School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


5 May 2017

Dean Professor Mark Lewis celebrates School's QS World Rankings success in true sporting style

Professor Mark Lewis, Dean of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, spoke today (5 May 2017) of his pride at Loughborough's joint first ranking for sport subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, calling it "a testament to the hard work of staff and students".

At this month's coffee morning for staff and PhD students, Professor Lewis said the accolade showed not only how respected Loughborough's research output and teaching is, but also how far its reputation has travelled, given the methodology of the survey.

2017 marks the first time the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject has included a list of the world’s best places to study sports-related subjects and Loughborough has topped the table, ranking joint-first with the University of Sydney, Australia. Subject rankings are compiled from QS’s global surveys of academics and employers, used to assess institutions’ international reputation in each subject, and an assessment of research impact, based on research citations per paper and h-index in the relevant subject. 

Professor Lewis said achieving first place in the prestigious table reflected everyone's efforts over a period of years and was an excellent indicator of the impact the School's research was having on the communities it serves, as well as providing current and future students clear evidence of Loughborough University's unique international reputation for sport-related academia.

As a thank you for the contribution of staff and research students, commemorative chocolate medals inscribed with #1 Loughborough University were given out and Professor Lewis was pictured (right) biting into his in the time-honoured style of Olympic gold medallists.

Medal holders were told they could either keep their medals for prosperity or eat them, but were advised not to leave them too close to the radiator.