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18 December 2008 - PR 08/169

World-leading research across Loughborough University

Loughborough has been confirmed as one of the country’s leading research universities, according to the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) published today (18 December).

Every department was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, with 18% of the University’s research considered to be ‘world leading’.

Loughborough’s research across the departments of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials, and Human Sciences was assessed as the best in the UK. A further three departments – Information Sciences, Social Sciences, and Civil and Building Engineering – have been assessed as being in the top five in the country.

Ten of Loughborough’s departments have over 20% of their research judged to be world leading.

Loughborough submitted over 94% of its academic staff for assessment as part of the 2008 RAE – a rise of around 16% from the last RAE in 2001 and one of the highest returns of any university in the country.

Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce said: “Loughborough’s position as a leading, research-intensive university is confirmed by these outstanding results. They demonstrate that our work has enormous international importance and impact.

“They also provide recognition of our strategy to support the highest quality of research and ensure our teaching is research-led, which guarantees our students the best leading-edge education in the sector.”

The RAE is conducted jointly every few years by the UK’s four higher education funding bodies. It provides information on the quality of research being undertaken in the country’s higher education institutions, the results of which then inform the allocation of research funding to each institution.

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Notes for editors:

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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