Lancaster University Management School

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Lancaster University Management School
LUMS logo
TypeBusiness School
DeanProfessor Claire Leitch
United Kingdom

Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) is the business school of Lancaster University in Lancaster, England. The school's history can be traced back to the establishment of departments of marketing and of operational research at the university's foundation in 1964 these and other related departments were organised into the "School of Business and Organizational Studies" in 1969. A full range of subjects are taught, ranging from undergraduate degrees to postgraduate degrees, including executive and full-time MBAs, PhDs and post-experience executive education.


Lancaster University was founded in 1964, with departments including marketing and the first department of operational research in Europe.;[1][2] At that time, a deliberate decision was made not to establish a general business school in competition to those being set up in the wake of the Franks report in London and Manchester, and at other universities. However, within five years it was proposed to unify work in marketing, operational research, financial control, systems engineering, relevant parts of economics, computer science (then considered part of mathematics) and politics into a Lancaster Centre for Business Studies. After politics was removed from the plan and a new Department of Organizational Research created,[a] this became a reality under the name of the School of Business and Organizational Studies in 1969.[3] In 1974 the name of the school was changed to the School of Management and Organizational Science "to reflect more accurately the school's wide spread of interests in business, commerce, the trade unions and the public services".[4]

The school remained an assembly of largely autonomous departments until Alan Mercer was appointed to a three-year term as chair in 1982. He reorganised the school into the integrated Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) against stiff opposition, transforming it into a cohesive unit. Later, as associate dean for research, he persuaded the departments to make a single submission as LUMS to the 1992 Research Assessment Exercise, resulting in a top-grade of '5' for the school and contributing significantly to moving Lancaster into the top ten UK universities by research rating.[5][6]

The MBA course was introduced in 1989.[7]

Campus and facilities[edit]

Lancaster City Centre
Management School Hub

LUMS is one of the four faculties of Lancaster University and is situated on the university campus, south of the city of Lancaster. The campus consists of a number of new buildings and facilities grouped together near the south end of the campus.

Within the Management School, the Hub area and atrium of the school opened in 2005. The Charles Carter Building opened in 2010 and provides additional teaching and study facilities. The West Pavilion building opened in 2021, providing new lecture theatres, study and teaching space. From 2022, it is home to the Departments of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Marketing, and Organisation, Work and Technology.[8]


LUMS has worked in partnership with many companies to develop customised executive education. Partners have included: AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Bass, British Airways, Pilkington, Rexam, Royal & Sun Alliance and Total. The School has worked with many public sector organisations including the NHS and The UK Cabinet Office.[9] Through its Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, it also provides business support and knowledge transfer for small and medium enterprises in England's North West region. LUMS was awarded a Small Business Charter Gold Award[10] in 2014.

In 2005, LUMS partnered with Ernst & Young to offer undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Finance, in which students undertake two periods of paid work-experience with Ernst & Young, in preparation for a Chartered Accountant career. Several LUMS postgraduate programmes have modules designed and delivered by employers – these include Accenture, Deloitte, Cisco, IBM and SAP AG.

Academic profile[edit]

Seven subject areas exist within the Management School: Accounting and Finance, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Management Science, Marketing, Organisation, Work and Technology, and Business and Management.


In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Lancaster University Management School submitted to Unit of Assessment (UoA) 17: Business and Management Studies. LUMS was ranked 1st in the UK for 'research power' - a recognition of breadth and depth of research expertise; equal-first for research environment (both of these rankings were retained from the previous REF in 2014); and 21st for grade point average (GPA).[11][12]

The School's research focuses around three main pillars: Sustainability; Social Justice; and Innovation in Place.[13] Ten research centres allow researchers from different departments to work together on projects. It hosts the Sir Roland Smith Chair in Strategic Management.[14]

Research centres[edit]

The school contains a number of research centres:[15]

  • Centre for Consumption Insights
  • Centre for Family Business
  • Centre for Financial Econometrics, Asset Markets and Macroeconomic Policy
  • Centre for Health Futures
  • Centre for Marketing Analytics and Forecasting
  • Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business
  • Centre for Practice Theory (in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University)
  • Centre for Productivity and Efficiency
  • Centre for Technological Futures
  • Centre for Transport and Logistics


Postgraduate study[edit]

LUMS delivers a range of taught and research courses, catering for continuing students and professional and executive training. Postgraduate students who study at LUMS are automatically made members of Graduate College.[16]

Undergraduate study[edit]

LUMS currently[when?] has 2,268 undergraduate students enrolled, all of which will have been assigned to a college of Lancaster University in their first year. Most programmes offer the capability to take part in an industrial placement year. It is argued that such placement- or internship-focused degrees enhance students' employability upon completion of degree programmes.[17]


A range of extra-curricular opportunities exist at LUMS, in addition to those available within Lancaster University. Each year, the School submits a number of teams into the UK IBM Business Challenge and is involved in numerous case competitions.

