Lancaster University

Lancaster is ranked No.1 in the North West and No. 10 in the UK by the Guardian, and is in the top 1% of universities globally.

Performance in successive research assessment exercises has placed Lancaster as one of the leading universities in the UK, reflected in its research partnerships that advance core disciplinary knowledge and address key societal issues. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Lancaster was ranked 13th for the percentage of world-leading research out of the 128 institutions listed.

It has rapidly achieved a global reputation for excellence, reflected in high positions in UK and global league tables, consistently high student satisfaction and strong graduate employment. Students from one hundred countries make up a thriving community based around nine unique colleges, and Lancaster’s community extends far beyond campus with global research, teaching and student exchange partnerships, and alumni in 147 countries.

Its work with over 5000 SMEs since 1999 has resulted in the creation of 250 new businesses and more than 4000 new jobs, and Lancaster – which was named as a top-ten university for SME engagement in the recent Witty Review – is a winner of the Small Business Charter Gold Award in recognition of the role it has played in helping to kick-start British enterprise.

Students at Lancaster University are more satisfied with their course than the average UK student according to the latest National Student Survey. These results reflect the dedication of staff who work hard to ensure that every student who comes here will receive the very best education.

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We are now five years into the largest financial crisis in decades and yet, paradoxically, people don’t seem to be more unhappy than they were before. The UK ranked 10th of the countries surveyed for the…
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David Cameron’s new taskforce to combat extremism met on Monday to address what Tony Blair calls a “problem within Islam” that he blames for the terror plots which have caused such distress and given rise…
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An increasing number of people are trying to cope with depression and bipolar in the UK. But we also have an over-reliance on drugs and waiting lists can be a year long for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy…
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Terror on the streets of London, but don’t jump to conclusions yet

While the full details of the awful events in Woolwich remain unclear, the attack has already revived heated debates about the risk of terror at home. When building a profile of someone who allegedly commits…
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Pain-relief access crisis leaves millions suffering around globe

Ten percent of the world consumes 90% of the morphine. At first glance that’s just another statistic about haves and have nots. But it’s more stark than that - particularly if you have cancer in a country…
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Four visions, three dimensions: the future of 3D printing

Chances are you’ve heard about 3D printing – or additive manufacturing as it’s otherwise known: a process that turns computer-aided designs into three-dimensional, real-world objects with a range of uses…
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Air conditioning is peaking out, time to rethink cool comfort

As the recent Energy White Paper and Senate Committee report confirm, Australia’s electricity prices are going up. The Productivity Commission states that they have risen by 50% in real terms over the…

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