Loughborough University is a public-research University and one of the country's leading universities. Loughborough is the only university to have been voted England's Best Student Experience for six consecutive years in the Times Higher Education league table. It highlights the excellent community atmosphere at Loughborough, the extra-curricular activities and societies that are offered, and the great environment on campus and around the University, including the first-rate sports facilities.
Eighty nine per cent of final year students at Loughborough University, compared with a national average of 86%, are satisfied overall with their course, according to the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS). Nine of Loughborough’s subjects were ranked in the top five in the UK, based on the mean score for overall satisfaction, with 15 in total ranked in the top ten.
That Loughborough now boasts an internationally known and respected university is largely due to the entrepreneurial vision and determination of Dr Herbert Schofield, Principal of Loughborough College for 35 years.
In 1909 a small Technical Institute in the centre of Loughborough was established, which provided local facilities for further education and offered courses in technical subjects, science and art. Land was also acquired on the Burleigh Estate, enabling the early development of the University as it stands today.
Loughborough has always been at the forefront of engineering and technology, but has strengths in many other areas including; sport and sports technology, art and design, business studies, the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Loughborough University features in the top 15 in all three national university rankings:
Also, Loughborough has been outstandingly successful in receiving a total of seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education. They are awarded biennially, in recognition of work carried out by universities and colleges which is judged to be of outstanding excellence.
Loughborough has easy access by road, rail and air to every part of the UK and Europe. The town’s railway station is also situated on the East Midlands train line offering regular services between Sheffield and London St Pancras International station. East Midlands Airport is only 15 minutes away and easily reached by the 24/7 bus service from Loughborough.