Research that matters
A research-intensive institution, Loughborough University is proud of its record and reputation for internationally recognised research.
Since its earliest days, the University has produced work that has a major impact on academic disciplines, public policy, the professions, business and industry.
Our research is spread across every school and department within the University: we have more than 40 research centres and institutes, and over 100 research groups. The high quality and widespread involvement of staff in research means that postgraduate students are part of a vibrant research culture in which they are taught by academics at the forefront of their disciplines.
Postgraduates become involved in current research activities and are provided with research skills and knowledge arising from top quality research practice.
A top research university
The most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008, confirmed Loughborough’s position as one of the country’s Top 20 research universities.
In all, 18% of the research conducted by schools and departments was considered to be world-leading. Two of these – the Design School and the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences – were rated as number one in the country, according to calculations by The Guardian and The Times Higher Education.
The latter also named Loughborough as one of ‘three rising stars’ – recognising just how far the University has progressed since its excellent results in 2001.
Our expertise in energy technologies research was acknowledged when Loughborough became the headquarters for a new Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) – in a bid to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint. The ETI is a partnership with the universities of Birmingham and Nottingham and includes some of the world’s largest companies in the energy arena.