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25 September 2008 | PR 08/137

Loughborough shortlisted again for two Times Higher student awards

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

Loughborough has won the coveted Best Student Experience title for the last two years, and last year also claimed the award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

The awards, organised by The Times Higher Education magazine, 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 a survey of all UK students and recognises universities’ outstanding contributions to the learning experience. Loughborough’s students rated the University highly for the quality of the extra-curricular activities, the library service and the sporting facilities. They described the lecturers as “willing to help and listen to student problems at any time”, and new students said they found the University inclusive and welcoming.

For the Outstanding Support for Overseas Students award, international students were asked to rate various aspects of their university experience. The careers service was one of the areas rated highly by Loughborough’s international students, as was the students’ union, which they described as active and effective. They also highlighted the effective help and support they receive in relation to living and studying in the UK.

“To have been shortlisted yet again for these awards is truly wonderful,” said Professor Shirley Pearce, Loughborough’s Vice Chancellor. “It is a real credit to the hard work of our staff and the Students’ Union that our students continue to rate their experience and the support provided to them at Loughborough so highly.”

The winners of all the Times Higher Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 23 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

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Notes for editors:

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

  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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. 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 institution.

    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.

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