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A highly ranked global university

Lancaster University is among the best in the UK. Top 10 in all three major national league tables, we’re also highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS World Rankings.

University of the Year 2018

Lancaster University has been named University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

It has also taken the top spot for Best Campus University and Best University in the North West.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “In the 19 years of our University of the Year awards, there has rarely been a more clear-cut winner.”

Lancaster has been the top university in the northwest of England for over a decade and this year rose three places to finish sixth place in the national league table, securing it a top 10 finish for the second consecutive year and its highest ever ranking.

Its sixth-place ranking in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, as well as the winning of the coveted University of the Year award, cements its place as an elite UK university.

Commenting on the decision to make Lancaster The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year and Campus University of the Year, Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: "Rising to its highest ever ranking in our league table this year, Lancaster is at the top of its game. It knows the university it wants to be and as a result makes a distinctive offer to students.

"The modern interpretation of a collegiate structure, coupled with flexible degree programmes and academics committed to teaching as well as research has been recognised in consistently good outcomes in the annual National Student Survey. Students love Lancaster. 

"Dynamic course content and structure, plus the opportunities many students get to work abroad, is reflected in outstanding graduate prospects once they leave. In the 19 years of our University of the Year awards, there has rarely been a more clear-cut winner."

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Triple Top 10

League tables can't tell you everything about a university, but they're a good place to start. Out of over 120 UK Universities we are consistently in the top ten, and have now risen to 6th place in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

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The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

Gold standard teaching

Lancaster University has been awarded the highest possible score in the UK government's 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ratings. Our TEF Gold rating is based on high quality teaching, excellent teaching facilities and the good careers our graduates go into.

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Lancaster's research excellence

Lancaster is a research-intensive university, with 35% of our research classed as world-leading and 48% classed as internationally excellent in the UK Government's latest independent review, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

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In the last REF, 83% of our research was rated as either internationally excellent or world leading.


Lancaster University's research is truly international in focus, with research partnerships in over 60 countries around the world.

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Better than the Russell Group?

Lancaster University performs more strongly than most Russell Group universities on most objective measures of performance.


We outrank the majority of Russell Group institutions in the three major UK league tables.

How we compare

Lancaster's performance in UK league tables compare favourably to many of our rivals:

Times/Sunday Times 2018
Lancaster 6
Warwick 9
Leeds 10
Exeter 14
York 16=
Manchester 25
Newcastle 26
Liverpool 42
Guardian University Guide 2018
Warwick 8
Lancaster 9
Exeter 13
Leeds 14
York 17
Manchester 28
Newcastle 30
Liverpool 67
Complete University Guide 2019
Lancaster 8
Warwick 9
Exeter 12
Leeds 13
Manchester 18
York 21
Newcastle 22
Liverpool 36

World university rankings

Lancaster is ranked 135th out of 959 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2018, and 150th out of just over a thousand universities in the THE World University Rankings. We were ranked 71st in the THE Best Universities in Europe 2018, placing Lancaster among Europe's elite universities.

A great student experience

In the Times Higher Student Experience Survey 2018 of over 20,000 full-time undergraduates in the UK, Lancaster was placed 1st for Accommodation, joint 3rd for Security and 6th for Facilities. Overall the University was placed 15th in UK universities, up from 21st in 2017 and also shared top score for the quality of the library and library opening hours.

91% student satisfaction

We are one of the top universities in the UK for overall student satisfaction according to the 2017 National Student Survey. The University achieved 91%.

High levels of graduate employment

An impressive 97% of Lancaster graduates are in either employment or further study three and a half years after graduating, according to the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Longitudinal Survey, published in August 2017.

We're 9th for graduate level employment in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The same guide states that 85% of graduates were in graduate-level work or further study within six months of graduating.

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Students sitting on the grass at Lancaster University

Award-winning accommodation

Lancaster's on-campus accommodation won Best University Halls in the 2017 National Student Housing Survey, an award we have won for seven out of the last eight years.


In the same awards, Lancaster also won Best Learning Environment and Best Individual Accommodation, and was one of only four universities given the International Accommodation Quality Mark - awarded for over 90% satisfaction among international students.