Our People

Lancaster's success depends on the talented, creative and committed people who work hard to make this University so special and distinctive.

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Here at Lancaster, we celebrate the characteristics that make us distinctive, including our strong tradition of interdisciplinary research founded upon:

  • strong subject areas
  • our commitment to excellence and inclusivity
  • our status as a pioneer institution
  • our desire to act as a force for good committed to creating a better world

As of 2022, we employ around 3,500 people, of which approximately 1,500 are Academics or Researchers and 2,000 are Professional Services. This includes staff working in our partnership operations and international campuses. In addition, we have a variable number of colleagues who work on engagement / event contracts operating on a sessional basis.

We work together to advance knowledge, wisdom and understanding through the excellence of our teaching and research. There is no doubt that Lancaster University is an inspiring place to be. We are an organisation that brings together communities to engage, inform and transform. We educate and equip our students for a fulfilling life, and we seek to build economic growth and wellbeing in the region.

We are also grateful for the immensely valuable contributions made to Lancaster by our alumni who maintain their loyalty to Lancaster beyond their years of study. Networks operate worldwide and alumni enrich the experience of current students by generously giving their time, expertise, advice and philanthropic support.

People and Culture Plan

Our people shape what the University is able to achieve. Our People and Culture Plan (PDF 2MB) focuses on attracting, developing and retaining the best staff to work with us and drawing on their strengths, to achieve even more.

We will proactively seek to ensure our workforce represents and acts in accordance with our values and the communities in which we work alongside.

We will build on our recent work to create the conditions and structures that enable our staff to be truly excellent and fulfil their career ambitions in an environment that supports their personal and professional development.

We will work to support workplace wellbeing and resilience as we embrace new ways of working.

Fundamentally, our People & Culture plan is about ensuring, collectively, we have the right people, in the right place with the right culture to ensure the success of the University’s Strategic Plan.

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