Lancaster University

2016 League Table Ranking 9
2016 Overall Score 882
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Entry Standards 434 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 13.8 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.15 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,565 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 4.10 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 778 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 78.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 93.4 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 76.9 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 42.9 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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  • Lancaster University was 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 and community in which students live and work for the duration of their studies at Lancaster, providing a friendly, safe and secure environment for all students.

Location and Transport

  • Based on a 360-acre parkland site, the campus is located a short distance from the vibrant and historic city of Lancaster and on the edge of the Lake District National Park.
  • Easy access to Manchester and Liverpool to the south, and the Lake District just to the north.
  • Three hours to London by train.
  • Regular bus service and cycle track to the University from Lancaster.

Entry Standards

Student Mix

The 13,080 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

Discover the benefits of our:

  • focus on independent study
  • philosophy of research-led teaching
  • feedback and assessment approach
  • virtual learning environment.

A new way of studying

  • Our main teaching approach is through independent study. This means you take responsibility for your own learning and performance whilst delivering work within set timescales. This will feel different at first, with less contact than you are used to, but don't worry - our college tutor system and teaching staff are there to support and guide you as you make the transition.
  • This approach develops strong research skills and the ability to make sense of new material quickly, while improving communication skills.

Experts in their field

  • All members of our academic staff are current experts within their respective fields and work on a philosophy of research-led teaching.
  • Our research culture results in pioneering contributions that translate into an active and stimulating environment for you to learn in.

Academic assessment

  • The way we mark your work will feel different too. We give you feedback and assessment of essays, projects, presentations and problem sheets, to ensure you progress and develop for the duration of your degree.

Research Standards

  • Lancaster University’s research has been rated as world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which assesses the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities across all subjects.

Lancaster is ranked 13th for the percentage of world leading research out of the 128 institutions listed and 18th in the UK overall.

  • 83% of Lancaster’s research is 'internationally excellent and world leading'.
  • 35% of Lancaster’s research is 'world leading'.

Some key areas of research are ranked particularly highly:

  • Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster has been ranked 3rd overall and ranked top in the UK for research impact.
  • Business and Management – 1st in the UK at Lancaster when ranked for research power and 1st for the number of research active staff, showing LUMS to be the leading research intensive management school in the UK.
  • Sociology ranked 3rd for world leading research and 2nd for research impact.
  • Maths and Statistics ranked 5th overall and 3rd for research impact.
  • Computing and Communications is ranked 7th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research and 12th overall.
  • English Language and Literature has been ranked 3rd in terms of research power, behind only Oxford and Cambridge.

Academic Strengths

  • The growing reputation of Lancaster is reflected by high rankings year-on-year in each of the UK's major university league tables. Lancaster has been ranked as the best value for money university in England  and is located in one of the UK's top 10 most vibrant cities.
  • Students at Lancaster University are more satisfied with their course than the average UK student according to the latest National Student Survey. Overall, 89% of final year students at Lancaster say they were satisfied with their course. These results reflect the dedication of staff who work hard to ensure that every student who comes here will receive the very best education.
  • Lancaster graduates are performing well in what is an increasingly competitive job market. Through the work of our Careers staff and new initiatives such as the Lancaster Award, which helps students communicate to future employers their skills and accomplishments such as voluntary work, we aim to enhance our students' future career prospects.

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.
  • A complete renovation of the library is underway and will provide new facilities, IT and workspaces.
  • The University has invested in upgrading all its college, bar and student social space.
  • Vibrant campus set in beautiful parkland.
  • Live arts programme.
  • Excellent sports facilities.
  • 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.
  • Each of the nine colleges have approximately 26 sports teams and their own unique bar and student social space.
  • Award-winning restaurants and several cafes serving quality, locally sourced, sustainable food.

