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Loughborough named University of the Year at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018

Loughborough has been named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018, as well as taking the top spot in the University Facilities and Giving Back categories.

The annual awards are voted for entirely by students – with 36,440 reviews and comments submitted from more than 130 universities across the UK.

This year’s results, published online today at whatuni.com, also place Loughborough in the top three in a further four categories: Students’ Union (2nd), Job Prospects (2nd), Clubs and Societies (3rd), and Student Support (3rd).

Aaron Porter, Director of Policy and Engagement at Hotcourses Group and a former President of the National Union of Students (NUS), said: "These are unique awards, because they are judged solely by students. For Loughborough University to have the most satisfied students is an accolade they should be particularly proud of, and is further evidence of the special community the university continues to foster."

Loughborough Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Allison, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Loughborough has been crowned – for the second time – the Whatuni Student Choice Awards University of the Year. As this award is voted for by students it makes it even more of an achievement.

“The Loughborough community is amazing. Our unique partnership with the Students’ Union and the energy and commitment of our staff has enabled us to create an environment where our students not only get the best educational experience, but also an amazing life experience.

“It is an honour to be named University of the Year and to come top in a further two categories, and everyone across our Loughborough and London campuses should feel incredibly proud of our success.”

George Etherington, President of Loughborough Students’ Union added: “We pride ourselves on offering Loughborough students an experience of a lifetime, in all areas of their university life. Being voted University of the Year, and second in the country for Best Students’ Union, by our students is incredible.”

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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 2018 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 10th in The UK Complete University Guide 2018. It 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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