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9 June 2006 PR 06/60

Loughborough leaps to 6th place in the Times Good University Guide 2007

Loughborough has been ranked 6th, out of 109 institutions, in this year’s Times Good University Guide – the University’s highest-ever rating, confirming it as one of the country’s leading higher education institutions.

The University is now hot on the heels of Oxbridge and the London trio of Imperial College, London School of Economics and University College London.

The Times Good University Guide is based upon nine measures of quality – student satisfaction, research assessment, entry standards, student/staff ratio, library/computing spend, facilities spend, degree classifications, graduate prospects, and completion rates.

Loughborough faired particularly well in student satisfaction; full time students voted it their favourite university in the recent National Student Survey.

"We are delighted by our placing in the latest league tables,” said Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce. “This success reflects the passion and commitment of all staff at Loughborough to providing the highest quality learning environment. Our students are able to study alongside internationally recognised researchers addressing issues which will make a real difference to the world in the 21st century."

In the individual subject tables, which were published throughout the week, Loughborough is ranked in the top ten in twelve of the tables. Results are:

1
  Communication and Media Studies
1
  Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation, Sport and Tourism
1
  Librarianship and Information Management
2
  Building
3
  Sociology
4
  Art and Design
6
  Accounting and Finance
6
  Civil Engineering
7
  Electrical and Electronic Engineering
7
  Materials Technology
7
  Social Policy
8
  Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
11
  Chemical Engineering
11
  Drama, Dance and Cinematics
11
  Mechanical Engineering
12
  Town and Country Planning and Landscape
15
  Anatomy and Physiology
15
  Business Studies
17
  Geography

Times Good university Guide 2007 – top ten universities

1
  Oxford
2
  Cambridge
3
  Imperial College, London
4
  London School of Economics
5
  University College London
6
  Loughborough
7
  Bristol
8
  Warwick
9
  Bath
10
  Durham

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Notes to editors

  1. 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 it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five 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; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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