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Loughborough University leaps back into UK top five

Loughborough University has been ranked 4th in the 2019 Guardian University Guide, rising two places from last year. It also has 21 of its 28 subject areas ranked in the national top ten.

The league table, published today (29th May), ranks the country’s 121 universities by scoring each institution on a range of aspects of university life, such as how much they will benefit from the teaching, whether other students liked the university and the subject, and what their chances are of getting a good job. This year’s table also includes a continuation score to show the percentage of first year students who go into the second year, indicating how successful universities are in supporting their students.

Loughborough University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said: “I am absolutely delighted that Loughborough has been ranked 4th in the latest Guardian University Guide. This league table bases its results on the factors that matter most to students, which makes our achievement even more rewarding. 

“This latest ranking for Loughborough is yet further evidence of our continued success: within the last few months we have topped the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, been named University of the Year in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards, and have risen to 7th in the Complete University Guide.

“All these achievements are 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.”

George Etherington, President of Loughborough Students’ Union, added: “To be recognised as a leading university in the UK is fantastic.  Working together we have created a unique environment at Loughborough where each individual student is valued and listened to. It makes me very proud to be president of Loughborough Students’ Union.”

The 2019 Guardian University Guide top ten is:

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

The full results are available on The 2019 Guardian University Guide website.

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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 for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. 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.