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16 August 2007 PR 07/108

Loughborough remains in top flight of UK universities

Loughborough has been ranked 12th, out of 113 institutions, in this year’s Times Good University Guide – placing it again firmly among the UK’s top 15 higher education institutions.

This marks the sixth year in a row that Loughborough has been ranked in the top 15, cementing its status as one of the country’s pre-eminent universities. The University also comes joint top of the guide in the student satisfaction category.

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

“We are delighted that Loughborough continues to be recognised as one of the country’s leading higher education institutions,” said Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce. “Loughborough prides itself on the high quality of education and the learning environment we offer our students. They study alongside internationally recognised academics who are committed to producing research that matters. Our degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and our graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.”

In the individual subject tables, which were published today (Thursday 16 August), Loughborough is ranked in the top ten in four of the tables. Results are:

1 Hospitality, Leisure, Sport, Recreation and Tourism
5 Sociology
6 Art and Design
10 Accounting and Finance
11 Civil Engineering
12 Mechanical Engineering
12 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
15 Drama, Dance and Cinematics
16 Business Studies
20 Geography and Environmental Studies
27 Economics
28 Psychology
29 Chemistry
32 Mathematics
33 Computer Science
36 English
41 Physics and Astronomy
43 Politics

Times Good University Guide 2008 – top 15 universities

1 Oxford
2 Cambridge
3 Imperial College, London
4 London School of Economics
5 St Andrews
6 University College, London
7 Warwick
8 Bristol
9 Durham
10 King's College London
11 Bath
12 Loughborough
13 Edinburgh
14 Southampton
15 Aston

Recent applications figures released by UCAS and Loughborough’s top 15 ranking in the UK’s newest league table, The Good University Guide, provide further confirmation of Loughborough’s growing popularity.

The applications statistics show an 11.2% increase in the number of students applying to study full-time undergraduate courses at Loughborough. The rise, which is more than double the national average of 5.3%, puts the University towards the top of the applications table. In The Good University Guide Loughborough is ranked in 11th position, again placing it firmly among the UK’s academic elite.

These latest achievements follow on from the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) award for the UK’s Best Student Experience, presented to Loughborough in 2006 – an indication of the University’s popularity amongst students.

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Notes for editors:

  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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