Loughborough University launches Road to Rio website

Loughborough University has launched its dedicated website which will follow the progress of current and former students on their ‘Road to Rio’ 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

With two Loughborough graduates already selected as part of Team GB, Loughborough is expecting to have an extremely strong presence in Brazil next summer.

After podium finishes at the Rio Test Event and the World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago, Vicky Holland has secured her spot as one of the three female triathletes going to the Olympic Games. Joining her on Team GB is slalom canoeist and 2008 Olympian Fiona Pennie.

The British men’s and women’s hockey teams have also secured their 2016 Olympic berths, and whilst there will almost certainly be Loughborough presence, the final squad has yet to be announced. Like most sports, this announcement won’t come until much closer to 5th August, when the Olympic Games get underway.

On the Paralympic side, Loughborough won 6 medals at London 2012, but could well win more in Rio. Subject to selection alumnus Dan Greaves will be going for an incredible fifth straight Paralympic medal in the F44 discus, which would mark the end of a sterling Paralympic career.

Keep up to date with selections and to read and watch features on a number of Loughborough’s sporting stars.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport.

The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.