An introduction from the Vice-Chancellor
An effective team is a group of people that act and work together in the interests of a common cause. It is a group that works collectively to achieve the same goal. There may be multiple individual goals beneath that, but the end goal is the same.
Working together is a crucial part of any business. At Loughborough University, working together and partnership is our business. There are multiple teams, groups and individuals across campus; who come together to deliver everything that Loughborough is today.
I don’t just mean teams that make up our professional services and academic structure. We have the team at Loughborough Students’ Union, a group of graduates and students working together to deliver the best student experience for our entire student body. Teams of volunteers and teams that fundraise to support good causes. We have research teams with individuals from multiple academic departments. Staff that work with external partners, effectively creating new teams beyond the campus boundaries. Sports teams. The friendships and alliances that our students make with other students from their course or in halls, or with the academic staff they come into contact with, all create further teams with goals and ambitions.
The University is a network of collaborations. Collaborations that have a joint pride and passion for Loughborough. Collaborations that have their own objectives but ultimately contribute to making Loughborough University one of the UK’s premier higher education institutions.
Henry Ford once said, ‘Coming together is beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success’. This year, and every year at Loughborough, our people come together, they work together, they progress together, they look forwards together, and they achieve great success.
This review celebrates our working together ethos and shares some of the great things that have been achieved as a result. It shows how all the things that happen across the entire Loughborough network, all fit together to create something that I believe is truly exceptional.
Teaching and learning
Our students are our partners. They work with us to co-create their educational experience, for their own benefit and that of future Loughborough students.
From the day they arrive at Loughborough students are encouraged to be involved in shaping the development of their course and university experience.
This in turn helps us to deliver a high quality teaching experience, and offer opportunities for our students to further their skills and knowledge.
Partnership sits at the heart of our culture here at Loughborough, and is a driving force behind the success our students enjoy.
in a mock exercise of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Top 5 in the UK, 39th in the world
for student employability - QS World Graduate Employability Rankings 2015
More than 1,500 students
on year-long placements with nearly 600 companies (2015-16 academic year)
Loughborough offers students a truly unique experience. But what’s behind the success of this award winning experience? A unique relationship with our Students’ Union. This close working relationship has given Loughborough an exceptional cohesiveness that really benefits our students.
The success of our student experience isn’t just down to this one unique partnership though; the partnerships that are formed across our student body are what make it truly exceptional – groups of volunteers, fundraisers for RAG, the second families formed through Halls, sports teams, course mates, and groups across various societies.
Best Students' Union
for the third consecutive year – Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2016
Best clubs and societies
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2016
in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016
Over 25,600 hours of volunteering
completed by students in 2015/16
Over £1.1m raised
for local and national charities by Loughborough Students’ Rag
71% of students at Loughborough
regularly participate in sport at least once a week
Over 3,500 students
were involved in societies at the Students’ Union
Over 4,400 students
were involved in student sport through the Students’ Union
Our Loughborough campus and its facilities have long been one of our greatest assets, and of course our London campus now adds to this.
We work hard to ensure that all our facilities, new or old, are impressive, accessible and well maintained. This high standard is a reflection of the hard work from many teams and individuals.
Everyone’s role is just as important as the rest; from the initial idea to putting plans in place, raising the funds to physically building the facility. Every contribution counts.
Construction has started on some significant campus developments over the last year or so, whilst others have been finished and opened for the benefit of our students and staff.
was invested in campus and its facilities
1st in high quality facilities and sports facilities
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016
Set to receive £9.8 million government funding
to develop National Centre of Excellence in Gas Turbine Combustion System Aerodynamics
A social space and workspace for postgraduate taught, research, and mature undergraduates officially opened its doors to students.Previous Next
Collaboration is what makes things happen at the University. Things that have a lasting impact.
STEMLab is a landmark project for the University, which is the result of a vast number of individuals, teams and partners coming together to make the project happen. Whether it was putting the initial plans in place, or managing the needs and requirements of all involved to create a space fit for purpose; every party contributed and played an essential role. This collaborative effort will create a £17 million state-of-the-art learning facility; a legacy that all associated with it will benefit from for years to come.
Research excellence, powerful partnerships
Research at Loughborough is built on partnerships. Throughout our history we have worked with some of the world’s leading organisations, responding to the issues they face now and in the future. Such powerful partnerships are making a real difference to the world.
Our research depends on a number of other partnerships too. Cross school teams delivering multi-disciplinary projects, and projects with other universities. Researchers working alongside technicians. Researchers working with students. The results we deliver would not be possible without this intricate network of people, who support each other and work together to deliver relevant research that contributes significantly to society.
