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Loughborough is a Leicestershire town in England’s East Midlands. Famous as the location of the Great Central Railway and one of the country’s oldest bell foundries, Loughborough is also home to Loughborough University.
Loughborough’s history is closely linked to Britain’s industrialisation, with several factories and manufacturers appearing in the town over the course of the 19th century. One of the most prominent was John Taylor & Co, a bellfounder. Still in operation today, the current site of Taylor’s Bell Foundry was established in Loughborough in 1839.
Another important element of Loughborough’s industrial past lies in the Great Central Railway, a heritage railway line that showcases the steam engines of yore. A meticulously preserved section of the historic GCR network, the Great Central Railway runs from Loughborough to several other parishes in the region.
Masters students in Loughborough will find it a busy but friendly university town with excellent transport links to London, which is under 90 minutes away by train. Nearby Nottingham and Leicester are great city breaks, while Loughborough is surrounded by a number of picturesque rural villages.
Loughborough has had a university since 1966, when the Loughborough University of Technology was established. Now called Loughborough University, it offers Masters programmes across a range of disciplines, from English and Drama to Architecture and Computer Science. Welcoming students and staff from more than 100 countries, Loughborough University enjoys an international atmosphere.
The university is particularly known for its excellence in sports, counting plenty of Olympians and professional sportspeople among its alumni and hosting world-class leisure facilities. Opened in 2010, Sportpark Loughborough University is the base for many of the UK’s sports organisations and governing bodies.
Loughborough’s central location and background in industry have made it an ideal home for science and technology-based firms, while the university is proud of its close links with business. Engineering and pharmaceuticals are important sectors in the local economy.
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