The main campus of Lancaster University, located at Bailrigg, is open to all, meaning that as well as students, members of the local community are also welcome to use many of the facilities and attend events.
Lancaster Arts is also based on the Bailrigg campus, bringing together a theatre, art gallery and series of concerts. The Nuffield Theatre found onsite is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe and hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art. The Peter Scott Gallery is a small gem of the contemporary art scene, which is open to the public without an entrance fee.
The university was established by a royal charter in 1964 which required that Princess Alexandra of Kent be the first chancellor. Her inauguration ceremony saw various honorary degrees being granted to dignitaries such as Harold Wilson, then serving as Prime Minister. After 40 years, Princess Alexandra retired as chancellor making her the longest serving chancellor of any British university.
Accepting its first students in October of that same year, there were initially 13 professors, 32 members of teaching and research staff, assisted by 8 library staff and 14 administrators for the academic grades. The university adopted the motto “Truth lies open to all” (patet omnibus veritas) to show a more accessible approach to higher education.
The original site of Lancaster was much more centrally located, being based in St Leonard’s Gate in the middle of the city. Today, the campus occupies a picturesque, 360-acre parkland site three miles from the city centre.
The Chancellor’s Medal of Lancaster University is awarded for academic merit to the highest-performing undergraduates and postgraduates. Every year presentations are made to a maximum of five graduates for taught masters’ courses and up to six of the highest-performing undergraduates.
The sports centre is open to members of the general public as well as to students, providing a wide range of facilities, classes and activities. There is also a 2.6 mile Woodland Walk through the beautiful local woodlands and on campus there is also a fitness trail for a free and easily accessible way to exercise, with 11 different stations for carrying out different exercises.
The university library provides a high quality academic environment with space available for individual study and boasting over half a million printed titles available to browse and borrow for research purposes.
Lancaster is one of only a few UK universities to have the collegiate system. There are nine colleges overall, with eight on offer for undergraduate students and one for postgraduates.
Being based in the beautiful Lancashire landscape, the university is located close to both mountains and the sea. The Lake District National Park and the Forest of Bowland, areas of outstanding natural beauty, are also both within easy reach.
Lancaster University consistently shows commitment to the quality of its teaching and research. Recognised for its gold standard of teaching, Lancaster regularly proves itself and is consistently voted one of the best-value universities for students.