Lancaster University, officially The University of Lancaster,is a public research university in Lancaster, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
The university was established by Royal Charter in 1964 and initially based in St Leonard's Gate until moving to a purpose-built 300 acre campus at Bailrigg in 1968. Since its establishment Lancaster has expanded rapidly and now has the 11th highest research quality in the UK and is the 16th highest ranking research institution according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise. The university has an annual income of £180 million3,025 staff and 12,525 students.
Along with the universities of Durham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York, Lancaster is a member of the N8 Group of research universities. Lancaster was ranked 7th in the 2013 Guardian University Guide,9th in the 2013 Complete University Guide, 8th in the Times Higher Education (THE) Table, and 9th in the 2012 Good University Guide.It was also ranked 124th internationally in The World University Rankings 2011 163rd in the 2012 QS World University Rankings, and 9th best university in the world under 50 years old.
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Every summer term the students take part in the Roses Tournament against the University of York. The venue of the event alternates annually between Lancaster and York. Other sporting activities are focused on inter-college competition rather than on national leagues. The colleges compete for the Carter Shield and the George Wyatt Cup. In 2004 the Founder's Trophy was played for the first time between the university's two founding colleges, Bowland and Lonsdale. The university also has a representative club, Furness Rovers, in division 2 of the North Lancashire and District Football League.
Lancaster University Athletics Club (LUAC) was formed in May 2011. The start of the 2011/12 academic year saw the first athletes join the club and by the end of the year receive awards for LUSU 'Society of the Year 2012' and were winners of the Lancaster Athletics Cup 2012. This academic year (2012/13) the club has been given the opportunity to compete in BUCS and Roses along with other sporting societies at Lancaster University.
There is a medical service in the University.
Lancaster University Students' Union ("LUSU") is the representative body of students at the university. Unusually, there is no main union building – instead the union is organised through the eight college JCRs, each of which has its own social venues and meeting spaces. The union is, however, allocated an administration building by the university. SCAN (acronym for Student Comments And News) is the Students' Union newspaper and was established in 1967, making it the oldest student media on campus. LUSU owns a nightclub in Lancaster called The Sugarhouse, operates two shops on the campus on LUSU Shop and LUSU Central and also an off campus housing agency LUSU Living.
Sugar House Nightclub
LUSU also helps to support LUSU Involve, which is one of the leading volunteering units in Higher Education institutions in the UK. It provides unique, valuable and effective opportunities for Lancaster University students to improve their skills by engaging with the local and international community.
There are over 200 different societies operating within the University of Lancaster. Common areas include sports, hobbies, politics, academic, culture and religion. There are several fairs during the Freshers period in which various clubs and societies promote themselves. Bailrigg FM is the student radio station and Take 2 Cinema is on-campus cinema, based in Bowland College Lecture Theatre.