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De Montfort University (Leicester)

[An image showing De Montfort University]De Montfort University is one of two universities in Leicester, the other of course being Leicester University.

The campus spreads across The Newarke, and the regenerated area known as Bede Island.

Many subjects are taught here, but De Montfort has a particular reputation for fashion design. An early student was Janet Reger.

The university developed out of several Leicester colleges, notably Leicester Polytechnic.

The name comes from Simon de Montfort, the 13th century Earl of Leicester who was effectively King of England for a few months while holding Henry III captive at Kenilworth Castle, but was killed at the Battle of Evesham.

The university's administration is now housed in the former Trinity Hospital in The Newarke.

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