What you need for a comfortable retirement: New report calculates pensions and savings requirements for a happy post-work lifestyle
For the first time, researchers have calculated how much money a person needs per year in order to enjoy a comfortable retirement.
Why Google’s latest launch is more about the brand than the tech
Google has launched its latest flagship phones, Pixel 4 and 4XL. Although the new models feature relatively marginal improvements to their predecessors, the launch was staged with much fanfare by Google, as if it represented a major breakthrough for the company and the smartphone market – despite most of the product specs being leaked before the event.
National Living Wage will give millions a ‘decent standard of living' - but should be implemented with caution
Raising the National Living Wage would put millions above the threshold of being able to afford a decent standard of living, according to social policy expert.
University relaunches online magazine
VOLUME, the University’s digital magazine, is back.
A digital detox does not improve wellbeing, say psychologists
A 24-hour period of abstinence from your smartphone induces cravings, but mood and anxiety remain stable, say psychologists.
Working lone parents cannot achieve a decent standard of living due to cuts to benefits and rises in everyday essential costs
Lone parents who work full-time hours in reasonably paid jobs cannot afford a decent standard of living, according to new research by Loughborough University.
Research to explore how AI and voice technologies help people with disabilities live independently
A group of Loughborough University academics have been awarded funding to examine how AI-voice-based technologies, such as the Amazon Echo, help people with disabilities live independently and explore how they may shape the future of social care.
New measures to tackle bus driver fatigue are set out thanks to world-first research into the issue
Tough measures to improve road safety by tackling bus driver fatigue have been set out by Transport for London, thanks to world-first research led by Loughborough University.
Five weird and wonderful ways nature is being harnessed to build a sustainable fashion industry
Chetna Prajapati, a lecturer in textiles, writes for The Conversation about five ways nature is being harnessed to build a sustainable fashion industry.
Fitness trackers and eating disorders – is there a link?
Fitness and health tracking devices are becoming increasingly popular and a huge variety of wearable tech and apps now exist. Indeed, many smartphones and smart watches now come primed and ready to track our activity, sleep and nutrition.
Fortnite World Cup and the rise of the esports industry
Kyle Giersdorf, or Bugha to give him his game name, is US$3m better off after winning the 2019 Fortnite world cup. The American teenager took home the largest-ever payout for a single player in an esports tournament. His win reflects the growing popularity of the game and the power of the esports market. British teenager Jaden Ashman shared US$2.25m with his teammate as the runners-up in the doubles competition.
How women and the moon intertwine in literature
In the late 17th century, the female English playwright Aphra Behn wrote a smash hit play about a man obsessed with the moon, who was constantly travelling there in his imagination. Exactly 282 years later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin actually made that dream a reality.
Study to explore how to offset the health risks of sitting for too long
Researchers at Loughborough University are seeking overweight or obese male participants for a study that explores how to offset the health risks of sitting down for too long.
New study reveals the most effective ways to network
A new study by Loughborough University and Imago Venues has revealed the most effective ways to network.
How climbing trees and making dens can help children develop resilience
Despite all the research that tells parents how good it is for their children to spend time playing outside, they are spending more time indoors than ever before. It seems that concerns about the dangers of climbing trees or getting lost means that many parents are nervous about allowing their children to engage in risky play.
Helping children grow is about much more than a better diet: A study of youngsters from urban slums
Breastfeeding and vitamin and mineral supplements alone are not enough to prevent stunting of a child’s growth, according to a new report which examined health interventions in poor urban areas.
Forest Schools teach children vital skills not found in the classroom – including independence, responsibility and negotiation
Outdoor learning gives children the opportunity to develop important skills not taught in the classroom, such as negotiation, resilience and independence, according to a new study.
Making waves: student designs find creative solutions to saving our oceans and seas
Three Loughborough University students have designed innovative products that look to tackle different dangers threatening our oceans and seas.
Recycling: why you can't just throw anything in the collection bin
For many years the recycling collected from households in the UK and other Western countries has been exported. This strategy has enabled these countries to carry on without much thought about how consumers purchase goods and dispose of all the unwanted packaging and containers.
It’s time to look at how gift giving spares a thought for loved ones but not the planet
Father’s Day, graduation ceremonies, weddings and birthdays…they all have two things in common: they’re coming up over the next few months and they involve gifts.
