We are the Sports University of the Year!

Sport began to get back into action during 2021 following a tough period for all in the sector. And sport at Loughborough has made an impressive return, being named University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

This is the third time we’ve received the prestigious title, which has come following yet another impressive medal haul by our students, graduates, and hosted athletes, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Loughborough athletes brought back 35 medals from Tokyo, that’s three more than New Zealand. This included 9 Gold, 12 Silver and 14 Bronze.

Team GB would appear a lot less frequently on the medal podium at Olympic and Paralympic Games were it not for Loughborough. Loughborough is a fully-functioning medal factory when it comes to international sporting competition, as proved once again in Tokyo this summer. With a track record at Olympic, European and World championships in multiple sports that is better than most countries, Loughborough is top of the podium once again as our Sports University of the Year.

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

The reasons behind the win

A £60 million investment over the past 15 years, that has created the best university sports facilities this side of the Atlantic.

The ability to uncover and nurture raw sporting talent.

High quality resources that allow anyone of sporting national and international standard to flourish.

A strong score on student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, second only to the University of St Andrews, with more than 80% of students confirming they are satisfied with their student experience.

The breadth and quality of our sports provision helps make success like that in Tokyo possible.

As a university we offer a first-class education combined with a unique sporting offer. With a clear focus on student experience and performance excellence, the Sports Development Centre supports sport at every level, through world leading coaching, developing outstanding student experiences, state of the art facilities and superb events, all of which creates a positive  and life-shaping sporting experience.

Sports science academics and students monitor an athlete wearing a face mask on an exercise bike

Best in the World

Loughborough has also held the title of ‘best university in the world for sports-related subjects’ in the global QS higher education league table, for five consecutive years.

The ranking is based on staff specialising in the subject area, and employers who seek graduates that specialise in the discipline, as well as research output and impact. Sports-related research has always been at the heart of Loughborough University, and is a huge contributory factor to the strength of the University’s global reputation for sport.

The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, as well as activity in other areas of the University such as the Sports Technology Institute and Institute for Sport Business, are all renowned for the fundamental and applied research they undertake in this field.

Sport research and teaching at Loughborough

Research spotlights