Loughborough University

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Loughborough University
Loughborough University's Coat of Arms.svg
Coat of Arms of the Loughborough University
Motto Veritate, Scientia, Labore (Latin)
Motto in English
by Truth, Wisdom and Labour
Type Public
Established 1909 - Loughborough Technical Institute
1966 - Loughborough University of Technology established by Royal Charter[1][2]
Endowment £3.1 m (2015)[3]
Chancellor Lord Sebastian Coe
Robert Allison
Visitor Paul Michell[4]
Administrative staff
2,915
Students 16,950 (2015/16)[5]
Undergraduates 12,725 (2015/16)[5]
Postgraduates 4,225 (2015/16)[5]
Other students
1,205 FE[6]
Location Loughborough, United Kingdom
Campus Suburban, single-site campus (437 acres)
Colours
Nickname Lufbra, Lboro
Affiliations Universities UK, Wallace Group, AMBA, EUA, ACU, EMUA, EQUIS, ESRC, SEFI
Website lboro.ac.uk

Loughborough University (abbreviated as Lough for post-nominals)[7] is a public research university located in the market town of Loughborough, Leicestershire, in the East Midlands of England. It has been a university since 1966, but the institution dates back to 1909, when the then Loughborough Technical Institute began with a focus on skills and knowledge which would be directly applicable in the wider world. In March 2013, the university announced it had acquired the former broadcast centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which opened as a second campus in 2015. It was a member of the 1994 Group until the group was dissolved in November 2013.

Loughborough ranks particularly highly for engineering and technology[8][not in citation given] and is noted for its sports-related courses and achievements.[9] In 2013, the university won its seventh Queen's Anniversary Prize, awarded in recognition of its impact through research and skills development in High Value Manufacturing to create economic growth.[10] The university is also rated five star for excellence by Quacquarelli Symonds through QS Star Scheme.[11]

History

Origins

The university traces its roots back to 1909 when a Technical Institute was founded in the town centre. There followed a period of rapid expansion during which the institute was renamed Loughborough College and the development of the present campus began.

In the early years, efforts were made to mimic the environment of an Oxbridge college (e.g. requiring students to wear gowns to lectures) whilst maintaining a strong practical counterbalance to academic learning. During World War I, the institute served as an "instructional factory", training workers for the munitions industry.[12]

The Loughborough colleges

Following the war, the institute fragmented into four separate colleges:

  • Loughborough Training College (teacher training)
  • Loughborough College of Art (art and design)
  • Loughborough College of Further Education (technical and vocational)
  • Loughborough College of Technology (technology and science)

The last was to become the nucleus of the present university. Its rapid expansion from a small provincial college to the first British technical university was due largely to the efforts of its principals, Herbert Schofield who led it from 1915 to 1950 and Herbert Haslegrave who oversaw its further expansion from 1953 to 1967, and steered its progress first to a College of Advanced Technology and then a university.[13] In 1966, the College of Advanced Technology as it had then become, received university status. In 1977, the university broadened its range of studies by amalgamating with Loughborough College of Education (formerly the Training College). More recently, in August 1998, the university merged with Loughborough College of Art and Design (LCAD). Loughborough College is still a college of further education.

The influence of Herbert Schofield

Schofield became principal in 1915 and continued to lead the College of Technology until 1950. Over his years as principal, the College changed almost beyond recognition. He purchased the estate of Burleigh Hall on the western outskirts of the town, which became the nucleus of the present 438-acre (1.77 km2) campus. He also oversaw the building of the original Hazlerigg and Rutland halls of residence, which are now home to the university's administration and the Vice-Chancellor's offices.

From college to university

British Aerospace EAP at the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

An experienced educationist, Herbert Haslegrave took over as college principal in 1953, and by both increasing the breadths and raising standards, gained it the status of Colleges of Advanced Technology in 1958. He further persuaded the Department of Education to buy further land and began a building programme.[13] In 1963, the Robbins Report on higher education recommended that all colleges of advanced technology should be given the status of universities. Consequently, Loughborough College of Technology was granted a Royal Charter on 19 April 1966 and became Loughborough University of Technology (LUT), with Haslegrave as its first vice-chancellor.[12]

It gradually remodelled itself in the image of the plate glass universities of the period, which had also been created under Robbins.

