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Loughborough University

Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Ranked among top 10 universities in GB

About Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a public research university located in Loughborough, Leicestershire, in the East Midlands of England. A public research university that dates back to 1909, Loughborough University is home to 17000 students. It is widely popular for its high quality academics of engineering and technology, sports and research. They won their seventh Queen's Anniversary Prize which is awarded as a recognition of their contribution towards economic growth through their extensive research.

The University has 20 academic departments and over 100 research groups. It is renowned for sports and has their names attached to the Common Wealth Games and national championships. They have the world's largest university-based sports technology research group.

An interesting fact about Loughborough University is that only 60 % of their campus has been constructed. What about the remaining 40%? Well, the institution believes in preservation of the nature and therefore Loughborough University Bees reside in the undeveloped area.


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Location

Loughborough is located at a distance of 90 mins from London. It has a central location and the plus point is its transport links which make conveyance easier for everyone. Through road and rail, you can conveniently travel to cities like Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham. There are bus services in the campus to carry you to the connecting points such as the town, railway station and nearby East Midlands Airport. You will find The School of Business and Economics at the east side of the campus. Explore the university through the interactive campus map available on their website.


Infrastructure

The University is spread over a sprawling 438 acres in the Leicestershire town of Loughborough; it includes lush green patches with academic departments, housing, Students’ Union, two gyms, gardens and playing fields. Places on campus that are of unique importance are the walled garden, the "garden of remembrance", the Hazelrigg-Rutland Hall fountain-courtyard and the Bastard Gates. They have a vast wide variety of shops, cafés, restaurants and bars. You can have food from takeaway snacks to high-class restaurants. It is one of the greenest campuses in UK. The walled garden, called “the garden of remembrance”, is of particular interest to people. They have 96 formal teaching areas in the university which includes theaters having a capacity for 400 students.

Loughborough University has very fancy arrangements for its love for sports. It has two main gyms, the National Cricket Performance center, the ‘Sir David Wallace Sports Hall' (Badminton Courts), Gymnastics Centre, HiPAC (High-Performance Athletics Centre), the 'Martial Arts Studio', and An Olympic-sized swimming pool. These are only few of the sports facilities at Loughborough.


Residing Options

Living away from home can be difficult for many students. To make your learning experience comfortable in every manner, Loughborough University has a lot in store for you. They have 15 halls of residence for undergraduate students and 4 for postgraduate students. These halls are named after famous scientists and engineers. They are all on or very near to the campus. They are divided into catered or self-catered halls. The ones which are a little further away from the campus are The Holt, William Morris, Harry French,ૃRoyce, Faraday, and Rutherford but only take 5 minutes walk. For graduates, Faulkner Eggington is considered to be the best student hall of residence in the UK, followed by Harry French Hall (8th place) and William Morris (24th). You can read actual reviews of the living experience of their students on their website. Also you can watch videos of your future living space.

Some students may like to live in a private owned accommodation near the campus and for that purpose the university assists by inviting accredited landlords to advertise their property to the interested students. There is a student property called “Print House” which accommodates a lot of university students in £98 per month at a distance of 3 minutes from the city centre. A lot of students suggest that one should rent a Full House which costs £750 and each person shares only £175. Any day, Loughborough is cheaper than London.

Talking about the culinary experience, they have a variety of food options and thus address almost all religious, health and allergic concerns of students.


Weather

The climate is pleasant in the city. However, most of the months have a lot of rainfall during the year. So much so that the driest month also has a lot of rainfall.The hottest month of the year for Loughborough is July with an average temperature of 17°C and the coldest is January with average temperature of 4°C. Clouds pour rain heavily during the month of October.

The winter has the coldest spells of 3 degree Celsius (1-degree Celsius is the lowest) and July is the hottest month of the year at 16-degree Celsius with the sun beaming right at you. It snows and rains (even when it is very cold) once for a while and students should check weather forecasts every day before leaving home. The weather is similar to Nottingham.


Faculty and pedagogy

Faculty to Student ratio is 2:14. Students are provided with an exceptional, research based learning environment. Student assessments happen in a combination of exams, coursework and assessed tutorials. Some of the popular professors in the university are Keith Gregory (Engineering), Charles Oppenheim (Information Science), Richard Simper (Economics), Ian Storer (Design) and Andrew Selby (Graphic Arts).
The quality of its staff can be well determined by the fact that SBE has been ranked amongst the Top 10 UK business schools by national league tables. Only 1 % business schools in the world hold accreditations from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA and SBE is among this 1%.


Financial aid

Financial constraints can stop many students from pursuing their dreams. A long list of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships are offered to students. With an average tuition fee being £19000 a year, there are both merit and need based scholarships. For international students, there is a university scholarship available to students who have outstanding academic achievements where 25% of the fees are waived off in the first year of study. For competitive scholarships worth € 500, while filling your application form, you can add your personal statement which mentions your academic achievements, your motivation to study at Loughborough University and what you hope to achieve from it.

The fee structure is different for UK and international students. There are other funding and loans available too but you have to make sure to apply within the deadline. Other scholarships to look at are CommonWealth Scholarships, Government Sponsored Scholarships and Postgrad Solutions Ltd. A noteworthy aspect is that the university has the largest sports scholarship programme in the UK with currently over 250 international athletes studying and training.

For postgraduate, they understand how daunting it can be to study a Master’s degree. Read about the Master’s funding here on the university website


Jobs and placements

Loughborough is known to have extensive ties with the industry. They have a unique feature providing year-long placements in all fields. 94% of the graduates were in employment or further study after graduating and about 91% of them were in professional or managerial roles. The average salary of graduates is £27,000. Chartered Engineers can command over £60,000. The popular companies that come on campus are Adidas, BMW, British Airways, Ford, HP, Puma, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, BP, Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Nestle.

School of Business and Economics fully understands the market needs of combining learning with practical application of the concepts and therefore have lined up placement programs for both their undergraduate and postgraduate students. The 3rd year is spent doing a compulsory salaried professional placement. They have a dedicated team by the name The Professional Placements Team that has many valuable links in the industry and are committed to placing students in organization to experience the real business world. The heartening factor is that one in every 3rd internee gets a job offered by that very organization.

Other than that there are programs such as insight days, spring weeks and summer internships. The job prospects are very bright for the graduates of this university. School of Business and Economics has contacts with more than 400 organizations. The employment rate of postgraduate students is 96%.


Alumni

  • Paula Radcliffe - Olympic athlete
  • Sir Peter Bonfield – Businessman
  • Tom Karen – Designer
  • Lisa Rogers - TV presenter
  • Gay Deuchar – International Tax Partner, EY
  • Paul Philpott – President and CEO, Kia Motors (UK and Ireland)
  • Jonathan Sinclair – Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President: Jimmy Choo


Verdict

While reading about the university, the fact that strikes the most is its popularity for engineering, research and sports. However, reading about SBE, it clearly shows that it is an established and growing school. Studying at this school can transform you as a person, and polish your leadership qualities. The compulsory professional placement programs is one of the greatest strengths of this institution and chances of landing a job through it are high! If you are interested in research, this institution is one of the best in the domain. Lastly, Loughborough University will surely help you in having excellent fitness. Their passion, contribution and achievements in sports are remarkable! It feels like they strongly believe in the proverb, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy!


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