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23 May 2016

Loughborough Chemistry now Top 3 in The Guardian league table as University achieves highest ever ranking

Loughborough University has been ranked 4th in the 2017 Guardian University League Table. And the Department of Chemistry has also leapt to 3rd place in the rankings.

The table ranks the country’s 119 universities by scoring each institution for the aspects of university life that matter most to students, such as course and teaching satisfaction, staff to student ratio, spend per student, average entry tariff and employability.  

Loughborough has climbed seven places from last year, with 16 of its courses being ranked in the national top 10.  The 4th place ranking marks the University’s highest ever league table position and makes it the top ranked university in England after Cambridge and Oxford.  It comes just weeks after Loughborough secured 7th place in The UK Complete University Guide 2017.

The Department of Chemistry has moved up from 6th to 3rd place this year, recognising the Department’s ongoing commitment to giving students an excellent learning environment and all-round high quality student experience. The Department’s success was also recognised in the last National Student Survey in which Chemistry at Loughborough was ranked 1st for overall satisfaction, having scored highly across all measures.

Chemistry at Loughborough will be further enhanced in 2017 with the opening of brand new laboratories for undergraduate students. STEMLab will enhance state-of-the-art lab facilities as part of an overall £25 million investment in the west side of our campus.

Loughborough University Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Loughborough has been ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table. This important league table bases its results on the factors that matter most to students, which makes our achievement in it even more rewarding.

“Although rankings fluctuate, with universities going up and down, this latest positioning for Loughborough is yet further evidence of our continued success and is testament to the hard work that has taken place across the University. I would like to congratulate everyone who has helped us get to this position.

The Guardian University League Table top ten is:

1. Cambridge
2. Oxford
3. St Andrews   
4= Loughborough
4= Surrey
6. Durham         
7. Imperial College       
8. Lancaster      
9. Warwick        
10. Bath

The full results are available on the paper’s website.

In addition to the University’s success in both the Guardian and Complete University Guide league tables, Loughborough has also this year won the Times Higher Student Experience of the Year Award and two Whatuni Student Choice Awards.