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Research that matters

A research-intensive institution, Loughborough University is proud of its record and reputation for internationally recognised research.

The world’s first system for separating and recovering materials from old footwear

School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering

Translating Loughborough’s leading sports science knowledge for patient benefit

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Inventing new technologies that bring real world purpose

Department of Materials

Improving civil preparedness for catastrophic incidents

Department of Chemistry

Our research and impact

Loughborough is renowned for the relevance of its work, driven by society’s need for solutions to real-life issues.

Our research contributes at the very highest levels to new knowledge and understanding, helping business and industry to compete more effectively, shaping public policy and, ultimately, helping to improve the quality of people’s lives. Our impact case studies demonstrate how we’re having an impact on the world.

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Research Excellence Framework 2014

The latest assessment, known as the Research Excellence Framework (REF), was undertaken in 2014. In the REF, Loughborough consolidated its position in the premier league of research universities. It was ranked 14th in the UK and 9th among universities in England for research intensity. The ranking, published by the Times Higher Education magazine, ranks the UK’s 128 institutions on the Grade Point Average of their overall quality profiles, weighted according to the proportion of eligible staff they submitted to the REF.

Almost 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

Queen’s Anniversary Prizes

In the biennial Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, which recognise outstanding educational achievement in areas of service and benefit to the nation, Loughborough has been awarded seven prizes for the quality of its research.

Take a look at our achievements here.

Working with business

We have a long tradition of working with business, industry and the public sector on the application of research to meet real-world challenges. 70% of our research, compared to a national university average of 20%, is carried out in collaboration with external partners.

Opportunities for students

With staff right across the University involved in pioneering research, Loughborough’s students benefit from a vibrant research culture in which they are taught by academics at the forefront of their disciplines. Students are involved in current research activities which enable them to gain the skills and knowledge arising from top quality research practice.