Lancaster University

2015 League Table Ranking 11
2015 Overall Score 866
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Entry Standards 445 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 14.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.71 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,083 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.11 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 586 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 72.7 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 93.9 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 77.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 32.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Initiated under Royal Charter and the first students accepted in 1964. Lancaster is now one of only six collegiate universities in England.
  • Each college has its own distinctive character, community and support network and all boast small close-knit communities in which students live and work for the duration of their studies at Lancaster, providing a friendly, safe and secure environment for all students.
  • The campus is located a short distance from the vibrant and historic city of Lancaster, and near to the Lune Valley and the Forest of Bowland (areas of outstanding natural beauty) and on the edge of the Lake District.

Location and Transport

  • Easy access to Manchester and Liverpool to the south, and the Lake District just to the north.
  • Three hours to London by train.
  • Buses leave the station in town every 5 minutes on weekdays for the university.
  • Cycle track to University from Lancaster.

Entry Standards

Student Mix

The 13080 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • Part one system allows some students to take up to three courses in the first year, including one major and two minors.
  • The University offers a flexible approach to students changing their major to certain other subjects they have studied in their first year provided they achieve the necessary grades.

Teaching Standards

  • Achieved 4.2 in the most recent National Student Survey.

Research Standards

  • The most recent Research Assessment Exercise confirmed that 92% of research at Lancaster is of international quality.
  • First in UK for Physics.
  • In the UK's top three for Bio-medicine.
  • Art and Design in the UK's top three (which at Lancaster includes Music, Theatre, Film and New Media in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts).
  • Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) ranked joint fifth in the country.
  • Sociology is ranked fifth in the country.
  • Computing has 100% of research considered to be of international quality.

Academic Strengths

  • Lancaster’s excellent teaching and support for learning has been recognised by the National Teaching Fellowship awards for the tenth time.
  • Lancaster cultivates an atmosphere of approachability, and contact with academics who are leaders in their field.

Student Facilities

  • A 24-hour student learning space at the centre of the campus has provided students with flexible learning environments and social space with up-to-date technology and will soon be updated with the provision of a quiet study area.
  • Complete upgrade of college, bar and student social space nearing completion.
  • Award-winning accommodation.
  • Vibrant campus set in beautiful parkland.
  • Live arts programme.

Disability Services

Students' Union

  • As well as the union nightclub in Lancaster, nine colleges on campus have their own bars, facilities and social spaces.
  • One of the largest enterprise and volunteering programmes in the country, with opportunities to volunteer abroad. Last year 1,200 students took part in volunteering projects across the region. These activities add value to the Lancaster Award – an employer focussed award which recognises the achievements of our students outside their programme of study.


  • A brand new £20-m sports centre – the centre includes fitness suites, a new eight-lane pool and a new climbing wall designed with input from renowned mountaineer and Lancaster University Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington.
  • Students can make the most of the 150-year-old woodland surrounding the campus with a new trail through the campus grounds. The 2.6-mile route includes an outdoor trim trail – a series of fixed, timber exercise stations.
  • Lancaster is in the first quartile of UK universities in the BUSA national rankings.
  • Each of the nine colleges have approximately 26 sports teams.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • More than £450m has been invested over the last few years to transform the campus and to boost research and teaching amenities
  • A new £10-m contemporary arts institute achieved the top environmental rating and set a new standard for universities.
  • The Confucius Institute – a major new hub for Chinese language and culture has opened.
  • Lancaster University’s wind turbine is now operational. This will lower carbon emission in the area and provide approximately 11–17% of the University’s energy requirements. The wind turbine is just one of a whole package of carbon saving and environmentally positive projects that we are introducing.

Availability of Part-Time Work

Notable Alumni

  • Jon Moulton – venture capitalist and philanthropist.
  • James May – TV presenter.
  • Andy Serkis – BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated actor.
  • Jason Queally – Olympic gold medallist in cycling.
  • Gian Fulgoni – entrepreneur.
  • Sarah Waters – award-winning novelist (Tipping the Velvet).
  • Ahdaf Soueif – Anglo-Egyptian novelist.
  • Robert Fisk – journalist.
  • Nahed Tahir – CEO of Gulf One Bank, ranked by 72nd by Forbes magazine in the list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.


For further information

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UCAS Code L14

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