Lancaster University

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Lancaster University
motto Patet omnibus veritas
founding 1964
Sponsorship state
place Lancaster , UK
Chancellor Alan Milburn
Students 12000
Employee 2250

The University of Lancaster ( English Lancaster University ; officially University of Lancaster ) is a renowned public campus university in Lancaster, England with over 12,000 students, which according to various rankings is one of the 10 best universities in the country.

In addition to Durham , Leeds , Liverpool , Manchester , Newcastle , Sheffield and York , she is also a member of the N8 Group of research-intensive universities in Northern England.


The university was founded in 1964 and has since developed into a renowned British university.


The Department of Physics has broken several world records for the lowest constant temperature ever achieved.


Lancaster University coat of arms

The university originally had two colleges , Bowland and Lonsdale (with Bowland being built first and Lonsdale being completed a year later). There are now 8 undergraduate colleges, all named after the historic boundaries of the County of Lancashire:

  • Bowland, named after the Bowland Forest
  • Cartmel, named after the city of Cartmel
  • The County named after the Lancashire County Council
  • Furness, named after the Furness region of historic Lancashire
  • Fylde, named after the Fylde peninsula
  • Grizedale, named after the Grizedale forest
  • Lonsdale, named after the Lune Valley (Lonsdale)
  • Pendle, named for the Pendle region of Lancashire and Lancaster's role in the Pendle witch trials .

The university has a graduate college:

  • Graduate, built in 1992

Three more colleges were originally planned, but were never built, presumably for financial reasons. The following "forests" should serve as namesake:

  • Rossendale
  • Trawden
  • Gisburn
  • Hyndburn

These colleges would have sprung up south of the campus. A second twin campus with eight other colleges was originally planned on the eastern side of the M6 ​​Motorway in Hazelragg, which was to be connected to the first campus with a flyover. This plan was dropped in the 1970s and the land was sold during times of financial hardship. A large map of the plans existed in University House through the late 1970s.

The buildings contain a number of academic departments, but are primarily residential and leisure facilities, each with its own bar and junior common room. One of the university's promotional arguments is that colleges are more than just residential facilities, they are places of social community life. Every student and member of the university staff is a member of a college. This college culture flourishes not only in Lancaster but also in Oxford, Cambridge and Durham. Students must choose and apply for a college.


Alexandra Square, Lancaster University

The campus is constructed around a central path known as The Spine (backbone, thorn, sting). This trail runs north to south through the campus and is largely protected from the heavy rainfall in Lancashire.

In recent years the structures have been continuously expanded, the most notable example being the construction of Alexandra Park in the southwest of the campus, which now houses the Graduate, Lonsdale and Cartmel colleges. New residential buildings for Furness and Fylde Colleges to the east of the campus were completed in September 2006. The complete rebuilding of Grizedale College and the construction of additional housing options for the county college to the north of the campus should be completed in 2007.

This development has been the subject of controversial discussion due to the rapid expansion, the increase in rental prices required due to the establishment of rooms with private bathrooms and due to the limited newly created leisure area. Around 15 students share bathrooms and kitchens in the older living areas. The communal kitchens are often a place for social interaction. In the newer buildings, however, fewer students share a kitchen and everyone has their own bathroom.

Student activities

There are numerous student associations and societies on campus, including:

  • Bailrigg FM, the student radio
  • Scan, the student union newspaper
  • Lancaster University Cinema, the student body's campus cinema . The cinema was founded in 1965 as the Film Society. The name was changed in May 2004. Performances take place at the Bowland Lecture Theater.

There are various religious and cultural groups as well as hobby-oriented offers ranging from writing to dancing to anime and role-playing games . Every summer, the Roses Tournament (the name goes back to the Wars of the Roses between York and Lancaster), a sporting event in competition with the University of York , takes place. The tournament takes place at the turn of the year in York or Lancaster. In addition, sporting competitions are more likely to take place in competition between the individual colleges than in the inter-university area. The colleges fight for the Carter Shield and the Georg Wyatt Cup and since 2004 the two founding colleges, Bowland and Lonsdale, determine the winner of the Founder's Trophy. The LUSU, the student body, owns a Lancaster nightclub, The Sugar House. This is an essential source of income for the student body. It also has two shops on campus and an administration building. Each college has its own bar. There is also an occasional bar in the Great Hall.