Disability Services

Students' Union

  • Lancaster University Students’ Union strives to reflect the authentic student voice and offers a wide range of services that underpin and enhance the Lancaster experience.
  • The union works to promote the views of its members throughout their time at Lancaster, with a rigorous academic representation system and a comprehensive network of officers covering all aspects of student life.
  • Offering a growing range of volunteering opportunities and facilitating an excellent range of overseas experiences, the union provides opportunities for personal development that help Lancaster students gain employability skills and graduate as rounded, confident individuals.
  • More than 230 clubs and societies suiting all interests are affiliated to the union, which takes the lead in promoting both competitive and recreational sport. The Roses Tournament, the annual sporting clash with York University, is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the Lancaster University calendar.
  • Free impartial advice and support is available to students, with nearly 200 significant pieces of casework taken up in 2014. As well as offering important pastoral services, the union also runs The Sugarhouse – Lancaster’s safest and most popular student nightclub – and offers a diverse range of commercial services including on-campus shops and a lettings agency.
  • The union organises a wide variety of popular events that unite the campus community, including an annual Christmas market, Campus Festival, the popular Graduate Ball and the end-of-year 'Extrav' events hosted at each of the university’s colleges.


  • 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.
  • The centre includes a fitness suite and performance gym, an 8 lane 25 metre swimming pool with moveable floor and touch pad timing, an 8 metre high climbing wall and bouldering cave (designed with input from renowned mountaineer Sir Christian Bonington), an 8 badminton court sports hall that is overlooked by 4 glass backed squash courts and a sauna and steam room facility.
  • Campus is surrounded by 150-year-old woodland with a 2.6- mile formal walk established for students to enjoy. Part of the walk includes a Trim Trail that consists of 11 timber exercise stations designed to exercise all parts of the body
    • Other outdoor facilities include grass football, rugby, lacrosse and American football pitches, 5 netball courts (2 are floodlit), 8 tennis courts, a bowling green, an artificial cricket wicket and 3 artificial pitches (all floodlit), including a new 3G rubber crumb pitch.
  • Lancaster is in the first quartile of UK universities in the BUCS national rankings.
  • In addition to competitive sport, an extensive recreation programme exits including Inter-College events.
  • Courses are available throughout the year to learn a new sport/activity or obtain a national governing body coaching or officiating award.
  • Opportunities exist for suitably qualified students to work at the Sports Centre.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Over £450 million has been invested into the campus in the last ten years with a further £135 million planned over the next three years.
  • A new state-of-the-art engineering building opened in January 2015.
  • New teaching laboratories have been built for Lancaster Environment Centre and Biomedical Life Sciences.
  • The Library is undergoing a major refurbishment, completing in early 2016.
  • Refurbishment is underway to offer Chemistry at Lancaster with custom-designed laboratories to support teaching and research in synthetic, analytical and spectroscopy, and computational chemistries.
  • A new Collaborative Technology Access Programme (cTAP) building is being created to provide additional research and development laboratories which will integrate closely with Lancaster's Department of Chemistry.
  • The Physics building will soon be refurbished to create a world class research and teaching environment.
  • A further 98 high quality bedrooms are being built, boosting the award-winning accommodation portfolio on campus.
  • Lancaster University’s wind turbine is providing 15% of the University’s electricity. The wind turbine is just one of a whole package of carbon saving and environmentally positive ‘Green Lancaster’ projects implemented.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Lancaster University has an on-campus recruitment agency. This service handles all of the part-time work opportunities offered by the University, ensuring that all students benefit from a single point of contact and fair access to the paid work that is available.
  • This service also works with local employers for both part-time and full-time positions. Students and graduate are therefore able to benefit from a dedicated University-run service to help them find work during and after their studies.
  • Staff also work with students and graduates, providing help and advice in respect to job hunting, effective applications, interview performance, etc.
  • Find out about the availability of part-time work at Lancaster University online.

Careers Guidance

  • Careers support is provided centrally, through the faculties and within the Colleges. In addition students and graduates benefit from a comprehensive online service and package of digital resources.
  • Individual advice and guidance, access to employers, work experience, placements, volunteering, competitions, recruitment events, contact with alumni, mentoring, employability awards, personal and professional development opportunities, etc. are available.
  • For more details of the help and advice available from our careers service.
  • Graduates are also able to access our services for as long as they need to. This is just part of our commitment to supporting the career progression of all students and graduates from Lancaster University.

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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  • Lancaster University
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UCAS Code L14

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