Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Loughborough Design School

James Dyson Award 2014

Our graduate James’ Roberts has won the 2014 James Dyson Award with his MOM inflatable incubator

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Welcome to Loughborough Design School

Loughborough Design School epitomises excellence in the three strands of its activity – research, teaching and enterprise.

Design School staff have world leading reputations for their research, teaching and collaboration with industry, commerce and the public sector.

Please browse our website or search for specific information and contacts. We welcome your interest in the School and are looking forward to discussing how we may help with your future study, research or enterprise activity.

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About us

Loughborough Design School exhibits excellence in the three strands of its activity: research, teaching and enterprise.

In the most recent UK-wide assessment of higher education research (RAE 2008), Design School staff had the highest Art and Design research profiles of any institution with 55 per cent rated as world leading, plus top rated scores from the Engineering panel.

Design School graduates are highly sought after, reflected in the excellent employability figures.

The third strand - enterprise – is embedded in all our activity, including ‘live’ student briefs from industry, commercialisation of graduate projects, and knowledge exchange activities with the public, private and third sector.

The School comprises 42 academic staff; 35 researchers; 50 PhD students; 13 technical staff; and 12 administrative support staff.

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Our aims

The Design School will:

  • Continue to be recognised as world-leading in research, development and teaching
  • Maintain a leading position in design research
  • Pursue cross-disciplinary working within, and beyond, the boundaries of Loughborough University
  • Continually strengthen the quality of teaching provision in design and ergonomics
  • Build upon a growing culture of enterprise, commercialisation and business incubation

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The School benefits from state-of-the-art facilities since moving to a new purpose-built campus location in 2011.

Facilities include bespoke designed studios, research laboratories, prototyping workshops, teaching laboratories, lecture theatre/auditorium, offices and meeting rooms, IT labs and exhibition spaces.

The building houses the latest equipment for digital designing (including rapid prototyping and manufacturing), haptic modelling, water jet cutting, vehicle simulation, environmental chambers, subject preparation, movement simulation and analysis, surface-mount PCB development, water-jet cutting in addition to the usual workshops, laboratories and studio equipment and resources.

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