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Loughborough amongst global elite with five-star plus rating

Loughborough University is one of only 15 universities in the world to be awarded a five-star plus rating – the highest available – in an independent assessment of its performance.

QS Stars is a rating system which allows students to get a wider picture of an institution’s qualities, looking at everything from the employability of graduates, to sports facilities and research quality.

The audit evaluates an institution against more than 50 different indicators, awarding universities between one and five plus stars.

In its latest QS Stars assessment Loughborough University was awarded an overall rating of five stars plus, after achieving five star ratings in all areas that it was audited on: teaching; employability; research; internationalisation; facilities; innovation; inclusiveness; and specialist criteria: sports-related subjects.

Professor Robert Allison, the University’s Vice-Chancellor said: “To secure the highest possible QS Stars rating is an outstanding achievement. Along with our top ten ranking in every national league table, the QS audit reinforces our position as one of the country’s very best universities.”

Further information on the QS Stars scheme is available online.

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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, named the best university in the world to study sports-related subjects in the 2017 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 10th in The UK Complete University Guide 2018. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

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.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking