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30 November 2007 PR 07/153

Double success for Loughborough in national education awards

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

It is the second successive year that the University has picked up the hotly contested Best Student Experience title. The awards presented to Loughborough were the only two to be voted for by students.

Announced last night (29 November) at a ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, 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.

Commenting on Loughborough’s success, Professor Shirley Pearce, the University’s Vice Chancellor, said: “These awards are testimony to the hard work and enthusiasm of all our staff at Loughborough and the excellent working relationship we enjoy with the Students’ Union.”

The Best Student Experience award recognises universities’ outstanding contributions to the learning experience. Loughborough was rated highly by its students for the community atmosphere, extracurricular activities and societies, and the good environment on campus and around the University.

Loughborough Students’ Union President David Gerty said: “It is an honour and privilege to have received such prestigious awards. They are particularly special because they were voted for by students, and it is a reflection of the well-rounded academic and social experience enjoyed by all of us at Loughborough.”

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

Tony Westaway, director of the University’s International Office, commented: “It is really fantastic that Loughborough's international students clearly believe that the support offered by staff and the Union is the best in the UK. This will continue to enhance Loughborough University's growing worldwide reputation.”

The awards come just a couple of months 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.

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  1. 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 fifteen 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 six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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