Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables’ consolidates Loughborough’s top ten university ranking

Loughborough University has risen six places to 6th in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’, published today (12 October).

It is the biggest riser in the 2017 table, cementing its place in the upper echelons of the UK rankings.

The ‘Table of Tables’ ranks the UK’s top 30 universities based on the combined results of the three main domestic university league tables – the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, The Guardian University Guide, and the Complete University Guide – to provide a snapshot of how universities are viewed by national newspapers.

Loughborough is ranked ahead of 80% of the 24 universities that comprise the Russell Group, placing it firmly among the UK’s higher education elite.

 Loughborough University has risen in each of the national league tables published this year. It leapt to 4th place out of the UK’s 119 universities in the 2017 Guardian University Guide – its highest ever league table ranking – and climbed to 7th in the Complete University Guide 2017. In The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, the University rose to 11th place and was named University of the Year for Sport. It was also shortlisted for the paper’s coveted University of the Year title.

Loughborough is the East Midlands’ top university according to all three national university rankings.

“Our performance in this year’s league tables is recognition of the breadth of Loughborough’s strengths and our excellence right across the board,” said Professor Robert Allison, Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University.

“It reflects the quality of education we offer, our world-class research and innovation, and the exceptional all-round student experience we provide at the University.”

This year Loughborough also topped the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey and has been shortlisted for the THE University of the Year Award, the results of which are announced next month.

The full ‘Table of Tables’ is as follows:

2017 ranking



University of Cambridge


University of Oxford


University of St Andrews


Imperial College London


Durham University


Loughborough University


London School of Economics


University of Warwick


Lancaster University


University of Surrey


University College London


University of Exeter


University of Bath


University of Birmingham


University of Leeds


University of East Anglia


University of Southampton


University of Sussex


University of York


University of Nottingham


University of Kent


University of Edinburgh


University of Bristol


Coventry University


King’s College London


Newcastle University


City, University of London


University of Sheffield


Falmouth University


University of Glasgow


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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. Loughborough was ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2017 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, and University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.



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