Lancaster University research rated ‘world leading’

Lancaster University.
Lancaster University.

Lancaster University’s research has been rated as world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) which assesses the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities across all subjects.

Lancaster University’s research has been rated as world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) which assesses the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities across all subjects.

Lancaster is ranked 13th for the percentage of world leading research out of the 128 institutions listed and 18th in the UK overall.

83 per cent of Lancaster’s research is internationally excellent and world leading 35 per cent of Lancaster’s research is ‘world leading’ the highest marker of quality Some key areas of research are ranked particularly highly:

* Religious Studies at Lancaster has been ranked 3rd overall and ranked top in the UK for research impact

* Business and Management – 1st in the UK at Lancaster when ranked for research power and 1st for the number of research active staff, showing LUMS to be the leading research intensive management school in the UK.

* Sociology ranked 3rd for world leading research and 2nd for research impact

* Maths and Statistics ranked 5th overall and 3rd for research impact

* Computing and Communications is ranked 7th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research and 12th overall

Lancaster is ranked 20th overall for impact meaning research which has particular reach and significance.

Lancaster has also been recognised for its vibrant research environment. 

This includes the strong support for researchers, the opportunities for cross disciplinary research and its excellent links with other research institutions worldwide.

Prof Mark E. Smith, Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, said: “This is a very positive result which shows that Lancaster continues to produce extremely valuable research and knowledge of the very highest quality for the benefit of society.

“Lancaster University is firmly established as one of the UK’s top universities, and a world player in research and teaching as reflected in our rising global league table position.”