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Whatuni award winners announced

Loughborough University has been named University of the Year for the second time in three years in the latest Whatuni Student Choice Awards.

The awards, based on over 41,000 student reviews collected from 150 UK institutions, saw post-92 universities largely outperformed their Russell Group counterparts in all categories this year.

The University of Sheffield was the only Russell Group institution to make the shortlist for the University of the Year category, while both Newman University and Norwich University of the Arts entered the top 10 in the University of the Year category for the first time.

Similarly, the North of England, along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, made more appearances in the top 3 than those in the South of England, and the Royal Agricultural University alone represented the South in the University of the Year category.

Commenting on the results, Simon Emmett, CEO at IDP Connect, said: "This year, high average review scores across all WUSCA categories demonstrate a widespread effort from UK institutions to both listen and respond to the needs of students. With the recent challenges facing the sector, to have obtained such high reports of satisfaction across all universities, including those outside of The Russell Group in key categories like Course and Lecturers, is a credit to the value and outstanding experience students feel they are receiving in their higher education. This is something the sector should be incredibly proud of achieving and these outstanding results would be welcomed in many other sectors during this difficult time."

The full list of award winners are:

Accommodation Category: University of Wales Trinity St David

Societies and Sports Category: Loughborough University

Students Union Category: University of Sheffield

Local Life Category: University of Strathclyde

Further Education College Category: DN Colleges Group

Giving Back Category: Nottingham Trent University

Prospective Student Engagement Category: Norwich University of the Arts

University Facilities Category: Loughborough University

Independent Higher Education Category: Oxford Business College

Postgraduate Category: Aberystwyth University

Student Support Category: Leeds Arts University

Job Prospects Category: Harper Adams University

Course and Lecturers Category: University of Wales Trinity St David

International Category: Aberystwyth University

University of the Year Category: Loughborough University

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