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A highly ranked global university

Lancaster University is among the best in the UK. Top 10 in all three major national league tables, we’re also highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS World Rankings.

University of the Year 2018

Last year we were delighted to be named University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Lancaster University also took the top spot for Best Campus University and Best University in the North West.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “In the 19 years of our University of the Year awards, there has rarely been a more clear-cut winner.”

Lancaster has been the top university in the northwest of England for over a decade and this year rose three places to finish sixth place in the national league table, securing it a top 10 finish for the second consecutive year and its highest ever ranking.

Its sixth-place ranking in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, as well as the winning of the coveted University of the Year award, cements its place as an elite UK university.

Commenting on the decision to make Lancaster The Times and The Sunday Times 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."

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Triple Top 10

League tables can't tell you everything about a university, but they're a good place to start. Out of over 120 UK Universities, we are consistently in the top ten and have maintained our 6th place position in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.


The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Gold standard teaching

Lancaster University has been awarded the highest possible score in the UK government's 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ratings. Our TEF Gold rating is based on high quality teaching, excellent teaching facilities and the good careers our graduates go into.

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Lancaster's research excellence

Lancaster is a research-intensive university, with 35% of our research classed as world-leading and 48% classed as internationally excellent in the UK Government's latest independent review, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.


In the last REF, 83% of our research was rated as either internationally excellent or world leading.

Lancaster University's research is truly international in focus, with research partnerships in over 60 countries around the world.

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Better than the Russell Group?

Lancaster University performs more strongly than most Russell Group universities on most objective measures of performance.

We outrank the majority of Russell Group institutions in the three major UK league tables.

How we compare

Lancaster's performance in UK league tables compare favourably to many of our rivals:

Times/Sunday Times 2019
Lancaster 6
Warwick 10
Leeds 11
Exeter 12
Manchester 19
Newcastle 21
York 22
Liverpool 31
Guardian University Guide 2019
Warwick 8
Lancaster 9
Leeds 10
York 12
Exeter 14
Newcastle 27
Manchester 34
Liverpool 57
Complete University Guide 2019
Lancaster 8
Warwick 9
Exeter 12
Leeds 13
Manchester 18
York 21
Newcastle 22
Liverpool 36

World university rankings

Lancaster rose four places to 131st out of 1,011 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019, putting us in their top 13%.

We're 146th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, making  Lancaster 19th out of the 98 UK universities included in the table.

Ranked among the best of the ‘Golden Age’

Lancaster University is placed 17th in the 2018 Times Higher Education Golden Age ranking.

The Golden Age league table includes 200 institutions around the world that were founded during 1945-1967. This was a period of unprecedented expansion, investment and development, when many national flagship universities were established and the transformation of academia to a mass system of education started in earnest.

THE Golden Age rankings

In the UK top three for graduate employment

We're 3rd in the UK for graduate-level employment in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, with 89% of Lancaster students going into professional work or further education after graduation.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Graduate prospects are the best for any non-specialist university in the UK with employers falling over themselves to recruit Lancaster students."

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Students in a seminar

In the top 10 of UK universities for student satisfaction

The 2018 National Student Survey reveals that 88% of Lancaster University students are satisfied overall - compared with a national average of 83 per cent. This puts Lancaster in the top 10 of UK universities.

A great student experience

In the Times Higher Student Experience Survey 2018 of over 20,000 full-time undergraduates in the UK, Lancaster was placed 1st for Accommodation, joint 3rd for Security and 6th for Facilities. Overall the University was placed 15th in UK universities, up from 21st in 2017 and also shared top score for the quality of the library and library opening hours.

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Everything you need on campus

Lancaster University's campus has been voted third in the Student Crowd's Top 20 University Campus Awards 2018, in a public vote by 7,849 UK students.

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Award-winning accommodation

Lancaster University accommodation has been named Best University Halls in the prestigious National Student Housing Awards seven times since 2010. In the survey of over 30,000 students at over 200 UK institutions, we have been consistently shortlisted for the headline award.

Lancaster is one of just six institutions nationwide to be awarded the International Accommodation Quality Mark, for providers that achieve higher than 90% satisfaction from their overseas students. We have held the accreditation for the last seven years.