Employment at universities

Key point

  • In 2022/23 there were 5,575 academic, 4,160 non-academic and 800 other full and part time staff at the four universities that have campuses in Lancashire. Not all of these staff necessarily work in Lancashire

Universities have a range of different sites and in some cases these are in different counties. The figures provide accurate numbers of employees by institution, but not all the above employees, especially in the case of the University of Cumbria, are be based in Lancashire.    

The vast majority of University of Central Lancashire employees are in Preston, but the institution has an important presence at centres in Burnley and outside the county in Cumbria.  

Edge Hill is a former college of higher education. The main campus is in Ormskirk but there are also outreach centres across the North West and beyond therefore some of the employees will not be based in Lancashire. Lancaster University has its main campus at Bailrigg, to the south of Lancaster City but has regional teaching partnerships across Lancashire, in Manchester and Barrow-in-Furness, as well as at international locations in China, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia and Malaysia. Of the 4,000+ employees worldwide, most are based at its Bailrigg campus. The University of Cumbria is an institution with its main base outside the county, but an important site is the Lancaster campus.    

University employment in Lancashire, 2020/21-2022/23 (headcount) 

 Academic institution    2020/21    2021/22    2022/23
 Academic Non-academic  Atypical (1)   Academic  Non-academic  Atypical (1)  Academic Non-academic  Atypical (1) 
University of Central Lancashire  1,595  1,555  25  1,710 1,565  25  1,780  1,625  20 
Edge Hill University  905  1,020  525  945  550  970  590 
University of Lancaster 2,100  1,935  175  2,240  1,920  195  2,250  1,980  190 
 University of Cumbria (numbers include Lancaster campus) 465  535  520  525  575  555 
 United Kingdom 224,530  191,440  59,120  234,020  192,270  62,730  240,420  198,835  62,690 

Source  Higher Education Statistics Agency

(1) Atypical employees cover non-permanent staff employed on one-off/short-term contracts, and those with complex working relationships.  

In addition to the four universities, there are examples of local academic institutions in the county that work in partnership with the universities in Lancashire, or those in other parts of the country, to offer degree level courses. One distinct example is the University College of Football Business (UCFB) at Turf Moor, Burnley. UCFB allows students to study for an undergraduate degree in football business within the heart of a professional football club. The courses are provided in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University.

Page updated July 2024