Loughborough soars into UK top five

Loughborough University has been ranked 4th in the 2017 Guardian University League Table.

Loughborough University has been ranked 4th in the 2017 Guardian University League Table.

The table ranks the country’s 119 universities by scoring each institution for the aspects of university life that matter most to students, such as course and teaching satisfaction, staff to student ratio, spend per student, average entry tariff and employability.

This important league table bases its results on the factors that matter most to students, which makes our achievement in it even more rewarding.

Professor Robert Allison, Loughborough University Vice Chancellor

Loughborough has climbed seven places from last year, with 16 of its courses being ranked in the national top 10. The 4th place ranking marks the University’s highest ever league table position and makes it the top ranked university in England after Cambridge and Oxford. It comes just weeks after Loughborough secured 7th place in The UK Complete University Guide 2017opens in a new window.

Loughborough University Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said:

"I am absolutely delighted that Loughborough has been ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table. This important league table bases its results on the factors that matter most to students, which makes our achievement in it even more rewarding.

"Although rankings fluctuate, with universities going up and down, this latest positioning for Loughborough is yet further evidence of our continued success and is 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."

Jess Excell, 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 listed to. It makes me very proud to be president of Loughborough Students’ Union."

The Guardian University League Table top ten is:

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

The full results are available on The Guardian's website.

In addition to the University’s success in both the Guardian and Complete University Guide league tables, Loughborough has also this year won the Times Higher Student Experience of the Year Award and two Whatuni Student Choice Awards.

View the press release on the Loughborough University website for further information and resources.

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 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 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. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

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. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.