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University of Central Lancashire

UCLan has been named the top modern university in the North West for six years running. It is a career focused institution, committed to providing innovative and practical academic courses which are futuristic in nature. It is the fifth largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers, attracting over 2000 international students a year.

Main Campus:

Preston, Northwest of England

Student Population:

 State of the arts Sports Arena


Why Choose the University of Central Lancashire?

UCLan has been named the top modern university in the North West for six years running. It is a career focused institution, committed to providing innovative and practical academic courses which are futuristic in nature. It is the fifth largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers, attracting over 2000 international students a year.


Teaching Quality

Due to its futuristic outlook and advanced thinking UCLan is unique in nature. The University is renowned for providing students with the necessary skills and experience to succeed.

  • According to The Times University Guide, UCLan has the third best school for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism in the UK and the Department of Communications and Media Studies, together with the School of Social Policy, are ranked 19th in the UK.
  • UCLan’s progressive approach means it is always one step ahead and aims to work on ground-breaking projects. For example, it is the only university in the UK to incorporate 3D technology into its teaching and game development courses. It is also involved in some major projects, one of which collaborated with the Stereoscopic 3D group at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
  • UCLan courses are underpinned by high quality research, backed-up with vocational excellence and delivered by industry-active experts. The University prides itself on employing staff with a proven track record in their field who can equip students with the knowledge necessary to succeed in the professional world.
  • In 2010, the National Student Satisfaction survey results report high levels of ‘intellectual challenge’ in many courses, with several achieving 100% satisfaction. Many subjects make use of innovative teaching and assessment methods, with small student groups to ensure a personalized learning experience for each student.


Research Quality

By adopting a supportive environment UCLan prides itself on being at the cutting edge of world-leading research and having one of the best undergraduate research cultures in the UK.

  • UCLan recognises research as one of its most important characteristics. The institution is committed to growing and maintaining a productive, well-resourced and internationally competitive research community.
  • UCLan was the first university to host the British Conference of Undergraduate Research. Its undergraduate students have presented at leading conferences and have had their work published in top academic journals.
  • During the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), UCLan was assessed in 17 subject areas and all were rated as having research of ‘International Excellence’ with 11 of the assessed being of a “World Leading” standard. The University has also recently been nominated for the ‘Research Project of the Year’ and ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ awards.
  • One of the projects that UCLan is currently involved in is working closely with NASA to investigate, store, manage and ultimately share the images produced by the space agency’s new solar observing satellite, the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
  • The University provides an Undergraduate Research Intern Scheme, where students get the opportunity to apply to work alongside UCLan’s leading researchers, helping them to make new discoveries and develop new theories.



UCLan is proud of its warm and welcoming atmosphere and is home to students from all corners of the world

  • The University attracts over a 100 different nationalities and encourages new contacts and friendships by creating a welcoming environment. It has a dedicated international office to advise students on any issues they might face (both academic and non-academic).
  • UCLan has a strong culture of encouraging international events; it regularly hosts talks and visits from key political figures including ambassadors of prominent countries to aid cross-cultural communications and raise awareness of key issues.
  • UCLan aims to provide as much information and support as possible to accommodate international students. It has a blog and a newsletter which is specifically aimed at international students. Not only does it offer an insight into life as a ‘global citizen’ at UCLan it also offers advice on general concerns faced by international students; for example, issues regarding visas and accommodation.
  • UCLan accepts applications from all over the globe, offering students a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as an international foundation programme for students who meet all of their academic requirements but fail to meet the English entry requirements. The foundation programme is a year-long intensive course which focuses on strengthening students’ linguistic skills in preparation for their progression onto their undergraduate or postgraduate course.
  • The University has been ranked 65th in the UK for the 2012 academic year and in 2010, it was the only UK university to be recently admitted to the QS World University Rankings.
  • UCLan offers a truly international experience and provides students with the opportunity to study a range of world languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.


Student Satisfaction

With facilities benefitting from multi-million pound investment, it’s no wonder that UCLan has achieved extremely high student satisfaction ratings.

