Top in the North West

Students of all genders sit on basalt rock columns

Lancaster University is the best place in the North West to study Geography and Environmental Sciences, according to the Complete University Guide 2023.

Lancaster was placed 13th nationally out of 76 universities for the subject and ranked 4th nationally for the quality of its research in this area.

In Biological Sciences, Lancaster was ranked 2nd in the Northwest region and 20th out of 100 for the subject nationally.

Lancaster University overall also ranked top in the North West and was placed 11th nationally.

“Lancaster Environment Centre aims to offer an outstanding student experience informed by excellent research. These data confirm our leading role within the sector across all our core disciplines and an exciting place to work and study,” said Professor Phil Barker, director of the Lancaster Environment Centre.

Professor Andy Schofield, Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, said: “It is fantastic to see Lancaster University retain its position as the top-ranked university in our region as well as maintain our solid ranking among the best universities nationally in the Complete University Guide’s latest league table.

“Lancaster combines excellence in cutting-edge and impactful research with a strong track record of teaching, along with a friendly and welcoming collegiate atmosphere, providing an exceptional educational experience for our students.”

The Complete University Guide league table is based on ten measures: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Graduate Prospects – outcomes, Graduate Prospects – on track, Student-Staff Ratio, Spending on Academic Services, Spending on Student Facilities, and Completion. It includes 130 institutions.

Professor Amanda Chetwynd, Chair of the Complete University Guide Advisory Board, said: “Congratulations to Lancaster University for achieving the top position in this year’s Complete University Guide regional rankings. The tight rankings show just how high the standards are among the North West of England’s top universities.

“Many prospective students in the North West are keen to find the best university in the local area. Complete University Guide’s regional league tables are a valuable source of information to give local prospective students a greater understanding of what higher education options there are in the North West.”

Find out more about studying Geography, Environmental and Earth Sciences, Biology, Ecology and Conservation and Zoology at Lancaster University.

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