Loughborough retains its place in top ten among a mixed bag of performances for East Midlands universities – TheCompleteUniversity.co.uk 2020 league tables #cug2020

1 May 2019

Loughborough places eighth in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 University League Tables, published today (Wednesday 1 May 2019), maintaining its status as the highest ranked university in the East Midlands.

Loughborough University has remained in
the Top Ten nationally and top in the East

Loughborough has now featured in the top ten for four years running. Of the other eight universities in the region, five improve their ranking, while three drop down the table.

The changes are mostly marginal: Nottingham (19th) falls two places; Lincoln (42nd) and Bishop Grosseteste (119th) both rise one, with De Montfort (67th) and Northampton (110th) increasing by three places each. Nottingham Trent builds on its climb of ten last year by gaining a further four to go 38th, the university’s highest ever ranking in the national table.

There are two larger falls in the Main Table for universities in the East Midlands. Leicester (=44th) drops ten to its lowest ever national ranking, and is now fifth in the region. This continues a sharp decline for Leicester, which has fallen 25 places in the past six years. Derby (=97th) fails to build on a jump of eight places last year, falling by the same number in this year’s table.

Nationally, Graduate Prospects continue to improve year-on-year, with the average score for the UK now at 75.5, up from 73.0 last year. East Midlands universities excel in this area and have the highest average score of any region in the UK at 78.9. Additionally, Loughborough and Nottingham are both in the top ten universities for Graduate Prospects.

Dr Bernard Kingston, Chairman of TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk, commented: “The evidence is clear; the increased emphasis, including funding, on employability and career planning within academic departments and student services is bearing fruit.

“Many institutions now have this as a core element of their strategic plans with the introduction of innovative programmes of subject-specific careers events focussed on embedding and signposting graduate destinations.

“This is being supported through increased links to alumni and outside professionals leading to higher-skilled work experience. Such developments have been strongly encouraged by prestigious annual awards from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and the Institute of Student Employers (ISE).”

In the subject tables, seven of the region’s nine universities appear in at least one subject top ten. Nottingham features in the most, making the top ten in 22 of its 49 subjects and leads one table, Agriculture & Forestry. Loughborough is in 14 top tens and places first in two tables (Building and Librarianship & Information Management).

Lincoln is the only other university in the region to take first place – for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism – as well as featuring in one additional top ten. Nottingham Trent (seven), Leicester (two), De Montfort (one) and Derby (one) are the other institutions to make the top ten in the subject tables.

For the fourth year running, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk has published a ranking of specialist arts, drama and music institutions, with 12 colleges and conservatoires. None of these institutions are in the East Midlands.

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“The Guide is an essential element of the wide-ranging portfolio of information, advice and guidance available through IDP Connect.

“It complements the thousands of student reviews, chatbot technology and face-to-face counselling in over 30 countries which, altogether, offer the biggest, busiest and unparalleled worldwide resources available on UK higher education institutions and their courses.”

Fully online and free to access, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk university rankings provide users with independent and trustworthy league and subject tables. Each of the Guide’s tables can be sorted by their individual measures, year, region and mission group (including unaffiliated universities).