Loughborough climbs to seventh in national ranking of 131 universities

Loughborough has been ranked seventh nationally in The Complete University Guide 2019 – three places higher than last year – and remains the highest ranked university in the Midlands, ahead of over 30 other institutions including Warwick, UCL and King's College London.

The league table, published today (Wednesday 25 April), is based on ten measures: Student Satisfaction; Research Quality; Research Intensity; Entry Standards; Student: Staff Ratio; Spending on Academic Services; Spending on Student Facilities; Good Honours Degrees; Graduate Prospects and Completion. It includes 131 institutions.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Loughborough appears in the top ten for 14 of the 28 subjects it teaches, coming first in Building and Librarianship and Information Management, 5th in Business & Management Studies, 3rd in Art and Design, and 3rd in Communication and Media Studies. 

Speaking about the 2019 guide Professor Robert Allison, Loughborough’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “Yet again Loughborough has shown that it is one of the very best universities in the country – and top in the region.

“Our move up of three places to seventh in the UK is testament to the world leading research our academics carry out; the excellent teaching provided by our staff; our close links with industry; and the unique partnership we enjoy with the Students’ Union. By bringing all these things together across our two campuses we ensure every one of our students gets the very best out of their university years.”

This seventh place ranking comes just weeks after Loughborough was named the best in the country for its student experience by the Times Higher Education (THE) and University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

The top ten universities in The UK Complete University Guide 2019 are:

  1. Cambridge
  2. Oxford
  3. London School of Economics
  4. Imperial College London
  5. St Andrews
  6. Durham
  7. Loughborough
  8. Lancaster
  9. Warwick
  10. University College London

The national league table and subject tables can be found in full, along with the methodology and more information at www.TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk

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 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.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

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.