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1 May 2007 PR 07/56

Loughborough breaks into The Guardian’s top ten

Loughborough has risen to its highest ever ranking of ninth place in The Guardian’s university league tables, becoming the East Midlands top rated university.

Published today (1 May), The Guardian tables rank subject areas/courses against seven criteria – teaching quality, feedback, spending per student, staff/student ratio, job prospects, value added (comparing students’ degree results with their entry qualifications) and entry score.

From these an average score for each institution has been compiled, weighted by number of students and mix of subjects.

For the first time this year, data from the National Student Survey has been used in The Guardian’s tables, which has helped to propel Loughborough up the league.

“We are delighted that Loughborough has risen so significantly in this year’s Guardian league tables. Following our top five placing in the latest National Student Survey and our ranking of 6th in The Times Good University Guide, it is further confirmation of Loughborough’s status as one of the country’s leading universities,” said Professor Morag Bell, Loughborough’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Teaching.

In the individual subject tables, eight subjects rose in the league. Loughborough topped the league for Building and Town and Country Planning, with seven other subjects – Sports Science, Art and Design, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Drama and Dance, Materials and Mineral Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering – ranked in the top ten.

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1.Loughborough subjects ranked in the top twenty:

Building and Town and Country Planning: 1
Sports Science: 2
Civil Engineering: 5
Drama and Dance: 5
Materials and Mineral Engineering: 5
Mechanical Engineering: 5
Art and Design: 6
Chemical Engineering: 7
Electronic and Electrical Engineering: 11
Social Policy and Administration: 12
Media studies, Communications and Librarianship: 13
Business and Management Studies: =13
Chemistry: =13

2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in 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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