Lancaster achieves highest ever ranking of 7th in Complete University Guide 2020

Chemistry students taking part in group work.

Lancaster rises one place to rank seventh out of 131 universities in the UK, its highest ever national ranking in this table, solidifying its status as a top ten University and the North West’s leading university in the 2020 University League Tables, published Wednesday 1 May 2019.

Other notable achievements included:

· Ranked 3rd nationally for Graduate Prospects

· 19 subjects are ranked in the top ten

· Creative Writing at Lancaster ranked number 1 in The complete university guide subject table

Lancaster has also scored the highest in the region for Graduate Prospects and third highest nationally, with a score of 89.2 against the average score in the UK of 75.5.

In the 70 separate subject tables, Lancaster is a top performer appearing in the top ten for 19 subjects out of the 31 taught, and ranked first nationally for Creative Writing.

Lancaster University Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith said: “It is wonderful to see Lancaster University’s quality reflected time and time again with top ten positions in all the major UK league tables. The University continues to build on a solid platform of success, which is entirely down to the commitment, excellence and hard work of our staff and students.

“We have always known that Lancaster had something very special to offer – a rare combination of commitment to internationally excellent research without compromising on the very best in teaching standards and outcomes for our graduates.”

Professor Hilary Hinds, the Head of Lancaster University’s English Literature and Creative Writing Department, said: “I am delighted that Creative Writing at Lancaster has been recognised as the best in the country by the CUG. We have a wonderful community of dedicated and inspiring writers and students here, who, together, have secured this outstanding result.”

The main University League Table is based on ten measures: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Graduate Prospects, Student-Staff Ratio, Spending on Academic Services, Spending on Student Facilities, Good Honours Degrees, and Completion. It includes 131 institutions.

The 70 subject tables are based on five measures (Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Entry Standards and Graduate Prospects) and include 143 universities, university colleges and specialist higher education institutions.

The league tables can be found in full, along with the methodology and more information at

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