Lancaster University has been named the top university in the north west according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.
The Times and The Sunday Times have produced acclaimed, but separate, university guides since 1993 and 1998 respectively.
This year, the new, combined Good University Guide will provide the most comprehensive guide to higher education in Britain in print and digital formats across The Times and The Sunday Times.
The top performing university in the north west, Lancaster, has maintained the number one spot for another year.
The university has been expanding overseas in line with its ambition to be truly international.
It hosts students from more than 100 countries and there will soon be more graduating with the university’s degrees in India, Malaysia and Pakistan than in Lancaster.
The university has the best percentage score (72.7 per cent) in the region for graduates moving on to professional jobs or further study.
Meanwhile, the university’s new students’ union building was officially opened last week.
Chief executive of Lancaster University Students’ Union, Peter Elliott, cut the ribbon to mark the opening, with the help of students’ union president Joel Pullen, vice chancellor Prof Mark E. Smith and members of the university senior management team and student union officers.