Loughborough remains fifth best university in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Loughborough University has maintained its top five ranking for a second successive year in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and remains the top university in the Midlands.

The guide ranks universities on nine indicators – teaching quality, student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and degree completion rates. 

In the 2020 guide Loughborough is ranked fifth out of 134 universities and is first in five subject areas: Building; Communication and Media Studies; Criminology; Librarianship and Information Management; and Sport Science.

This success follows on from Loughborough being named The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year for a second time in the 2019 guide.

Speaking about its latest ranking, Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said: “Yet again this league table demonstrates that Loughborough is truly one of the country’s best universities. But this doesn’t happen by chance. The Loughborough family is incredible, working tirelessly to ensure that every student, both here at the Loughborough campus and at our campus in London, gets the very best out of their university years.

“I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment and congratulate them on being part of a hugely successful top five UK university.”

The full Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 can be viewed here.

The UK’s top ten universities are:



National rank

University of Cambridge


University of Oxford


University of St Andrews


Imperial College London


Loughborough University


London School of Economics and Political Science


Durham University


Lancaster University


University College London


University of Warwick


The top universities in the East Midlands are:


Regional rank






Nottingham Trent






De Montfort




Bishop Grosseteste  


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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 2019 QS World University Rankings, University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

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.

Loughborough staff, students and alumni make a real difference. They challenge convention, think creatively and find solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing society today and in the future.

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