Loughborough holds onto 6th place in 2018 Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables’

Loughborough has retained its 6th place ranking for the second year in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’, consolidating its position as one of the country’s top universities.

Published today (11 October), the 2018 ‘Table of Tables’ ranks the UK’s top 30 universities based on the combined results of the three main domestic university league tables – the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, The Guardian University Guide, and the Complete University Guide – to provide a snapshot of how universities are viewed by national newspapers.

Loughborough is in the top ten of every national university league table, as well as being ranked first in the East Midlands.

Speaking about Loughborough’s performance in the ‘Table of Tables’, the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said: “It has been a tremendous year for Loughborough. We are now in the top ten of every national league table, have a five star plus rating by QS Stars – one of only 15 universities in the world to secure the highest rating – and have been awarded gold in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework.

 “All these impressive accolades reflect the quality of education we offer, our world-class research and innovation, and the exceptional all-round student experience we provide at the University.”

 The full ‘Table of Tables’ is as follows:

2018 ranking



University of Cambridge


University of Oxford


University of St Andrews


Durham University


Imperial College London


Loughborough University


Lancaster University


University College London


University of Warwick


University of Bath


London School of Economics and Political Sciences


University of Leeds


University of Exeter


University of Surrey


University of East Anglia


University of Birmingham


University of York


University of Nottingham


University of Bristol


University of Sussex


University of Glasgow


Coventry University


University of Manchester


University of Dundee


University of Edinburgh


University of Kent


Newcastle University


King’s College London


University for the Creative Arts


University of Sheffield


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.