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9 September 2008 | PR 08/131

Loughborough University – a great place to work, say staff

Staff at Loughborough University have given the organisation their overwhelming seal of approval, according to the results of the first-ever campus-wide staff survey. An amazing 95% of staff who took part in the survey say the University is a good place to work.

Eighty six per cent of those surveyed would recommend the University as a place to study and 80% would recommend it as a place to work. Almost all – 98% – say the University offers good pension schemes, with 77% considering that overall it provides a good pay and reward package. Around 88% believe that the University is committed to equality of opportunity for all its staff.

The survey was undertaken over the summer and covered a range of issues, including job satisfaction, pay and conditions, communications, and health, safety and welfare. Independent Human Resources consultancy Capita People Development managed the process on behalf of the University.

Over 65% of Loughborough’s 3,100 staff took part in the survey – the highest percentage response rate in the higher education sector that Capita have ever had. The survey also revealed that Loughborough benchmarks favourably against other higher education institutions.

Professor Shirley Pearce, the University’s Vice Chancellor, says: “The results are extremely encouraging, both in terms of the excellent response rate and the very high levels of satisfaction. Loughborough is proud of its ranking as one of the country’s leading universities, particularly in terms of the student experience. That record is made possible by the hard work of our staff, and it is good that they see the University as a leading employer, both locally and within the higher education sector.”

The survey also identified some areas where staff believe further improvements could be made, including the efficiency of the University’s decision-making processes, communication between departments, and support for staff during change.

“We will be considering the findings of the survey very carefully and will be putting in place steps to address the issues raised by our staff,” adds Professor Pearce. “In true Loughborough tradition we will be seeking to improve still further, both as an employer and as an education provider.”

As an added incentive for staff to participate in the survey, the University agreed to donate £1 to charity for each completed survey. As a result over £2,000 was given to three chosen charities – the British Heart Foundation, Rainbows Children’s Hospice and Raindrops for Life.

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Notes for editors:

  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. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. 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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