Later history

In 1977, Loughborough Training College (now renamed Loughborough College of Education) was absorbed into the university. The Arts College was also amalgamated with the university in 1998. These additions have diluted the technological flavour of the institution, causing it to resemble more a traditional university with its mix of humanities, arts and sciences. Consequently, in 1996, the university dropped the "of Technology" from its title, becoming "Loughborough University".[12]

The shortened name "Lufbra" is commonly used by the students' union,[14] the alumni association[15] and others.

Campus

Walled garden

The university's main campus is in the Leicestershire town of Loughborough. The Loughborough campus (once the estate of Burleigh Hall) covers an area of 438 acres (1.77 km2), and includes academic departments, halls of residence, the Students' Union, two gyms, gardens and playing fields.

Of particular interest are the walled garden, the "garden of remembrance", the Hazlerigg-Rutland Hall fountain-courtyard and the Bastard Gates.

In the central quadrangle of the campus stands a famous cedar, which has often appeared as a symbol for the university. Unfortunately a heavy snowfall in December 1990 led to the collapse of the upper canopy which gave the tree its distinctive shape.[]

Library

Pilkington Library

The Pilkington Library opened in 1980. It covers 9,161 square metres over four floors with 1375 study places (up from 780 prior to the renovation in late 2013). The Library has a history of undertaking research in the field of library and information work. There is an open access area where students are allowed to take in cold food and drinks as well as to engage in group discussions.

Loughborough London

Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which covers 560 acres, with 6.5 km of waterways and 4,300 new trees. The campus is within close reach of major transport links and teaches postgraduate degrees only, teaching a wide range of master's degrees offered by the university.

Burleigh Court

Burleigh Court [16] is a four-star hotel and conference centre on campus that has 225 bedrooms and incorporates Burleigh springs, a spa and leisure facility.

Holywell Park Conference Centre

Holywell Park Conference Centre [17] is a conference and meeting venue located on campus. It was used as the kitting out location for Team GB [18] prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Academic profile

The University has 20 academic departments and over 100 research groups, institutes and centres divided between ten schools since the university's new school structure was implemented for the academic year 2011/12. Previous to this, the departments and research institutes were split between three faculties: Science, Engineering and Social Science & Humanities.

It has 16,950 students; 12,725 of whom are undergraduates and 4,225 are pursuing postgraduate courses and/or research (based on 2015/16 figures).[5] Its current Chancellor is Lord Sebastian Coe, (the previous chancellor, Sir Nigel Rudd retired from the position in summer 2015, having served for five years), and its Vice-Chancellor is Robert Allison.

The university has won seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education for work with the aeronautical and automotive industries (1994); support for developing countries (1998); for a pioneering role in developing applications of modern optics and laser technologies (2000); for its world leading roles in sports research, education and development (2002); for its world leading role in social policy in recognition of its outstanding and widely respected work in evaluating and helping develop social policy-related programmes, such as those for cared for children, social security policy, crime prevention, education initiatives and young carers (2005); for recognition of its vehicle, road and driver safety research (2007); and for its impact through research and skills development in High Value Manufacturing to create economic growth (2013).[19]

The university has the largest sports scholarship programme in the UK with currently over 250 international athletes studying and training.[]

Admissions

UCAS Admission Statistics
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Applications[20] 29,390 25,225 24,470 21,920 20,765
Offer Rate (%)[21] 79.3 81.8 83.7 85.7 81.8
Enrols[22] 3,945 4,050 3,530 4,125 3,360
Yield (%) 16.9 19.6 17.2 22.0 19.8
Applicant/Enrolled Ratio 7.45 6.23 6.93 5.31 6.18
Average Entry Tariff[23] n/a 400 410 397 406

In terms of average UCAS points of entrants, Loughborough ranked 30th in Britain in 2014.[24] According to the 2017 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, approximately 17% of Loughborough's undergraduates come from independent schools.[25]

Rankings and reputation

Rankings
ARWU[26]
(2017, national)
44-47
ARWU[27]
(2017, world)
601-700
QS[28]
(2018, national)
31
QS[29]
(2018, world)
234
THE[30]
(2018, national)
46
THE[31]
(2018, world)
301-350
CWTS Leiden[32]
(2017, world)
331
Complete[23]
(2018, national)
10
The Guardian[33]
(2018, national)
6
Times/Sunday Times[34]
(2018, national)
7=
Teaching Excellence Framework[35] Gold

Loughborough is highly ranked among the top 10 in various subjects areas namely:[36] Accounting & Finance; Aeronautical & Automotive Engineering; Art & Design; Business & Management Studies; Chemical Engineering; Civil & Building Engineering; Communication & Media Studies; Design & Crafts; Drama, Dance & Cinematics; Fashion & Textiles; Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism; Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations; Librarianship & Information Management; Materials Technology, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering; Sociology and Sports Science.[37] Furthermore, subject areas such as Building, Information Management and Sports Science at Loughborough have consistently been ranked 1st or 2nd in the UK major league tables.

