Lancaster named ‘University of the Year’ at Educate North Awards

The University’s Regional Heritage Centre also won the Community Engagement Award – University Sector award alongside Edge Hill University


Lancaster University has been named ‘University of the Year’ at the Educate North Awards.

This came with a double win as its Regional Heritage Centre was a joint winner of the Community Engagement Award – University Sector award.

Educate North’s University of the Year award commends leading institutions across the North of the United Kingdom.

The panel of judges who decided the winner aimed to recognise an institution that performs well across a range of areas, including teaching, research, student experience, internationalisation, innovation and economic impact. The judging panel said: “The 2023 judging panel consider Lancaster to be an outstanding example of an institution committed to achieving the highest possible standards for its students and for the communities it serves.

“It ranks high on key metrics from student satisfaction and expertise of its teaching staff as well working hard to develop key sustainable and environmental initiatives.

“Educate North strives to encourage excellence and continual improvement and in the 2023 winner of University of the Year we have a model to inspire others.”

Vice-Chancellor Andy Schofield, regarding the win, said: “The honour of being nominated for this award, when we consider our place alongside universities which carry such strong national and global reputations, is not lost on us.

“The credit certainly belongs to our staff and our students. From academics, professional services, library and facilities colleagues, our staff have been working tirelessly to pursue teaching and research of the very highest calibre, all the while giving our students what I think is a wonderful environment to live and to learn in. Our students take what they learn, and then do us and themselves proud as they embark on their lives and careers.

“So, it’s on their behalf that I’d like to thank the judging panel for nominating Lancaster for this great award – and my congratulations of course to all the other winners and nominees.”

The recognition for Lancaster’s Regional Heritage Centre is also significant, with the judges commending its “great reach into Northern communities bringing human stories and history alive.”

The Educate North Awards launched in 2015 aiming to celebrate, recognise and share best practice and excellence in the education sector in the North of the United Kingdom. Find out more on the Educate North website.