Loughborough and Surrey project to map energy and productivity
A researcher at Loughborough University has been awarded funding by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to explore the role of energy in the UK’s productivity puzzle.
Everybody has to lie: Is honesty always the best policy?
Everyone thinks lying is bad – but is being honest always the right way to go?
Can physical activity offset the health risks of sitting too long?
At least 150 minutes of exercise per week could substantially reduce or offset the health risks of sitting for long periods of time, research suggests.
Easter eggs: hunting for a solution to excessive packaging
So which Easter tradition came first? The packaging or the egg? The answer is of course not that surprising (it’s the egg). The tradition of giving people eggs at spring time has roots in ancient pagan festivals and exists in the history of a range of religions.
Loughborough University receives government funding to develop knife-detection technology
Loughborough University has received funding to develop technology that looks to provide a solution to the problem of people carrying concealed blades in public places.
More than 1,000 people trained to ‘check their lumps for bumps’ thanks to 12-hour University event
Loughborough University, Loughborough Students’ Union and CoppaFeel! joined forces yesterday to teach more than 1,000 people self-checking techniques in a bid to improve early detection rates of breast and testicular cancers.
Overweight adults needed for study exploring link between fats and heart disease
Overweight men and women are being encouraged to take part in a study which investigates if certain fats in meals can lead to heart disease.
Study to explore if resistance band exercise reduces risk of osteoporosis
Women aged 60-80 are being encouraged to take part in a study to investigate if resistance band exercise can reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Loughborough University partners with cancer charity for event that encourages people to ‘check their lumps for bumps’
Loughborough University, Loughborough Students’ Union and CoppaFeel! are joining forces this March for an all-day event that looks to improve early detection rates of breast and testicular cancers by encouraging people to learn how to self-check.
Super Movers: Schoolchildren performed better in tests after exercise initiative from the Premier League and BBC
A study involving more than 1,000 schoolchildren has found a link between exercise and improved brain power.
From talking cats to time travel… here’s what I recommend you read this World Book Day
It’s World Book Day and what better way to celebrate than getting your specs on, a bookmark out and stuck into a novel you’ve never read before.
Four in 10 people living in London cannot afford a basic standard of living, new report finds
A new report shows that 41% of Londoners cannot afford a basic decent standard of living.
Students praised for “bringing fresh insight” to Wing Yip as part of unique collaborative module
Students from the Loughborough University School of Business and Economics (SBE) have been praised by the Managing Director of Wing Yip for their hard work on a unique module that saw them analyse real-life business strategies.
Solo exhibition for renowned Loughborough University sculptor
A unique exhibition of studio sculptures and wall-based artworks by renowned Loughborough University sculptor John Atkin opens next weekend in London.
Cost of living almost doubles for young adults who fly the nest: New research examines the minimum income requirements of 20-somethings living at home
A GROWING number of families in which adults aged 20 to 30 live with their parents are having to negotiate new ways of pooling their resources, according to pioneering research investigating how these families live and the costs that they face.
Simple ways to improve your child’s diet this New Year
Knowing what to feed your child to keep them healthy is only half the battle.
Ye olde remedies for modern Christmasse ailments… or how 17th century medicine can help after a Christmas binge
A 17th century ailment for indigestion featuring the contents of a sperm whale’s guts could be just the cure for your Christmas Day food coma.
Annual Christmas food drive sees students donate more than 12,000 items to local charities
Students from Loughborough University have donated thousands of items to local charities as part of an annual Christmas food drive.
Simple tips to curb overeating can help prevent weight gain at Christmas
A study by Loughborough University and the University of Birmingham has shown that regular weighing at home and simple tips to curb excess eating and drinking can prevent people from gaining weight at Christmas.
Why talking about memories with older family, friends and neighbours this holiday season could be essential for their wellbeing
This December, more than one million elderly people will experience loneliness and isolation according to figures by Age UK. As part of our Christmas campaign aimed at raising awareness of seasonal loneliness, Loughborough academic Dr Catherine Armstrong has suggested one solution from the tiny island of Hawaii that could make a big difference to someone.
Student’s story educates healthcare assistants on the benefits of exercise for those living with severe mental illness
A fictional story created by a Loughborough University student is being used by St Andrew’s Healthcare to educate staff on the benefits of exercise for those with severe mental health problems.
