A highly-ranked global university

ܽƵ is among the best in the UK. We're top 10 in The Complete University Guide 2025 and consistently placed in the top 15 in major UK league tables. We also rank highly in international league tables such as the QS World Rankings.

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League tables can't tell you everything, but they're a good place to start. Out of over 120 UK Universities, we are consistently ranked in the top 15 in major UK league tables.

Gold standard for teaching

ܽƵ has?been?awarded a?Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023.

TEF Gold
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Internationally recognised

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World university rankings

Lancaster is in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2025. We are placed 141st in the league table which includes 1,503 universities across 106 countries and regions.

5 Stars rating from QS World Rankings

ܽƵ has been awarded 5 Stars for performance in a prestigious new . The evaluation features 5 Stars rating for each category C teaching, employability, global engagement, research, facilities, subject ranking and environmental impact.

High-quality accommodation

Lancaster's on-campus accommodation has 6,700 bed spaces for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In the  - based on student feedback - Lancaster has been shortlisted in two categories:

  • Inclusivity Impact, for our excellence in providing inclusive housing for vulnerable student groups.
  • Best Specialist Housing, for the quality of our postgraduate accommodation.
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Excellent career prospects

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One of the top 30 most targeted universities by employers

ܽƵ is among the top 30 most targeted universities by the UK's top graduate employers according to The Graduate Market in 2024 report. The UK Graduate Careers Survey, conducted by High Fliers Research in association with The Times, is the largest and most authoritative annual survey of its kind.

Top 15 for Work Experience 2024-25

ܽƵ has been ranked 14th among UK universities for the quality of work experience opportunities available to its students. High-quality work experiences are one of the many ways Lancaster supports its students in achieving their career goals. This award was based on student feedback on .

Highly-rated research

Lancaster is a research-intensive university. Our results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 confirm our position in delivering world-quality research.

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World-class research at Lancaster

In the REF 2021, Lancaster delivers world-quality research, with 91% of our research independently rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading', including 46% rated in the highest category of 4*.

Highly rated research environment

99% of Lancaster’s overall research environment is rated world-leading or internationally excellent. This includes areas such as research support, training and facilities.

Growing research income

Since the last REF was completed in 2014, Lancaster has doubled its grant capture. We have also grown in scale, with more than 50% more staff submitted than in 2014.

REF 2021

Why Lancaster?

We believe that Lancaster is everything a university should be. We support you through your studies, research and career.

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