Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a top 5 UK university in the Guardian league tables 2017 and a top ten university for research intensity, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework. It provides students with an exceptional teaching environment enhanced by the integration of teaching, research and enterprise and produces research that matters.

About Loughborough University

Our learning and teaching offers academic excellence in a broad range of disciplines, from sport and exercise science to engineering, business and the arts.

Our renowned student experience gives every student the opportunity they need to achieve their full potential, and was voted first in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey 2016.  

Our strong connections to industry boost these opportunities by providing students with access to placements. They also form the backbone of enterprising outlook that is helping business to innovate, expand and improve performance.

Our outstanding research is generating globally important work that is driven by society’s need for solutions to real-life issues, making it not only cutting-edge, but relevant too.

Find out more about us in our 2014/15 year in review video.

Loughborough research challenges

Loughborough University has six research challenges that enhance interdisciplinary research and accelerate the delivery of distinctive solutions to regional, national and international concerns. They are catalysts for growth and change.

Health and wellbeing challenge

Major health challenges are a recognised and escalating problem for the UK. Ill-health has a severe negative impact on the quality of life of those affected, both directly as patients and also indirectly on families and dependants.

Building upon our established excellence in advanced manufacturing and materials, and our world-leading reputation in sports science, our current and future research addresses the broad dimensions of health and wellbeing through the application of our expertise in design, engineering, sport and manufacturing to regenerative medicine and lifestyle interventions. This covers three main areas:

  • Sport and exercise as medicine
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Medical technologies

Crossing all of these areas, research at Loughborough examines and helps to improve designs and systems in healthcare, as well as the design of healthcare-related products and buildings.

Our Courses

Across the university there are several schools and research centres primarily working in the area of quality improvement. More about the courses and research in each area can be found at the links below:

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Loughborough Design School

School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences

National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine

Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity BRU

Centre for Service Management

Impact on the community

The University’s aim is to make a significant contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of the town and the wider region.

With more than 2,500 staff, Loughborough University is the town’s largest employer and it contributes significantly to the local economy. It has more than 16,500 students and approximately 1,800 of whom are studying part-time, and including just over 2,300 students from overseas.

Members of the community can access campus facilities, including world class sports facilities and attend a variety of events held here each year.

The Students’ Union organises many community projects across the town to support the region. These include woodland management days, litter-picking sessions and tea dances for pensioners. 

The University works closely with a range of external partners on matters relating to the presence of the University in Loughborough. This includes community forums and groups with university partners and community groups, and looking on a national level at community issues and developments.

For more information visit our Community Information website.

How the public are involved in our work

The University hosts a number of free public lectures and events for the local community, as well as inviting members of the public to take part in research studies and holding focus groups to help shape research design and its outputs.

We are keen to involve the public and patients in our activity wherever possible and we depend on the support of volunteers to help us carry out high quality research that will have a real impact. 

We are continually gathering and reviewing feedback from participants and attendees at out events, and using this to inform future strategies to ensure the continuous improvement and relevance of our work.

If you would like further information or to get involved with our institution, please use the contacts below

Dr Kristen Clements
Institutional HEI Challenge contact and PPI Working Group lead