Hunt for king helps draw students
A University believes the hunt for Richard III's remains could be one reason it has seen a rise in applications.
By the middle of December, 13,752 British applicants had applied for University of Leicester courses that start in September, compared with 13,376, the year before.
University admissions company Ucas said nationally applications were down on last year.
Richard Taylor, of the University of Leicester, said: "Although the overall increase is relatively small, any increase is welcome given the reports of falls elsewhere.
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"We believe there are two reasons for our success.
"Firstly, our continued success in domestic and international league table rankings – we again rose in most tables last year.
"Secondly, the publicity concerning the search for Richard III, which has meant the university has been significantly in the public eye."
The total number of applicants, which also takes into account those applying from abroad, had also risen – to 15,012, from 14,640, the previous year.
Nationally, 265,730 applicants had applied to universities by December 17, compared with 283,680 at the same time the previous year.
Tuition fees of up to £9,000 were introduced for the first time in 2012. It has been suggested teenagers have been put off applying to universities by the potential debt.
Students have until January 15 to apply to university courses for September.
Loughborough and De Montfort universities declined to provide their latest figures.
However, a spokeswoman for Loughborough University said: "Application numbers are broadly in line with those last year at this stage."