University of Central Lancashire

2015 League Table Ranking 90
2015 Overall Score 566
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  • The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was founded in 1828 as the ‘Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge’, becoming a university in 1992.
  • Centred in Preston, UCLan has further campuses at Westlakes in West Cumbria (nuclear and energy-related research programmes), Burnley and Cyprus.
  • UClan’s international community of staff and students is close to 38,000.

Location and Transport

  • Excellent road and rail links.
  • Being just 50 minutes away from Manchester and Liverpool, the University is also only a little over 2 hours from London by train. On the doorstep of the Lake District, the city of Preston is surrounded by beautiful countryside but is also in easy reach of the coast, with Blackpool a short bus journey away.
  • The city is served by an excellent local bus network with several services stopping frequently at University locations.
  • Preston and South Ribble benefit from over 50km of traffic-free cycle paths and the 20mph zones around the campus mean that it is safer to cycle on the campus roads too. There are bike racks across campus.

Entry Standards

  • Average entry offer ranges from BCC to ABB – see the UCLan website for more details about entry requirements for specific courses.
  • Foundation courses are available as access routes to all courses.
  • UCLan welcomes all adult learners and will take into consideration your previous skills and experience instead of the normal entry requirements.


Student Mix

The 26585 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

UCLan offers students great flexibility:

  • Over 500 undergraduate courses and over 200 taught postgraduate programmes.
  • Electives are used to broaden the curriculum and offer you greater choice.  
  • Opportunities for part-time and distance learning. An increasing number of courses offered as evening classes.
  • Opportunities to study part of your course at UCLan Cyprus or at partner organisations in countries such as China, the Middle East or the USA.
  • All undergraduates have the opportunity to study a foreign language (including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian) in addition to their main studies.
  • Staff will help you source structured work experience placements in the UK and abroad, from the University’s great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAe Systems and Apple as well as literally thousands of smaller companies.

Teaching Standards

  • In addition to UCLan’s roster of world-leading and internationally-acclaimed research staff, the University will give you access to professionally-qualified practitioners with industry experience.
  • UCLan academics are regularly recognised with prestigious national teaching fellowships by the Higher Education Academy.
  • A total of 18 subject areas are ranked in the top 20 nationally (2013 National Student Survey).
  • UCLan was the only UK University to be newly admitted to the QS World University Rankings in 2010. 
  • The University holds four QS stars out of a possible five by the compilers of the QS World University Rankings for 'demonstrating excellence in both teaching and research' and for providing 'an excellent environment for students and faculty'. Within the sub-areas, UCLan has the maximum of five stars for teaching, infrastructure, internationalisation and engagement. Plus, the University has the subject area of Law included in the World Top 200.
  • UCLan has consistently performed well in subject reviews and institutional audits undertaken by the Quality Assurance Agency and is recognised in particular for its 'strategic, thorough and effective institutional approach to quality enhancement' (2008 QAA Institutional Audit).

Research Standards

  • UCLan prides itself on conducting world-leading research with real world impact.
  • UCLan researchers are undertaking research across a wide range of disciplines, with talented teams and fantastic facilities, working to solve the big research questions. For example:
  • UCLan’s nurse-led stroke research unit – the only one of its kind in the UK - advises the Department of Health. 
  • UCLan works closely with NASA and benefits from two observatories in Britain and a share in the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) project – the largest single dish telescope in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • UCLan is one of the only UK universities to incorporate 3D technology into its games development and teaching through a unique industry partnership with the Stereoscopic 3D group at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
  • UCLan has 85 professors, over 600 research or knowledge transfer-active members of staff, and 700 research students.
  • The University consistently invests in its international research centres which include the UK's first International Centre for Sign Language and Deaf Studies; and a nanotechnology research base in China's Shenzhen Virtual University Park.
  • It has achieved global recognition from its peers, with 11 areas of research judged as ‘world-leading’ and a further seven areas graded as ‘Internationally Excellent’  in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008).
  • UCLan’s Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme is one of the largest in the UK and draws students from across the arts, sciences, health and business disciplines to work on a huge range of research projects for a period of up to 10 weeks. This initiative enhances a variety of academic and employability skills, leading to some students presenting at the Houses of Parliament and having articles published in journals. 
  • The UCLan Undergraduate Research Society funds conference visits and organises special events for students.

Academic Strengths

  • Choose from a wide range of courses across a strong academic portfolio: from Forensic Chemistry to Fashion Brand Management; from Architecture to Journalism; including respected courses in Dentistry and Pharmacy.
  • Many UCLan courses are accredited by professional and statutory bodies.
  • Strong focus on employability for all courses.  As a result of close links with a huge range of employers such as BAE Systems, the NHS, BNFL and NASA, visitors from industry contribute to career development activity while students can undertake short-term internships and longer-term work placements to gain essential work experience and enhance employability skills.
  • Nearly 90% of UCLan graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.
  • UCLan is one of the country’s most entrepreneurial universities, according to the latest Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey.
  • UCLan is consistently in the UK’s top three universities for the number of graduate start-ups.  Plus, thanks to the support offered by UCLan, 77% of those start-ups are still trading after two years.
  • Students are supported in finding work and study opportunities abroad. UCLan’s Travel Bursaries have been taken up by hundreds of students, keen to add a truly international aspect to their CV. Students can study part of their course at our Cyprus campus or our global network of partners, including China, the Middle East and the USA.

