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Research at Lancaster

The quality, reach and significance of research produced in Lancaster University's vibrant research environment is world leading.

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REF 2021

The UK Government's Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirms Lancaster as a home of world-leading research.

REF 2021 results

Lancaster's research environment

REF 2021 rated 99% of Lancaster's overall research environment as 4* 'world leading' or 3* 'internationally excellent'.

This includes support and training of research students, research integrity, equality and diversity, as well as facilities available to support research.

This is Lancaster: A global research community changing lives

We're proud of our research and the difference it makes locally and around the world. We'd like to introduce you to the fascinating and diverse work we do here, and the incredible people who make it all possible.

Find Lancaster University research

Lancaster's Research Directory allows you to search for specific people or publications, or find a list of our research groups.

Research Directory
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Interdisciplinary research

A major strength of Lancaster University is its thriving ecosystem of interdisciplinary research.

This collaborative approach is fostered by our mixture of formal and informal structures - including Institutes and University Research Centres - bringing together experts from different disciplines to address regional, national and global challenges.

  • Security Lancaster

    Working with government and industry to find new ways for individuals, organisations and societies to secure and protect themselves.

  • Data Science Institute

    Taking a joined-up approach to data-driven research challenges, from infrastructure and fundamentals to global problems and the legal and ethical issues of 'big data'.

  • Materials Science Institute

    Our new institute is home to a field of study practised at a handful of world-class, research-led UK universities and equivalent universities globally.

  • Institute for Social Futures

    Combining social science and humanities with science and technology research to discover routes to the futures we want and need.

  • The Ruskin

    Home to the leading collection of the works of John Ruskin (1819-1900), the epoch-defining writer, artist and social thinker.

  • Energy Lancaster

    Experts from across Lancaster University working with global partners to the develop secure and sustainable energy supplies.

  • Centre for Mobility Studies

    Combining social theory with research and innovation to bring long-term sustainability to mobile life.

  • The Pentland Centre

    A world-class hub for transdisciplinary research on sustainability in business.

Faculties and Departments

See the full list of Lancaster's faculties, departments, institutes and research centres.

Research stories

Lancaster University research stories from the past few weeks:

The place for the researcher

Home to 1,500+ academics and research staff, and close to 2,000 postgraduate research students, Lancaster University aims to develop a culture and environment that enables world-class research. Our community of researchers transform lives and communities, changing practice and thinking across the globe. Discover what drives our researchers to connect globally, push disciplinary boundaries, take risks, ask the big questions and improve the world around them.

Support for Researchers

Providing support and development opportunities for researchers is a key part of Lancaster's research strategy:

Research Services

Lancaster’s Research Services team provides support for all aspects of externally-funded research activities.

Our experts help academic staff to:

  • Identify funding opportunities
  • Develop applications
  • Cost proposals
  • Deal with post-award administration

The team also provides University-wide support for research governance and ethics, REF, research contracts and research information and systems.

Research Services

Researcher Development

The development of our researchers is central to the success of Lancaster's 2020 strategy.

As part of our People Strategy, we are fully committed to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and have an action plan in place to support its implementation.

Lancaster's demonstrated commitment to the Concordat has received European recognition in the form of the HR Excellence in Research award, first awarded to the institution in 2011, retained in 2013 and again in 2016.

Researcher Development