University of the Year
Loughborough University is consistently well placed in the Sunday Times University Guide and won the coveted University of the Year title in 2008-09.
The accolade recognises all-round excellence and was awarded to Loughborough in honour of its;
- Quality of teaching and research
- Outstanding success in sport
- Consistent high rankings in the National Student Survey
- Six Queen’s Anniversary Prizes
The Sunday Times University Guide provides profiles of all of the UK’s higher education institutions and a league table compiled using nine criteria, from teaching and research quality to graduate employment levels.
The University of the Year title capped a highly successful period for Loughborough.
The University had won a Times Higher Award for the Best Student Experience and the award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
Her Majesty the Queen had also presented Loughborough with its sixth Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
The People and Planet Green League awarded Loughborough a First Class degree for its solid environmental performance, and the Government announced Loughborough as the headquarters for a £1 billion national energy institute.
The award also recognised that Loughborough was consistently rated among the top UK universities.
Loughborough University offers internationally acclaimed research centres, state-of-the-art academic buildings and world-class sporting amenities.
Some of the developments that contributed to the University of the Year award included a £15 million Sports Technology Institute and a £68 million campus accommodation scheme.
In the same year that Loughborough won the award, it sent its largest ever contingent of athletes to compete at the Olympics and Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Loughborough’s athletes competed in 25 finals, broke two European and 15 British records and picked up a total of three medals.
Work had also begun on a business plan for a Science and Enterprise Park at the University, allowing Loughborough to further develop its science and enterprise links with industry.
On winning the award, Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University said: “It is particularly pleasing that the title was awarded to us in recognition of the breadth of our achievements.”