Student Facilities

  • Over £100 million recently invested in teaching, learning and leisure facilities, including new buildings, improved learning technology and world-class sporting facilities.
  • 24/7 access to a recently refurbished library with a fantastic range of facilities including group and individual study pods, laptops to borrow and a cafe.
  • Excellent online resources, available 24/7 and accessible remotely,
  • 24-hour access to computers, with more than 1,500 situated throughout the university plus Wi-Fi available throughout the campus.
  • Highlights include Europe's largest 3D lecture theatre, forensic crime scene houses, biomechanic labs, clinical skills labs, motorsports workshop, child observation lab, moot court room, plus much more.
  • UCLan’s Careers centre brings together advice on careers and work placements, employability and enterprise course electives, business start-up and self-employment services. 
  • The Multi-Faith Centre welcomes all students and staff.

Disability Services

  • Visit the website for information about the disability services at UCLan, available from application to graduation.
  • To contact the Disability Advisory Service at UCLan, telephone/textphone 01772 892593, fax 01772 892939 or email
  • You can view a detailed accessibility guide for UCLan on the DisabledGo website [link].

Students' Union

  • The award-winning SU has one of the largest student venues in the country: the £6.5-million 53 Degrees (with a 1,500-capacity venue on the ground floor and a more intimate 400-capacity club upstairs) hosts concerts, club nights and comedy. The venue won the Best Campus Venue award from Live UK Music in 2011.
  • UCLan SU was ranked in the top 25% nationally for its support, activities and academic representation in the  2013 National Student Survey.
  • Diverse range of sporting clubs, societies and a Give It A Go programme ensures you have the opportunity to get involved and to boost your CV.
  • Get involved in student media including our weekly newspaper, monthly lifestyle magazine and radio and tv stations.


  • The Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre is a £13 million indoor sports facility on campus, including an international standard double sports hall, studios for a wide range of exercise classes and an extensive fitness suite with state-of-the-art equipment. STFSC also hosts martial arts, racket sports including squash, team games and various tournaments, courses and events.
  • The Olympic-standard UCLan Sports Arena provides some of the best facilities for outdoor sport in the region, including an athletics track, cycle track, floodlit full-size all-weather pitches for football and hockey, tennis and netball courts, a fitness suite and facilities for high-performance training. UCLan’s facilities were used as an official training camp for athletes in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games and it was the only UK university to act as an official training venue for the Rugby League World Cup in 2013.
  • UCLan’s partner institution Myerscough College boasts the International Centre for Golf Education.
  • For students looking for a competitive sporting challenge, UCLan boasts nearly 50 teams in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) league.
  • For those wanting to try something different, Sport 4 U offers you the chance to try new sports on a casual basis or enter competitive leagues with your friends.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In recent years, UCLan has invested over £100 million in enhancing its campus environments, infrastructure and technological support for both academic and non-academic activities. New facilities related to this investment include:
  • The £12.5 million JB Firth Building catering for courses and research programmes in forensic science, fire engineering and chemistry.
  • UCLan’s Olympic standard £13 million Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.
  • The £15 million Media Factory incorporating state-of-the-art facilities for digital media and performing arts students, together with a business incubator facility.
  • UCLan’s £5.3 million Allen Building includes some of Europe’s most advanced facilities for students studying within the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
  • The €53-m UCLan Cyprus campus opened in 2012.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Opportunities Centre advertises part- and full-time jobs to fit in and around students' timetables as well as volunteering opportunities.
  • The Preston campus is in the city centre, providing you plenty of opportunities for part-time work in retail and bar work.

Notable Alumni

UCLan is proud of its global family of over 130,000 former students.  Notable alumni include:

  • Victoria Derbyshire – broadcaster, BBC Five Live.
  • Simon Kellner – former Editor of the Independent.
  • Richard Frediani – Programme Editor of ITV’s early evening news programme and BAFTA winner.
  • Carl Lygo – CEO and Head of BPP University College.
  • Dr Waqar Azmi OBE – Chairman of Waterhouse Consulting Group and EU Ambassador of Intercultural Dialogue.
  • Alfred Hitchcock – Chief Constable of Ministry of Defence Police.
  • Brent Sadler – award-winning, internationally recognised Journalist and former CNN Bureau Chief to the Middle East.
  • James Ducker – Northern Football Correspondent of The Times newspaper.
  • Ranvir Singh – Broadcaster and News Presenter on ITV’s Daybreak.
  • Tessa Chapman – Chief Correspondent for Five News at ITN.
  • Asif Iqbal, MBE - Public Appointment Ambassador, Equalities Office and Cabinet Office.
  • Mark Gill -  Director and Oscar Academy Award nominee.


For further information

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