Loughborough best university in the world for sports-related subjects for fourth year running

Loughborough has yet again been crowned the best university in the world for sports-related subjects by the global QS higher education league table.

The QS ranking is based on surveying academic staff that declare a speciality in the subject area, and employers who seek to employ graduates that specialise in the discipline. It is also based on research output and impact, with both citations and paper output measured over a five-year period.

The University has taken the title ever since it was launched by QS in 2017, a testament to its outstanding regard among the world’s academic community.

Professor Mark Lewis, Dean of Loughborough’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences said: “It is an incredible achievement to be named best in the world for sports-related subjects once – but to secure this title for four years in a row is truly phenomenal. Loughborough is home to internationally-leading academic talent, and it is testament to these academics that we continue to be the very best in the world across a multi- and interdisciplinary environment.”

Jack Moran, QS Spokesperson, added: “This year’s edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject sees Loughborough extend its unbroken run as the world’s best provider of sports-related education.

“We find that no university in the world is more respected by the global academic community for its sporting courses, with Loughborough receiving a perfect score of 100/100 for our Academic Reputation indicator. However, with scores in the nineties for employability and research, it is evident from our dataset that Loughborough’s faculty have committed to excellence across key pillars of their mission – from cutting-edge knowledge production to preparing its Sports graduates for success in the job market.”

Loughborough has also been ranked in the global top 50 for other subjects, including top ten in the world for Library and Information Management and 24th for Art and Design.

The full QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 tables can be found here.


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 20/29

Loughborough University is equipped with a live in-house broadcast unit via the Globelynx network. To arrange an interview with one of our experts please contact the press office on 01509 223491. Bookings can be made online via www.globelynx.com

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 2020 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.