Loughborough University best in the UK for student experience

Loughborough University has been named the best in the country for its student experience, the UK’s leading publication on higher education, the Times Higher Education (THE) announced today.

The annual THE Student Experience Survey is based on the views of around 14,700 students from across the UK on a range of aspects of student life, such as the quality of courses, the support available and student accommodation.

As well as claiming the overall top spot, Loughborough was ranked number one in four categories: High quality facilities; Good sports facilities; Catering for personal requirements; and ‘I would recommend my university to a friend’. Loughborough Students’ Union was also rated highly, securing second place.

Commenting on Loughborough’s achievement, Professor Robert Allison, the University’s Vice Chancellor, said:

“The Loughborough student experience is truly unique and it’s excellent to have that officially endorsed by the THE.

“I’m so pleased for everybody who helps make this University the special place that it is, from students and staff to alumni and partners. Through quality teaching and support, extensive placement opportunities and employability skills development, and a wide range of extra-curricular activities, we support our students to be the very best they can be.

“This announcement is confirmation from our students that we’re getting it right.”

Jess Excell, President of Loughborough Students’ Union, said:

“What everyone loves about Loughborough is that community feel and that, no matter what your interests, there’s something here for you.

“By getting involved in some of the many activities available, from volunteering and fundraising, to sport, welfare and the arts, students develop important life and employability skills that enrich their Loughborough experience and set them up for life beyond the University.”

The THE Student Experience Survey, now in its 11th year, is unique in that it looks beyond the usual definition of the student experience – comprised largely of teaching, learning, assessment and feedback – to a broader definition created by students themselves that includes those aspects of university life that matter most to them.

This year’s survey also shows that students are becoming more demanding of their university with a general growth in their expectations across all 21 measures assessed. Results show that students increasingly value and expect good industry connections, high-quality facilities and good security while also working harder, volunteering more, and doing further extra-curricular activities. 

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. It was also named University of the Year in the In the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015 and Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.




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