Loughborough University has the largest single-site green campus in the UK and is situated in the county of Leicestershire.
Founded in 1909 as a small Technical Institute offering courses in technical subjects, science and art, it now has 19 different schools and departments. It was awarded its Charter in 1966 making it the Loughborough University of Technology before assuming its current name in 1996.
Despite a clear technological history, it is impossible to talk about Loughborough University without mentioning sport. It is both nationally and internationally recognised for its excellence in this department. Notable sporting personalities that have passed through Loughborough include world-record breaking athletes such as Sebastian Coe and Paula Radcliffe, as well as World Cup-winning England rugby coach Clive Woodward.
As well as acting as the official preparation camp for Team GB in the 2012 London Olympics, past and present Loughborough students accumulated a total of 35 medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games (if it had been classed as a country in its own right, Loughborough would have finished 11th in the 2012 medal table).
The university’s outstanding sporting facilities come complete with an indoor athletics centre, an outdoor stadium and a 50m swimming pool.
Loughborough’s library contains over 500,000 books, 90,000 bound serials and access to around 30,000 electronic journals. It is made up of four floors with 250 workstations and its most rented book is Modern Banking Theory and Practice by Shelagh Hefferman.
With the launch of Loughborough University London, the institutions has increased its postgraduate presence with a campus at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
Loughborough is a frequent front-runner in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, an annual survey of UK undergraduates.
Who we are?
Our students, graduates, staff and campus-based partners are at the heart of all we do. They’re the key to our continuous success. Within this close-knit community there is an atmosphere of determination and a will to succeed, which creates an environment that motivates everyone to be the best they can be.
Learning and teaching
At Loughborough we challenge ourselves; we are agile learners who not only get things done, but get them done well. As a result, Loughborough is recognised internationally and our graduates are highly sought after. Our learning environment inspires participation, innovation and a work ethic like no other.
•Quality academic teaching - At Loughborough, our academics continually look for new ways of doing things and continue to build best practice. We attract outstanding academics from across the world who are specialists in their field, enthusiastic about their subjects, and are at the forefront of current research. 20% of our core employee numbers are represented by international members of staff, covering over 90 nationalities, meaning that our students benefit from a diverse and multicultural teaching experience.
•Recognition of quality - The University has consistently scored highly for teaching quality in all of the Government’s External Subject reviews and national league tables, and it’s achievements like this that recognise and reward our approach to providing exceptional teaching and learning opportunities. The University has also been awarded Gold, the top accolade, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF is the system through which UK universities’ teaching quality is assessed and rated. The Gold award ‘recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and is of the highest quality found in the UK’.
•Student satisfaction - The quality of our teaching and learning environment is emphasised by our students’ satisfaction with their course and educational experience whilst here at Loughborough. In the 2017 National Student Survey Loughborough was ranked the top mainstream university in England for overall satisfaction. Almost 92% of the Loughborough students who completed this year’s NSS agreed they were satisfied with their course at the University, compared to the national average of 84%. The University was also named top in the country for learning resources with an overall score of 93% students satisfied. When looking at how individual courses performed, three subject areas at the University came top for overall satisfaction; we were top 5 in nine subjects, and top 10 in a total of 16 subjects.
*Statistic info from Times Higher Education (THE)
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Impact Ranking 2020
Young University Ranking 2019
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