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Loughborough brings home two golds from Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2017

Loughborough University has won two Whatuni 2017 Student Choice Awards, picking up the top accolade for Best University Facilities and the new Giving Back category.

The Whatuni Student Rankings are based on averages taken from reviews submitted by over 26,000 students and published on the site. They offer prospective students an unbiased, student-led alternative to traditional university ranking systems.

This year 127 universities met the minimum threshold to be considered for a Student Choice Award; and 44 universities received a nomination.

As well as winning the awards for the best University Facilities and Giving Back – a new category celebrating the participation of universities in both global projects and their local community – Loughborough also came second in the ‘University of the Year’ category and had top-three finishes in a further four categories.

Speaking about the awards success Loughborough University Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said: “It is great to be celebrating, yet again, Loughborough’s success in the Whatuni awards.

“I’m particularly pleased we have won the new Giving Back category. We pride ourselves on being a socially-minded university community, and our staff and students undertake many hours of volunteering and fundraising.”

Jonathan Ako, President of the Loughborough Students’ Union said: “To be the first winners of the Giving Back award is fantastic. Our student fundraisers and volunteers do an amazing job and it is great to see this has been recognised.”

Marcella Collins, Managing Director Hotcourses Group UK added: “Loughborough have had another strong performance at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards this year.

“The newly-introduced ‘Giving Back’ category celebrates the participation of universities in both global projects and their local community. Congratulations to Loughborough, who students have strongly endorsed the university’s efforts in this area.”

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Loughborough is one of the country’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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world to study sports-related subjects in the 2017 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough was ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2017 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.

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