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28 September 2007 PR 07/125

Loughborough shortlisted for two Times Higher student awards

Loughborough University has been shortlisted for two prestigious 2007 Times Higher Awards – for the Best Student Experience, and Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

In addition, the University’s former Bursar and Finance Officer, Michael Pearson, who retired from Loughborough in March this year after almost 40 years’ service, has been shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The nominations follow on from Loughborough’s success at the awards last year, when the University won the hotly contested Best Student Experience title for 2006.

The awards, organised by The Times Higher Education Supplement newspaper, aim to raise awareness of and reward the huge contribution British universities make to the economic and cultural health of the country.

The Best Student Experience award is based on an extensive survey of all UK students and recognises universities’ outstanding contributions to the learning experience. Loughborough has been rated highly by its students for the community atmosphere, extracurricular activities and societies, and the good environment on campus and around the University.

For the Outstanding Support for Overseas Students award, international students were asked, via an independent survey, to rate various aspects of their university experience. The careers service, students’ union and visa advice are among the services that international students rated highly at Loughborough. The award will be given to the institution that helps international students gain the maximum benefit from their study.

The Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to the individual who a panel of judges believe should be honoured for their contribution to higher education.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for these awards,” said Professor Shirley Pearce, Loughborough’s Vice Chancellor. “Our staff and students’ union work tirelessly to ensure all our students enjoy and get the most out of their time here, and it is excellent that their efforts have been recognised. It is a real indication of how highly our students rate their experience at Loughborough.”

Professor Pearce also said she was delighted by Michael Pearson’s nomination for the Lifetime Achievement Award – a proposal made jointly by Loughborough University and the British Universities Finance Directors Group.

She commented: “Michael Pearson’s achievements have been extraordinary. His sound financial advice and vision have served to underpin Loughborough’s position as one of the country’s leading universities. He has also been a figure of great importance in the national higher education finance world.”

The nominations come just a few weeks after the results of the 2007 National Student Survey, in which Loughborough was ranked fourth in the UK for student satisfaction, providing further confirmation of the high quality learning experience the University provides for its students.

The winners of all the Times Higher Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 29 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

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  1. Further information on the Times Higher Awards can be found at www.thes.co.uk/Awards/2007

  2. 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 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top five 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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