Study abroad and international exchanges[edit]

Lancaster University has an international exchange programme of which LUMS is an active member. Study Abroad Programmes enable students from one host university or institution to "swap" places with another from an alternative institution so that both may enjoy a new culture, setting and different approach to learning. Many of the undergraduate programmes at LUMS include the option to study abroad for periods ranging from one term to one year.

Reputation and accreditation[edit]

In 2022, Lancaster University was ranked in the top 15 UK universities in several major national league tables (outlined in table below). LUMS is one of a small group of business schools in the world to have achieved triple accreditation by the leading international business school accreditation organisations:

It also holds a Small Business Charter award from the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and was awarded an Athena Swan Bronze award in 2021, in recognition of its commitment to advancing gender equality.[18]

Lancaster University Management School Rankings[edit]

Ranking Place Year
Research Excellence Framework (REF)[19] 1st in UK for Research Power;[20][21] =1st in UK for Research Environment (Business and Management Studies) 2021
Financial Times European Business Schools[22] 54th in Europe; 10th in the UK 2022
Financial Times Global MBA Ranking[23] 8th in the UK; 21st in Europe; =76th Globally 2022
Financial Times Executive MBA Global Ranking[24] 9th in the UK; 95th Globally 2022
The Economist Which MBA?[25] 10th in the UK, 89th Globally 2022
The Economist Which MBA? (Executive MBA)[26] 5th in the UK, 59th Globally 2020
QS Global MBA rankings[27] 12th in UK, 41st in Europe 2023
QS Global Executive MBA rankings[28] 75th Globally; 30th in Europe; 10th in the UK 2022
Financial Times Global Master's in Finance (Pre-Experience)[29] 9th in the UK; 46th in the World 2022
QS Business Master's Rankings[30] Master's in Marketing 35th Globally, 8th in UK; Master's in Business Analytics 22nd in Europe, 6th in UK; Master's in Finance =58th Globally, 35th in Europe, 10th in UK; Master's in Management =67th Globally, 10th in UK. 2023


Silver award for Lancaster University researcher at STEM for Britain contest.[31]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Programme of Study Year Current Status
Antony Burgmans MA Marketing 1971 Chairman – Unilever
Gillian Merron BSc Management Science 1980 Held an MP seat for Lincolnshire and Minister of State for Public Health until May 2010.
Nahed Taher PhD Economics 2001 Founder and CEO – Gulf One Investment Bank
Ricky Wong BA Accounting & Finance 2002 CEO – Asia Media
Richard Allinson BSc Economics 1980 BBC Radio 2 Broadcaster
Richard Cousins MSc Operational Research 1981 CEO – Compass Group
Rob Holden BA Economics 1977 Former CEO – Crossrail (till 2011)
Randall Zindler MBA 1999 CEO – Medair
Gian Fulgoni MA Marketing 1970 Founder & chairman – ComScore
John C. Hull MA Operational Research 1969 Professor of Derivatives & Risk ManagementUniversity of Toronto
W. Brian Arthur MA Operational Research 1967 Economist – Santa Fe Institute & Stanford University
Rainer Hersch BA Economics 1985 Comedian
Ruth Dianne Hines PhD Accounting 1994 Accounting academic, poet, and children's author
Collette Roche BBA Management 1997 Chief Operating Officer at Manchester United Football Club


  1. ^ Lancaster University used Oxford spelling for its department names


  1. ^ "About the Department". Department of Management Science, Lancaster University Management School. Retrieved 13 September 2023.
  2. ^ "About the Department". Department of Marketing, Lancaster University Management School. Retrieved 13 September 2023.
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  13. ^ "Research at Lancaster University Management School". Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  14. ^ "Sir Roland Smith chair". Times Higher Education (THE). 11 November 2005. Retrieved 26 May 2023.
  15. ^ "Research Centres". Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  16. ^ Alumni profiles, LUMS, University of Lancaster, UK.
  17. ^ "Enhancing Graduate Employability: Embedding Employability into the Curriculum". Enhancing Employability NGO. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
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  27. ^ "QS Global MBA Rankings 2023". Retrieved 7 December 2022.
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  31. ^ Rouncivell, Gayle (30 March 2023). "Silver award for Lancaster University researcher at STEM for Britain contest". Lancaster Guardian.

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