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Lancaster University is one of just a few universities within the UK to have a collegiate system. It has an excellent academic reputation and is a member of the N8 Research Partnership: an association of the eight most research-intensive universities in the North of England. It is consistently ranked among the UK Top 10. The attractive university campus occupies a 360-acre parkland site three miles from the city centre.

Key Facts


  • #11 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • #13 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2022
  • #11 in the Complete University Guide 2022

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 9,700

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 4,000

Year founded

  • 1947

  • It is home to nine colleges overall, eight for undergraduate students and one for postgraduates, and has four main faculties: Arts and Social Sciences, Health and Medicine, Science and Technology and the Management School.  
  • Lancaster was awarded the highest possible score in the UK government's 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ratings in 2017.
Areas of recognition

The 2022 Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Lancaster in the Top 100 for social Sciences, Business/Economics, Law, Education and Arts/Humanities globally.

Within the 2022 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Lancaster is ranked within the UK Top 10 for the following subjects: Social Work (#1), Drama, Dance and Cinematics (#4), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (#6), Subjects allied to Medicine (#6), Theology and Religious Studies (#6), Art and Design (#7), Creative Writing (#7), Criminology (#7) , Physics/Astronomy (#7), Politics (#7), General Engineering (#8). Communication and Media (#10), Linguistics (#10), Sociology (#10).

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