Loughborough University on the rise in Guardian University Guide 2017

University's vice-chancellor praises table for basing its results on factors 'that matter most to students'

Aftab Ali
Student Editor
Tuesday 24 May 2016 10:10
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Loughborough University Ranks 4th in the Guardian University Guide

Loughborough University is on the rise again, this time in the Guardian’s 2017 University Guide.

The Leicestershire-based institution has raced up the table to fourth place this year - up from eleventh last year - to join the prestigious Oxbridge universities and St Andrews.

The announcement has come just weeks after Loughborough climbed into the top ten for the first time - at seventh place - in the UK Complete University Guide 2017.

Top 10 universities in the UK 2017
(2016 ranking):

1) Cambridge (1)
2) Oxford (2)    
3) St Andrews (3)    
4=) Surrey (4)    
4=) Loughborough (11)    
6) Durham (6)    
7) Imperial College (8)
8) Lancaster (10)
9) Warwick (6)
10) Bath (5)

This year, Loughborough has also won the Times Higher Student Experience of the Year Award, and two Whatuni Student Choice Awards.

Loughborough University vice-chancellor, Professor Robert Allison, said he was “absolutely delighted” with the institution’s place in the Guardian table, and highlighted its importance because it bases its results on the factors that matter most to students.

He continued: “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.”

The Guardian’s league tables rank universities according to spending per student, student/staff ratio, graduate career prospects, and what grades applicants need to get a place, among other factors.

Specialist tables also rank universities by subject area.

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Jess Excell, president of Loughborough Students’ Union, echoed the professor’s comments, and said: “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.”

Click here to see the Guardian University Guide 2017 in full

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