Loughborough University2014 League Table Ranking 14
2014 Overall Score 818
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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.
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.
- BBC to A*AA A level grades or equivalent, depending on the course.
- Get more information about entry requirements at Loughborough University online.
- UK/EU students 92%.
- Overseas students 8%.
- Male/female ratio 62:38.
- Applications to places ratio 6.9:1 (full-time undergraduate 2010 entry).
- From state-sector schools 81.5%.
- In the Complete University Guide 2012 our departments were rated top ten in 11 subject groups.
- Almost 75% of Loughborough's subject areas were ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction.
- Awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
- Extensive links with industry. More than 80% of undergraduate courses offer a year-long placement.
- Loughborough is also one of the top 15 universities targeted by large, graduate employers.
- In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) every department was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, with 18% of the University's research considered to be 'world leading'.
- 70% of Loughborough University research is carried out in collaboration with external partners (national average is 20%).
- The University has over 40 research centres and institutes and five interdisciplinary research schools.
- A top 20 university based on research funding from HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) and the only one in this shortlist without a medical school.
- Four subject areas topped their tables in the 2012 National Student Survey: Accounting; Building Engineering; Information Services; Materials and Minerals Technology. Almost 60% of Loughborough's subject areas were ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction
- Extensive links with industry. More than 80% of undergraduate courses offer a year-long placement. Loughborough is also one of the top 15 universities targeted by large, graduate employers.
- 87% of Loughborough graduates from 2011 are in a job or undertaking further study, with 73% of these in 'higher graduate' occupations, compared with the national average of 63%.
Student facilities, including library and computing
- All hall rooms are wired for internet access, and most have wifi. Extensive wireless network coverage in both formal and informal study areas is available across the campus.
- The University library provides over 700,000 books and access to 20,000 e-journals. It has over 1,100 study places and 140 work stations. A £4.5-million refurbishment is due to take place over the summer of 2013.
- The Disability Office provides support, advice and guidance to students with disabilities or medical conditions.
- Owned and managed by its own members.
- Successful student fundraising organization raised over £1,404,952 for charity in 2011–12.
- Offers a wide range of support services, over 100 clubs and societies and a programme of professional entertainment and social events.
- Awarded the International Experience Award 2011 by the National Union of Students (NUS).
- 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 University is home to the world's largest university-based Sports Technology Research Group, which is part of the internationally acclaimed Sports Technology Institute.
- SportPark, based at the University provided a state-of-the-art home for national sporting bodies including Youth Sport Trust, British Swimming and several other national governing bodies.
- Home to the ECB National Cricket Academy and a national centre of excellence for swimming and athletics.
- Loughborough hosted Team GB prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games. More than 90 Loughborough-linked athletes competed at the games.
- Loughborough has dominated the BUCS championships for over thirty years.
Recent/prospective new builds
- A £15-million Sports Technology Institute has been created to develop cutting-edge technology and enhance research and enterprise in the sport and leisure sectors.
- SportPark, a £15 million bespoke central hub for some of the country’s leading sports bodies, was opened in 2010.
- The £21-millionLoughborough Design School, which provides state-of-the-art facilities for the various design disciplines at the University, opened in autumn 2011.
- Plans are underway for the development of a £10-million sport and exercise medicine centre on the Loughborough campus. The centre will be part of the country’s first-ever National Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre of Excellence.
Availability of part-time work
- The Students' Union employment exchange has a range of part-time opportunities with local companies and organizations.
- Rosalind Ayres – actor.
- Steve Backley – Olympic athlete.
- Lord Sebastian Coe – Olympic athlete, now Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and Chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA).
- 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).
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