27 September 2017
Science and Technology subjects have ranked among the best in all three major league tables this year. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide released on Sunday 24th September ranked several subjects in the top 10 in the UK.

Biological Sciences has firmly placed in the top ten, having been ranked 5th in the UK overall, 2nd for student experience, 3rd for the quality of teaching, and 9th for graduate prospects. Lancaster Environment Centre also saw success with Geography and Environmental Science, which ranked 8th and were recognised as 6th for graduate prospects.

Also coming in 8th overall, Physics has achieved 3rd place for teaching quality, 4th for student experience, and 9th for graduate prospects. These results reflect the Department’s excellence in teaching and commitment to supporting the employability of its graduates.

Mathematics has maintained its top ten position, having ranked joint 9th overall. The subject has also been recognised for its fantastic graduate prospects, placing 5th.

We are particularly excited to announce that Chemistry has made its first appearance in the Good University Guide and has achieved 9th position, placing it among the best in the UK. The subject has shown particular strength in the quality of teaching and student experience provided, ranking 6th and 10th respectively.

Science and Technology has demonstrated particular excellence for our graduate prospects, with many subjects ranking among the top ten. Chemical Engineering and Computer Science have both been recognised as 2nd in the UK and Mechanical Engineering is 5th.

University of the Year

The University has received the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year award, and has achieved its highest rank to date, climbing three places to 6th overall. It has also taken the top spot for Best University in the North West, an achievement it has held for over a decade, and Best Campus University. These noteworthy accolades sit alongside its Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold award and fantastic result in the National Student Survey (NSS) for student experience.

Commenting on the decision to make Lancaster the University of the Year and Campus University of the Year, Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: "Rising to its highest ever ranking in our league table this year, Lancaster is at the top of its game. It knows the university it wants to be and as a result makes a distinctive offer to students.

"The modern interpretation of a collegiate structure, coupled with flexible degree programmes and academics committed to teaching as well as research has been recognised in consistently good outcomes in the annual National Student Survey. Students love Lancaster. 

"Dynamic course content and structure, plus the opportunities many students get to work abroad, is reflected in outstanding graduate prospects once they leave. In the 19 years of our University of the Year awards, there has rarely been a more clear-cut winner."

Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith said: “Staff and students at Lancaster have always known there is something very special about this university and I am so proud of all our achievements. Our track record of success proves excellence in teaching and research can go hand in hand, one need not detract from the other, in fact, quite the reverse.

“Anyone visiting Lancaster University would be struck by the beautiful space surrounding our campus and the friendliness of our diverse colleges, but that this is also a university with a proud international outlook, offering our students the skills and opportunities they need to flourish anywhere in the world, with a commitment to social inclusion. I’d like to thank the staff, students and the City of Lancaster for being such an important part of our success story.”

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