Lancaster University is among the best in the UK. Top 10 in all three major national league tables, we’re also highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS World Ran
Lancaster University has been named University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
It has also taken the top spot for Best Campus University and Best University in the North West. Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “In the 19 years of our University of the Year awards, there has rarely been a more clear-cut winner.” Lancaster has been the top university in the northwest of England for over a decade and this year rose three places to finish sixth place in the national league table, securing it a top 10 finish for the second consecutive year and its highest ever ranking.
Its sixth-place ranking in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, as well as the winning of the coveted University of the Year award, cements its place as an elite UK university. Commenting on the decision to make Lancaster The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year and Campus University of the Year, Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: "Rising to its highest ever ranking in our league table this year, Lancaster is at the top of its game. It knows the university it wants to be and as a result makes a distinctive offer to students.
"The modern interpretation of a collegiate structure, coupled with flexible degree programmes and academics committed to teaching as well as research has been recognised in consistently good outcomes in the annual National Student Survey. Students love Lancaster.
"Dynamic course content and structure, plus the opportunities many students get to work abroad, is reflected in outstanding graduate prospects once they leave. In the 19 years of our University of the Year awards, there has rarely been a more clear-cut winner."
Lancaster's success depends on the talented, creative and committed people who work hard to make this University so special and distinctive.
Their vision for the future is to be a sustainable and academically excellent institution recognised as one of the leading universities in the world.
Lancaster offers a wealth of acclaimed academic staff who guide and support the academic development of our students. They conduct research at the highest international level, creating new knowledge and sharing the benefits of this with their students, partners and users. Lancaster marries academic excellence with practical impact, valuing rigorous research and high standards and also working with industry, business and companies to ensure the relevance of our research and teaching.
They are also grateful for the immensely valuable contributions made to Lancaster by their alumni who maintain their loyalty to Lancaster beyond their years of study. Networks operate worldwide and alumni enrich the experience of current students by generously giving their time, expertise and advice.
Lancaster University is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best staff. Our People Strategy 2020 clearly articulates that the core strength of our university is our people. Attracting the best staff to work for Lancaster University, and within our international partnerships, will assist us in delivering our strategic priorities in research, teaching and engagement.
The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster City Centre.
You can find out more about the construction of the campus on our history pages or watch early videos from the 1960s on our YouTube channel.
Since then, Lancaster University has risen to become one of Britain's top universities, with over 12,000 students and 2,500 employees within the Bailrigg campus that is now almost a small town in its own right. See our Campus Map.
In 2018 Lancaster University's campus was voted third in the Student Crowd's Top 20 University Campus Awards in a public vote by 7,849 UK students.
Campus facilities include:
Banks & Shops: The campus is home to two banks, a post office, supermarkets and general stores, a bakery, hairdresser, charity shop – and even an ice cream parlour! Food & Drink: There are dozens of places to eat and drink across the campus, with cafes, restaurants and nine college bars - each one reminiscent of its college’s individual character.
Our multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre includes facilities for the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam and Jewish faiths and also a Muslim Prayer Room.
The on-campus Pre-School Centre cares for over 150 children in eight playrooms, a sensory room and enclosed outdoor play areas.
Health Services include an NHS doctors surgery, a pharmacy and a private dentist on the campus.
The Bailrigg campus is brimming with culture and boasts its own theatre, art gallery and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. The Peter Scott Gallery is a small gem of a contemporary art gallery, open to the public free of charge. The gallery is also home to the University's international art collection, that includes Japanese and Chinese art, antiquities, works by twentieth-century British artists and prints by significant European names such as Dürer, Miró, Ernst and Vasarely.
Between October and March, you will find a varied programme of music on campus including orchestral concerts, chamber music, jazz, world music, opera and new music.
Lancaster students enjoy a vast green-field site with wonderful views of mountains and sea, yet the campus is just 5 minutes' drive from the M6 motorway and ten minutes from the main West Coast railway with direct services to Manchester, London and Scotland. Furthermore, as part of our travel plan, we have one of the most frequent university bus services in the country, one of the highest employee cycling rates in Lancashire (a traffic-free cycle route links the campus to the outskirts of the city) and our own car sharing scheme.