Loughborough's Subject in a Box initiative shortlisted for Times Higher Education award

Loughborough University has been shortlisted in the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2018 for its Subject in a Box project.

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

Subject in a Box is a ground-breaking project designed to engage with hard to reach students aged 14-15 years, whilst supporting the GCSE curriculum. Schools are sent a box, free of charge, which comes complete with a lesson plan, presentation, worksheets and the equipment required to deliver the lesson.

Each box has had input from one of our University academics and enables teachers of year 10 students to provide their class with a unique insight into degree-level study whilst providing an engaging, interactive lesson, suitable for their current level of learning.

Speaking about the shortlisting, Subject in a Box project lead David Hollis said: “We are delighted that our initiative has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award, which represent the very best of the sector.

“We developed Subject in a Box to showcase to children across the country the subjects that are available to study at University through fun and interactive activities, and explore what career routes are available via these subjects.

“In addition, Subject in a Box has a particular focus on reaching children in areas of low progression to higher education – to promote that university is a viable option for them.”

The Times Higher Education awards ceremony will be held on 29th November 2018 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, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

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.