#30 Lancaster University




The University 

Whilst the University is relatively young, it has quickly built a reputation as a centre of academic excellence. Lancaster has consistently ranked in the top 10 of the 3 major league tables for academic performance since 2015. It was named Sunday Times University of the Year in 2018, and International University of the Year 2020.

Lancaster University campus is situated within 560 acres of parkland, just 3 miles from Lancaster city centre, and is almost a small town in its own right. It contains a modern library, with an £11 million extension currently underway, a chaplaincy, sports centre, and a range of shops and eateries. Home to 16,000 students from 142 different countries, Lancaster provides a diverse cultural experience, with more than 175 societies covering a range of activities, hobbies and causes.

One of the main assets that sets Lancaster apart from most other universities of a similar calibre is its college system, being one of only 6 collegiate universities in the UK. This increases the sense of community on campus and makes settling in much easier, with lots of support and opportunities to socialise.

Lancaster is a historic city, which features a castle, and the 150ft-tall Ashton Memorial, which overlooks the entire city. It’s also home to the Student’s Union club, which provides the third safest night out in the UK. The city is well placed on rail routes, with fast travel times to Manchester and Liverpool, with London only 2 and a half hours away.

The Boat Club

Lancaster University Boat Club is the oldest sports club at the University, being founded in 1964 - the same year the University was opened. It remains to this day the biggest mixed club on campus, and despite our size, pride ourselves on the family feel that the club provides. The club caters for all levels of experience, from novices to performance athletes, and have ambitious plans for the coming season. 

LUBC's boathouse sits on an undisrupted 3km stretch of the River Lune in Halton, a mile North of Lancaster. It takes the form of the disused Halton Railway Station and has recently been renovated to a high standard. It is home to an extensive fleet of boats, including Hudson, Empacher and Vespoli shells. We specialise in sweep rowing with a fleet of eights, fours and pairs, allowing us to provide top-quality training and racing shells for our athletes.

The club has proved over the years that it is capable of competing at the highest level, with both the Men’s and Women’s squads competing at their respective Henley Regattas and other events of notable prestige across the country.

LUBC has competed in the Roses Boat Race against York University every year since 1964, with historic wins from LUBC in 2018 & 2019. The Roses Boat Race was the first event of the Roses tournament, which today has evolved into the biggest varsity competition in Europe.


LUBC has a small network of coaches, ranging from homegrown alumni who learnt to row at Lancaster and kindly return to pass on their knowledge to others, to a well-qualified coach. They themselves have raised boats to the standard of competitions such as HRR in the past and their level of experience assists in LUBC being able to compete at high-level events up and down the country. As the club relies predominantly on volunteers, we are always looking to expand the coaching team to provide the best University rowing experience for our athletes and ensure that meaningful coaching will be given when out on the water.

The novice squad is supported by the novice coach and captains with occasional input from alumni. This has achieved many good results in the past including notable victories and results at recent Roses and BUCS events. The senior squad is supported by the senior coach who provides athletes with a high level of experience, giving them the confidence to aim for top calibre events and the ability to help the clubs newer athletes to develop themselves as rowers and coxes.x

Contact The Boat Club

Experienced Rowers - lubcseniors@gmail.com

Novice Rowers - lubcnovices@gmail.com

Recent Achievements

  • HRR Prince Albert Qualification ‘18
  • Metropolitan Regatta Tier 3 4+ 18’-19’
  • BUCS Regatta Int 4+ 10th ‘18
  • BUCS Head W4+ 8th ‘20
  • Tyne New Year’s Head W4+ ‘19-’20


  • State of the art Sports Centre, which has seen investments of over £26 million since 2011, including the addition of an extra strength and conditioning room which includes multi purpose power racks, lifting platforms, watt bikes and ski ergs
  • A new studio in 2020 that LUBC will have exclusive access to during the week for training
  • The Halton Station Boathouse, situated on the River Lune
  • 22 Concept 2 ergs owned by the club
  • Extensive fleet of boats, including Hudson, Empacher and Vespoli shells


Alex Brogan, Club Captain ‘17-’18, Part-time Coach ‘18-’20

“With recent investment and results which speak for themselves, it’s a pleasure to watch the LUBC family continue to grow. Yet still, the caring, tight-knit community feeling still exists within the club. Part of the beauty of being involved in a student-led institution are the opportunities afforded to be involved in the running, development and direction of the club. I feel incredibly lucky to have had my time in LUBC, made the dearest of friends and learnt the skills which have taken me forwards in life and the sport.” 


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