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University of Leicester wins Research Project of the Year for Dig for Richard III

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Richard III researchers from the University of Leicester receive their award Richard III researchers from the University of Leicester receive their award

The University of Leicester has been awarded ‘Research Project of the Year’ at this year’s Times Higher Education Awards for its work on the discovery of Richard III.

The national awards, which celebrate the excellence and achievements of UK higher education institutions, were presented by comedian, writer, TV and radio presenter, Sandi Toksvig at a ceremony held in London yesterday evening (28 November).

The Research Project of the Year award recognises innovative research that has a far-reaching academic impact on its field and has caught, or has the potential to catch, the imagination of the public.

University of Leicester archaeologists identified the likely resting place of the last Plantagenet king in the grounds of a former priory and then, in partnership with the Richard III Society and Leicester City Council, successfully excavated the site to find human remains. These were confirmed as the king’s using a variety of techniques, including DNA analysis, radiocarbon dating, stable isotope analysis, and comparison of the of the grave and the remains with historical accounts.

The judges said it “represents the highest quality of archaeology investigation and discovery, while stimulating the imagination of publics throughout the world”.

Professor Kevin Schϋrer, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Leicester, said: "This award is fantastic recognition of the world class research and expertise at the University of Leicester.

“The astonishing inter-disciplinary detective work that led to the discovery and identification of the remains of King Richard III clearly demonstrates the depth and quality of historical, archaeological, heritage and genetics expertise developed by the University over many years.  This fabulous achievement has not only captured the public imagination, but also highlights the multidisciplinary, collaborative and quality of the University’s research capability in these fields.”

This is the seventh successive year in which Leicester has won a Times Higher Award, following two more awards at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards earlier in 2013.

For more information on the awards please visit: http://www.the-awards.co.uk/

  • 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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