The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is one of the largest universities in the UK with student and staff community approaching 35,000, over 500 undergraduate courses and approximately 180 taught postgraduate programmes.
UCLan's curriculum is underpinned by research of world-leading and international standing in areas of Business, Health, Humanities and Science and a focus on graduate employability is at the heart of everything it does.
The University has an established reputation for providing its students with an outstanding student experience and is currently in the process of spending £120 million on new buildings and facilities to enhance teaching, learning and leisure activities.
The Students' Union building '53 Degrees' is one of the largest and best resourced in the UK. New facilities currently under construction include a £15 million indoor sports centre and a £12.5 million building to house the University's renowned forensic science and chemistry courses. Both facilities will be open in 2011.
Officially opened in 2008, a £15 million 'Media Factory' not only provides state-of-the-art facilities for digital media and performing arts students but also a business incubator facility. These incubators allow students, North West university graduates, budding entrepreneurs and small businesses to re-invest their talents and establish innovative and creative business ideas.
In 2010 the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey acknowledged UCLan as one of the country's most entrepreneurial and business friendly universities. The University came top in the North West and fifth in the UK for generating student start-up businesses with 300 registered student start-ups. 131 were established in the past year alone.
There are over 100 different nationalities represented among UCLan's international and domestic student body and in China, UCLan is the leading UK university in terms of students studying on its programmes in-country.
In 2010 UCLan was named as the North West's top modern University in all the national newspaper league tables and was admitted to the prestigious QS World University Rankings. It is one of only 23 universities to appear in this year's rankings for the first time, and is the only UK university to be newly admitted. Just 53 UK universities are included in the whole table with just four in the North West.