Rankings and Reputation

We are ranked in the top 10 in the UK in all three main university subject league tables.

Our current standings are

In addition, the 2017 QS World University Rankings reaffirm Lancaster's Statistics and Operational Research in the top 100 places in the world for the subject, a position we have held since the rankings began in 2011, alongside our Mathematics ranking in the top 300 departments.


We were ranked joint 5th in the UK, for overall research quality, in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF measures the quality and impact of research conducted in universities and other higher education institutions in the UK, against international standards of excellence.

Lancaster was one of a select group of universities to have at least 40% of its overall research activity classified as world-leading; the others being Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Imperial College and Bristol.

The percentage of our research publications classified as world-leading in originality, significance and rigour, was the fifth highest in the UK. The impact of our research in the mathematical sciences was deemed to be a particular strength at Lancaster. With over three-quarters judged to be outstanding in reach and significance, we ranked third in the UK.