and student life on campus is vibrant and dynamic.

The student experience encompasses far more than study. As part of our global community, you'll have opportunities to work, live and socialise with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Leicester’s compact campus has a friendly community feel that students and staff love, and the vibrancy of the city centre is just a few minutes' walk from campus - giving you the best of both worlds.

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