Loughborough University

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Website: http://www.lboro.ac.uk

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History

Loughborough University is a public research university in the town of Loughborough in Leicestershire, England. It was founded as the Loughborough Technical Institute in 1909 and became a university in 1966. The ECB National Academy, also known as the National Cricket Performance Centre, opened within the university in 2003 and has world-class indoor and outdoor facilities for cricketers of all levels. The university also hosts the largest careers fair in the UK each year for students finishing their studies and seeking employment.

International students

Loughborough is home to students from over 130 countries around the world and the international student body normally numbers some 2,500. There are various resources available for those from outside the UK to help them prepare for their time at the university and make the most of it. these includes practical elements such as visa information and booking the free coach service from Heathrow airport as well as induction and welcome sessions. There is also plenty of information available to help adjust to life in the UK and making the most of your studies. There is a specialist International Student Support team on hand at the Student Support Centre to deal with a range of issues particular to international students as well religious facilities areas for all backgrounds and faiths. The Student Union building is found to the north-east end of the campus and is responsible for a range of clubs and societies. It also has five rooms, each with their own themes and has been awarded an International Experience Award for its quality. The students are represented by the Union Council and there are also academic support services on offer. There are 56 sports clubs and a Societies Federation numbering some 80 societies. These include those working from the media centre where the TV station, radio and student magazine operate from. There are also around 45 different projects involving the students working with elderly, special needs, homeless people or the environment. The fundraising organisation raises some £1 million a year for national and international charities.

Campus life

The main campus of the university is found in the market town of Loughborough. The campus was originally an estate named Burleigh Hall and covers some 430 acres with all of the academic departments, residence halls and facilities within it. One notable feature is the garden of remembrance as well as the Hazelrigg-Rutland Hall fountain courtyard, part of the campus being the single largest green campus in the UK. The Pilkington Library of the university opened in 1990 and covers four floors with over 9,000 square metres of books. The campus has the largest concentration of world-class training facilities for various sports in one location as well as two theatres, an Art Centre and hotel accommodation for visitors. There is a secondary site also found at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. There are sixteen different halls of residence for Loughborough University, all of which are named for famous engineers and scientists. These are open for either undergraduates or postgraduates only and are either self-catering or catered.

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