Top university for 2015 revealed by Whatuni
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Loughborough University has been named the number one university in the UK in the Whatuni Awards 2015. The awards, which questioned students across 113 universities and saw a shortlist of 39 institutions created, measured categories including Student Support, Job Prospects, City Life and Clubs & Societies. Loughborough University came out top after the opinions of 20,000 students were recorded – and as well as being named University of the Year it also came top in a further two categories, Accommodation and Student Union, the latter of which it also won last year. Runners-up were Harper Adams University, the agriculture and rural specialist university in Shropshire, and Swansea University in South Wales. Professor Robert Allison, Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University, says: “To hear that Loughborough has been crowned University of the Year is a proud moment. This is a fantastic achievement and reflects the commitment and hard work of staff and students. We are delighted that our students took time to vote and to know that they rate the Loughborough student experience so highly. “The award is an opportunity for all members of the university community to celebrate and for me to thank everyone for their contribution to our success.” The Whatuni Awards act as an indicator on university choice for sixth form students are those hoping to make a choice about their higher education in the near future. Loughborough University was ranked highly almost across the board – alongside University of the Year, Accommodation and Student Union, it also made it into the top three in the categories of Student Support, Uni Facilities, Clubs & Societies and Job Prospects. The university, in the midlands, is particularly strong on sports - as can be seen in the image above, which shows former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown during a visit in 2010. The overall results showed that student satisfaction is up, but that many are unhappy with accommodation is down – this is the only category where satisfaction was lower than in 2014.
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