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12 June 2008 PR 08/80

Loughborough tops the university sports league

Loughborough has been confirmed as the best university in the UK for sport in the latest instalment of The Complete University Guide, published today (12 June) in The Independent newspaper.

The Sport and Recreation table is based on BUSA (British University Sports Association) rankings, and also rates other factors such as sports facility provision.

Chris Earle, Loughborough’s director of sport, says the University’s commitment to inclusive sport is key to its success. “We give each student who comes here a positive experience, whether it’s an Olympic hopeful or someone who wants to kick a football about,” he said.

“We have 53 sports clubs you can join, and in each of those you can go for gold or just have fun.”

Loughborough has made a unique contribution to the world of sport for over sixty years. 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.

Loughborough students have dominated the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) championships for nearly thirty years, having won the men’s title for 27 consecutive year and the women’s for 29.

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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. 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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