Staff and students at Lancaster University are on top of the world - literally.
Both Lancaster and the University of Central Lancashire are rated among the world’s elite higher education institutions in the latest prestigious QS World Rankings released this week.
Nearly 4,000 universities were considered in the rankings and 891 evaluated.
Lancaster University has risen 39 places to be ranked 121 in the world.
Linguistics was ranked very highly, at 13th in world, while social sciences and management was ranked at 77th.
The rating follows other plaudits this year whch have seen Lancaster ranked in the UK Top 10 in the latest league tables from both the Guardian and the Complete University Guide.
The most recent is the Guardian University league tables 2016 where Lancaster has maintained its ranking of 10th out of 119 British universities.
In the Guardian subject tables physics is ranked second only to Oxford.
Other top 10 subjects are accounting and finance, art, biosciences, drama and dance, chemical engineering, history, media and film studies and social work.
Earlier in the year Lancaster rose two places to ninth in the Complete University Guide.