Giving to Loughborough
Loughborough University continually invests in developing its campus, including new facilities for teaching and research.
Recent and ongoing developments include the Science and Enterprise Park, offering office, laboratory and workshop space for knowledge-based organisations and the development of the West Park Teaching Zone.
This exciting initiative will provide increased lecture space in the Teaching Hub, practical laboratory and engineering facilities (called STEMLab) and is accompanied by a refurbishment programme focussing on our research facilities in the West Park area of campus.
Alongside the West Park Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) developments we also have plans underway for a new School of the Arts development on the East Park area of campus which will provide new teaching and practical space for our arts degree programmes.
Loughborough University is one of the largest providers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates in the country. We are the biggest education institution provider of engineering undergraduates for industry.
We are committed to our reputation as one of the UK’s leading universities in STEM and remain one of the most popular universities for this subject choice, as evidenced by current UK league tables.
As an institution we are at capacity for teaching STEM students and it is essential that we expand our facilities in order to meet the increasing demand for our courses.
STEMLab is a truly exciting project and provides us with a fantastic opportunity to offer our students modern infrastructure, and new facilities not currently available to students – for example, a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop for individual projects and associated modern engineering design tools such that our students can ‘Design, Engineer, Build and Test’.
Through the creation of STEMLab, we are working to increase our capacity, course offerings and our provision of eligible work-ready graduates into the STEM marketplace.
Alongside the state of the facilities offered for practical work, the STEM Ideas Factory will also be a critical element of the new building. The STEMLab Ideas Factory is a dedicated space within STEMLab which will be used to work with primary and secondary school pupils, in addition to our own students.
This space will transform our ability to engage under-represented groups and varied age groups in Science and Engineering by creating an inspirational flagship destination. Our outreach teams will use the space, and associated state-of-the-art laboratories and adjacent recently created lecture room facilities, to enhance the provision of high-profile programmes such as:
- Royal Society of Chemistry’s ‘Top of the Bench’ (hosted at Loughborough)
- Our Community Science and Engineering event (>1,000 participants)
- Participation in the Engineering Education Scheme
- National Science and Engineering week events
- Several residential courses designed to encourage Year 11/12 students to take up engineering such as ‘Engineering Experience'.