The quality, reach and significance of research produced in Lancaster University's vibrant research environment is world leading.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed Lancaster as a world-leading research university. It is the only one of the eight most research intensive universities in the North of England to have had funding increased because of the quality and volume of its research.
In the last REF, 83% of our research was rated as either internationally excellent or world leading.
Lancaster University's research is truly international in focus, with research partnerships in over 60 countries around the world.
Our research grant income for 2017/18 totalled over £39.9m.
Lancaster's Research Directory allows you to search for specific people or publications, or find a list of our research groups.
A major strength of Lancaster University is its thriving ecosystem of interdisciplinary research.
This collaborative approach is fostered by our mixture of formal and informal structures - including Institutes, University Research Centres and Centres - bringing together experts from different disciplines to address regional, national and global challenges.
Working with government and industry to find new ways for individuals, organisations and societies to secure and protect themselves.
Taking a joined-up approach to data-driven research challenges, from infrastructure and fundamentals to global problems and the legal and ethical issues of 'big data'.
Our new institute is home to a field of study practised at a handful of world-class, research-led UK universities and equivalent universities globally.
Combining social science and humanities with science and technology research to discover routes to the futures we want and need.
Focusing on the nature of human existence within environment, and the place of the landscape in artistic and cultural traditions.
Experts from across Lancaster University working with global partners to the develop secure and sustainable energy supplies.
Growing a centre of excellence for interdisciplinary research around ageing, older people and age-related disease.
Combining social theory with research and innovation to bring long-term sustainability to mobile life.
See the full list of Lancaster's faculties, departments, institutes and research centres.
Lancaster University research stories from the past few weeks:
The Innovation Agency is successfully supporting small businesses to make inroads into the NHS market, according to a new report from Lancaster University – but innovative small businesses continue to face obstacles in bringing their products and technologies to the NHS.
The hearts of people living in highly polluted urban areas could be up to ten times more polluted than those living in places with cleaner air, putting them at increased risk of heart disease, according to new research.
A new report from the Work Foundation reveals that new funding, greater expertise and wider awareness are needed to embed work outcomes into social prescribing practice.
A kit made from everyday objects is bringing the blockchain into the physical world.
A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy — from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat — and offers an important new framework for analysing solar projects to better understand the full suite of benefits.
A new breakthrough has the potential to improve sensors used to test for diseases and detect doping in sports.
Providing support and development opportunities for researchers is a key part of Lancaster's research strategy:
Lancaster’s Research Services team provides support for all aspects of externally-funded research activities.
Our experts help academic staff to:
The team also provides University-wide support for research governance and ethics, REF, research contracts and research information and systems.
The development of our researchers is central to the success of Lancaster's 2020 strategy.
As part of our People Strategy, we are fully committed to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and have an action plan in place to support its implementation.
Lancaster's demonstrated commitment to the Concordat has received European recognition in the form of the HR Excellence in Research award, first awarded to the institution in 2011, retained in 2013 and again in 2016.
Lancaster University is strongly committed to playing a leading role in helping to deliver an economically vibrant Northern Powerhouse.
The Northern Powerhouse is a Government-led ambition to bring together the great cities, towns and rural communities of the North of England and Wales to become a powerhouse for the national economy.
As part of the Northern Powerhouse the government has pledged to invest in transport infrastructure; work with local areas to raise education and skills levels across the North; ensure the North is an excellent place to start and grow a business; and ensure the Northern Powerhouse is recognised worldwide as an excellent opportunity for trade and investment.
A research-intensive university, Lancaster works hard to ensure its world-leading research breakthroughs have a significant impact on the wider economy. A recent independent report measured Lancaster University’s contribution to the UK economy to be worth £627 million, supporting more than 10,000 jobs.
Lancaster has worked with more than 5,000 SMEs over the last decade and has established strategic links with other universities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and large industrial partners to deliver innovative programmes, investments and initiatives aimed at raising productivity across northern England.
Examples of these include:
Lancaster University is part of The N8 Research Partnership - a collaboration of the eight most research intensive universities in the North of England. The N8 Research Partnership is part of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse partnership programme.