Loughborough has been named University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.
The prestigious accolade recognises the very best universities in Britain.
Loughborough has also received its highest ever ranking in the guide, rising a further two places to fifth. It remains firmly in the top 10, and is the Midlands' top ranked university, in every national league table published this year. Loughborough is also the only university in the history of the guide to take the University of Year title twice.
Commenting on Loughborough’s success, Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Loughborough has been shortlisted nine times in the 20-year history of our University of the Year award and now it has won for the second time. It must be doing something right!
“In fact, it is doing quite a lot right. Long rated highly by students for satisfaction with teaching quality and their university experience, Loughborough has found a formula that makes its graduates among the most sought after in the land.
“It is so much more than a sporting powerhouse, although it deserves huge recognition for having the best sports facilities this side of the Atlantic. Science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) students make up a greater proportion of the student body than at any other institution and it is in academic and industrially-potent areas like this that Loughborough also excels and makes an impact far beyond its sumptuous campus.”
Professor Robert Allison, Loughborough’s Vice-Chancellor said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this prestigious title. I am incredibly proud of all our staff, students and the wider University community, all of whom make Loughborough the amazing place it is.
“To secure our highest ever ranking in the Good University Guide is yet further evidence of the unique environment we have created at our campus, where our students not only get the best educational experience, but also an amazing life experience.
“The entire Loughborough family should be justly proud of what we have achieved.”
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide is published in this Sunday’s (23 September) newspaper and includes profiles on 132 universities. It is made up of nine indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and degree completion rates.
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.