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12 September 2007 PR 07/116

National Student Survey places Loughborough University in top five

Loughborough University has again been rated as one of the best universities in the UK for student satisfaction, according to the results of the 2007 National Student Survey.

The survey, published today (12 September), provides a ringing endorsement of the high quality learning experience the University provides for its students, placing Loughborough fourth in the UK.

89% of the University’s students say that overall they are satisfied with the quality of their course.

In the individual subject areas, five of Loughborough’s subjects were ranked top in the UK – Civil Engineering; Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering; Materials and Minerals Technology; Others in Technology; and Information Services.

In total, 23 out of 29 – almost 80% – of Loughborough’s subject areas were ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction.

As part of the survey students are asked to rate their satisfaction in seven areas of their degree programme – teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development, and overall satisfaction. Across these areas, Loughborough gained an average satisfaction rating of 83%.

Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University, said: “We are delighted that Loughborough has been rated so highly in this year’s National Student Survey and that we remain one of the students’ favourite HEIs. It is particularly pleasing to see that so many of our subjects are ranked in the top ten in the UK.

“These results, together with our excellent applications figures and our 2006 Times Higher Education Supplement award for Best Student Experience, are confirmation of Loughborough’s continuing popularity.”
Undergraduate applications to study full-time at Loughborough rose by 11.2%, more than double the national average, in 2007.

Loughborough is also ranked in the top 15 of UK universities in national league tables.

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Subject area Taught in which Loughborough department
UK ranking
Civil Engineering Civil and Bulding Engineering
1
Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering Chemical Engineering
1
Materials and Minerals Technology IPTME
1
Others in Technology Human Sciences
1
Information Services Information Science
1
Chemistry Chemistry
2
Aerospace Engineering Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering
2
Building Civil and Building Engineering
2
Finance Business School
2
English Studies English and Drama
2
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Human Sciences
3
Computer Science Computer Science
3
Management Studies Business School
3=
Design Studies Design and Technology and LUSAD
3
Accounting Business School
4=
Sports Science Sport and Exercise Science
5
Electronic and Electrical Engineering Electronic and Electrical Engineering
5
Economics Economics
7
Media Studies Social Sciences
7
Psychology Social Sciences and Human Sciences
8=
Physics and Astronomy Physics
10
Fine Art LUSAD
10


About the University

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough is also ranked in the top15 of UK universities in national league tables and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.


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