Throughout Loughborough University's history — from the days of the famous Loughborough Colleges in the early to mid 1900s, to University status in 1966 — Loughborough has built upon its distinctive characteristics.
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We are proud of our traditions of applying knowledge to benefit society and learning through active involvement.
That a modest town like Loughborough should boast an internationally known and respected university is largely due to the entrepreneurial vision and determination of Dr Herbert Schofield, Principal of Loughborough College for 35 years (1915–1950).
He developed the small Technical Institute in the centre of the town to deliver high-level engineering courses, teacher training, outstanding work in art and design and sporting excellence.
He purchased land on the western edge of the town so that now we are fortunate in possessing a green and spacious campus of 410 acres.
He initiated the policy of buying and building student residences so successfully that today we have one of the highest proportions of students living in Halls of Residence in the UK.
In April 1966, the College obtained a Royal Charter to become the first University of Technology in the country, since when we have grown in size, strength and quality. Whilst we are traditionally celebrated for our outstanding engineering and sporting talent, the university has a broad base of excellence in a variety of subjects and skills.
Our success is evident in that we are one of the universities most sought after by students and employers alike.