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Lancaster Awarded University of the Year Title

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Lancaster University has been named 'University of the Year' by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

The university has been top of the rankings for institutions in the north west of England for more than a decade and this year rose three places to finish sixth in the national league table.

The university has now been ranked within the top 10 universities for the second year running.

Despite finishing a respectable sixth in the national rankings, it was dubbed 'University of the Year' because it has excelled on a social and academic front.

Lancaster University hasn't prioritised growth, unlike some other leading institutions, but instead has committed to becoming a global player in both teaching and research. The university has also invested heavily in its campus, with a £41m redevelopment project due for completion in the next two years.

It's hoped the scheme will create a world-class centre for excellence, innovation and research in health.

The university is also the eighth biggest spender on facilities across the UK, and achieved the seventh best score in the UK for student experience.

Commenting on the decision to award the institution the title of 'University of the Year', The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: "The modern interpretation of a collegiate structure, coupled with flexible degree programmes and academics committed to teaching as well as research has been recognised in consistently good outcomes in the annual National Student Survey. Students love Lancaster.

"Dynamic course content and structure, plus the opportunities many students get to work abroad, is reflected in outstanding graduate prospects once they leave. In the 19 years of our University of the Year awards, there has rarely been a more clear-cut winner."