Loughborough shortlisted for University of the Year higher education ‘Oscar’

Loughborough University has been shortlisted for four Times Higher Education (THE) Awards, including the prestigious ‘University of the Year’ award.

The annual honours, dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the higher education sector, celebrate outstanding examples of best practice across a range of activity.

In addition to its University of the Year nomination, Loughborough has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Digital Innovation in Teaching or Research category, for the International Collaboration of the Year Award, and for the Data Points Merit Award.

Professor Robert Allison, Loughborough’s Vice Chancellor and President, said the University was delighted to have been recognised in four categories and particularly honoured to be among the very select group being considered for the esteemed ‘University of the Year’ award.

“The award recognises exceptional performance in the past academic year and Loughborough has enjoyed another outstanding twelve months,” Professor Allison said.

“We rose to 4th in the Guardian University Guide and 7th in the Complete University Guide. We topped the annual Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, and our Students’ Union was rated the best in the country for the third consecutive year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2016.

“I believe our achievements reflect the collaborative approach we take. We shape our courses and placement opportunities in partnership with business and industry, which enables our students to develop the skills employers seek. And we work closely with our Students’ Union to actively engage our students in their learning and skills development. Essentially we put our students at the heart of everything we do.”

The Outstanding Digital Innovation in Teaching or Research award celebrates the impact that new digital approaches have on innovation in research or the student experience. Loughborough has been shortlisted in this category in recognition of its innovative remote photovoltaic lab that enables students around the world to access state-of-the-art equipment in order to enhance their knowledge of solar technologies.

The International Collaboration of the Year category recognises exceptional projects carried out jointly between a UK institution and one or more international partners. Loughborough has been shortlisted for a project that brings together universities and non-governmental organisations to raise awareness of the issues relating to sustainable human development.

The shortlist for this Data Points Merit Award is compiled by the Times Higher Education magazine, based on data from the most recent Research Excellence Framework, the ‘mock’ Teaching Excellence Framework undertaken earlier this year by the THE, and the magazine’s World University Rankings.

The Times Higher Education awards ceremony will be held on 24th November 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, with more than 1,000 guests expected to attend, including politicians, senior figures within the higher education sector and university staff from around the UK.

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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. Loughborough was ranked 4th in theGuardian University League Table 2017 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also named University of the Year in the In the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.

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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