  • UCLan’s facilities have been rated as among the best by former students. In the 2011 NSS survey, the University was praised for its learning resources, achieving an average score of 83%. Personal development was also highlighted with 82% of students agreeing that their communication skills had improved.
  • The University has recently invested £120 million in new facilities, including £15 million on an indoor sports arena allowing students to have access to some of the country’s leading sports facilities.
  • The award-winning Students Union is one of the largest student venues in the country; the site has a capacity of 1,500 on the ground floor and a more intimate 400 capacity club upstairs. The Union regularly hosts concerts, comedy and club nights.
  • The NSS survey saw UCLan receive excellent ratings in Forensics and Archaeological Science, Journalism, Physical Geography and Environmental Science.
  • Cinematics and Photography, Design Studies, Fine Art, Psychology, Sociology and Tourism Transport and Travel were all rated in the national top twenty.


Employable Graduates

UCLan’s career focused approach sets it apart from other universities.

  • In a recent survey which measures success in careers, UCLan achieved a score of 64.4%, putting it ahead of a number of traditional universities. Nearly 90% of UCLan graduates are recorded as being employed or in further study six months after graduation.
  • The University has the highest number of graduate business start-ups in the North West and second highest nationally. They have a dedicated careers department which helps individuals come up with strategies and offers guidance on how to best market their skills.
  • Many UCLan courses are accredited by professional and statutory bodies. As a result of links with employers such as BAE Systems, the NHS and NASA, students have the opportunity to work on prominent projects by getting involved through internships and work placements.
  • UCLan recognises that the workplace is getting more and more competitive and wants to equip its students with all the skills necessary to get a head start. The University has set up the ‘futures award’ scheme which will formally recognise student’s employability and enterprise achievements and showcase them to potential employers. By gaining credits for activities in the area of employability and enterprise, students can work towards a university certificate at a bronze, silver, or gold level.
  • UCLan has developed an internationally recognised approach to student employability. It offers students an outstanding range of opportunities and has an enviable network of academic and business partners across the world, including strong ties with China and India.
  • UCLan students can set themselves apart from the competition through unique international placement opportunities.


Areas Of Study

Variety of Courses

“Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and experience to support their contribution to society, employability and on-going lifelong learning programme.”

  • UCLan offers a wide range of courses to choose from, including the option of studying part-time. The University aims to provide stimulating and challenging academic courses in an innovative learning environment. This ethos is among the reasons why the University has recently developed the largest 3D lecture theatre in Europe, where students will learn to produce material in a 3D format.
  • UCLan is constantly looking for ways to branch out and expand, and therefore develops new courses when there is a demand for them. For example, in 2009, UCLan launched the UK’s first new architecture degree in ten years
  • UCLan was selected by the National Skills Academy (Nuclear) to develop foundation degrees for the entire nuclear industry. A new suite of nuclear postgraduate courses was launched in 2011.
  • UCLan is one of only three universities in the UK to receive a second, two-year grant from the prestigious Prime Minister’s Initiative for International Education.
  • The University is focused on real world opportunities so all of its courses will encourage students to focus on how to break into their career of choice by providing them with the support they need and guiding them towards relevant work experience and internship opportunities.


Campus Facilities


Located in the heart of Preston, one of the UK’s newest cities, UCLan is a cosmopolitan university. The University is close to the city centre, which offers a good range of shops, cultural and leisure facilities and is only a short walk from bus and rail stations.

The campus is clean, green and compact. There is a multi-million pound sports arena about a mile from the campus which offers some of the best facilities in the Northwest. ‘53 Degrees’ is the Student Union’s state-of-the-art entertainment venue which runs a full schedule of events throughout the week.

The University is located on the doorstep of the stunning Lake District which is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK thanks to its gorgeous lakes and striking mountains. The University is a mere 50 minutes away from Manchester and Liverpool and a little over 2 hours from London by train.

Preston and South Ribble benefit from over 50km of traffic-free cycle paths and the 20mph zones around the campus make cycling on campus roads safer too. Cycling is the best way to explore Preston’s canals, docks and parks and there are bike racks on campus for easy storage.

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