Loughborough University (UK, Higher Education) has 3,000 employees and 12,000 students and has a growing reputation in both its teaching and research functions. Overall, it has participated in more than 100 EU projects and has strong links with a wide range of external public and private sector bodies. At a Departmental level, the Quality Assurance Agency awarded Civil and Building Engineering (of which the Transport Studies Group is a part) 22/24 for teaching quality in the last review - the highest awarded at that time. The Department was also awarded the top grading of '5*' in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.
The Transport Studies Group currently comprises seven full time lecturers and two research associates, and has considerable experience in undertaking transport research projects for a wide range of clients. These include the European Commission, European Social Fund, UK Research Councils, national, regional and local UK Government bodies and the private and voluntary sectors. Specifically, regarding current research on mobility management issues, the team is involved in the EC Interreg IIIB-funded OPTIMUM2 project and delivering a Blueprint for the Future of Travel Plans for the UK Department for Transport. Other related previous projects have studied the design, implementation, operation and evaluation of a range of policy instruments including travel plans, road pricing, parking, tax measures, Demand Responsive Transport systems, and car clubs.