The empire strikes back

August 14, 2014

Tempting as it might be to take advantage of the marketing opportunities available by associating Darth Vader with the University of Leicester as Times Higher Education suggests (Week in Higher Education, News, 7 August), we must disappoint aspiring Jedi knights by pointing out that the university had no hand in the “storm trooper” display in the new Richard III Visitor Centre.

While our midi-chlorians were in full swing when it came to contributing research expertise to the centre, decisions concerning the physical model of Richard III were made in a galaxy far, far away.

As to whether joining forces with the Lord of the Sith might improve student applications – we find your lack of faith disturbing…

Peter Thorley
Corporate news officer, University of Leicester

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