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16 November 2006 PR 06/129

Loughborough University voted ‘Best Student Experience’ in national awards

Loughborough University has won the prestigious Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) award for the UK’s Best Student Experience.

Voted for by students, the highly contested award was presented to representatives of the University at a glamorous ceremony in London last night (Wednesday November 15).

Almost 7,000 students took part in an online survey to decide which institution should hold the title. They were asked to rate various aspects of their University, including the courses, facilities, atmosphere and social life. The results were then calculated to give an average score for each institution by market research firm Opinionpanel.

Ben Marks, managing director of Opinionpanel, said: “Loughborough really excelled when it came to offering a social life, extracurricular activities, amenities and sports facilities, underpinned by exceptionally high ratings for its academic performance. Loughborough consistently was rated a score of six – very satisfied – or seven – the top score.”

Loughborough’s nomination for the award comes on the back of its excellent performance in this year’s National Student Survey, published in August.

Nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments were rated top in their subject area, and overall the University was ranked in the top five universities among full-time students. Loughborough was also ranked 6th in this year’s Times Good University Guide, confirming it as one of the country’s leading higher education institutions.

Speaking about Loughborough’s latest honour, Professor Neil Halliwell, the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor said: “This award is testimony to the hard work and enthusiasm of all our staff at Loughborough and the excellent working relationship we enjoy with the Students’ Union.”

Gemma Godfrey, President of Loughborough Students’ Union, added: “This award confirms what we knew all along – that the Loughborough Experience is something unique, a feeling of enormous pride and belonging that we all share - something that our students are thrilled to be a part of! From the second our students arrive on campus, they become involved with as many activities as possible and love every minute of it – that’s what makes us who we are.”

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Notes to editors

Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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