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19 July 2010 | PR 10/116

Universities That Count – Loughborough revealed as one of top five improvers

Loughborough has been named as one of the five most improved universities in the latest Universities That Count (UTC) survey, which assesses the extent to which key environmental and social issues are integrated into the University’s culture.

Loughborough rose 14 percentage points in the 09-10 survey and was awarded a Bronze UTC Standard.

It also scored more than 75%, and therefore achieved an ‘Excellent’ rating, in two areas of its activity – Biodiversity, and Public and Community Engagement.

The Biodiversity indicator takes into account the management and enhancement of habitat, wildlife, flora and fauna on the campus, including the two ancient woodlands. The Public and Community Engagement measure considers how the University and the community share knowledge, expertise and skills to build trust, understanding and collaboration.

The Universities That Count Environmental and Social Responsibility (ESR) Index model has been specially developed for use in Higher Education and is based on the respected Business In The Community (BITC) Corporate Responsibility Index.  The survey means that universities can compare their ESR performance with their peers in the sector and against businesses completing the BITC index. 

The online survey rates five key areas of a university’s activity:

Jo Hasbury, the University’s sustainability manager, said the University is delighted by the results of the survey.

“To have shown such improvement is tremendous and reflects the University’s commitment right across the board to sustainability and social responsibility.  We are particularly pleased to have rated so highly in the Community Engagement and Biodiversity indicators.

She continued: “We achieved 100% in three of the five criteria for the Biodiversity indicator, which is a good indication that our Biodiversity action plan is starting to show real results.

“For instance, staff, students and local residents are all involved in managing the two areas of woodland the University has on its campus – a perfect example of the community working together for the sake of Loughborough’s biodiversity.”

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Hannah Baldwin
Head of PR
Loughborough University
T: 01509 222239
E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1. Other key ESR initiatives undertaken at Loughborough University:

  • Loughborough University Community Donations Fund, through which the University is able to help local community groups and organisations
  • Key involvement in Loughborough In Bloom, which last year achieved Silver and the Judge’s Award in the East Midlands category
  • The ‘It’s Better OFF’ campaign, which aims to raise staff awareness of climate change and its causes, as well as the practical measures that can be taken, both at work and at home, to improve the environment
  • Reducing carbon use in building refurbishments
  • Leading research into energy usage reduction in homes, sustainable design and renewable energy

2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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