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19 June 2008 PR 08/85

The Times league table confirms Loughborough as one of UK’s top-ranked universities

Loughborough has retained its 12th place ranking, out of 113 institutions, in this year’s Times Good University Guide, reinforcing its position as one of the country’s leading higher education institutions

In the individual subject tables, Loughborough is ranked in the top ten in 18 of the tables, and is rated number one in Building, Sport, and Librarianship and Information Management.

The Times Good University Guide, published today (19 June) 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.

It is the seventh consecutive year that Loughborough has been ranked in the top 15, cementing its status as one of the country’s pre-eminent universities.

Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce said: “We are delighted that Loughborough has retained its 12th place ranking in The Times Good University Guide. It is a clear demonstration of consistent excellence in the quality of education we offer our students.”

The University’s excellent rating in The Times follows those in the recent Guardian University Guide and The Complete University Guide, in which Loughborough was ranked 10th and 13th respectively.

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Notes for editors:

1. The top fifteen universities in The Times Good University Guide 2009 are:

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

Subject rankings for Loughborough are as follows:

1 Building
1 Librarianship and Information Management
1 Sport (Hospitality, Leisure, Sport, Recreation and Tourism
2 Communication and Media Studies
3 Social Policy
4 Chemical Engineering
4 Accountancy and Finance
4 Art and Design
4 Sociology
6 Civil Engineering
6 Mechanical Engineering
6 Business Studies
7 Electrical Engineering
7 Materials Technology
10 Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
10 Chemisry
10 Drama
12 Town and Country Planning
12 Anatomy and Physiology
13= Psychology
13 Geography
16 Economics
18 Computer Science
20= English
23 Mathematics
31 Politics
35 Physics

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 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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