Coat of Arms of Loughborough University
|Motto||Veritate, Scientia, Labore (Latin)|
|Motto in English||by Truth, Wisdom and Labour|
|Established||1966 – Loughborough University of Technology established by Royal Charter
1909 – Loughborough Technical Institute
|Chancellor||Sir Nigel Rudd|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Robert Allison|
|Visitor||Sir Charles McCullough|
|Other students||1,205 FE|
|Location||Loughborough, Leicestershire, England|
|Campus||Suburban, Single-site campus (437 acres)|
|Revenue||£235 million (2009-10)|
Loughborough University is a public research university located in the market town of Loughborough, Leicestershire, in the East Midlands of England. In March 2013, the university announced it had acquired the former broadcast centre at the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic park which it plans to open as a second campus in 2015. It is among the country's leading universities – consistently ranked among the top 20 in the UK – and was a member of the 1994 Group until the group was dissolved in November 2013.
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. Loughborough ranks particularly highly for engineering and technology and is noted for its sports-related courses and achievements.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Academics
- 4 Organisation
- 5 Student life
- 6 University leadership
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 Further reading
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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.
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, Dr Herbert Schofield who led it from 1915 to 1950 and Dr 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. 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 433 acre (1.75 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
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. 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.
It gradually remodelled itself in the image of the plate glass universities of the period, which had also been created under Robbins.
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".
The university's main campus is in the Leicestershire town of Loughborough and until 2003 it was developing a secondary campus at Peterborough. The Loughborough campus (once the estate of Burleigh Hall) covers an area of 433 acres (1.75 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.
The recent acquisition by the university of Holywell Park from Advantica Technologies and a 23-acre (93,000 m2) parcel of land between New Ashby Road and Holywell Park from 3M Health Care Limited has increased the size of the campus to 433 acres (1.752 km2).
The university has 24 academic departments and over 30 research institutes, 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 approximately 18,500 students, 61% of whom are undergraduates and 32% are pursuing postgraduate courses and/or research. Its current Chancellor is Sir Nigel Rudd, (the previous chancellor, Sir John Jennings CBE, FRSE, retired from the position in summer 2010, having served for seven years), and its Vice-Chancellor is Professor Robert Allison.
The university has won six 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 role 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 (2006); and for recognition of its vehicle, road and driver safety research (2007).
In The Guardian 2012 league tables, Loughborough was ranked 9th. In the 2007 Times rankings it was 6th overall but fell to 12th position in 2008. Loughborough was placed 11th in the latest edition of The Sunday Times University Guide, published on 11 September 2011. The University has the largest sports scholarship programme in the UK. There are currently over 250 international athletes studying and training there, and the 2010 International Rope Skipping Foundation's world championships were hosted in Loughborough university.
The Pilkington Library opened in 1980. It covers 7,777 square metres over three floors with 780 study places, including 140 workstations; over 700,000 books; 4000 printed journals and access to 6000 e- journals. 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. Hot food is also served during certain term times. The library has full wireless internet access (wifi).
Rankings and reputation
Loughborough University is highly ranked among the top 10 in various subjects areas namely: Accounting & Finance,Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering,Building,Business Studies,Chemical Engineering,Civil Engineering,Communication & Media Studies,Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism,Librarianship & Information Management,Mechanical Engineering & Sports Science. Furthermore, subject areas such as Building, Information Science and Sports Science at Loughborough have consistently been ranked 1st or 2nd in the UK major league tables.
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 Professor Michael H. Smith, Emeritus Professor David Allen and Professor Brian Hocking. One particularly noted research group is the Globalization and World Cities Research Network thinktank, which has pioneered the study of world cities. The Centre for Research in Social Policy is a self-funding autonomous 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 University since 2003. It provides world top-class indoor and outdoor training facilities for cricketers. Every year famous cricketers visit Loughborough University due to its training and fitness infrastructure.
Loughborough University is renowned in the UK for its sports provisions. Loughborough University 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. Home to the ECB England National Cricket Academy and the LTA Tennis Academy. Loughborough has performed exceedingly well in the BUCS Overall Championship for more than thirty years.
