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Educating for one hundred years

Watch footage of Loughborough Technical Institute from the 1930s

Loughborough University and Loughborough College celebrate their joint centenary birthday in 2009.

The university and college started out as one - the Loughborough Technical Institute in 1909 - and was set up by William Alport Brockington.

There were just 450 students when the Institute in Leicestershire opened.

During the 100 years the building has split in two, changed its name, and developed into a centre for sporting excellence.

And they are still going strong!

Between the university and college they now enrol 25,000 students every year.

The sporting achievements of Loughborough students has been astonishing over the years
Lord Sebastian Coe, Former student

The Institute's main function was to provide evening classes in technical subjects.

The main building was situated on the corner of Ashby Road and Green Close Lane in the town.

The university has a world class reputation for its engineering and technology, alternative energies and of course sports science.

Famous alumni include marathon runner Paula Radcliffe, rugby world cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward and Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of 2012 London Olympic and Paraolympic games.

Seb as he was know then, was a student at the Institute in the late seventies.

Lord Coe was not there to study sport, he was doing a degree in economics! Fortunately he did both and graduated in 1979 - the same year he broke three world records.

"The sporting achievements of Loughborough students has been astonishing over the years."

How it all started

At first, classes in science, art and technology were taught in both day and evening classes.

During the First World War, a new Principal arrived, and the Technical Institute became an 'Instructional Factory' for the Ministry of Munitions.

In addition to normal teaching, the Institute trained over 2,000 men and women 'on production' for the munitions industry, making shell cases and machine parts in the college workshops.

In 1920, the Technical Institute was renamed Loughborough College, and in the years between the wars it expanded, attracting students from all over the world.

It widened its reputation beyond engineering to athletics, handicrafts and teacher training.

Men attending Loughborough Technical Institute
Loughborough Technical Institute opened with 450 students

In 1951, the College was divided into four separate institutions reflecting its main areas of interest.

Loughborough Training College (later Loughborough College of Education) provided teacher training; Loughborough College of Art taught art and design; Loughborough College of Further Education (now Loughborough College) offered local and vocational training; and Loughborough College of Technology continued its courses in science and engineering.

The College of Technology continued to train 'on production' and by sandwich courses and in 1957 was designated a College of Advanced Technology.

In April 1966 Loughborough was awarded its Charter, in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor colleges.

Then called Loughborough University of Technology, it was the country's first technological university.  It was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

Another chapter

In 1977 the original structure was partly restored when the University and the College of Education were amalgamated.

There was another chapter in the story in 1998 when Loughborough College of Art and Design was also reunited with Loughborough University.

More land was acquired in 2003 and 2006 so Loughborough is now the largest single-site campus in the country, with 437 acres of land.

In 2009, it is one of the country's leading universities, with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with business and industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.



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