An introduction from the Vice Chancellor
A defining moment is a moment in time in which a situation is seen to start to change. We learn from them, we grow from them, they challenge us, and they can help us to choose our next steps.
Our defining moments, as an institution or as individuals, are built from the opportunities that lay in front of us, which we decide to action.
2014/15 has been a year of outstanding achievements for the University. Each achievement has created a defining moment which has in some way altered the future for our university.
Securing our position in the top 15 of all major UK league tables and being named as Whatuni? University of the Year has enhanced our reputation, generating a number of benefits - from attracting more students and new members of staff, to widening our partnerships with external partners.
Our new campus in London and the launch of the Advanced Technology Innovation Centre here in Loughborough, will provide new opportunities for our students and partners to create their own success.
These defining moments, alongside many others, have cemented our position as one of the UK’s strongest, leading higher education establishments – a status that can only lend positive support to our progression and development in the future.
By achieving our very best, we are also inspiring those around us to achieve their best too. We want all those connected to Loughborough University to make every year count and use the opportunities we provide to achieve their own defining moments that will set them on track for a bright future.
Unforgettable moments that stay with you forever
The student experience is central to all we do and is the main driver between our students and their own glorious defining moments.
Jess was a Loughborough student. Now she is Union President at Loughborough Students' Union. Jess has had her fair share of defining moments along the way and now she’s helping others to achieve theirs.View Jess's story
The defining moments that have enhanced our student experience
One of only seven institutions to be awarded an Alcohol Impact mark of accreditation from the National Union of Students (NUS)
2nd in the THE Student Experience Survey 2015
Whatuni? University of the Year, Best Students' Union and Best Accommodation
Ranked 1st in the international and UK Student Barometer
British Universities and Colleges Sport Champions for 35 years in a row
73% of students at Loughborough University regularly participate in sport, at least once a week Sport England Higher Education Sport Participation and Satisfaction Survey 2014/15
Top 5 in the 2015 NSS, top in the East Midlands and 91% of students satisfied with their course
Defining moments that lead to bright prospects
Whatever the opportunity, our students take it with one goal in mind – boosting their prospects for the future. These opportunities come in various shapes and sizes – one of which is a work placement.
Ajay completed a placement. His story isn’t just about him getting some experience to add to his CV. It’s about the opportunities and challenges he faced and the significant impact he had on a national organisation – identifying and helping them to achieve energy savings of around £800,000 a year - a moment that secured him a graduate role before he completed his studies.View Ajay's story
Defining moments that lead to success after graduation
Over 1220 Loughborough University students did a placement last year (2014/15)
The University engaged with almost 600 employers for placements
We hosted the country's largest campus-based graduate careers fair where over 200 recruiters attended
94% of undergraduate students were in employment, further study or both, six months after graduating (DLHE 2014 graduates)
90% of those in full-time employment are in professional or managerial roles (DLHE 2014 graduates)
The median starting salary for a Loughborough graduate is £24,000 (DLHE 2014 graduates)
Moments of significant growth and success
The last 12 months have proven fruitful for business and enterprise at Loughborough. The defining moments we could share are endless, and span new collaborations to drive innovation, and the appearance of exciting new facilities to support business growth.
£2.9 million Government funding awarded for enterprise 16% increase on last year
37% increase in consultancy to boost businesses
£2.2 million short course income upskilling workforces
22% more businesses engaged in knowledge transfer
£10.5 million income from specialist facilities
£11 million contract research income aiding industry productivity
£2.3 million licensing income 11.5% increase on last year 6th highest English university
900 students engaged in enterprise activities in a year 30% increase on last year
A selection of moments that evidence this growth and success
Recognising the enterprising achievements of students across a range of activitiesRead the press release
Water industry Oscar
LUSEP tenant win 'Most Innovative New Technology of the Year' at the Water Industry Achievement AwardsRead the press release
Graduate launches new parent-brand In2Collision. Described as 'the space where creative worlds collide'Read the press release
Advanced Technology Innovation Centre
Ceremony marks completion of first phase of ATIC constructionRead the press release
Minister for Universities, Science and Cities visits Loughborough campusRead the press release
Umbro Velocita Pro
Loughborough researchers support development of Umbro’s ‘lightest ever’ football bootsRead the press release
Major investment helps launch graduate inventor’s motorised solo life craftRead the press release
Intelligent Energy’s portable hydrogen fuel cell UppTM launches at Apple Stores across the UKRead the press release
Moments that inspire and create serious impact
Research at Loughborough never stops. Our researchers are creating incredible moments that define their own reputation and excellence, as well as that of the University.
Findings from the REF 2014 review
Top Ten University in England for research intensity
Almost 66% of the work carried out by academic staff at Loughborough was judged as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”, compared to a national average figure of 43%
Overall the proportion of Loughborough's research judged to be “world-leading” (4*-rated) increased by 37% on the previous Research Assessment Exercise in 2008
Research considered to be “internationally excellent” (3*-rated) increased by 23% from the last assessment
Examples of the significant impact our research is having
Research aimed at reducing blind spots for HGV drivers, could now save hundreds of lives, after the findings led to a change in European legislation on vehicle mirrors.Read the press release
A true showcase of our collaborative approach, Energy Research Accelerator is a multimillion research hub that will secure the UK’s leadership position in the sector.Read the press release
When looking for solutions to real-life issues we combine research and innovation. The results can often be life-changing.Read the press release
Moments to be proud of
Our work in the community impacts on individuals in so many ways; changing lives, inspiring people to get involved, and providing support for those in need. This shows that defining moments don’t need to be huge to have a significant effect on someone else.
After completing a placement with the University through a local charity supporting vulnerable adults, Matt is now a permanent member of staff at the University and will never forget the moment that changed the direction of his life.View Matt's story
Key community moments to be proud of in 2014/15
Loughborough students successfully completed 26,000 hours of voluntary work – that’s nearly 3 years of work
Almost £1.4 million was raised through LSU RAG - taking the grand total since records began to just shy of £15 million
The Community Donations Fund awarded over £27,000 to local community groups and organisations
It's been another busy year for the Fruit Routes project, whose aims are to develop the University grounds as an edible landscape anchored around fruit tree planting.Previous Next
The foundations for making the moments happen
Changes on campus, large or small, can have an impact on our users' experience. For this reason, we see every development on campus as a defining moment for us, as wherever it is, and whatever its purpose, it offers new opportunities for our students, staff and partners to develop.
Huge moments that create the beginning of something special
New ventures can present challenges and risks, but the results can be huge. This year we launched a new postgraduate campus in London... and we can't wait to see where this new venture takes us.
New postgraduate campus set on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Former press and broadcast centres at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Part of the Here East development - A vibrant and multicultural atmosphere
Over 20 full and part time masters programmes available
Academic staff have joined us from Australia, Asia, Europe and America
Over 370 students currently studying with us
Students can take advantage of world-class sporting venues such as the Olympic Stadium, the Velodrome, the Aquatics Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit
Our defining moments for 2014/15
The moments we have created in the last 12 months have defined who we are and where we want to be. They have also allowed others to create their own defining moments.
Now you can take a moment to take it all in...Play Share the highlights of your time at Loughborough with the hashtag #MyLboroMoment
Make your moment happen
Everyone has the potential to achieve. It’s about taking action on the opportunities that are laid in front of you. Whether you’re a business looking to compete on a new level, a prospective student keen to enhance your future prospects, or a member of the community looking to get involved in the action, winners are created every day at Loughborough, and winners make their moments happen.