Annual Review2014/15

A reflection on the year

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 the University.

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Professor Robert Allison

Professor Robert Allison Vice Chancellor and President of Loughborough University

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.

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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.

Meet Jess

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.

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The defining moments that have enhanced our student experience

  • NUS Alcohol Impact logo

    One of only seven institutions to be awarded an Alcohol Impact mark of accreditation from the National Union of Students (NUS)

  • Times Higher Education logo

    2nd in the THE Student Experience Survey 2015

  • Whatuni? logo

    Whatuni? University of the Year, Best Students' Union and Best Accommodation

  • Student Barometer logo

    Ranked 1st in the international and UK Student Barometer

  • BUCS logo

    British Universities and Colleges Sport Champions for 35 years in a row

  • Loughborough Sport logo

    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

  • National Student Survey logo

    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.

Meet Ajay

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.

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Defining moments that lead to success after graduation

  • 1220

    Over 1220 Loughborough University students did a placement last year (2014/15)

  • 600

    The University engaged with almost 600 employers for placements

  • 200

    We hosted the country's largest campus-based graduate careers fair where over 200 recruiters attended

  • 94%

    94% of undergraduate students were in employment, further study or both, six months after graduating (DLHE 2014 graduates)

  • 90%

    90% of those in full-time employment are in professional or managerial roles (DLHE 2014 graduates)

  • £24k

    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.

  • £2.9m

    £2.9 million Government funding awarded for enterprise 16% increase on last year

  • 37%

    37% increase in consultancy to boost businesses

  • £2.2m

    £2.2 million short course income upskilling workforces

  • 22%

    22% more businesses engaged in knowledge transfer

  • £10.5m

    £10.5 million income from specialist facilities

  • £11m

    £11 million contract research income aiding industry productivity

  • £2.3m

    £2.3 million licensing income 11.5% increase on last year 6th highest English university

  • 900

    900 students engaged in enterprise activities in a year 30% increase on last year

A selection of moments that evidence this growth and success

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

Examples of the significant impact our research is having

  • Global impact

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    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
  • Collaboration

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    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
  • Life-changing solutions

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    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.

Meet Matt

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.

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Key community moments to be proud of in 2014/15

  • 26,000

    Loughborough students successfully completed 26,000 hours of voluntary work – that’s nearly 3 years of work

  • £1.4m

    Almost £1.4 million was raised through LSU RAG - taking the grand total since records began to just shy of £15 million

  • £27,000

    The Community Donations Fund awarded over £27,000 to local community groups and organisations

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.

National Centre for Sport Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) Graduate House STEMLab West Park Teaching Hub Advanced Technology Innovation Centre (ATIC) LUSEP major expansion

LUSEP major expansion

Currently home to over 2,000 people in 50 organisations co-located with a world-class research and skills base, LUSEP’s 35 hectare expansion will provide up to 100,000 sq m of floor space. 7 hectares (20,000 sq m) fully serviced plots for design and build are available now, and a further 27 hectares (80,000 sq m) is set to be developed.

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Advanced Technology Innovation Centre (ATIC)

ATIC is a brand new building specifically designed to meet the evolving needs of early stage to larger SMEs. The centre is comprised of 54 business units and offers a range of workspace including offices, labs and studios. Additional facilities include a reception area, café, meeting rooms, break out areas, shower and locker rooms and dedicated parking.

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West Park Teaching Hub

The West Park Teaching Hub consists of 8 new lecture theatres and seminar rooms including a large informal learning space that can also be utilised as exhibition space for events.

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Loughborough University is one of the UK's leading centres of excellence for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Our new STEMLab is being created to provide a state-of-the-art learning facility for our students covering most of our Science and Engineering disciplines on campus.

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Graduate House

Graduate House is the hub of Graduate School activities and provides social space and workspace for postgraduate taught and research students, as well as for mature students studying at the University. The collective vision has been to create a space that is functional and practical, as well as attractive and conducive to learning and socialising.

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National Centre for Sport Exercise Medicine (NCSEM)

The NCSEM is an Olympic legacy project delivering education, research and clinical services in sport, exercise and physical activity. It aims to apply world-class expertise to policies and practice that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the nation.

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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...

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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.

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