Students beat global competition and secure place on renowned accelerator programme with tech start-up
Loughborough students have beaten off competition from around the globe to take part in an acclaimed development programme with their tech idea that creates a new way to discover restaurants and find offers.
From BOGOF offers to single-use packaging, expert panel discusses different food waste issues
Key policymakers, charities, business representatives and a Member of Parliament joined Loughborough academics on campus last month to discuss the main challenges of food waste.
Expert comment: Bitcoin is "10-years-old and still immature"
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the paper which led to the creation of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Professor Alistair Milne, Professor of Financial Economics, discusses the history of this form of electronic cash and shares his thoughts on its future.
Report highlights a culture of violence and abuse against children in Tonga
A Loughborough-led study aimed at investigating the experiences of children in Tonga has uncovered systemic and cultural abuse and mistreatment of children in families and schools.
Students donate thousands of items to local charities
Loughborough students have donated thousands of items to local charities in a bid to help those in need and to divert resources from landfill.
Memes may encourage adolescents to be fat and lazy, warn researchers
Loughborough academics have presented a report to MPs to warn that social media memes are encouraging obesity, apathy and lethargy in children.
Flix cinema is back with a new arts focus
Flix student-run cinema is back with a new regular day and a new direction.
University’s revamped community website now live
Over the summer, the University has been working hard to update its community website, which provides information on how it seeks to contribute to and support the town and wider region.
Rag wins Campaign of the Year in national competition
Loughborough Students’ Rag has won a sought-after national award for the incredibly successful Heart 2 Heart campaign.
LSU crowned best students' union in the UK
Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) has been named the best students’ union in the UK by online review platform StudentCrowd.
Cost of raising a child falls but many parents still struggle to meet the threshold
Raising a child to the age of 18 will cost couples £150,753, according to new figures by Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP).
Rag shortlisted for four national fundraising awards
Loughborough Students’ Union Rag has been shortlisted for an impressive four national fundraising awards.
Students and alumni to take to the stage at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Festival-goers at Edinburgh Fringe are to be transported to an awkward Halloween party and a pub in Lancashire as a group of Loughborough alumni and students are to take to the stage with two original plays.
Loughborough University is recognised as one of the UK’s best green spaces
Loughborough University has received the sought-after Green Flag Award for its vibrant campus, marking it out as one of the nation's best green spaces.
Loughborough students celebrate 20,500 hours of volunteering
Over the past year, Loughborough students have volunteered 20,500 hours to helping good causes, collected 15,000 items of food and clothing for those in need, and helped train more than 1,400 people in CPR.
Families hit by the crippling cost of living need a third more income to make ends meet
Low-income families need a third more disposable income than a decade ago to make ends meet and are facing bigger barriers to meet rising costs - despite tightening their belts and shopping around online for better deals and tariffs.
Screen-time linked with unhealthy eating habits in children
A new study has found that five and six-year-olds' screen-time is linked with low fruit and vegetable consumption and high intake of unhealthy snacks such as crisps, chocolate and biscuits.
New two-day sewing event to take place at University
Loughborough University is hosting a new sewing event that aims to celebrate the online stitching community and the hobby that can be more beneficial than it ‘seams’.
Videos created to help families identify care needs of loved ones with dementia
A series of videos depicting the worsening stages of dementia has been created to help families identify the care needs of loved ones.
LSU society and Welfare and Diversity associations have hard work recognised in national awards competition
Two Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) associations and one society have had their efforts acknowledged in the National Societies Awards.
It’s not your fitness tracker that is wrong – it’s you
An international study has revealed that people, regardless of where they live and their age, poorly guess how physically active they actually are.
Ten tips for healthy (and sustainable) ways to eat your Easter egg
Easter’s dedication to confectionary provides consumers with excuses to overindulge – but also with dilemmas about diet and sustainability. Here Dr Jon Seaton, of Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics, looks at the best ways to be healthy and responsible.
New research centre to focus on misinformation and hate speech online
A new research centre looking at the impact of social media on the spread of misinformation and the rise of hate speech and incivility has been launched by Loughborough University.
