Universities among region’s best

Lancaster University.'Faculty of Arts and Social Studies.

Lancaster University.'Faculty of Arts and Social Studies.

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Lancashire’s universities are among the best in the North West, according to new league tables.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 names Lancaster University as the top one in the North West – for the ninth year running.

Meanwhile, Edge Hill University in Ormskirk has been ranked at number six and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston has been placed seventh.

Lancaster University has been recognised due to consistently good results in student satisfaction, a strong graduate jobs record, high entry standards and outstanding research.

It has pioneered links with overseas universities and has a teaching and research campus in Ghana.

Student satisfaction rates are up again this year to 84.2 per cent according to the National Student Survey but its greatest strength is said to be its research, especially for work into ageing, cyber security and energy.

Lancaster is consistently highly placed in all major league tables, charging ahead of its Russell Group peers this year to be ranked 10th in Guardian League table 2015 and ranked 11th in the Compete University Guide.

UCLan bosses said they were pleased to have moved up the ranks too.

Professor Mike Thomas, deputy vice-chancellor at UCLan, said:“This is an extremely encouraging result. By climbing 11 places in this year’s table, we are the second highest risers in the North West.

“At £1,836, our facilities spend per student is comfortably the second highest in the region, reflecting our long-standing reputation for providing students with an excellent university experience.

“We are continuing to make significant investments into teaching and research, with a focus on vocational course areas such as engineering, science and medicine.”