Loughborough University has been awarded the Best Student Experience for five years running (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) according to the Times Higher Education, placing second to the University of Dundee in 2011. The university was also named the 2008 Sunday Times "University of the Year." In the Complete University Guide 2011 the university's departments were rated top ten in 15 subject groups. Almost 75% of Loughborough's subject areas were ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes. Extensive links with industry. Many degrees are industry-sponsored and sandwich placements are available on more than 60% of the degrees offered. Loughborough University is also one of the top 20 universities targeted by large, graduate employers.
The university has been chosen as a base by both the Great Britain team and the Japanese team for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Students and graduates of Loughbourgh won four bronze medals in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- 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 Civil and Building Engineering
- Loughborough Design School
- School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
- Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
- School of Science (Comprising the departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, Information Science, Physics and the School of Mathematics)
- 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)
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).
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 sporting. 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 University students have won the British Universities Sports Association championship every year for over three decades. Sports students were previously entitled to wear a different style of scarf from other undergraduates however this has now been discontinued. 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.
The students' union is unusual in English universities, in that its premises are owned by the students themselves. 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. The most popular night in the Union is 'FND', on a Friday. 'Hey Ewe' is also well attended on Wednesday nights, which is the AU event often used to celebrate the afternoons sporting victories. 'Stupid Tuesday' is also a popular night at the union. Other nights at the union include 'Universal Thursday' (formally 'The other Night', formally 'High Voltage' – a night primarily aimed at international students but open to all, previously the venues Indie/Rock/Metal/Ska night; and 'Subversion' – a fortnightly rock and metal night, held every other Saturday, and run by the university's rock society. The union has opened for a weekly even on Sunday evenings, opening in 2008 with 'Sin' but is not currently running the event. The majority of its night staff – including bar staff, security and venue crew and DJ's – are current or past students.
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 and make the most out of their student experience:
- The athletic union offers 56 different sporting clubs, both elite and recreational, for students, graduates and staff to join offering opportunities for everyone to get involved with sport: http://www.lufbra.net/au/
- The Societies Federation consists of 61 societies run by an elected committee of students. Students can get involved with anything from skydiving or hot air ballooning to ballroom dancing or the big food society: http://www.lufbra.net/societies/
- Action is the volunteering section offering a range of opportunities for students to get There are 45 regular projects working with young people, the elderly, special needs, the homeless or the environment and there are weekly one-off A-team projects which happen throughout the year: http://www.lufbra.net/action/
- Loughborough Students' Rag is a student fundraising organisation. Last year making £1,134,500.66 for local, national and international charities. Students can get involved through street collections or sponsored events such as the London Marathon or climbing Kilimanjaro: http://www.lufbra.net/rag/
- Loughborough has its own media centre offering the opportunities to make TV shows with LSUTV, have your own radio show with LCR or write for the student magazine Label. You can also practice with your band in Aura recording studio. http://www.lufbra.net/media/
Following the recent building program to expand and replace the stock of student halls there are currently a total of 18 halls many of which are named after famous engineers; this includes some undergraduate halls, some postgraduate halls, some mixed halls, as well as both catered and self-catered halls. The halls are as follows:
- Butler Court (East Park)
- Cayley Hall (Village Park)
- David Collett Hall (West Park)
- Falkner Eggington Court (Undergraduate and Postgraduate, Central Park)
- Faraday Hall (Village Park)
- Forest Court (Postgraduate, Off-Campus)
- Harry French Hall (Undergraduate and Postgraduate, Off-Campus)
- The Holt (Undergraduate and Postgraduate, Off Campus)
- Royce Hall (Village Park)
- Rutherford Hall (Village Park)
- Robert Bakewell Hall (Village Park)
- Telford Hall (Village Park)
- Towers Hall (East Park)
- William Morris Hall (Undergraduate and Postgraduate, Off Campus)
- Somerton (Postgraduate, Shares site with William Morris)
- Hazlerigg-Rutland Hall (Village Park)
- John Phillips (Postgraduate, Village Park)
- Elvyn Richards Hall (Village Park)
The latter three reusing names from previous buildings, most notably, Hazlerigg-Rutland previously housed in the Universities Hazlerigg and Rutland buildings.
