The Faculty consists of nine departments with national and international reputations and it is also home to Lancaster Arts which is a major provider of professional arts activity, public performances and exhibitions for the campus, the city and the region. Use the links below to visit individual department websites.

Educational Research

‌Head of Department: Professor Carolyn Jackson
Location: County South

The Department of Educational Research is an internationally leading centre for methodologically rigorous and socially relevant research into education.  Our outstanding reputation for research and teaching has been recognised through our position in the top 150 institutions globally for Education in the 2015 QS World University rankings.  We offer world-leading PhD programmes together with our three acclaimed Research Centres, in the areas of Higher Education, Technology Enhanced Learning, and Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education.

English Literature and Creative Writing

Head of Department: Professor Hilary Hinds
Location: County Main

The Department of English Literature and Creative Writing has an excellent reputation for teaching and research, informed by award-winning writing and outstanding scholarship from a host of professors and authors including famous literary critic Terry Eagleton and celebrated poet Paul Muldoon.  We have one of the longest established creative writing schools in the UK, and our high standing is reflected in the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where we were judged as top three in the UK for research power. 


Head of Department: Professor Ian Gregory
Location: Bowland College

The Department of History enjoys a thriving research culture, with 82% of our research ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent in the REF 2014.  We were proud to receive a perfect 100% score for our world-leading research environment.  Our teaching embraces political, religious, cultural and socio-economic history, and often has an innovative cross-disciplinary emphasis.  We teach highly-regarded courses in the ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern periods, and we are particularly proud of our leading contribution to the history of the North West.


Head of Department: Professor Judith Mottram
Location: LICA Building

The Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts is a world-leading arts centre, ranked 7th in the UK (REF 2014) for Research Intensity, encompassing Art, Design, Film and Theatre.  The Research Excellence Framework 2014 gave us a perfect 100% score for our interdisciplinary research environment, and highlighted us as a global leader for research in Art and Design, grading 82% of our research as world leading or internationally excellent.  

headshot of Olga Gomez-CashLanguages and Cultures

Head of Department: Olga Gomez-Cash
Location: Bowland North 

The Department of Languages and Cultures (DeLC) has pioneered a distinctive exploration of languages in the context of their global cultural reach. DeLC provides undergraduate degrees in single languages and in one-, two-, and three language-combinations. Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish can be studied within innovative joint degree schemes providing the opportunity to study languages in conjunction with an impressive variety of other subjects (including disciplines in the Social and Natural Sciences as well as in the Humanities and in Management Studies). Our interdisciplinary research and postgraduate programmes include research excellence in World Writers and Filmmakers, Digital Literature & Culture, Translation, and Borderland and Postcolonial Identities. The Complete University Guide for 2017 has placed DeLC in the national top ten listings for French (4th place) and Spanish (5th place).  In The Times and The Sunday Times ‘Good University Guide 2016’ the department ranked 4th for research quality in German, and 5th in both French and Spanish.

Law School

Head of Department: Professor Alisdair Gillespie
Location: Bowland North

Lancaster University Law School offers an exciting environment in which to study law or criminology. Our staff are leading experts in their field, conducting cutting-edge research that is brought within the classroom environment, ensuring the curriculum is continually refreshed. We are a friendly School that prioritises student assistance and offers a quality learning experience. We have an extensive programme of employability skills, including a newly launched Law Clinic that allows students to provide legal advice to members of the public and other programmes that encourage students to become active in the community.

Linguistics and English Language

Head of Department: Professor Uta Papen
County South

The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster is the largest department of its kind in the UK, and is ranked 15th in the world for Linguistics in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. For over 40 years we have been known internationally for innovative qualitative and quantitative research on language that advances both theory and practical applications. We have a state-of-the-art phonetics laboratory and cutting-edge eye-tracking and EEG equipment for psycholinguistic research. We are one of the world’s top centres for corpus linguistics and its applications.

Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR)

Head of Department: Professor Andrew Dawson
Location: County South

The Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion is an interdisciplinary unit and is one of only two departments of its kind in the world.  This reflects our commitment to the pursuit of excellence within distinct disciplinary fields whilst developing research activities which address contemporary global issues connecting politics, philosophy and religion.  We have over 40 academic staff producing world-class research on a broad range of topics, recognised in the REF 2014, where we came top in the UK for the real-world impact of our research in Theology and Religious Studies.


Head of Department: Dr Chris Grover
Location: Bowland North

The Sociology Department is globally recognised for excellence, being placed third in the UK for world-class research in the REF 2014, and 38th globally in the most recent QS World Rankings.  We encourage critical and active engagement with contemporary real-world problems, and have particular research strengths in mobilities, energy, the environment, violence, safeguarding and care technologies, STS, migration, inequalities and cultural political economy.  We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sociology, media & cultural studies, social work and gender & women’s studies.

Headshot of Jocelyn CunninghamLancaster Arts

Director: Jocelyn Cunningham
Location: Great Hall

Lancaster Arts is Lancaster University’s centre for the presentation, production and preservation of the contemporary arts. It presents a rich spectrum of art-centric activity including exhibitions and performance events; whilst supporting opportunities for artists and creative approaches to knowledge exchange within public programmes.  It also stewards a growing art collection. Lancaster Arts' mission is to support the many practices of art in the 21st Century and its social, cultural, educational and economic impact.