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 director of the new Health Innovation Campus recently met the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to provide an update on progress on the new campus.
Social scientists from Lancaster University are part of a new research network of northern universities to find new ways to rapidly decarbonise UK transport.
New research published by scientists at the Moredun Research Institute and the Universities of Stirling, Lancaster and Edinburgh shows that, for at least one population, the link between offspring production and infections can have deadly consequences.
A Lancaster University Professor is advocating a new approach to project management that overhauls entrenched practices and calls for new mind-sets, concepts and approaches to treating people within them.
Two leading Lancaster women are being celebrated by Scotland’s National Academy for their role in Science.
During the past 25 years, ocean melting has caused ice thinning to spread across one quarter of the entire West Antarctic ice sheet, according to a new study.
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.