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 the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Loughborough consolidated its position in the premier league of research universities. Two-thirds of Loughborough’s academic staff, who were eligible to be submitted to the REF, deliver internationally leading research – the 17th highest proportion in the sector, out of 154 universities.
At subject level, Loughborough has the largest concentration of world-leading research in sport and exercise sciences, and six other subject areas feature in their national subject top ten.
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.