University Profile: Loughborough University
League Table Ranking 2016: 11
Number of Students: 16,000, of which 75% are undergraduate and 25% postgraduate
Location: East Midlands, around one hour away from Birmingham
The University started life in 1909 as a small technical institute for the provision of further education in the local community. In 1966, it was awarded its Charter, becoming the country’s first technological university. It was renamed Loughborough University in 1996. The acquisition of additional land in 2003, 2006 and 2010 created the largest single-site campus in the country, today spanning 438 acres. Many well-known companies such as Rolls-Royce, Adidas, Jaguar and Caterpillar have collaborations with the University for research purposes, and Loughborough frequently ranks among the top 15 universities for research activities. Named number one in the UK for student experience (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016), Loughborough University also has an unrivalled sporting profile, with notable alumni including Monty Panesar, Paula Radcliffe, Clive Woodward, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Sebastian Coe.
Offering a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate options across 19 different departments, Loughborough consistently scores highly for teaching standards in national league tables. Most courses offer a great degree of flexibility, enabling each individual student to tailor the modules taken to their specific interests, and all degrees offer the opportunity to take a year-long paid work experience placement after the second year of study. Indeed, this careful balance between world-leading research and academic instruction, and enhancing employment prospects, sees 94% of Loughborough graduates in full-time work or further study six months after graduating.
The accommodation options provided by Loughborough University range from dedicated undergraduate and postgraduate halls, to residences for shorts stays or visitors. There are 15 undergraduate halls of residence, of which seven are catered and eight self-catered, and four self-catered postgraduate halls. In addition to free internet access within all university accommodation, the Loughborough campus includes a free PC clinic for students who face any sort of IT issues, and access to computer labs with dual boot Apple and Windows computers.
Set on the largest single site green campus in the UK, Loughborough offers a vast array of amenities, from state-of-the-art lecture theatres and labs to an Arts Centre, two theatres, restaurants, shops, a health centre, bank and the Student’s Union – one of the only unions to be owned and managed exclusively by the students. Known as the number one university for sport in the country, the campus has the largest concentration of world-class training facilities in the UK, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, indoor athletics centre and outdoor stadium. In 2013, the University Library went through an extensive refurbishment process costing nearly £4.5 million, with the result that it now hosts around 700,000 books, CDs and DVDs, along with access to a large number of e-journals.
Ranked number one in the UK for student experience (Times Higher Education 2016), Loughborough fosters an excellent sense of community amongst its student body. Students praise the excellent facilities, quality teaching and support, and wide range of extra-curricular activities, as well as the highly rated Loughborough Students’ Union, which provides access to over 100 clubs and societies for professional development and social entertainment. The University aims to produce well-rounded graduates and the excellent Careers Service, as well as supporting students with sandwich placements, also plays host to the largest careers fair in the UK, with more than 190 employers in attendance.
My Personal Statement Verdict: 4.5/5
Content was accurate at the time of compilation.