Underprivileged children used to be undernourished – now they’re at risk of being obese
Children from disadvantaged families are at greater risk of being overweight compared to those from more affluent backgrounds, a new study has found, but this hasn’t always been the case.
NHS guidance about dressing infants in “one extra layer” is being put to the test
Scientists are examining NHS guidance to parents which recommends dressing infants in one extra layer of clothing when using a sling.
Loughborough University London to help shape how drone technology is used in the capital
Loughborough University London is to help shape how drone technology is used in the city, it has been announced.
Loughborough trains more than 1,000 people in CPR on Valentine’s Day
Loughborough University, Loughborough Students’ Union and the British Heart Foundation came together on the most heart-themed day of the year to train more than 1,000 people in CPR.
Record number of scholarships awarded to students facing challenging circumstances
A record number of scholarships have been awarded this academic year (2017/18) to students that face challenging personal and financial circumstances in order that they can study at Loughborough.
An economist’s guide to Valentine’s Day spending – love on a budget
Loved-up millennials are expected to be the biggest spenders this Valentine’s Day with an average outgoing of more than £80 on wining, dining, flowers and gifts – but you don’t need to break the bank to melt a heart.
Loughborough University and the British Heart Foundation partner for Valentine’s Day event that aims to increase cardiac arrest survival rates
Loughborough University, Loughborough Students’ Union and the British Heart Foundation are joining forces on the most heart-themed day of the year to try and increase cardiac arrest survival rates.
Brave student overcomes challenging circumstances and 10-hour surgery
A Loughborough student, who has overcome challenging circumstances and a 10-hour surgery, is looking to raise awareness and eradicate stigmas surrounding Crohn's Disease.
Top tips for a good night’s sleep
Many people don’t get enough sleep. Juggling work, family life and social activities can leave us in a constant state of tiredness.
Women and men needed for high street brand flip flop study
Twenty women and 10 men with the shoe size 5, 7 or 9 are needed for a flip flop study for a high street brand.
New research to help truck drivers get their health back on the road
A new Loughborough University-led study is helping truck drivers get healthy by encouraging higher levels of physical activity and a healthier diet that fits in with their work schedule.
Christmas has your number when it comes to slumber – why certain people struggle to sleep over the festive period
Prepare to be ‘found out’ if you have a hidden predisposition for insomnia – Christmas exposes all your sleep vulnerabilities.
Screen time linked to unhealthy eating behaviour in children
Excessive screen time has been linked to unhealthy eating behaviour in schoolchildren.
Unique study asks whether one extra hour’s sleep can help manage weight and reduce fatigue
A new study by sleep experts at Loughborough University is examining how sleep and weight management are related.
Study finds that skipping breakfast does not lead to overeating later in the day
Girls who skipped breakfast as part of a study into energy intake and physical activity were found to consume 350 fewer calories *(kcals) a day.
Increasing accessibility of cross-sex hormone drugs for transgender people could boost physical activity and alleviate mental health problems
A study which investigated the exercise habits of transgender people has found that those who are taking cross-sex hormones are more likely to be active, and therefore potentially have fewer mental health issues.
A single day of eating high-fat food has a significant effect on insulin action – even if you’re young, fit and healthy
One day of binge eating could reduce whole-body insulin sensitivity by up to 28%, a new study has found.
The cost of raising a child in 2017: UK’s poorest families expected to make stagnant benefits stretch further
For the first time since the creation of the modern welfare state the annual rising cost of providing for a child is not being matched by the Government, according to new research.
Study highlights the physical and psychological rewards of breastfeeding for mum
Encouragement for new mothers who are considering breastfeeding should include highlighting the immediate physical advantages such as weight loss as well as the health benefits, a new study has found.
Investigation into “institutional homophobia” within the UK construction industry will make minority voices heard
A study involving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees working in construction aims to explore the effects of “institutional homophobia” within the £100 billion British industry.
Living standards squeeze tightens despite pay rises and tax cuts
Working families with children are facing bigger shortfalls in their household budgets this year, despite an increase in the National Living Wage and tax cuts, according to the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.
