The University of Leicester is a public research university based in Leicester, England. The main campus is south of the city centre, adjacent to Victoria Park. The university’s predecessor, University College, Leicester, gained university status in 1957.

The university had an income of £323.1 million in 2019/20, of which £57 million was from research grants.

The university is known for the invention of genetic fingerprinting, and for the discovery and identification of the remains of King Richard III.

Rankings and reputation

National rankings
Complete (2022) 40
Guardian (2022) 30
Times / Sunday Times (2022) 37
Global rankings
THE (2022) 185
QS (2023) 236
ARWU (2021) 301–400
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework Silver

The university was named University of the Year of 2008 by the Times Higher Education. It is also the only university ever to have won a Times Higher Education award in seven consecutive years. The university was previously consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the United Kingdom by the Times Good University Guide and The Guardian.

In 2017, the university ranked 25th in The Sunday Times Good University Guide.