Loughborough Design School exhibits excellence in the three strands of its activity: research, teaching and enterprise.
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.
Design activity is undertaken beneath a broad umbrella of interdisciplinary provision which does not recognise particular disciplines as boundaries but seamlessly links them to provide solutions, research and teaching already recognised as world-leading by governments, industrialists and employers.
This distinctive approach reflects the strength of design-related activity across a particularly broad spectrum, ranging from product styling to engineering design, nurturing the development of existing strengths in design ergonomics, transport safety, technology, sustainability, environmental ergonomics, design practice and education.
Such an approach is identified as the means by which our research groups and teaching programmes can better engage with the challenges of globalisation and future market requirements, emphasising the breadth of multi-disciplinary skills required in design, innovation and commerce. This also ensures that teaching programmes are viable and fit for purpose by providing greater flexibility and opportunity to prospective students.
It is the breadth of provision 'under one roof' that provides a distinct and unique grouping of renowned specialists, together with experienced practitioners and managers of multi-disciplinary design approaches, that is at the heart of our activity, and provides a one-stop opportunity for those seeking to collaborate or study in a very broad arena of design, ergonomics and technology.
Some of the diverse sectors we work with include: vehicles, public transport, energy, mobile devices, home entertainment, consumer products, electronics, digital media, furniture, government, education, healthcare, sports clothing and equipment, packaging, construction.
If you are a student seeking to study design, we offer some of the best undergraduate and postgraduate course programmes available, linked of course to the world-renowned 'Loughborough Student Experience' which is supported by excellent facilities and highly motivated teaching staff.
Our research and development activity is second to none, aimed at engaging with the wider community and commercial activity as a part of our 'research that matters' culture throughout the University.