Times and Sunday Times rank Lancaster in UK top three for graduate employment

Lancaster students working in the Library.

Lancaster has maintained its highest rank to date in the Times and Sunday Times League Table 2019, cementing its status as one of the UK’s leading universities and its top ten position in the three major UK leagues tables nationally.

Winner of the paper's UK University of the Year award last year, Lancaster retains sixth place nationally. Lancaster is also the highest ranked university in the North.

Ranking highest in the region – and third in the UK – for employment prospects 89% of Lancaster students go on to find professional work or further education after graduation.

Lancaster University Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith said: “This is a fantastic end to a successful year for Lancaster, which would not have been possible without the commitment of our world class staff and students.

“Our top 10 presence in all major UK league tables demonstrates just how special our university is, and proves that it is possible to deliver excellent teaching and world leading research while giving students the all-round, international experience they need to carve out meaningful careers.”

The university is also highly-ranked in international league tables such as the QS World Rankings and has been awarded the highest possible score in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework ratings.

Commenting on Lancaster University’s continued success, Alastair McCall, editor of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Lancaster made an unanswerable case to be our University of the Year in 2018, and the evidence why is still there for all to see. Graduate prospects are the best for any non-specialist university in the UK with employers falling over themselves to recruit Lancaster students.

“With entry standards high and dropout rates low, Lancaster is a challenge that it is worth applicants rising to. It is making a place in our UK top 10 its own.

“Students are taking notice of Lancaster’s success; with applications for courses starting in 2018 up 2% whilst other institutions saw a decline. As a result, the university, which placed 6th overall in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, has increased the size of its undergraduate intake with a subsequent record number of offers. This coincides with a re-established chemistry department and an award-winning engineering building which has helped undergraduate numbers to double in recent years.

“Students enrolling at Lancaster in 2019 will have more degree options such as criminology and psychology, sport and exercise science, and management with modern languages.

“Internationalism is a key strength offering many students the chance to study in America, Asia, Australia or Europe. It’s the only university in the UK with a presence in sub-Sahara Africa, in Ghana, and has a joint institute in China and partnerships in India, Pakistan and Malaysia.”


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