Lancaster University is a world class department that combines critical and creative excellence. Focused on both literary study and creative writing, its teaching is informed by award-winning writing and outstanding scholarship. LU’s staff includes three Distinguished Visiting Professors representing this critical-creative identity: Terry Eagleton, a world-famous literary critic, and Paul Muldoon, one of the greatest living poets and Benoit Peeters, who is the UK’s first Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art. Top level academics, practising award-winning poets and novelists teach students at all levels. Lancaster University’s high standing is reflected in its national ranking, being 1st in the UK for Creative Writing and 8th for English in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
The distinguished staff, together with the high quality of students, ensure a dynamic environment for undergraduates and postgraduates alike. Lancaster University places a very high value on both teaching and research as well as on the care for students. In the national Research Exercise (REF) 2014 they were ranked 3rd in its discipline in terms of research power (with an 85% submission), 3rd for research environment. LU is also proud of its ability to make its research accessible and relevant to society and was ranked 7th for impact. As this suggests, its department combines intellectual excellence and rigour with a friendly and conducive atmosphere for study.