The prestigious accolade recognises the very best universities in Britain.
Loughborough has also received its highest ever ranking in the guide, rising a further two places to fifth. It remains firmly in the top 10, and is the Midlands' top ranked university, in every national league table published this year.
Commenting on Loughborough’s success, Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Loughborough has been shortlisted nine times in the 20-year history of our University of the Year award and now it has won for the second time. It must be doing something right!
“In fact, it is doing quite a lot right. Long rated highly by students for satisfaction with teaching quality and their university experience, Loughborough has found a formula that makes its graduates among the most sought after in the land.
“It is so much more than a sporting powerhouse, although it deserves huge recognition for having the best sports facilities this side of the Atlantic. Science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) students make up a greater proportion of the student body than at any other institution and it is in academic and industrially-potent areas like this that Loughborough also excels and makes an impact far beyond its sumptuous campus.”
Professor Robert Allison, Loughborough’s Vice-Chancellor said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this prestigious title. I am incredibly proud of all our staff, students and the wider University community, all of whom make Loughborough the amazing place it is.
“To secure our highest ever ranking in the Good University Guide is yet further evidence of the unique environment we have created at our campus, where our students not only get the best educational experience, but also an amazing life experience.
“The entire Loughborough family should be justly proud of what we have achieved.”
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide is published in this Sunday’s (23 September) newspaper and includes profiles on 132 universities. It is made up of nine indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and degree completion rates
Loughborough is the only university in the history of the guide to take the coveted University of Year title twice.