Loughborough University

Loughborough University is renowned for its excellence in research, teaching and enterprise; the unique contribution it makes to the world of sport and the links it holds with business, industry and policymakers ensures that the University and its activities have a tangible positive impact on issues worldwide.

The University’s main campus is a superb 440-acre green site in the heart of Leicestershire. With first-rate facilities, plenty of open space, gardens and sports areas, the site truly is our greatest asset.

In addition to the main campus in Loughborough, we also have Loughborough University London, an inspiring postgraduate campus located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, that enhances the University’s existing world-class partnerships and excellence in research, to deliver an industry-focused learning experience that is second to none.

Life at Loughborough has a strong community feel. Our diverse student community, across both Loughborough and London campuses, is made up of over 17,800 students from over 130 countries. Supporting this community is a workforce of over 3,800 employees, including teaching and research staff, and staff that provide a range of support, professional and technical services.

The University is a top ten institution in every national university league table, including ranked 4th in the Guardian University Guide 2019 and 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, in which Loughborough was also named University of the Year.

Our life-changing student experience is second to none and is delivered in conjunction with our award-winning students’ union. In 2018 the University was named the UK’s best student experience in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey – the eighth time since the survey’s inception in 2006.

Loughborough University is a research-active institution that contributes at the very highest levels to new knowledge and understanding, helping business and industry to compete more effectively, shaping public policy and, ultimately, helping to improve the quality of people’s lives.

Our position as one of the country’s top research universities was confirmed in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) when the University ranked in the top ten universities in England for research intensity. The University has also been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, recognising our contribution to the areas of high value manufacturing, road safety research, social policy, sport, optical engineering, our work in developing countries and collaborations with aerospace and automotive companies.

The University also attaches great importance to collaborations and partnerships across the business, public and voluntary sectors, and is committed to helping businesses to succeed by sharing and applying ideas, knowledge, technologies, skills and services.

We provide opportunities for organisations to tap into our expertise and collaborate with our academics; inspire our students to be enterprising and nurture new graduate businesses; and provide an outstanding base for businesses to grow through Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP) - an established, dynamic innovation community of over 75 organisations and business start-ups.

Pioneering research and enterprise are also integrated within our teaching to provide the very best learning experience to students, enabling them to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities required by employers.

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Key facts

  • Top 10 of every national university league table
  • Awarded Gold in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Five Stars Plus institution in the International QS Stars scheme 2017
  • Best university in the world for sports-related subjects - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018