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5 March 2009 - PR 09/26

Increase in research funding propels Loughborough into UK top five

Loughborough University is to receive the fifth largest increase in its research funding – and the greatest increase of any UK university without a medical school – according to figures released today (5 March) by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The increase, of almost £5.97million (36.93%), follows its outstanding results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

The HEFCE announcement details how a total of £1,460 million of funding for research will be distributed among the country’s higher education institutions. This money supports the research infrastructure, including the salaries of permanent academic staff, premises, libraries and central computing costs.

The funding is allocated according to research excellence. In the 2008 RAE, every department at Loughborough was found to be undertaking research that is internationally excellent, with 18% of the University’s research considered to be ‘world leading’.

“Today’s announcement is absolutely tremendous news,” said Professor Shirley Pearce, the University’s Vice Chancellor. “Such a significant increase gives Loughborough a wonderful opportunity and we will use this to strengthen our already internationally-renowned excellence in research.”

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Notes for editors:

The top ten universities in terms of increased funding are:

  1. University of Nottingham (9,685,797)
  2. University of Oxford (8,769,293)
  3. Queen Mary, University of London (7,282,125)
  4. University of Liverpool (6,420,263)
  5. Loughborough University (5,965,970)
  6. University of Bristol (5,607,884)
  7. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (4,980,410)
  8. University of Plymouth (4,868,489)
  9. Brunel University (4,542,356)
  10. University of Kent (3,779,827)

Further details about Loughborough’s performance in the 2008 RAE can be found at: www.lboro.ac.uk/research/rae/


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, 2007 and 2008 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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