About Loughborough University and Town
Loughborough (pronounced LUFF-burra, LUFF-bruh, or as the majority of the student population call it, lufbra or luffbra) is in Leicestershire England
Loughborough is centrally located, in the East Midlands of England, only 1.5 hours North of London.
Loughborough is the largest town in Leicestershire, UK (the City of Leicester excluded). The population of the town in 2004 was assessed at 57,600. It is the administrative centre for the Charnwood district and home to
Loughborough has its own newspaper & guide, the Loughborough Echo & Loughborough Guide, but in common with many towns and villages in Leicestershire is also served by the Leicester-based Leicester Mercury.
Loughborough University is a campus university. As an educational institution, Loughborough University’s roots date back to 1909. Loughborough University has nearly 16,000 students, of whom almost 15 per cent are international from over 100 countries including China, Malaysia/Singapore, Hong Kong and France.
Loughborough University’s campus is close to the town centre and a short bus ride from the railway station. The campus itself covers an area of 433 acres, one of the largest in Europe, which is very attractive and has many natural and green open spaces.
Loughborough University has won 'Best student experience' and 'Outstanding support for overseas students' in the famous awards in the Times Higher Awards for five years running (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010). Both the Times Good University Guide and the Guardian consistently rank Loughborough University in the top twenty of all universities in the UK. Loughborough was named in October 2008 as 'University of the Year' by The Sunday Times.
Only Loughborough, chiefly in recognition of the strength of its applied research, and Oxford Universities have received the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize six times. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise every Loughborough department was found to be undertaking research that is internationally.
The local Rugby Union club, Loughborough RFC, play at the Derby Road playing fields. The club was formed in 1891.
Loughborough Student Recreation
Other sports teams include the non-league Loughborough Dynamo Football Club, and the Loughborough Aces (Collegiate American Football). There is also a netball league which plays at the Charnwood Leisure Centre. The town was also once the home of a professional football club, Loughborough F.C. who played in the Football League during the late 1800s.
In November, the annual street fair takes over the centre of the town and closes the A6 and numerous other roads to traffic. The fair runs from Wednesday afternoon to Saturday night, bringing visitors from Loughborough and surrounding villages, such as Quorndon, Mountsorrel, Barrow-upon-Soar and Sileby. The fair has many different rides for all age groups, amusement arcades, food stands and games. Popular treats to be had include brandy snaps, Grantham biscuits and mushy peas with mint sauce, along with the traditional burgers, hot dogs and chips.
In 1841 Loughborough was the destination for the first ever package tour organised by Thomas Cook, for a local temperance group (see Temperance movement) from Leicester. The town has the world's largest bell foundry — John Taylor Bellfounders — who made the bells for the Carillon war memorial, a landmark in the town.
Notable Loughborough natives include Albert Francis Cross, the journalist, author, poet and playwright who was born in Moor lane on May 9th 1863, as well as Bonnie Holt who appeared on the TV show Big Brother 2006.
To the south of the town centre lies the Shelthorpe Estate - a large council estate which was the largest in the country when it was built in the 1920s and 1930s. On the edge of Loughborough to the north, Dishley Grange Farm was the home of agricultural revolutionist Robert Bakewell. The farm was once home to the annual Leicestershire County Show.
The Great Central Railway is a preserved steam railway based at Loughborough Central Station just south of the town centre, and operates services every weekend throughout the year. This includes a Restaurant service served aboard the trains most weeks on Friday Evening*, Saturday Lunchtime and Evening+ and Sunday lunchtime, along with an Afternoon Tea service onboard the 3.15 pm departure. The railway provides a transport link to the villages of Quorndon, Woodhouse, Rothley, Swithland, Belgrave and Birstall. From May 'til September every year the railway connects with a Tour Bus at the Leicester North terminus which provides a link to places such as the National Space Centre, Abbey Pumping Station, Abbey Park, Leicester City Centre and Leicester London Road Railway Station. The railway provides a Griddle Car serving a wide variety of meals and refreshments onboard most services. Services run every Saturday and Sunday all year around using a fleet of Steam and Diesel Locomotives, and Diesel Railcars. The railway is renowned for being the only double track mainline steam railway in the United Kingdom.