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.”

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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 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.

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The Times & 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.

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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
Lancaster 6
Warwick 9
Leeds 10
Exeter 14
York 16=
Manchester 25
Newcastle 26
Liverpool 42
Complete University Guide
Warwick 8
Lancaster 9
Exeter 14=
Leeds 14=
York 20
Manchester 22
Newcastle 23
Liverpool 41
Guardian University Guide
Warwick 8
Lancaster 9
Exeter 13
Leeds 14
York 17
Manchester 28
Newcastle 30
Liverpool 67

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.

91% student satisfaction

We are one of the top universities in the UK for overall student satisfaction according to The National Student Survey. The University achieved 91%.

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High levels of graduate employment

Lancaster is the best in the North West for graduate prospects, according to The Good University Guide97% 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.

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Award-winning accommodation

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.

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