Prime Minister David Cameron giving Olympics Speech at Loughborough University in 2011
University Centre of Cricket Excellence (UCCE) cricket ground
England and Wales Cricket Board's National Academy

The Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology, or CREST, runs the internationally recognised masters programme in renewable energy. The Department of Politics, History and International Relations, or PHIR as it is commonly known, is home to a number of world class experts in the area of European politics and international relations, including Michael H. Smith. The Centre for Research in Social Policy is an independent research centre based within the Department of Social Sciences. It is responsible for calculating the Minimum Income Standard in the United Kingdom for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

ECB National Academy which is also known as the National Cricket Performance Centre has been based at Loughborough since 2003. It provides world top-class indoor and outdoor training facilities for cricketers.

Loughborough is renowned in the UK for its sports provisions.[38] Loughborough is home to the world's largest university-based sports technology research group, which is part of the internationally acclaimed Sports Technology Institute. SportPark, based at the university provides a state-of-the-art home for national sporting bodies including Youth Sport Trust, British Swimming and several other national governing bodies. Loughborough Students have performed exceedingly well in the BUCS Overall Championship for more than thirty years, winning the overall trophy for 37 successive years.

Loughborough was chosen by the British Olympic Association as the training base and official Preparation Camp for Team GB in the run-up to the London 2012 Games. Students and graduates of Loughborough won four bronze medals and six Paralympic medals (including one gold and three silver) in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

At the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, over 120 athletes from Loughborough represented 8 teams, across 10 sports. In total, 35 medals were won by athletes with Loughborough connections; 13 bronze, 13 silver and nine gold medals. If Loughborough was a country, the university would have finished 11th on the medal table at the 2014 Games.

In 2016 over 80 students, graduates and Loughborough-linked athletes travelled to Rio to participate in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the Olympic competition our athletes secured 12 medals, including 5 golds, meaning if Loughborough University was a country we would have finished 17th on the medal table. Loughborough-linked coaches also played a key role in the Games, with alumni guiding Team GB, Canada and Fiji to gold medals. During the Paralympic competition Loughborough-linked athletes secured a further 22 medals, meaning if Loughborough was competing as a nation it would have finished 10th in the Paralympics medal table.

Loughborough was awarded Best Student Experience 2016 by the Times Higher Education.[39] Previously Loughborough had won the award five years running (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010).[40] The university was also named the 2008 Sunday Times "University of the Year."[41] In 2015, Loughborough University achieved five star rating in an QS Star Scheme for its performance, confirming the breadth of its excellence and putting it alongside some of the very best universities in the world.[42] In the Complete University Guide 2018 the university was ranked 10, while the university's departments were rated top ten in 14 subject groups, taking first place in Librarianship & Information Management.

The University was ranked 6th in the 2018 Guardian University League Table, with the departments rated in the top ten of 18 subject areas.

Loughborough has extensive links with industry. Sandwich year-long placements are available on 100% of the degrees offered. Loughborough was named the UK's top university for employer-student connections in the QS Graduate Employability rankings for 2017.

Organisation

School of Business and Economics
Brockington building is a home of Department of Social Sciences

Loughborough is headed by a Vice-Chancellor, Robert Allison. The university is organised into ten schools:

  • School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering (Comprising the departments of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials)
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
  • Loughborough Design School
  • Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • School of Science (Comprising the departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and the Mathematical Sciences)
  • School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences (Comprising the departments of Geography, PHIR and Social Sciences)
  • School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
  • School of the Arts, English and Drama (Comprising the School of the Arts and the Department of English & Drama)
  • Loughborough University London (Comprising Institute for Design Innovation, Institute for Digital Technologies, Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance, Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development, Institute for International Management, Institute for Media and Creative Industries, Institute for Sport Business)

Each of these 10 schools has a senior management team (School SMTs) consisting of Deans, Associate Deans for Teaching, Research and Enterprise, and Operations Managers. With this change of organisation within the university the new Academic Leadership Team (ALT), made up of the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Finance, the Pro Vice-Chancellors for Research, Teaching and Enterprise, and the 10 new Deans, replaced the previous Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
School of Civil and Building Engineering
Department of Chemistry
Charnwood building at the Holywell park covered in the snow

