1 May 2014 16:44

Lancaster University is the highest placed UK university  in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 ranking of the world’s best young universities.

Ranked 10th, a climb of 4 places, Lancaster is the highest ranked of only 14 UK universities to be listed.

Lancaster University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith welcomed the success: “This is a great result for us as we celebrate Lancaster’s  50th anniversary .  Lancaster is a dynamic, young and forward looking university which has seen incredible success in just 50 years.

“Lancaster has confirmed its place among the world’s elite institutions with its consistent high placing in all major league tables.”

Other UK universities in the table include Warwick (12th), the University of Essex (22nd), Brunel University (29th) and the University of Bath (joint 34th).

Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, said: “The academy's traditional, ancient elite should be warned – many of the exciting young universities on this forward-looking list do not see their youth as a disadvantage in the global knowledge economy. While they may not have had centuries to accumulate wealth and cannot draw on generations of alumni and rich traditions of scholarship to drive their reputations, they are free from the burdens of history: free to be more agile, lean, flexible and risk-taking, giving them an advantage in a rapidly changing global marketplace; free to offer innovative teaching and focus their research on niche, high-impact areas.”

Lancaster University is also the leading university in the North West according to The Complete University Guide 2015.

Lancaster is ranked 11th in the ranking of 123 UK universities, ahead of all other universities in the North West.