When coming to Lancaster for my Bachelors in 2006 I was looking for a good place to study business and it was the international reputation of the Management School and the opportunities to study abroad which attracted me to Lancaster. When deciding to continue studying at Lancaster for my PhD I was particularly motivated by its continued development over the years. I think the University is unique for its inclusive, welcoming community, which makes it a great place to study and I believe that this supportive atmosphere is part of the reason why Lancaster is so successful. There’s plenty of opportunity to test oneself, whether that is by holding presentations, working in teams, or volunteering and organizing events.
Doing a PhD at Lancaster has enabled me to completely focus on my research interests, and in my situation one of the best aspects of the University is the well qualified research community. My particular course is known for its strong interdisciplinary focus, which reflects the diverse background of my peers as well as the research interests of each of us on the course. This enables us to see beyond individual discipline boundaries and help to encourage innovative thinking by appreciating diverse perspectives.
I hope that my studies will provide me with opportunities and knowledge to run my own business down the line. The good thing about most courses at Lancaster is the practical focus of the studies. When I do research it keeps me accountable to the social dimensions of my work and thus helps me to put my work to good use.
A student service, The Base, is a great central location to deal with most common questions or problems, whilst LUSU, the Students’ Union, has a great support team for helping students to develop business ideas, providing advice, and sometimes even some funding for projects and volunteering. My faculty offers additional support courses as well, which help me understand particular research methods.
When applying to Lancaster University, you should expect to meet a very international community. While campus life is great, another advantage of the University is its proximity to areas of natural beauty, such as the Lake District, and smaller local communities, such as the Lune Valley, all of which are worth exploring and provide nice breaks from studies.
The University is outside the city, so it can take a bit of time to get to know it, but that said there’s much to explore. For being a small city, Lancaster has an unusual diversity in its independent retail outlets. The best time to visit Lancaster town centre is on Saturdays, when the weekly market draws many locals to town. It’s great for shopping and socialising and the many independent coffee shops provide nice venues for retreat from the hectic streets.