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University of Leicester to Host Three Royal Visits

September 2002

Three visits from members of the Royal Family to the University of Leicester in the space of a month has formed a magnificent finale to a year of celebrations for the University's 80th anniversary.

These visits follow a visit from Her Majesty the Queen this month to the city and the National Space Centre, co-founded by the University, where she met with University staff and viewed research projects.

[Photo: The Royal Visit]
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex
visited the University of Leicester’s Richard Attenborough Centre on Tuesday 3 September, 12.30-1.45 pm, where they met members of staff and students at the Centre before viewing an exhibition of some of the art produced in the Centre.

They also listened to a drumming workshop and watched a short dance programme. They chatted to artists in the art studio and admired an exhibition of paintings and sculpture. The Royal couple appeared to be delighted by what they saw, particularly the lively drumming workshop and a magnificent solo dance performance by Sheagh Broomhall. A group of Japanese students, on a language training course at the University, were among those outside the Centre, waiting to greet the couple.

Dr Eleanor Hartley, Director of the Richard Attenborough Centre, said: “We are delighted that the Earl and Countess of Wessex expressed an interest in our work, and we were very pleased that students and staff were able to meet them.”

The £2 million Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts was opened in 1997 by Diana, Princess of Wales, after five years of fundraising on a local and national level, including a contribution from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts and a major donation from the National Lottery.

While priority is given to people with disabilities, the Centre is open to everyone with an interest in the arts and is part of the University of Leicester’s Institute of Lifelong Learning.

His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent is to visit the University of Leicester’s Scarman Centre on Monday 30 September at 10.30 am.

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The Scarman Centre’s international reputation in the field of business crime is what has attracted Prince Michael of Kent to make the visit. He himself plays a prominent and supportive role in the security world as the British Secretary of the Industry Association.

[Photo: The Royal Visit] Professor Martin Gill, the Director of the Scarman Centre noted that: “The Prince has been a big supporter of the security world, especially abroad, and we are delighted by the interest he has shown in our work. Security issues are at the forefront of public and business concern since September 11th, it is important we find new ways of dealing with new and old security problems. In their different ways this is the remit of the Scarman Centre.

”On Tuesday 1 October 2002, 11 am - 2 pm, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent will visit the University of Leicester Departments of Engineering and Genetics.

Escorted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess, he will formally open a new academic centre of excellence, the Electrical and Electronic Power Engineering Research Laboratories, and meet key University personnel, including Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, the pioneering geneticist who discovered DNA fingerprinting.

Professor Ian Postlethwaite, Head of the Department of Engineering, said : “This has been an excellent year for the Department of Engineering with several important achievements in research. It will be a pleasure to show His Royal Highness some of our activities and for him to open our new laboratories.”

Dr Annette Cashmore, Head of the Department of Genetics, said: “The Department of Genetics continues to be at the forefront of research and this year there have been some major new developments both in our research and teaching programmes. His Royal Highness will be meeting with staff and students and seeing some of these developments.”

Expressing his pleasure at the forthcoming royal visits, Professor Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “I am delighted that these members of the Royal Family are to visit the University, where they will see some of the pioneering and highly acclaimed research carried out here, as well as experience some of the ways in which the University serves its local community. “The fact that we are enjoying so many royal visits is an indication of the University’s prestige across this wide range of disciplines.”

NOTE TO NEWSDESKS: Operational notes pertaining to each visit will be issued nearer the occasions.

[Photo: The Royal Visit]

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