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Lancaster University

4.5 out of 5 (31 ratings / 19 reviews) Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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.

About

History

The 1970s and 80s were a period of consolidation for Lancaster. This period saw the introduction of combined degree schemes with other subjects such as philosophy and environmental science, as well as the construction of new laboratories for research and teaching. 

Education

Lancaster University will:

  • provide a diverse range of flexible student-centred programmes, based on sound principles of design, which are responsive to student need and demand and are explicitly informed by, and benefit from, Lancaster's vibrant research culture
  • encourage students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding that promote personal development, make a positive contribution to society and are valued by external agencies
  • provide a stimulating, challenging and attractive learning environment where students can grow personally and academically
  • communicate clearly and comprehensively to students what is required from them and what services are available to them to support their academic work

Research

Lancaster University aims to:

  • Produce world-leading research which has beneficial impacts on the economy, society, culture, policy, health and the environment.
  • Produce research that positively influences academic thinking globally, shaping academic areas of research throughout the world.
  • Collaborate internationally with the best researchers around the world, in universities and in non-academic organisations.
  • Educate postgraduate and undergraduate students in a research-led environment, producing a world class student experience that is informed by the research expertise of the University.
  • Shape our research priorities by the challenges that society faces globally.

Career

Lancaster students are amongst the best future talent in the UK and are nurtured through an extensive employability support programme, reflected in their outstanding graduate prospects once they leave.

Dedicated careers professionals create personalised career plans that encourage students to engage in employability skills workshops, employer presentations, valuable work experience and placements, and connect with alumni through initiatives like our Mentoring Programme.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
128 3
2019
131 4
2018
135
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
-
2019
146 4
2018
150
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
-
2018
301
2017
301
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
-
2019
242 8
2018
250
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

The Students' Union Advice service is here for students at Lancaster University and its partner institutions across the globe, with independent, confidential, free advice on a wide range of issues. Our Advice service is a free, non-judgemental and confidential support service, and we’re on your side. Our team of professional advisors can support any registered students at Lancaster University.

Our experienced counselling team provides confidential and professional support on issues such as personal, family, social or academic matters.We have dedicated Student Learning Advisors located with each of our faculties.

Housing services

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! 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. 

Library services

The Library has been designed to provide a high quality, serious academic study environment. There is a wide choice of space for individual study, and all workspaces are equipped with power for personal devices.

ICT services

Eduroam enables students, researchers and staff from Lancaster University or other participating institutions to get a secure wi-fi connection on a computer, smartphone or other portable device, across campus and when visiting other universities.

Medical services

The campus has its own medical practice, dental surgery and pharmacy. There are also a number of natural health care practitioners based in the Chaplaincy Centre.

Student Life

Campus life

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.

Sports facilities

The University has just invested in a brand new £20m sports centre on campus, with facilities including a 100 station fitness suite, a 25 metre 8 lane swimming pool, and an 8.5 metre climbing wall and bouldering cave designed with input from renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington.

Within our 360 acres of campus we have plenty of space for a quick game of tennis, the inter-college rugby tournament, or just a stroll along our Woodland Trail.

Student clubs

Joining a society which is in line with your interests is a great part of student life. They organise a number of events and activities at Lancaster, so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in.

At LUMS, the student societies relating to business are brought together under the Lancaster University Management School Association (LUMSA).

Why join a LUMS society?
  • It's fun!
  • It will increase your employability
  • You will have an opportunity to meet like-minded people and network
  • You will develop your skills such as problem-solving, teamwork and leadership

Accreditation

Triple accredited is a recognition of the quality of everything we do from the three most influential business school accreditation bodies (AACSB, EQUIS and the Association of MBAs).

  • Lancaster's Biomedical Science degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS.
  • Lancaster Engineering MEng degrees are accredited by the IET and IMechE
  • RSC (Royal Society of Chemists)

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Lancaster University is full of friendly students and staff who are eager to help. It has a good library and a relaxed atmosphere. That said the campus can be a little too quiet and some staff are more helpful than others. Overall, it is a decent university.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Before I applied to university, I didn't really understand much about how the system worked. Through making contacts and help from my school, the process was made simpler and I have ended up with offers from all my unis. My only criticism now is of myself and that I should study harder.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Management school was very good however the languages department is disappointing (not enough teaching hours, poor teaching, little help on gaining year abroad work placements)

Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

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