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12 Aug 2015

Students rate Loughborough in country’s top 5

Loughborough University has finished Top 5 in the annual National Student Survey (NSS), securing one of its best ever results.

83% of Loughborough’s finalists completed the independent survey, which asks students for honest feedback about what it’s like to study their course at their institution, and to rank their overall satisfaction for the University and the Students’ Union.

91% of Loughborough students were satisfied with their course (up from 89% last year and well above the sector average of 86%), and the University’s average satisfaction rating of 87.1% across all seven categories places it fifth in the UK.

This year’s figures see Loughborough rise three places from its 2014 finish, and rank as the top East Midlands university by some margin.

And the Students’ Union was also ranked highly - finishing 3rd of all University Students’ Unions in the country.

Loughborough University Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said:

“Loughborough is committed to providing its students with a world class experience, and preparing them for life after University.

“In a year we were named University of the Year at the What Uni Student Choice Awards, and achieved 2nd in the THE Student Experience Survey, it is heartening to see these figures from the NSS, which show students are genuinely satisfied with the educational experiences and opportunities we are providing.”

Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) President Jess Excell said:

“To be ranked in the national top three is a fantastic achievement for the Students’ Union, and we hope to build on this again next year.

“LSU aims to be the driving force behind the UK’s best student experience, giving students amazing opportunities across volunteering, fundraising, sports and activities, and supporting them in their studies.”  

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 15/156

Rankings based on average satisfaction score across all 7 categories
1          University of Surrey, 88.7%
=2        Coventry University, 88.6%
=2        University of Keele, 88.6%
4          University of Buckingham, 88.4%
5          Loughborough University, 87.1%

Rankings for Student Satisfaction
=1        University of Buckingham, 95%
=1        University of Keele, 95%
=3        University of East Anglia, 92%
=3        University of Essex, 92%
=3        University of Surrey, 92%
=6        Loughborough University, 91%
=6        Coventry University, 91%
=6        Bangor University, 91%
=6        University of Oxford, 91%
=6        Swansea University, 91%
=6        University of Lancaster, 91%

1.         The NSS covers nearly all final-year undergraduates studying for higher education qualifications at higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) in England and Wales, and HEIs in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The survey is funded by the four UK higher education funding bodies (the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland), the National College of Teaching and Leadership and Health Education England. HEIs in Scotland and participating alternative providers fund their own participation in the survey. The threshold for publication at each institution is that at least 10 students must have responded, and that these should represent at least half the students eligible to participate.

2.         The Unistats web-site will be updated with the 2015 NSS results in September. Unistats is the official site to search for and compare data and information on university and college courses from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.  The data are provided by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the Skills Funding Agency, the Welsh Government, universities and colleges and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey).

3.         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, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.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. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. 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 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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