Olivia Broome wins bronze

Great Britain and Loughborough's Olivia Broome on the podium after winning the bronze medal in the Women's -50 kg Final at the Paralympic Games. Image provided by PA / Alamy.

Loughborough takes prestigious University of the Year for Sport honour for the third time

Loughborough has been named University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

This is the third time it has won the prestigious title, this year it is in honour of its unparalleled role in the success of the British Olympic and Paralympic teams in Tokyo.

Loughborough students, graduates and hosted athletes brought back 35 medals from the Games, that’s three more than New Zealand. This included 9 Gold, 12 Silver and 14 Bronze.

Loughborough also features in the Guide’s top-10 again – out of 135 universities – and is the highest ranked university in the region.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Team GB would appear a lot less frequently on the medal podium at Olympic and Paralympic Games were it not for Loughborough. Sports University of the Year for a third time, Loughborough is a fully-functioning medal factory when it comes to international sporting competition, as proved once again in Tokyo this summer.

“With the best university sports facilities this side of the Atlantic, elite athletes base themselves here to make themselves even better, while the high quality of coaching ensures that new talent is unearthed and developed at the same time.

“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.”

John Steele, Loughborough’s Executive Director of Sport, added: “For Loughborough University Sport the last year has been an unprecedented experience.

“We made a commitment to our students, athletes and staff to create the best sporting environment possible within the restrictions placed on us by the Covid 19 pandemic. We have had to be adaptable, innovative and resilient to achieve this; not only for student experience but also for preparing athletes, coaches and leaders to travel safely to, and perform in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. And all this activity is backed up by expert research from our academic colleagues.

“The results were the best performance we have ever seen from Loughborough Sport athletes and coaches. We are delighted that this has been recognised by such a prestigious award.”

Underpinning the University's athlete successes is the world-leading sports-related research that takes place at Loughborough. The School of Sport, Exercise and Health SciencesSports Technology Institute and Institute for Sport Business are all renowned for the fundamental and applied research they undertake in this field. The University has also been named the best in the world for sports-related subjects for five years running by the global QS higher education league table – testament to its outstanding regard among the world’s academic community.

Notes for editors

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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, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2022 and 10th in the Guardian University League Table 2022.

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

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.