Lancaster University moves up two places in The Sunday Times University Guide to 16th position overall, making it the best in the region.
Lancaster celebrates its 50th birthday in 2014 and during its relatively short history has established itself as one of the leading British universities for both teaching and research and this latest accolade is a welcome boost.
This, in turn, allows it to attract some of the brightest students with average Ucas entry points held by freshers well above 400 and its leavers have among the best prospects in the UK for getting a job, with a graduate unemployment rate of just 5.2%, bettered by only six others in the entire country.
Teaching at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk is also well regarded and comes out well in the table; its score of 80.7% is ranked just outside the UK top 20.
Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times University Guide, said: “Our league table rewards those universities which have placed great focus on providing top quality teaching, with prompt and useful feedback on students’ work and assessment.”