The university's chancellor is Labor politician Alan Milburn , who succeeded mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington in 2015 . This in turn succeeded Princess Alexandra of Kent , who held the post forty years since the university was founded, making her the longest-serving chancellor of all British universities. There have been five vice chancellors in the history of the university:

  • 1964–1980: Sir Charles Carter
  • 1980–1985: Philip Reynolds
  • 1985-1995: Harry Hanham
  • 1995-2002: William Ritchie
  • 2002-2011: Paul Wellings
  • 2011-2019: Mark Smith
  • 2019–2020: Steve Bradley (interim)
  • since 2020: Andy Schofield

Well-known scientists

  • Mike Berners-Lee , Professor of Ecology (at the Institute for Social Futures)
  • Peter Checkland , professor emeritus, developer of the Soft Systems Methodology in systems theory .
  • Cary Cooper is Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School and Pro-Vice Chancellor of External Relations
  • Michael Dillon , professor of politics, author of Politics of Security
  • Alan Dix is a professor in the Computing Department
  • Terry Eagleton , professor of English literature and Marxist literary theorist
  • Norman Fairclough , a proponent of critical discourse analysis, is a retired professor and former professor of language in social life at the Department of Linguistics and English
  • Paul Farleym Lecturer in Creative Writing, Winner of the Whitbread Prize for Poetry (2002) and other awards
  • Gwilym Jenkins (until 1974), Professor of Systems Engineering
  • Bob Jessop , Distinguished Professor of Sociology, State Theorist
  • Geoffrey Leech is Professor Emeritus and was Professor of Linguistics and Modern English. He was part of the team that, with a team based at Oxford University , put together the British National Corpus , a 100 million word collection of spoken and written texts, in the 1990s .
  • Barbara Maher is professor for physical geography and head of the geography department. A specialist in environmental magnetism and paleomagnetism , she received the 2006 Royal Society Wolfson Merit Research Award.
  • George Pickett, professor of low temperature physics, for which the university is world famous. He is one of the main designers of the magnetically cooled refrigerator that allows the university's physics department to reach extremely low temperatures. He is also the author and co-author of several physics textbooks.
  • Jeffrey Richards , professor of cultural history and expert on British pop culture
  • Norman Sherry , Professor of English, 1970-1983. Expert on Graham Greene .
  • Ninian Smart , Founding Professor of Religious Studies, 1967–1982
  • Lucy Suchman , professor of sociology; she made a significant contribution to the understanding of human-computer interaction and is the author of the work Plans and Situated Actions: The Problem of Human-machine Communication (1987). In 1992 she received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.
  • Stephen Taylor , Professor of Finance and the world's leading academic in business mathematics. He is the author of Modeling Financial Time Series (1986) and Asset Price Dynamics, Volatiliy, and Prediction (2005).
  • John Urry was a professor of sociology, best known for his works on tourism, mobility, complexity, and broader social and economic change. His most important works include The Tourist Gaze (Sage, 1990, 2nd edition 2002), Consuming Places (Routledge, 1995), The End of Organized Capitalism (1987) and Economics of Signs and Space (1994, together with Scott Lash ). He has also written important books on Global Complexity (Polity, 2003) and Sociology beyond Societies (Routledge, 2000). He was director of the Center for Mobility Research and a member of the Royal Society of Arts .

Well-known graduates



The university is a member of the International Partnership of Business Schools .


The 2016 Guardian University Guide ranked the university 10th among the UK universities listed. The 2016 Complete University Guide ranked 9th. Worldwide, the university was ranked 121st in the QS World University Rankings 2015-16 and 130th in THE World University Rankings 2015-16. The Management School ( LUMS ) is one of the 1% of business universities worldwide that have triple crown accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS) and, for example, takes 2nd place in the subjects of Marketing, Accounting & Finance or Business Administration and Management. 5th or 10th place in the nationwide Complete University Guide 2016. In the international MBA ranking of the Financial Times, LUMS is currently 35th worldwide and, according to Forbes magazine, offers the 9th best one-year MBA of non-US business schools.

See also

Web links

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Individual evidence

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