Rankings and Reputation

We are a world class department that combines critical and creative excellence.

  • Top 10

    We are consistently in the top ten English departments in the country for employability in all major league tables.

  • Student Satisfaction

    91% satisfaction rate for English in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).

  • High National Ranking

    11th for English (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017) 3rd for Creative Writing (The Sunday Times Good University Guide)

  • Number 3

    Creative Writing is ranked 3rd in the country in The Sunday Times Good Universities Guide 2018.

  • Research Excellence

    In the national Research Exercise (REF) 2014 we were ranked 3rd in our discipline in terms of research power (with an 85% submission), 3rd for research environment and 7th for research impact.

  • Cutting Edge Creative Writing

    Lancaster has long been at the cutting edge of creative writing teaching and was one of the very first universities to recognise it as an academic practise in 1969.

  • World-Leading Research

    In the recent REF, 40% of our research was given the highest 4* rating (International World-Leading research).

  • Top in the North West

    We are ranked 1st in the North West for both English Literature and Creative Writing (The Complete University Guide 2018)