Traditions

The official colour of the university is African Violet, with students taking part in practical sessions on Sport & Exercise Science courses having to wear the school kit in this colour. The coat of arms incorporates several symbols relevant to the history of the Loughborough area, including Offa of Mercia's cross (a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Mercia, within whose borders the town now stands) and the peafowl from the arms of the Dukes of Rutland. The motto of the university is veritate scientia labore ("with truth, wisdom and labour", or, alternatively, "with truth, knowledge and work", depending on the translation).

The university has a strong tradition in both engineering and sport. From its strong engineering and technical background it has now expanded, becoming a centre of excellence in the field of sports and sports science.[] It has graduated a number of world-class athletes including Paula Radcliffe and Lord Coe. In keeping with this tradition, Loughborough students have won the British Universities & Colleges Sport Association (BUCS) championship every year for over three decades. The university is the home of the England and Wales Cricket Board's National Academy, opened in November 2003.

The phonetic spelling "Lufbra" is sometimes used amongst students, graduates, and in Students' Union publications, and the name is also often abbreviated to "lboro" both casually as well as within more formal/academic circles, stemmed from the university's URL of "www.lboro.ac.uk".

There is a one-week break between semester one and semester two. Normally little to no exams are scheduled in this week therefore students are presented with a week free from studies. This week is referred to as Refreshers Week by most students.

Student life

Students' Union

The Union building sits in the north-eastern corner of the campus, and offers a range of facilities for clubs and societies, retail, entertainment and other activities. The Union has five rooms, each with its own theme. Loughborough Students' Union (LSU), was awarded the International Experience Award 2011 by the National Union of Students (NUS).

As well as representing the student body through Union Council and offering academic support through Loughborough Students' Voice, the Union has five main sections for students to get involved with.; the athletic union offers 56 different sporting clubs, the Societies Federation consists of over 80 societies, Action is the volunteering section offering a range of opportunities for students. There are 45 regular projects working with young people, the elderly, special needs, the homeless or the environment.

Loughborough Students' Rag is a student fundraising organisation. For the last eight years they have raised over £1M per year for local, national and international charities. The total raised since records began is now over £16M

Loughborough has its own media centre which offers the opportunity to make TV shows with LSUTV, have your own radio show with LCR, write for the student magazine Label or improve your photography with Lens.[43]

Loughborough University, Epinal Way entrance.

Student halls

As of 2016, there are a total of 17 halls of residence, many of which are named after famous scientists and engineers.[44] The halls are as follows:

Name Location Open to Catering status
Robert Bakewell Village Park Undergraduates only Self-catering
Butler Court (with A Block) East Park Undergraduates only Self-catering
Cayley Village Park Undergraduates only Catered
David Collett West Park Undergraduates only Catered
Falkner-Eggington Central Park Undergraduates and postgraduates Self-catering
Faraday Village Park Undergraduates only Catered
Forest Court Off campus Postgraduates only Self-catering
Harry French Historic Hall Off campus Undergraduates and postgraduates Self-catering
Hazlerigg-Rutland Village Park Undergraduates only Self-catering
The Holt Off Campus Undergraduates only Self-catering
William Morris Off campus Undergraduates only Self-catering
John Phillips Village Park Postgraduates only Self-catering
Elvyn Richards Village Park Undergraduates only Catered
Royce Village Park Undergraduates only Catered
Rutherford Village Park Undergraduates only Catered
Telford Village Park Undergraduates only Self-catering
Towers East Park Undergraduates only Catered

Of these, Hazlerigg-Rutland, John Phillips, Elvyn Richards and Telford have names that were previously used for halls of residence that have since been repurposed, renamed or merged with other halls. In 2015 Loughborough University ranked 1st in the UK for accommodation on a University review platform StudentCrowd.[45]

University leadership

Loughborough University's campus from the town's Carillon tower.

Chairmen of Governors

Chancellors

Principals

Vice-Chancellors

Notable alumni

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Further reading

  • L. M. Cantor & G. F. Matthews (1977) Loughborough from College to University: A History of Higher Education at Loughborough, 1909-66 ISBN 0-902761-19-6.
  • Leonard Cantor (1990) Loughborough University Of Technology: Past And Present ASIN B0011T8ABK.

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