Lancaster University

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The University of Lancaster (English Lancaster University, officially University of Lancaster ) is a public university campus in Lancaster, England in the UK with over 17,000 students. The university is located in national rankings regularly among the best colleges, especially in the area of ​​research. The 2011 Guardian University Guide rated the Lancaster University in 6th place among all universities in the UK. The 2011 Complete University Guide awarded 8th place at the Lancaster University and the Good University Guide 2011 rated Lancaster in 10th place a. The Management School ( LUMS ) is adjacent to the London Business School, the only university that has a 6- star ranking. The star ranking in the UK is decisive for the allocation of research funds. In international MBA ranking of the Financial Times, the LUMS is currently ranked 22 in the area of ​​doctoral programs she is on the 5th place worldwide. The Department of Physics has several world records for the lowest constant temperature ever reached broken. The Management School offers a Master's Program, which in 2010 was the world according to the Financial Times ranking of business schools in 24th place. The average starting salary for the master's degree is 112.214 U.S. dollars, making it the 24th highest average salary for a Master Program worldwide.


The university was founded in 1964 and developed from then on to a prestigious British university.


The university had originally two colleges, Bowland and Lonsdale (where Bowland was built first and Lonsdale was completed a year later ).

Since then it has grown rapidly and now has eight undergraduate colleges, all of which were named after the historic boundaries of the county of Lancashire:

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

The University has a Graduate College:

  • Graduate built in 1992

Originally three more colleges were planned, but were probably never built due to financial reasons. The following " forests " should serve as a name:

  • Rossendale
  • Trawden
  • Gisburn
  • Hyndburn

These colleges would be south of the campus emerged. Originally, a second twin campus was planned with eight other colleges on the east side of the M6 Motorways in Hazelragg, which should be connected to the first campus with an overpass. This plan was dropped in the 1970s and sold the land in times of financial difficulties. A large map of the plans existed until the late 1970s in the University House.

The college buildings include a number of academic departments, but are primarily residential and recreational facilities, each with its own bar and common room (Junior Common Room ). A selling point of the university is that the colleges more than just living facilities, are in fact the place of social community life. Every student and every member of the university staff is a member of a college. These college culture is flourishing not only in Lancaster but also in Oxford, Cambridge and Durham. The students have to choose a college and apply for this.


The campus is situated around a central path, which is known as The Spine ( spine, thorn, prickle ), constructed around. This path leads from north to south through the campus and is protected for the most part from the frequent rains in Lancashire.

In recent years, the University has been continuously expanded, with the most notable example of the construction of the Alexandra Park in the southwest of the campus is in the Lonsdale and Cartmel are now the Graduate College. New residential buildings for the colleges Furness and Fylde in the east of the campus were completed in September 2006. The complete construction of the new Grizedale College and construction of further housing opportunities for the County College in the north of the campus should be completed in 2007.

This development is due to the rapid expansion, has been controversial through the establishment of necessary rooms with private bathroom increase in rental rates and due to the limited newly created recreational area. In the older residential areas located approximately 15 students sharing communal bathrooms and kitchens. The shared kitchens are often a place of social interaction. In the newer buildings have less contrast, students share a kitchen and each has a private bathroom.

Student Activities

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

  • Bailrigg FM, the student radio
  • Scan, the newspaper of the student body
  • Lancaster University Cinema, the campus cinema of the student body. The theater was founded in 1965 as the Film Society. The name was changed in May 2004. Performances will take place in the Bowland Lecture Theatre.

There are various religious and cultural groups and hobby -oriented offers of writing about dancing to anime and role playing games. Every summer, the Roses Tournament ( the name goes on the run between York and Lancaster Rose wars back ), a sporting event in competition with the University of York, instead. The tournament will take place in York or Lancaster in the year. In addition, athletic competitions are held each other than in the inter -university sector more in the contest of the individual colleges. The colleges compete for the Carter Shield and the George Wyatt Cup since 2004 and identify the two founding colleges, Bowland and Lonsdale, the winner of the Founder's Trophy. The Lousou, the student body, and offers a nightclub in Lancaster, 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. Every college has its own bar, in addition there is an open bar on certain occasions in the Great Hall.

