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University of Leicester
The University of Leicester is based in Leicester, England, with about 8,000 full-time students and over 10,000 distance-learning students, one of the larget distance learning populations of any UK university. The main campus is not far away from the city centre and is adjacent to Victoria Park and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College.
It was founded as Leicestershire and Rutland College in 1918 in the memory of those who lost their life in World War I. The university motto "Ut vitam habeant" - 'so that they may have life' - reminds one of that origin. Students were first admitted in 1921. In 1927, after it became University College, Leicester, students sat the examinations for external degrees of the University of London.
The University's Engineering Building was the first major building by important British architect James Stirling. It comprises workshops at ground level, and a tower containing offices and lecture theatres. It was completed in 1963 and is notable for the way in which its external form reflects its internal functions.
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