Reducing heart disease risk
This local partnership delivered with the University of Leicester and Leicester’s hospitals is working to develop exercise programmes for kidney transplant patients in an effort to reduce risk of heart disease.Read the press release
A fashion revolution
This new project between Loughborough Design School researchers and global textile and garment manufacturer the Yeh Group, will deliver landmark work in 3D textile printing that could manufacture personalised fashion items within 24 hours, and change the way we shop for clothes.Read the press release
Supporting our service men and women
This new partnership will combine expertise and make advancements in the medical care of the UK’s service men and women, generating opportunities that will help transform future healthcare and address the enduring and emerging challenges for military medicine.Read the press release
Protecting the travelling public
This interdisciplinary project brought together researchers from engineering and chemistry, to create a new product that could safeguard the travelling public against future acts of terrorism.Read the press release
Investment for research growth
The University received £3.8m in government funding to invest in its postgraduate research training for science and engineering. It will be used to support our researchers, take on more doctoral students, and develop our research in key strategic areas, hopefully leading to new discoveries and commercial partnerships.Read the press release
New facility to boost an existing partnership
Enhancing our already strong relationship with Rolls Royce, £9.8 million was secured to establish a new facility that will focus on the development of low emission systems in aircraft, and position the University as a primary UK hub for aerospace engineering and technology.Read the press release
Multi-million national partnerships
The University was announced as a partner in a new £276 million research project aimed at ensuring the long-term functioning of the UK’s infrastructure and cities – which outside of national security and medicine, will be one of the largest collaborative research projects in the UK.Read the press release
Bringing experts together
Energy Research Accelerator, an existing research partnership between the University, four other Midlands-based universities and the British Geological Survey, received a £60 million investment that will act as the next step towards the transformation of the UK’s energy sector.Read the press release
Through our enterprise activity, partnerships bring success.
Our Science and Enterprise Park brings together over 60 high-tech start-ups, R&D divisions of global brands, and national sports organisations and governing bodies. They partner with each other to explore new opportunities and share best practice, and take advantage of the University’s knowledge base. These partnerships enhance the relevance of the University’s research, and boost the employability of our students and graduates.
Working together for mutual benefit is also at the heart of our student and graduate enterprise activity. Whether it‘s a group of current students developing their ideas, or graduates starting up new businesses in the Studio, they support each other to thrive.
There is a sense of community across all our enterprise activity that inspires creativity and success. The collaborative goal of this dynamic community? To drive innovation and create impact.
28% more companies
joined the Science and Enterprise Park in 2015/16
Advanced Technology Innovation Centre was
90% full 8 months after opening
Over 1,500 students
engaged in enterprise activities in 2015
We are proud of our hard earned reputation for sport. Our constant focus is on ensuring every student has the opportunity to get involved regardless of experience or ability. These opportunities allow them to meet new people, gain valuable qualifications, develop skills, and enjoy experiences that are, quite simply, life shaping. Whether they’re playing or organising sport at Loughborough, our students contribute to the success and reputation the University enjoys.
Our sporting set up includes national performance centres for athletics, cricket, netball, swimming and triathlon, and our programs and world class facilities provide the very best experience for everyone.
Our campus is home to world class athletes and coaches, as well as many important national sport partners including 15 national governing bodies of sports, all of which show the incredible alliance between Loughborough and world leading sport.
Supporting our sporting heroes in Rio
The Olympic Games in Rio were a significant fixture in the sporting calendar for 2016. The Loughborough family was represented strongly, with students, alumni, and Loughborough based athletes, competing and conquering all at the Olympic and Paralympic games.
5 gold medals
won by Loughborough athletes at the Rio Olympic Games
12 total medals
won by Loughborough athletes at the Rio Olympic Games
10 gold medals
achieved by Loughborough based athletes at the Rio Paralympic Games
in the Olympics medal table (if Loughborough University had competed as a nation)
30 sports scholarships
received from Loughborough University for Rio athletes
Loughborough University London
Our London vision has now become a reality, with the first cohort of students having started and graduated at Loughborough University London.
Plans for the landmark project for the University started back in 2010. It has been a long but hugely rewarding journey to get to this point, and everything that has been achieved is a result of the hard work and dedication of all those involved.
Here’s a sample of what we achieved during our first full year in business:
invested in scholarships
represented on campus
400 postgraduate taught students
38 employer led events
of careers coaching and employer assessments
collaborated with our students
Our purpose isn’t just the education and experience we deliver to students, or the research we develop, it’s about our place in the local community and how we work with them to develop a relationship that is beneficial to both sides.
From funding for local projects to engaging the community with events on campus, we work with the community to bring opportunities to the area and ensure the University is an asset to the town.
School Games 2016
This four day event brought together 1,600 young athletes from across the UK, to compete across 12 sports, in an event that replicated the experience of a major sporting event, providing them with a unique insight into the world of sport. All this was made possible by the joint efforts of the University, various sports governing bodies, the National Lottery and an army of volunteers.Read the news article
Community Donations Fund
This fund has been supporting local groups and projects since 2009 and as a university we were delighted to support even more this year. All the projects do exceptional work within the community, but often face financial difficulties, which is where we partner up to support them.Read the news article
Aimed at redefining the role of the town centre to ensure its long term future, this project was delivered by LU Arts, with support from the local community, to run a string of activity and events that used art and critical debate to regenerate the high street in Loughborough.Find out more
One year in two minutes
Make it happen at Loughborough
Do you aspire to achieve great things? At Loughborough we can work with you to make your dreams a reality.
So whether you’re a prospective student in need of the necessary support to take your career to the next level; a professional looking for an environment where you will be supported to develop and progress; or an organisation looking for a partner with expertise, incredible facilities, direct access to graduate and student talent, and a vast array of contacts, connect with us to make your future happen.Study in Loughborough Study in London Partner with us for research Join the Science and Enterprise Park Support our community work Collaborate with us Reconnect through the Alumni Association
This review presents just some of the University’s highlights from the last year. For further details and a full overview of the University’s performance during the financial year for 2015/16, download the Financial Statements below.Download the report and financial statements for 2015/16