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Survey confirms Loughborough has offered best student experience over the last decade

No university in the UK has offered a better student experience over the last decade than Loughborough, a national survey has revealed.

The annual Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey is based on the views of students about their university experience across 21 criteria including teaching, accommodation, facilities and social aspects.

In the 2017 table, released today (Thursday 23 March), Loughborough is second in the country. Since the inception of the survey in 2006 Loughborough has topped the table seven times and come top five no less than 10 times. Over the period of the survey Loughborough enjoys the best results in the country for student satisfaction.

Commenting on a decade of Student Experience Survey success, Professor Robert Allison, the University’s Vice Chancellor, said: “To say that we have consistently offered the best student experience for a decade is an incredible achievement, and underlines the truly unique environment we have created at Loughborough.

“Along with the Students’ Union we work tirelessly to ensure all our students get the most out of their university years and reach their full potential. And a second place ranking in this latest survey is further confirmation from our students that we continue to get it right.”

The THE Student Experience Survey is unique in that it looks beyond the usual definition of the student experience – comprised largely of teaching, learning, assessment and feedback – to a broader definition created by students themselves that includes those aspects of university life that matter most to them.

As well as a second place ranking overall in the 2017 survey, Loughborough came first in three categories: High quality facilities; Catering for personal requirements; and Good extra-curricular activities/societies.

The top 10 universities for student experience for 2017 are:

University

2017 rank

Harper Adams University

1

Loughborough University

2

University of Sheffield

3

University of Leeds

4

University of Surrey

5

Falmouth University

6

University of Oxford

7

Newcastle University

8

Queen's University Belfast

9

Keele University

10

 

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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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