Loughborough has been named University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.
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 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.
Loughborough is the only university in the history of the guide to take the coveted University of Year title twice.
The University of Nottingham, meanwhile, took the place of most international university and the best in the UK for sports according to the guide.
The University has also moved to 16th position in the overall league table, up a further two places, thanks to both student satisfaction scores and particularly strong graduate prospect outcomes.
It is the first time in the history of the guide that a university has been given two awards and enough to earn a shortlisting, for the second year running, for the coveted University of the Year award.