The discovery of the COR body of Richard III beneath a Leicester car park by the university’s archaeologists brought global attention to Leicester and continued to benefit it in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, when almost three-quarters of its work in the subject was rated as world-leading in impact.
Across all subjects, the same proportion of Leicester’s research was either at this level or classified as internationally excellent overall, with the school of museum studies producing the best results, as it did in 2008. The results, which were also good in clinical medicine, biology, earth science and general engineering, brought a substantial increase in research funding.
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