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Our Vision

As we approach our Golden Jubilee we have a singular strategic ambition which builds on our strengths. Our agenda is simple:

To be a world-class university in the global top 100.

As we approach our 50th Anniversary we should reflect on the brief period since our establishment in 1964 and celebrate our world-wide reputation as a centre for research, scholarship and teaching. This achievement has been built by successive generations of staff and students, and their commitment to quality.

Our Vision for the Future is to be a sustainable and academically excellent institution recognised as one of the leading universities in the world. We will measure our success by:

• The quality of our teaching, research, third mission activities and external engagement.
• Our reputation and impact at all scales, whether these be international, national or regional.
• The global identity and esteem of our multi-cultural staff, students and alumni.

We expect to grow in excellence and to build a network for research and teaching partnerships relevant to the demands of the changing global landscape of higher education. Our priorities will shape our focus and our scale. In research, Lancaster University’s role is to be excellent in a selected number of fields, all of which are internationally recognised. In teaching, Lancaster University’s degrees will be delivered to a wider community of students in a range of locations both in the UK and elsewhere. Our flexibility remains a key strategic asset. We will use our strengths to identify new multi-disciplinary opportunities and be known for taking action.

Over the past decade our focus on quality in research and teaching, while maintaining our long-term financial position, has paid dividends.  This approach has allowed us to build up a number of important centres of excellence and to make a distinctive offer among UK higher education institutions.


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