How much do you need to earn to live in London? Loughborough University research shows four out of 10 people in the capital fall below the threshold
Four Londoners in every 10 do not earn enough money to maintain a decent standard of living, new research by Loughborough University has found.13 March 2017
Calculate the minimum earnings you need to live a 'decent' life
Millions of Britons cannot afford a simple standard of life despite earning a wage, new research has shown.17 February 2017
Millions of families unable to afford a decent standard of living with the figure expected to rise over the next three years
Millions of people in the UK are not earning enough to give themselves an adequate standard of living, according to new research by Loughborough University's Centre for Research in Social Policy.16 February 2017
New national study offers unique insight into life as a young carer
A report by Loughborough University which offers a unique insight into the lives of young carers has been published by the Department for Education (DfE).13 January 2017
Loughborough research calls for change in spectator food and drink provision at sports mega events such as Rio 2016
Spectator food and drink provision at Rio 2016 failed to meet World Health Organisation standards, the Brazilian government’s dietary advice, as well as the organising committee’s own aims according to findings from The Phansmer Research Group, which includes Loughborough University’s Dr Joe Piggin.5 December 2016
The world’s largest-ever online ‘sleep census’ reveals a sleep-deprived planet
Bed manufacturer Sealy UK, together with Loughborough University’s Clinical Sleep Research Unit (CSRU), has conducted the world’s largest and most comprehensive online sleep study ever, revealing a sleep deprived planet, and a female UK ‘sleep debt’ of 10 days a year.18 November 2016
National commission commends Loughborough research as foundation for Living Wage
The Living Wage Commission has established a new, independent basis for setting the Living Wage across the UK, in which Loughborough research plays a central role.26 September 2016
Research finds 4-year-olds are not physically ready to start school
New research from Loughborough University has revealed many four-year-olds are not physically ready to start school.2 September 2016
Study reveals gap in the market for wearable technologies that monitor sedentary behaviour
Wearable technology to monitor the time you spend being sedentary could encourage changes in behaviour that helps improve health, research reveals.1 September 2016
Poverty costs UK £78 billion per year, research reveals
A new report – co-authored by Loughborough University – reveals that dealing with the effects of poverty costs the UK £78 billion a year, £1,200 for every person.11 August 2016
Participants wanted for study into the effects of being overweight on muscle growth
Scientists at Loughborough University are hoping to discover whether being overweight impacts on an individual’s ability to grow muscle.20 July 2016
EU Referendum campaign analysis book launched at Westminster
An EU Referendum analysis and opinion book featuring contributions from Loughborough University academics has been officially launched at Westminster.19 July 2016
London Weighting not high enough to meet extra cost of living in the capital
The average London worker is at least £2,000 worse off in pay supplements causing a drop in basic living standards, a new report reveals.12 July 2016
Intelligent bee hive makes beekeeping easy
A self-monitoring hive that takes the hard work out of beekeeping could help reinvigorate the country’s declining honey bee population.7 July 2016
Textiles student takes the runway by storm
A Loughborough University student has won the Textile and Fashion Accessory Design Award at a showcase which celebrates the most talented fashion design students in the East Midlands.1 July 2016
Loughborough awarded Best Commercial University
Loughborough University has been recognised as the Best Commercial University at the annual College and University Business Officers (CUBO) Awards held earlier this month.28 June 2016
New study asks - how are you sleeping?
Loughborough University’s Clinical Sleep Research Unit and bed brand, Sealy, are conducting a comprehensive worldwide sleep study exploring the sleep habits of people across the globe.21 April 2016
Revolutionary 3D printed fashion to be developed at Loughborough University
Personalised 3D printed fashion - manufactured within 24 hours - is the end goal of a new project led by Loughborough University that’s set to change the way we shop for clothes.18 April 2016
Graduate launches campaign to end wrap rage for good with handy new invention
Loughborough graduate and founder of Version 22, Simon Lyons, is set to launch his Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to push his product, Nimble, into mass manufacture.18 April 2016
Security and visitor expectation must be balanced to protect museums for future generations
The museum visitor experience is under threat from theft and damage, putting collections at risk, new research reveals.16 March 2016
Study shows exercise DOES curb your hunger
Scientists at Loughborough University have found exercising is more effective than food restriction in helping limit daily calorie consumption.7 March 2016
First British snowboarding and ski brand made for women by women seeks to break gender stereotypes
Loughborough University graduates Susie Beere and Sophie Kelly have officially launched the first British snowboarding and ski brand designed specifically for women.23 February 2016