Loughborough has fallen from fourteenth to fifteenth in The Guardian’s University league tables for 2015 entry, losing out by just 1.6 points to UEA (University of East Anglia). It is the third year in a row that Loughborough has crept down the rankings. At its peak in 2012 Loughborough was ranked ninth, slipping to eleventh in 2013 and fourteenth in 2014.
Though it was a disappointing overall score compared with previous years, the table suggests Loughborough graduates do have a high satisfaction with both their course, scoring 88.4 out of a possible one hundred marks and their teaching, ranked at 86.8.
The figures suggest that Loughborough fell down on the amount it spends per student, picking up only 6 and a half out of the a maximum of 10 points, and 5.9 out of 10 on the ‘value added column’ which compares a students’ degree at the end of their three years with their initial entry qualifications, calculating whether they have achieved above or below statistical expectations.
The results also contradict those of The Complete University Guide which promoted Loughborough from fourteenth to thirteenth in its own survey published in May, the highest ranking of any university in the East Midlands.
Josh Hurrell, Union President told The Epinal:
“It is always disappointing to see Loughborough University slip in the league tables and to be able to keep the prestige that our degrees hold we all want to see Loughborough climb the tables instead of fall.
“However, it is pleasing to see the University place at 3rd on the What Uni Student Choice Best University Award. Those awards are based purely on student satisfaction and opinion of the institution and I am pleased to see that Loughborough students are happy with their university experience.
“I was very happy to see that Loughborough students also rate the Students’ Union as the top in the country. It is also great to see that we are the top university in the East Midlands whilst also maintaining our position in the league tables above some of the Russell group ‘elite’ universities”.