Annual Review2016/17

Excellence, everywhere

Loughborough University is a place where people from different walks of life come to achieve great things; as a result, excellence pervades in all areas.

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In 2016/17 we had many accomplishments, which span across research, teaching and learning, sport, enterprise and community engagement. Read about this year's accolades.

As we all know, big achievements only happen as a result of many important steps. They are a reflection of a vast number of untold stories at the University, where our students, staff and community are making tremendous things happen every single day.

Here, we celebrate just a handful of those stories. Our everyday wins, the stepping stones towards the headline successes, and the teams and individuals at Loughborough whose tireless commitment, creativity and ambition create this culture of excellence in everything we do.

Dr Sarah Mills

Delivering award-winning research, teaching and learning

Research at Loughborough goes a long way. Learn more about Dr Sarah Mills and how her award-winning research in youth citizenship and civic engagement has led her to Parliament, where she helps to shape policy and lives for the better - and how she's paving the way for her students to do the same.

Grounds and gardens team

Keeping campus at its best

Our stunning campus is the platform on which we deliver excellence and behind it is a dedicated team who ensure it is always at its best. Here, the grounds and gardens team at Loughborough tells us their stories: how they encourage and maintain the natural biodiversity we enjoy, engage with the local community and keep our sports pitches at the top of their game.

The outstanding campus and facilities at Loughborough make it a brilliant place to work, study, and play.

Paul Ntulila

Raising deaf awareness throughout the University and beyond

Paul Ntulila is Loughborough University London's first deaf student. Here, he tells us his story of how he is working with the University and volunteering in his local community in London to raise deaf awareness. An outstanding advocate; it's no surprise he's aiming for a career in politics.

Hugh McLaren

Going the extra mile to lead our student orchestra

Incredible achievements take dedication, and Hugh McLaren shows huge dedication to our students. Living and working in Cheltenham, he makes a 175-mile round trip to Loughborough every week to lead the LSU Classical student orchestra.

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with arts and culture at Loughborough. LU Arts, the University's arts programme, offers a year-round events calendar that includes music, theatre, literature, contemporary art and a range of classes - in addition to the 150+ societies at the Students' Union.

Forest School

Sharing our campus with the community

This year, the University's Holywell Wood became home to a forest school. Run by a local nursery, it allows children to learn outdoors through participating in woodland activities such as making fires, building dens and learning all about flora and fauna. Alongside this, our researchers have been studying the impact of this type of learning on early years education and development.

Hosting the forest school is one of the many highlights we've shared with our community this year.

Coach and Volunteering Academy

Life-shaping experiences through sport

Loughborough's sporting culture encompasses participation at all levels. As well as hosting some of the highest performing athletes in the world, we develop and encourage talent in all areas of sport. Through the Coach and Volunteering Academy (CVA) Loughborough students have had life-shaping experiences - here, they tell us how they've used this to take their careers to the next level.

Issa Munu

Realising his study ambitions abroad

Issa Munu is a Chemical Engineering student who had the ambition to become fluent in French. For him, the best way to do that was to get amongst the action and travel abroad. Through Loughborough's Erasmus+ scheme, he spent a semester in the south of France. Find out more about his experience and how it changed his future outlook.

Professor John Mardaljevic

International impact through research

Getting enough daylight is something incredibly important to us all. Professor John Mardaljevic has studied daylight in buildings, and the impacts are reaching across the world - from daylight exposure in heritage spaces to the construction of the Nordstrom Tower in New York; soon to become the world's tallest residential building.

A year in review

2016/17 was a landmark year, and we're incredibly proud to share what we have achieved.

  • Top 10 in every national league table 2017/18

  • 6th in the Times Higher Education 'Table of Tables' 2018

  • QS Stars five-stars plus institution - one of only 15 worldwide

  • Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - Gold

  • The Complete University Guide 2018 - Top 10

  • The Guardian University Guide 2018 - Ranked 6th

  • 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

  • Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey - Britain's best student experience over the last 10 years 2007-2017

  • Best university in the world to study sports-related subjects - QS World University Rankings by Subject

  • Olympic legend and proud alumnus Lord Sebastian Coe installed as the University's new Chancellor

  • British Universities and Colleges Sport Champions 37 years in a row

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This review presents just some of the University's highlights from the last year. For a full overview of the University's performance during the 2016/17 financial year, download the Financial Statements below.

Download the report and financial statements for 2016/17