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8 Apr 2014

Loughborough University’s strategy launched at House of Commons celebration event

Loughborough University Strategy Launch - 7 April 2014.  Photography by Andrew Weekes Image: Andrew Weekes

Distinguished guests from the UK and overseas gathered at the House of Commons in London on 7 April for a special event to celebrate the launch of Loughborough University’s new strategy.

Entitled ‘Building Excellence’, the strategy sets out the University’s ambitions for the next decade. At its heart lie four central themes which form the framework for Loughborough’s future direction of travel. They are:

−      Investing in staff

−      Educating for success

−      Growing capacity and influence, and

−      Raising standards and aspiration

Interwoven into each of these themes are the University’s core activities of research, teaching, enterprise and sport.

The strategy also outlines the ambitions the University has set itself. Within the next ten years Loughborough will:

  • Have a distinctive international reputation for excellence
  • Provide a life-shaping student experience
  • Have outstanding partnerships to deliver social, economic and cultural prosperity
  • Have a culture of delivering excellence in all that it does
  • Be an outstanding university with two vibrant campuses

Professor Robert Allison, Loughborough University’s Vice Chancellor, said: “Loughborough has made outstanding progress through the years. For instance, we have been awarded seven Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, an achievement bettered only by Oxford, and we have consolidated our position as the country’s premier university for sport.

“We have also announced plans to open a second academic campus, Loughborough University in London, on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in 2015 to expand our academic provision and further our world-leading research and innovation.

“Our new strategy will build on these successes and shape our development through the next decade.”

The celebrations at the launch event were given a special boost when it was announced that Jon Wood, an alumnus of the University, has given a £1 million donation to Loughborough, in support of the University’s strategy.

Mr Wood said: “I believe that Loughborough University has developed an outstanding proposition that will enhance the development of excellence in the UK for years to come. I wanted to show my support, as I believe the University has the potential to make a real difference to the lives of people right across the country and beyond.

“My donation is just the start of my commitment to Loughborough University, and I look forward to supporting Professor Robert Allison, and in particular Dr Peter Keen, Director of Sport, in this exciting new chapter, over the forthcoming years.” 

The Vice Chancellor commented: “We are incredibly grateful for Jon’s extremely generous support, which will enable us to take a significant step forward in our future journey.”

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 14/69

Loughborough is one of the UK’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year title in 2008-09 and has been named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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