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Loughborough University soars into UK top five

Loughborough University has been ranked 4th in the 2017 Guardian University League Table.

The table ranks the country’s 119 universities by scoring each institution for the aspects of university life that matter most to students, such as course and teaching satisfaction, staff to student ratio, spend per student, average entry tariff and employability.  

Loughborough has climbed seven places from last year, with 16 of its courses being ranked in the national top 10.  The 4th place ranking marks the University’s highest ever league table position and makes it the top ranked university in England after Cambridge and Oxford.  It comes just weeks after Loughborough secured 7th place in The UK Complete University Guide 2017.

Loughborough University Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Loughborough has been ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table. This important league table bases its results on the factors that matter most to students, which makes our achievement in it even more rewarding.

“Although rankings fluctuate, with universities going up and down, this latest positioning for Loughborough is yet further evidence of our continued success and is testament to the hard work that has taken place across the University. I would like to congratulate everyone who has helped us get to this position.”

Jess Excell, President of Loughborough Students’ Union added:

“To be recognised as a leading University in the UK is fantastic.  Working together we have created a unique environment at Loughborough where each individual student is valued and listed to. It makes me very proud to be president of Loughborough Students’ Union.”

The Guardian University League Table top ten is:

1. Cambridge
2. Oxford
3. St Andrews 
4= Loughborough
4= Surrey 
6. Durham 
7. Imperial College 
8. Lancaster 
9. Warwick 
10. Bath

The full results are available on the paper’s website.

In addition to the University’s success in both the Guardian and Complete University Guide league tables, Loughborough has also this year won the Times Higher Student Experience of the Year Award and two Whatuni Student Choice Awards.

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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 the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. Loughborough was ranked 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also named University of the Year in the 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. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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

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