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About Us

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University is a dynamic and creative community of enquiry, learning and engagement.

Faculty Priorities

  1. Maintaining a distinctive academic environment, transformative curricula and student experience
  2. Enhancing our world-leading research
  3. Recognising our role as a civic university with a clear sense of place
  4. Enhancing our digital provision
  5. Achieving a step-change in interdisciplinarity
  6. Enhancing our focus on internationalization
  7. Actively promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  8. Ensuring our collective activities are sustainable

The reputation and influence of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences extends across the world. We are placed in the top 100 in the world for Arts and Humanities, Law, Education, and Social Sciences in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023. We are considered one of the top three universities in the world for Linguistics by the QS World subject rankings 2024, with several other subjects placed in the world top 100.

Many of our subject areas feature in the top ten of UK university league tables, and we have an excellent track record for graduate prospects.

Reputation and Rankings

Our Departments

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is home to nine vibrant departments and a number of specialist centres.

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Our Research

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences holds true to the University’s original mission to be a pioneer in challenging established thinking and championing new ideas through high quality research.



Our people are at the heart of the Faculty, delivering an excellent experience for our students as well as producing world-leading research.


Athena Swan

Lancaster University is proud to be a member of the Athena SWAN charter which promotes gender equality in higher education. We are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for men and women.

Read more about our commitment to gender equality:

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Contact Us

By Post

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
FASS Building
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YD
United Kingdom

By Phone

General office
+44 (0)1524 510851