Loughborough University Loughborough
Loughborough University is a public research university located in the market town of Loughborough, Leicestershire, in the East Midlands of England. 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. In March 2013, the university announced it had acquired the former broadcast centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which opened as a second campus in 2015. It was a member of the 1994 Group until the group was dissolved in November 2013.
Loughborough ranks particularly highly for engineering and technology and is noted for its sports-related courses and achievements. In 2013, the university won its seventh Queen’s Anniversary Prize, awarded in recognition of its impact through research and skills development in High Value Manufacturing to create economic growth. The university is also rated five star for excellence by Quacquarelli Symonds through QS Star Scheme.
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, Herbert Schofield who led it from 1915 to 1950 and 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 438-acre (1.77 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.
Get in touch
There are a number of ways in which you can get in touch with Loughborough University and these are listed below. All academic departments have contact details on their websites. The full list of academic departments can be found on our Schools and departments pages.
Loughborough University can be contacted at:
General telephone: +44 (0)1509 222222
General email: Enquiries@lboro.ac.uk
- Schools and Department contact information
- Staff E-mail and Telephone directory
Prospectus and courses
Undergraduate admissions enquiries: Admissions@lboro.ac.uk
Postgraduate taught admissions enquiries: PGTaught@lboro.ac.uk
Postgraduate research admissions enquiries: PGResearch@lboro.ac.uk