Lancashire’s universities are officially among the nation’s best.
The latest Guardian League table 2015 puts all the county’s higher education institutions in the top half.
Lancaster is among the high fliers, named 10th, confirming it as one of the world’s elite institutions.
Other universities ranked in the top 10 include Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Warwick.
A string of individual subjects at Lancaster ranked highly in the Guardian table include accounting and finance, art, biology, drama and dance, computing, geography and environmental studies, physics, mathematics and social work which is ranked second in the UK.
A spokesman said the university was s consistently highly placed in all major league tables. This latest result comes shortly after Lancaster was the highest placed UK university in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 ranking of the world’s best young universities. Ranked 10th, a climb of four places, Lancaster is the highest ranked of only 14 UK universities on the list.
Lancaster is also the leading university in the North West according to The Complete University Guide 2015.
Preston’s University of Central Lancashire is also climbing the ladder.
The Guardian table names UCLan as one of the UK’s most improved universities having leaped 20 places to 67th position out of 116 universities. In the North West UCLan is ranked fifth out of 11 universities - including Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester.
The Guardian’s table, renowned for focusing on the aspects of the university experience which are deemed to be of greatest importance to students, ranks UCLan 15th in the UK for assessment feedback. It has also risen 17 places in relation to satisfaction with teaching.
Five UCLan subject areas appear in the UK top 20, architecture, art, fashion and textiles, sports science; hospitality, event management and tourism. Drama and dance, economics and English and creative writing recorded rises of 20 or more places,
In the latest National Student Survey UCLan saw its highest ever overall satisfaction score of 84 per cent.
UCLan is in the top three nationally for the number of graduate start-up businesses and top in the region.
The Guardian placed Edge Hill seventh regionally and Cumbria 10th.