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Two of Leicester’s best loved and most enduring literary figures are to be honoured by the University of Leicester at its graduation ceremonies this month.

The University will honour the achievements of the award-winning children’s writer Anne Fine OBE, whose book Madame Doubtfire was filmed as Mrs Doubtfire starring Robin Williams, and poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE who has been a an honorary...
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Distinguished literary figures from Leicester to be honoured — University of Leicester

We are running one-hour 'taster sessions' this week, giving you the chance to try learning a few basic phrases of the language that interests you. And, taking the concept of a 'taster session' literally, you might also have the opportunity to sample some food, music or customs from the cultures associated with those particular languages.

Like our courses, these sessions are open to everyone,...
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Taster Sessions — University of Leicester

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The exam period is upon us and It's important to stay calm, relaxed and to keep stress levels down.

The lovely people at the University of Leicester Students' Union​ have put together a whole host of events with the sole intention of giving you the best chance to relax and ease the tension.

Today in the Square you can wind down with your favourite board game, including our newly-launched...
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De-stress during exams @ University of Leicester Students' Union

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A new report by our Department of Criminology provides insight into the reasons why drivers fail to stop after an accident.

Alarmingly, a large number of defendants involved in the study didn’t think the incident was serious enough to report or were unaware of the legal requirement to report it.

Read more: [ Le.ac.uk Link ]

New report shows drivers are unaware of the serious consequences of failing to stop after an accident — University of Leicester

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01/10/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
People with certain forms of early-onset Parkinson’s disease may benefit from boosting the amount of niacin in their diet, according to new research.

Niacin, or Vitamin B3, is found in a variety of foods, including nuts and meat.

The team from the MRC Toxicology Unit studied fruit flies with a mutation that mimics the human disease.

The results of the study, which is funded by the Medical...
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Research suggests people with forms of early-onset Parkinson’s disease may benefit from boosting niacin in diet — University of Leicester

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"It's the labour market, stupid." An explanation of Trump and Brexit.

The next School of Business Dean's Lecture is on Wednesday 25 January and we're thrilled to welcome Economist David Blanchflower as our guest speaker.

The event is free and open to everyone but tickets must be booked in advance.

A real-life zombie outbreak would leave the world’s population in shambles, with less than 300 survivors remaining a mere one hundred days into the apocalypse, according to students.

Assuming that a zombie can find one person each day, with a 90 per cent chance of infecting victims with the zombie infection, the students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy suggest that by day one...
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Zombie apocalypse would potentially wipe out humanity in just 100 days, students calculate — University of Leicester

As part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series, we’re thrilled to welcome Professor Robert Winston as our next guest speaker.

Professor Winston will deliver his lecture ‘Misusing Science’ at the Athena, Leicester on Thursday 9 February.

The lecture is free and open to graduates, students, staff and members of the public.

Places are limited and must be booked. Visit

Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series — University of Leicester

'In the future, I want to see a world where gender violence isn’t just tackled, but eradicated.'

We're proud to be a #HeForShe IMPACT Champion university, supporting the UN’s global mission to mobilise more men and boys in support of gender equality.

We asked 7 men and 4 women for our community to discuss their hopes for the future of gender equality.

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Are you a new international student joining us this month?

The International Welcome Week is designed to help you make new friends and settle into University and living in Leicester. To book your place on important information talks and social events for next week visit

International Welcome Week 2017 — University of Leicester

A big thank you to all of our generous University of Leicester Alumni who have donated £120,000 to our Annual Fund.

Following a five-week telephone fundraising campaign, our student callers spoke to 8,111 alumni and members of the University's Family Programme to raise funds for the Leicester Student Opportunities Fund and Attenborough Arts Centre.

You can find out more here: [ Le.ac.uk Link ]
The Only Way is Ethics.

You can now sign up for our free online course 'People Studying People: Research Ethics in Society'.

Ideal for researchers or aspiring researchers, the course starts by exploring what ethics is and why it is important to research. You will then look at the ethical implications of designing a study and recruiting participants before reflecting on the importance of...
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Provost discusses proposals for universities to run schools

The University’s Provost Professor Mark Peel has written a piece for the Times Educational Supplement discussing the Government’s consultation paper ‘Schools that work for everyone’ – asking whether universities should also be required to run a school.

The paper proposes that universities should commit to creating a new school or...
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University Provost discusses proposals for universities to run schools — University of Leicester

University working with Chinese Academy of Science on carbon dioxide monitoring satellite mission

China has launched its first satellite dedicated to the monitoring of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).

The satellite was successfully launched on 22 December 2016 into a low Earth orbit.

The mission is called ‘TanSat’ (‘Tan’ means Carbon in Chinese) and is funded by the Chinese Ministry of...
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Our University working with Chinese Academy of Science on carbon dioxide monitoring satellite mission — University of Leicester

New Japanese manga series to showcase women in the sciences

A researcher from the University is combining her love for Japanese art with her passion for the sciences by launching a campaign to create the first instalment in a new manga series.

‘STEM Heroes’ follows the adventures of four high school girls using their amazing STEM skills – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics –...
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If your New Year's resolution is to get fitter this year take a look at the sports facilities we have.

We have two state-of-the-art sports centres – one on campus and one right next door to the Halls of Residence. Both are filled with modern equipment and both centres have a sauna, steam room and pool.

We also run a packed programme of group fitness classes – from yoga to circuit training...
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Happy New Year to all our students, alumni, colleagues and friends around the world!

If you fancy doing something new this year, why not check out our free online courses. Due to popular demand 'England in the Time of King Richard III' is running again in February.

Find out more: [ Futurelearn.com Link ]


England in the Time of King Richard III - Free online course

Happy New Year to all our students, staff, alumni and friends! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017!