Loughborough University is located on the edge of the small town of Loughborough in Leicestershire. It has the largest (440-acre) single-site green campus in the UK, and whilst historically has been recognised for its sporting excellence – educating and training a host of world-record breaking athletes – today it is equally as highly regarded for its academic prowess. Loughborough was named as the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year in 2019.

Key Facts


  • #7 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
  • #7 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2021
  • #6 in the Complete University Guide 2021

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • Over 13,600

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • Approximately 4,300

Year founded

  • 1909

  • It holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) Gold Award. 
  • In the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey 2018, Loughborough came first in the UK. 
  • It ranked 6th for Graduate Prospects in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
  • The university’s outstanding sporting facilities come complete with an indoor athletics centre, an outdoor stadium and a 50m swimming pool.
  • At the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 90 athletes with Loughborough connections competed, winning a total of thirteen medals.
  • The University has a 50-year long partnership with Rolls-Royce which led to the opening in 2019 of the National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology. The NCCAT's work focuses on developing low-emission, high-efficiency combustion engines for the aereospace industry 
Areas of recognition

Within the 2021 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Loughborough is ranked in the Top 10 for the following subjects: Building (#1), Communication/Media studies (#1), Criminology (#1), Librarianship/ Information Management (#1), Sports Science (#3), Art/Design (#2), Materials Technology (#5), Social Policy (#7), Business Studies (#8), Accounting/Finance (#8), Mechanical Engineering (#9), Aeronautical/Manufacturing Engineering (#9) and Economics (#10).

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