The Chancellor

The Chancellor of the University 's Sir Chris Bornington who has been in office since January 2005. He is the successor of Princess Alexandra of Kent, who held the post of forty years from the founding of the University, which she was the longest serving Chancellor of all UK universities. There were five Vice-Chancellor in the University's history:

Famous Scientists

  • Peter Checkland, Professor Emeritus, developer of Soft Systems Methodology in systems theory.
  • Cary Cooper is Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School, Pro - Vice-Chancellor for External Relations
  • Michael Dillon, Professor of Politics, author of "Politics of Security "
  • Alan Dix is Professor in the Department Computing
  • Terry Eagleton, Professor of English Literature, Marxist literary theorist.
  • Norman Fairclough, a proponent of critical discourse analysis, Emeritus Professorunf is formerly a professor of language in social life at the Department of Linguistics and English Language
  • Paul Farleym lecturer in creative writing, winner of the Whitbread Prize for poetry (2002) and other prices
  • Gwilym Jenkins ( until 1974 ), Professor of Systems Engineering
  • Bob Jessop, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, political theorist
  • Geoffrey Leech is Emeritus Professor and was a professor of Linguistics and Modern English Language. He was part of the team. During the 1990s, with a team that had his seat at Oxford University, the British National Corpus, a 100 million -word collection of spoken and written texts compiled,
  • Barbara Maher is Professor of Physical Geography and Head of the Geography Department. As a specialist in the field of 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 famous. He is one of the chief designer of the magnetically -cooled refrigerator, which allows the Physics Department of the University to achieve the lowest temperatures. He is the author and co-author of several physics textbooks.
  • Jeffrey Richards, professor of cultural history and an expert on British pop culture
  • Norman Sherry, Professor of English, 1970-1983. Expert for Graham Greene.
  • Ninian Smart, founding Professor of Religious Studies, 1967-1982
  • Lucy Suchman, Professor of Sociology, she contributed greatly to knowledge of human-computer interaction in 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 world-leading scientists for Industrial Mathematics. He is the author of the works " Modelling Financial Time Series " (1986) and " Asset Price Dynamics, Volatiliy, and Prediction " (2005).
  • John Urry is Professor of Sociology, known for his works on tourism, mobility, complexity and broader social and economic change. His major 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, along with Scott Lash ). He has also written important books on "Global Complexity" ( Polity, 2003) and " Sociology Beyond Societies " ( Routledge, 2000). He is director of the Center for Mobility Research and a member of the Royal Society of Arts.

Known graduates

  • Richard Allinson, DJ for BBC Radio 2
  • Antony Burgmans, Chairman of Unilever
  • Alan Campbell, member of the British House of Commons for the Labour Party
  • Martin Close and Peter Whalley, the Coronation Street writers
  • Robert Fisk ( born 1946 ), journalist
  • Tina Gaudoin, journalist
  • Martin J. Goodman ( PhD in Creative Writing, 2007), journalist and writer
  • Irving Hexham, Professor of Religious Studies
  • Justin Hill ( MA in Creative Writing, 2000), writer
  • John C. Hull, professor of finance at the Rotman School, University of Toronto
  • Ralph Ineson, actor
  • D. F. Lewis, Science Fiction Writers
  • James May ( born 1963 ), presenter of Top Gear
  • Alan Milburn, politician of the Labour Party
  • Andrew Miller, ( PhD in Creative Writing, 1997), writer
  • Jacob Polley (MA in Creative Writing, 1997), poet
  • Jason Queally (born 1970 ), Olympic Cyclists
  • Andy Serkis, Actor
  • Ranvir Singh, presenter and reporter for "North West Tonight" at the BBC
  • Nahed Taher, CEO of Gulf One Investment Bank
  • Gary Waller, politicians of the Conservative Party


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