One of the top universities in the world
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
Lancaster University is the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year. Lancaster is now ranked 6th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, and we've been named Best Campus University and Best University in the North West.
Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “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.”Full story: Lancaster named University of the Year
Triple Top 10
League tables can't tell you everything about a university, but they're a good place to start. Out of 120 UK Universities, we are consistently in the top ten, and have now risen to 6th place in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Gold standard teaching
Lancaster University has been awarded the highest possible score in the UK government's 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.
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:
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World university rankings
Lancaster is ranked 135th out of 959 universities in the QS World University Rankings, and 150th out of just over a thousand universities in the THE World University Rankings. We were ranked 62nd in the THE Best Universities in Europe 2017, placing Lancaster among Europe's elite universities.
High levels of graduate employment
Lancaster is the best in the North West for graduate prospects, according to The Good University Guide. 97% of Lancaster University graduates have gone into work or further study within six months of graduating, and 82% of graduates are in graduate level work or further study.
Lancaster's on-campus accommodation has won the Best University Halls award for seven out of the last eight years in The National Student Housing Survey.
In 2017 we were awarded Best University Halls, Best Learning Environment and Best Individual Accommodation. We are also one of only four universities to hold the International Accommodation Quality Mark, awarded for over 90% satisfaction among international students.