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3 October 2005 PR 05/92

Loughborough shortlisted for The Sunday Times University of the Year award

Loughborough has been shortlisted for this year’s Sunday Times University of the Year award, in recognition of its outstanding performance in the recent National Student Survey, its excellent record for teaching quality, and its strong performance in national indicators on research grants and contracts.

The announcement came as the newspaper published its University Guide 2005 on Sunday 2 October.

In its league table, the Sunday Times ranked Loughborough first for student satisfaction, reflecting the University’s rating in the recent National Student Survey, in which full-time students voted Loughborough their favourite university.

In teaching quality assessments conducted since 1995, where the Sunday Times ranked Loughborough second to Cambridge, 95% of Loughborough’s subject areas were rated excellent.

Loughborough was top last year in the national performance indicators on research grants and contracts per academic staff cost.

In the overall league table, Loughborough was ranked in 15th position of the 120 institutions listed.

“I am pleased that we were again shortlisted for the University of the Year award,” said Loughborough’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir David Wallace. “This was for an unprecedented third time since 1999, which emphasises the sustained progress that we are making. Over the last few years we have been consistently ranked in the top 15 universities, a great reflection on the quality and commitment of staff to make a difference for students and in research.”

The Sunday Times league table is drawn up by ranking each university and college according to the total mark it achieved across eight distinct areas: teaching quality and student satisfaction; head teachers’ assessment; research quality, A/AS-level grades achieved by entrants, graduate employment and proportion of students entering graduate level jobs, percentage of first and 2:1 degrees awarded, student/staff ratios and dropout rates.

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Notes to editors
Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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