About the University

Students' Union

Loughborough Students' Union is one of the very best in the country and is one of the only unions to be owned and managed by the students.

Loughborough University Celebrates Two Whatuni Awards

Loughborough University has won two 2016 Whatuni Student Choice Awards, both recognising the incredible student experience on offer at the campus.

LSU has been voted the best students’ union in the country for the three consecutive years in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards. As the awards are voted for exclusively by students, the wins in 2014, 2015 and most recently 2016, show that LSU continuously focus on the needs of Loughborough students and deliver an experience to reflect this.

Giving back

Fundraising is also a key part of the Union’s activity. In 2017, in recognition of this work, the University was awarded 1st place for Giving Back at Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Loughborough Rag is the biggest student fundraising organisation in the country, regularly raising more than £1,000,000 a year. In 2016-17 it raised a phenomenal £1,117,286.56 for charity and good causes, an outstanding achievement of which many national charities would be proud. The grand total since records began is now over £15 million.

The Union also enables students to work in the local community through its Action team. Action runs a variety of projects throughout the year, covering areas such as working with both young and disadvantaged people, equality and diversity, community outreach, sport, and some international opportunities.

In 2016/17, with the help of almost 2,000 students, the Action team successfully completed over 20,000 hours of voluntary work. LSU Action have also been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for the significant impact their work has on local communities. Since the application process began the University’s Action ‘Heroes’ have volunteered over 100,000 hours. The award is the highest possible given to volunteer groups across the UK.

We are indeed fortunate to have such a rewarding partnership with our students’ union.

Robert Allison, Vice Chancellor and President

Interesting facts about LSU

  • Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) was formally established over 40 years ago in 1975.
  • The original SU building opened four years later in 1979, by special guests Terry Jones and Michael Palin of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
  • The Union has in fact been around for almost a century - having started in 1918 with the formation of a joint staff/ student Social Union.
  • There are more than 115 clubs and societies for students to get involved in – including political and cultural societies, sky diving, pole fitness, trading, real ales, drones, Disney and Harry Potter and Quidditch.
  • LSU has its own TV and radio stations, and a recording studio.
  • Loughborough Campus Radio is one of the oldest student radio stations in the UK, and started as  pirate radio broadcasts from a suitcase in Hazlerigg Hall of residence, during Rag Week 1970.
  • Every year LSU run International Day - An annual celebration of over 40 different nations and cultures.

Our student experience offers a variety of opportunities for our students to get involved and make their time at University matter. See for yourself on the Loughborough Students’ Union website.