Rankings and Reputation

We are widely recognised for our excellence in both teaching and research.

Nationally Recognised

Lancaster University is ranked within the UK Top 10 in all major league tables and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics is also highly reputable:

In The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017 we ranked 9th overall.

In  The Complete University Guide 2018 we ranked 11th overall and were placed in the Top 10 for graduate prospects

In The Guardian University Guide  2018 we ranked 20th overall and were placed in the Top 10 for student course satisfaction.

World Ranked

The 2017 QS World University Rankings reaffirmed 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.


Excellence in Research

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.