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- B. B. Barrow (1925–1934)
- William Bastard (1934–1936)
- W. H. Wright (1936–1940)
- Sir Robert Martin[disambiguation needed] (1940–1952)
- Sir Harold West (1952–1957)
- Sir Edward Herbert (1957–1963)
- Sir Herbert Manzoni (1963–1966)
- Sir B. R. Dean (1966–2012)
- Lord Pilkington (1966–1980)
- Sir Arnold Hall (1980–1989)
- Sir Denis Rooke (1989–2003)
- Sir John Jennings (2003–2010)
- Sir Nigel Rudd (2010)
- S. C. Laws (1909–1915)
- Herbert Schofield (1915–1950)
- Major-General W. F. Hasted (1951–1952)
- H. E. Falkner, J. W. Bridgeman and C. D. Bentley (interim 'triumvirate' January–September 1952)
- Wing Commander H. E. Falkner (1952–1953) (acting)
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- Herbert Haslegrave (1966–1967)
- Professor Elfyn J. Richards (1967–1975)
- Sir Clifford Butler (1975–1985)
- Professor John G. Phillips (1986–1987)
- Professor Sir David Davies (1988–1993)
- Professor Sir David Wallace (1994–2005)
- Professor Shirley Pearce (2006–2012)
- Professor Robert Allison (2012–)
- Derek Abbott – physicist and electronic engineer
- Adnan al-Janabi – Iraq former minister without portfolio.
- Steve Backley – javelin thrower
- Daniel Bennett – Singaporean footballer
- Sir Peter Bonfield – former chief executive of ICL and BT Group
- Robbie Brightwell – athlete, European 440 yards champion 1962
- Dany Chamoun – Lebanese politician, and son of former president Camille Chamoun
- Sebastian Coe, Baron Coe – Olympic athlete, politician and later Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games
- David Collier – cricket administrator and businessman, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
- John Cooper – Olympic silver medallist at 440 yards hurdles in Tokyo 1964, died in the Paris air disaster 1974
- Fran Cotton – rugby footballer
- Robin Daniels – engineer and entrepreneur, executive vice president – Living PlanIT SA, World Economic Forum - Global Technology Pioneer 2012
- James Dasaolu - athletics sprinter
- Gerald Davies – Wales and British Lion rugby union player, Times journalist, and manager of the British and Irish Lions in South Africa 2009
- John Dawes – Wales and British Lions rugby player, captained the British Lions in South Africa 1971
- Tobias Ellwood – Conservative MP
- Diane Farr – Numb3rs actress
- Lorna Fitzsimmons – former NUS President and Labour Party MP
- James Gibson – swimmer
- Rosalind Gill - Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, King's College, London.
- Tanni Grey-Thompson – athlete
- Steve Hallam – Formula 1 engineer, head of the race team for the McLaren Mercedes Team
- Dr. Liam Hennessy – renowned exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning coach, and former international athlete.
- Johnnie Johnson – leading Spitfire ace of World War II, when it was Loughborough College
- Ben Kay – England rugby union World Cup 2003 winner
- Donna Kellogg – badminton
- Jeanette Kwakye – athlete
- Nassib Lahoud – former Lebanese PM, cabinet minister and ambassador to the USA
- John Mantle – Wales rugby union and Great Britain rugby league player
- Steve Matchett – former F1 mechanic, author and TV presenter
- Colin McFadyean – England and British Lions rugby union player
- David Moorcroft – runner
- Neil Oatley – Formula One engineer and designer
- Nicholas Osipczak – professional mixed martial artist; a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom
- Monty Panesar – England Test cricketer
- Paula Radcliffe MBE – athlete
- Chris Read – England Cricket wicketkeeper
- Mark Richardson – 400 m athlete
- Bridget Riley – artist
- Andy Robinson – rugby player / coach
- Lisa Rogers – television presenter
- Lawrie Sanchez – football manager
- Malcolm Sayer – Jaguar Cars designer and engineer
- Robbie Simpson – Huddersfield Town FC football player playing in League One
- Rob Smedley – F1 race engineer for Felipe Massa
- Brian Stubbs – footballer
- Jodie Swallow – triathlete
- John Taylor – Wales rugby union player refused to tour with British Lions in South Africa in opposition to apartheid
- Zachary Test, rugby union player
- Professor Paul Thomas AM – founding Vice-Chancellor of University of the Sunshine Coast
- Bob Wilson – ex-Arsenal goal-keeper.
- Sir Clive Woodward – England rugby union coach.
- Roger Wrightson – cricketer
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