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Loughborough University

2016 League Table Ranking 11
2016 Overall Score 873
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Entry Standards 397 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 15.0 Help
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Research Quality 2.95 Help
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Academic Services Spend 1,210 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.19 Help
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Facilities Spend 949 Help
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Graduate Prospects 79.9 Help
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Degree Completion 93.1 Help
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Good Honours 79.8 Help
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Green Score 42.3 Help
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  • Founded in 1909 as a small technical institute. Became Loughborough College and then Loughborough College of Technology.
  • In 1966 became Loughborough University of Technology, the UK's first technological university. Renamed Loughborough University in 1996.
  • Land acquisitions in 2003, 2006 and 2010 have made Loughborough one of the country's largest single-site campuses, with over 438 acres of land.
  • n autumn 2015, the University will open a second campus, Loughborough University in London, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offering postgraduate teaching, research and enterprise opportunities.

Location and Transport

  • Located on the edge of the market town of Loughborough. The cities of Nottingham, Leicester and Derby are easily accessible. London is 90 minutes away.
  • A safe, single-site campus provides plenty of open space, gardens and sports areas interspersed with academic buildings and student accommodation.
  • Loughborough railway station is 3 km (2 miles) away, the M1 1.6km (1 mile), and East Midlands Airport 14.5 km (9 miles). A shuttle bus operates between campus and the town/railway station.

Entry Standards

  • BBC to A*AA A-level grades or equivalent, depending on the course.
  • Get more information about entry requirements on the Loughborough University website.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • GCSE minimum grade C in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent UK qualification. Some courses may require a higher level of achievement.
  • Applicants are normally expected to have at least 3 A-Levels and in many cases specific subjects are required.
  • General Studies is not normally accepted, although there are a small number of courses that will accept it where it complements other subjects taken.
  • We accept a wide range of alternative qualifications. Please see our General Entrance Requirements for more information.

Student Mix

The 15,965 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Every undergraduate course offers the opportunity of a year-long paid work placement in business, industry or the professions in the UK or overseas.
  • We actively encourage international study exchanges from between 3 and 12 months.
  • Alongside core modules, our courses are offer a range of optional modules, enabling students to tailor their courses to their individual interests and career aspirations.
  • The University-wide Language Programme offers a range of modules in French, German, Spanish or Chinese that can be taken alongside your degree programme.

Teaching Standards

  • 89% of students said they were satisfied overall with the quality of their course in the 2014 National Student Survey.
  • We were rated top three for teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency.
  • Students are taught by leaders in their field, who are at the forefront of current research.
  • Every undergraduate courses offers a year-long placement option.
  • Loughborough is one of the top 15 universities targeted by large, graduate employers – 94% of graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating.

Research Standards

  • In the latest research assessment, the Research Excellence Framework 2014, Loughborough consolidated its position in the premier league of research universities. It was ranked 14th in the UK and 9th among universities in England for research intensity in the Times Higher Education Magazine.
  • The University has over 40 research centres and institutes and six interdisciplinary research challenges, which accelerate the delivery of distinctive solutions to regional, national and international issues.
  • Awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.
  • Long-standing collaborative research links with many blue chip companies including adidas, Caterpillar, JCB, Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls-Royce.
  • Among the nationally-significant organisations based on campus are the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre, the Caterpillar Innovation and Research Centre, the BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health and the National Cricket Performance Centre.

Academic Strengths

  • In the National Student Survey 2014, Loughborough was rated top for Business Studies and Information Services. 15 subjects in total were ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction.
  • Loughborough is the UK's premier university for sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
  • In the latest Research Excellence Framework, Loughborough had the largest concentration of world-leading research in sport and exercise sciences, and six other subject areas featured in their national subject top ten.

Student Facilities

  • All hall rooms are wired for internet access, and most have Wi-Fi. Extensive wireless network coverage in both formal and informal study areas is available across the campus.
  • Free PC clinic, open until 8pm, for help with all students' IT issues. Drop-in access to dual-boot Apple Mac and Windows labs
  • The University library provides more than 700,000 books, DVDs and CDs and access to 30,000 e-journals. It has over 1,300 study places and 200 work stations. A £4.5-million refurbishment took place over the summer of 2013.

