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.