Top 50 in the world for ‘international outlook’ as Lancaster rises up world rankings

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Lancaster University has risen in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 released today, September 2nd.

Listed as joint 122nd in the latest THE global league table, up from 136 last year, this is the University’s highest position yet in the table.

Lancaster also came in the top 50 in the global league table for international outlook (49th) and was ranked in the top 100 for citations (94th).

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings include more than 1,600 universities across 99 countries and regions, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.

The table is based on 13 performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

This year’s ranking analysed more than 80 million citations across over 13 million research publications and included survey responses from 22,000 scholars globally.

To see the full THE table go to

Meanwhile, Lancaster University also climbed in the QS World University Rankings, released earlier this summer (June 8th) which named Lancaster as the world’s 132nd best university. The University scored particularly well for ‘citations per Faculty’ – the number of times Lancaster University researchers’ published work was referenced in other academic papers (a rank of 89) and International Student Ratio (a rank of 72).

Lancaster University Vice Chancellor Professor Andy Schofield said: “Lancaster is proud to be an outward-facing University. We draw strength from our global outlook, welcoming the brightest and the best students and staff from around the world. Our international connections drive forward our research endeavour, ensuring we remain at the forefront of progress and we are delighted to see Lancaster’s reputation reflected in these league table gains.”

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