Rankings and Reputation

We are a top 10 world-class department that combines critical and creative excellence.

  • Top 10

    Creative Writing is ranked 1st in the UK and English Literature is ranked 8th in the UK (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

  • Top in the North West

    We are ranked 1st in the North West for both English Literature and Creative Writing (The Complete University Guide 2019).


    We are joint 1st in the UK for careers after 6 months (The Guardian University Guide 2019). Creative Writing is ranked 1st and English is ranked 2nd for graduate prospects in the UK (The Sunday Times Good Universities Guide 2018) & (The Complete University Guide 2019).

  • Student Satisfaction

    95% of our students agree that the course is intellectually stimulating (2017 National Student Survey).

  • Research Excellence

    In the most recent national Research Exercise (REF) 2014 we were ranked 3rd in our discipline in terms of research power (with an 85% submission), 3rd for research environment and 7th for research impact.

  • Cutting Edge Creative Writing

    Lancaster has long been at the cutting edge of creative writing teaching and was one of the very first universities to recognise it as an academic practise in 1969.

  • World-Leading Research

    In the recent REF, 40% of our research was given the highest 4* rating (International World-Leading research).