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THE Best Student Experience

17 February 2011 | PR 11/14

Loughborough has the Best Student Experience for 5th year running

Loughborough University has topped the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Best Student Experience poll for the fifth year in succession.

The league table, published in today’s (17 February) THE magazine, reveals the views of thousands of undergraduate students on the factors that matter most to them, from the quality of teaching to student facilities.

According to the THE: “One university seems to have the edge when it comes to an excellent all-round experience. Top of the poll – for the fifth year in a row – is Loughborough University, which excelled in respect of its sports facilities, extra-curricular activities, campus environment, facilities, social life, students’ union and library.”

Commenting on Loughborough’s achievement, Professor Shirley Pearce, the University’s Vice Chancellor, said: “This is an absolutely fantastic achievement. We work closely with our Students’ Union to ensure that we provide an all-round experience that equips our students for every aspect of their life and career.

“This poll is well-deserved recognition of the continued hard work of all staff at the University and at the Students’ Union in delivering this first-class experience.”

Lucy Hopkins, President of Loughborough Students’ Union, added: “This survey is so important to students, as it takes into consideration the overall experience universities offer and not just their academic achievements.

“Increasingly, as well as academic excellence, universities must offer extra-curricular and volunteering opportunities that enable students to develop as people. I am proud that Loughborough has such a recognised track-record of producing well-rounded students who have the skills and experience to set them up for life.”

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Notes for editors:

  1. The top ten universities in the 2010 Times Higher Education Student Experience poll are:
    1. Loughborough
    2. Sheffield
    3. East Anglia
    4. Cambridge
    5. Dundee
    6. Oxford
    7. Glasgow
    8. Leeds
    9. Aberystwyth
    10. Southampton

    The 21 aspects of university life in the poll are: high quality staff/lectures, helpful/interested staff, well-structured courses, good social life, good community atmosphere, good extracurricular activities/societies, good environment on campus/around university, high quality facilities, personal requirements catered for, good student union, good support/welfare, good personal relationships with teaching staff, centralised/convenient facilities, good industry connections, good accommodation, good security, cheap bar/shop/amenities, tuition in small groups, good library and library opening hours, fair workload, good sports facilities, and I would recommend my university to a friends.

  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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top 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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