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14 Aug 2015

Loughborough University subject areas rated amongst best in the world

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Two subject areas at Loughborough University were ranked in the top 50 in the world according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject carried out earlier this year.

Art and Design, which is offered through School of the Arts, English and Drama and Loughborough Design School and Communication and Media Studies, offered through the Department of Social Sciences both appeared in the top 50.

Art and Design ranked 40th in the international league table, with Communication and Media Studies following closely in 43rd place.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject highlight the world’s top universities in a range of subject. Ranking are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. More than 3,500 universities worldwide were evaluated for the 2015 QS World University Subject Rankings.

Two further subjects at Loughborough University Engineering (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing) and Geography were ranked within the top 100 globally.

Professor Alison Yarrington, Dean of the School of the Arts, English and Drama, and Professor Tracy Bhamra, Dean of Loughborough Design School, said: “We are absolutely delighted with our latest world ranking. This high placing confirms our strong position in the fields of art and design globally and is testament to the expertise and high quality experience we provide across the Design School and the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough."

Professor Jonathan Potter, Dean of the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences, added: "Our recent rankings in the Complete University Guide, where we were rated 2nd in the UK, in the Research Excellence Framework, in which we ranked 2nd in the UK in terms of intensity, and now the QS World University Rankings by Subject confirm Loughborough University's significant place in Social Science and Communication.”

Notes for editors

Article reference number: August News

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 and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.