Disability Services

  • The Disability Office offers support, advice and guidance for students with a wide range of disabilities, including physical disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, sensory impairments and medical conditions.
  • It provides support and tuition for students who have dyslexia, dyspraxia and other specific learning differences. It also supports students who face barriers affecting their ability to study as a result of mental health issues.

Students' Union

  • Ranked top students' union in the What Uni Awards 2014.
  • Successful student fundraising organization raised over £1.4 million for charity in 2013–14.
  • Offers a wide range of support services, over 100 clubs and societies and a programme of professional entertainment and social events.
  • The Students’ Union Action Group was awarded the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award in 2013, in recognition of its work to harness the volunteering power of students to help community groups. More than 2,000 students volunteer each year.


  • Loughborough University is the UK’s premier university for sport and its underpinning disciplines, with one of the best integrated sports development environment in the world.
  • Loughborough Students have won the BUCS championships for more than 35 consecutive years.
  • There are over 50 student-led sports clubs that represent Loughborough in BUCS competitions, and a high performance programme to support student-athletes including high quality coaching, strength and conditioning and flexible academic support.
  • Loughborough’s sporting offer ensures that every student has the opportunity to be involved, through free sporting activities, a programme of fitness class, state of the art health and fitness facilities, and the largest student led hall sport programme in the UK.
  • Loughborough is home for many sports including national performance centres for athletics, swimming and cricket, and the administrative headquarters for bodies including Youth Sport Trust and several national governing bodies.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Loughborough will open a second academic campus - Loughborough University in London – in the autumn of 2015 on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, offering postgraduate teaching, research and enterprise opportunities.
  • The £21-million Loughborough Design School, which provides state-of-the-art facilities for the various design disciplines at the University, opened in autumn 2011.
  • A new £5.6-million health and fitness centre opened on campus in October 2014.
  • A £23-million sport and exercise medicine centre opened in January 2015. The centre is part of the country’s first-ever National Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre of Excellence.
  • Proposals have been announced to expand the Science and Enterprise Park on the University campus. One of the first buildings to be established on this was SportPark, a £15-million bespoke central hub for some of the country’s leading sports bodies.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The University has a part-time job shop on campus promoting work opportunities exclusively to Loughborough students, with daily tweets about new roles.
  • Access to a wide variety of part-time roles in a variety of different sectors both on campus and in the local area.
  • Roles might include research assistants, IT support, careers assistants, campus ambassadors, retail, marketing, business administration, and social media support.
  • Working can help develop a wide range of employability skills, strengthen a CV, and enhance chances of securing high quality placements and graduate jobs.
  • The University’s Employability Award can also help students gain recognition for personal and skills development, through work and other extra-curricular activities.

Careers Guidance

  • Leading university careers and employability service, rated no.1 internationally in 2013 (International Student Barometer).
  • Unrivalled links with graduate and placement recruiters - Loughborough hosts the UK’s largest university Careers Fair with over 190 employers attending, plus many other careers fairs and employer events.
  • High quality 1:1 guidance and support for all undergraduate and postgraduate students, and specialist advice for international students, postgraduate research students, and students with disabilities.
  • Wide range of skills and personal development workshops all-term, every-term, including CV advice, writing applications, psychometric tests, and mock interviews and assessment centres.
  • Exceptional networking and mentoring opportunities for students and graduates, across all fields of study and industry sectors.

Notable Alumni

  • Rosalind Ayres – actor.
  • Steve Backley – Olympic athlete.
  • Lord Sebastian Coe – Olympic athlete, Chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and former Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
  • Michael Fabricant MP.
  • Sir John Gains – Engineer.
  • Sir Frank Gibb – Engineer.
  • Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson – Paralympic athlete.
  • Tom Karen – Designer.
  • Paula Radcliffe – Olympic athlete.
  • Bridget Riley – Artist.
  • Lisa Rogers – TV presenter.
  • Malcolm Sayer – Designer of the E-type Jaguar car.
  • Bob Wilson – former Arsenal goalkeeper and sport presenter.
  • Sir Clive Woodward – Manager of the England Rugby World Cup winning team, former Director of Sport at the British Olympic Association (BOA).
  • Monty Panesar – Cricketer.
    Philip Serrell  TV presenter.
  • Sir Peter Bonfield Businessman.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 1509 222222
  • Loughborough University
    LE11 3TU
UCAS Code L79

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