High marks for university

LANCASTER University has maintained its status as one of the best in the country.

The university was ranked ninth best – the same as in 2011 – in the Complete University Guide published this week.

But the University of Cumbria has slipped 12 places, from 86th to 98th.

The ranking places Lancaster University in the top group, led by Cambridge, and followed by the London School of Economics, Oxford, Imperial College London, Durham, Warwick, St Andrews and University College London.

The main rankings table is based on nine measures – student satisfaction, research assessment, entry standards, student:staff ratio; spending on academic services; spending on student facilities; good honours degrees achieved; graduate prospects and completion.

Lancaster also scores highly in individual subject rankings, with social work ranked first, art and design second, linguistics third, drama, dance and cinema fifth, biological science and geography and environmental science all eighth, and accounting and finance, business studies, general engineering and social policy all ranked ninth.

The subject rankings are based on four criteria: student satisfaction, research assessment, entry standards and graduate prospects.

The university is also ranked ninth in The Times Good University Guide 2012, while The Guardian ranks Lancaster seventh out of 120 in its University Guide 2012.

In the most recent UK Government’s Assessment of Research in 2008, more than 90 per cent of the research at Lancaster was found to be world leading or internationally significant, with some areas of research ranked top in the United Kingdom.