Teaching Approach

Nine out of ten Lancaster University students were satisfied with their course teaching, according to the National Student Survey 2016, in which the University achieved 91% on the overall satisfaction score, placing it firmly amongst the top 10 UK universities for this parameter.

Discover the benefits of our:

  • focus on independent study
  • philosophy of research-led teaching
  • feedback and assessment approach
  • virtual learning environment.

A new way of studying

Our main learning approach is through independent study and is designed to challenge and inspire you. This means you take responsibility for your own learning and performance whilst delivering work within set timescales.

This approach develops strong research skills and the ability to make sense of new material quickly, while improving communication skills. This might feel different at first, however, you won’t be left unsupported. There is a range of help available to support you in becoming an independent and effective learner. Through the Learning and Skills Development Website you can access a variety of online study resources, workshops and one-to-one support. You will also will find support and guidance from the following places:

Course tutors

Tutors on each of your courses will provide you with advice on what you should be doing during your independent study time

Your academic tutor

You will also be assigned an academic tutor, who will provide you with guidance on academic matters throughout your studies

Student learning advisors

Each of the University’s faculties has a dedicated student leaning advisor  who can provide academic and learning support.

Experts in their field

All members of our academic staff are current experts within their respective fields and work on a philosophy of research-led teaching. Our research culture results in pioneering contributions that translate into an active and stimulating environment for you to learn in.

Academic assessment

The way we mark your work will feel different too. We give you feedback and assessment of essays, projects, presentations and problem sheets, to ensure you progress and develop for the duration of your degree.

Student Portal

The new Student Portal your gateway to your virtual learning spaces, timetable, email/calendar, Library and more.