University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)


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.

Why Choose UCLAN?

  • Ranked as a top modern university in the North West (Guardian University Guide 2009)
  • Ranked 10th in UK for Tourism, Transport and Travel (Guardian Subject League Table 2009)
  • Ranked 11th in the UK and top in the North West for General Engineering (Guardian Subject League Table 2009)
  • Ranked Top 20 for Communications and Librarianship, Media Studies, Social Work and Building, Town and Country Planning (Guardian Subject League Table 2009)
  • Rated Top 10 for Forensic and Archaeological Science, Journalism, Technology, Social Policy and Anthropology (2008 National Student Satisfaction Survey)
  • Ranked internationally excellent in all 17 of UCLan's submitted subject areas in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
  • World leading Research in Linguistics; Communications, Cultural and Media Studies; Nursing and Midwifery; Social Work and Social Policy & Administration; History; Allied Health Professions and Studies; Physics; Architecture and the Built Environment; Business and Management Studies; Psychology; and Archaeology (RAE 2008)
  • UCLan 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 has opened a new School of Dentistry, the first to be opened in the UK for 100 years
  • The University has the largest 3D lecture theatre in Europe which is used for teaching purposes across the University's academic portfolio
  • UCLan is a lead partner in the South African Large Telescope (SALT) project — the largest single dish telescope in the Southern Hemisphere and enables UCLan students and researchers to see distant stars, galaxies and quasars a billion times too faint to be seen with the unaided eye - as faint as a candle flame at the distance of the moon
  • UCLan has acquired a parallel-processing supercomputer which provides an excellent base for modern physics research. As a part of the Centre for Materials Science, the Computational Physics Lab focuses on a new technological area — nano-structured soft materials and biologically inspired materials
  • As part of its Languages 2012 programme UCLan is now offering all students the opportunity to study a range of world languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian
  • UCLan has a strong sustainable development agenda. It has the largest solar panel array of any UK university and in the latest People and Planet University Green League for environmental performance UCLan has performed consistently well from 5th in 2008 to 4th position in 2009 and 4th again in 2010 (out of 119 universities)

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Scholarships @ UCLAN

  • £1500 Vice Chancellor's Award based on academic results (UG/PG, Automatic, Per Year)
  • 20 X £4000 Sport Scholarship (UG, Competitive, Over 3 years)
  • £1000 Country Bursary (UG/PG, Automatic, Per Year)
  • 1 X £7000, 1 X £5000, 4 X £2000 MBA Scholarship (PG, Competitive)
  • Please get in touch with PTC for details!

Notable Alumni of UCLAN

  • Jerome Lynch QC Head of Chambers, Bencher of Lincoln's Inn, co-presenter Nothing but The Truth (Channel 4) 1998-99, presenter Crime Team (Channel 4) 2002, presenter People's Court (ITV1) 2005
  • Carl Lygo CEO of BPP University College, obtained a first-class law degree from the University of Central Lancashire
  • Stephanie KerrSolicitor & Chair of the Junior Lawyers Division of NW Law Society & of the Young Professionals Association
  • Stuart Ripley Former Premiership footballer, Stuart Ripley, graduated from UCLan with a combined honours degree in Law and French. Stuart won the English Premiership in 1995 & played for England
  • Richard Frediani Head of News, ITV Granada
  • Sophie Allen Actress
  • Simon Kelner Editor in Chief, The Independent
  • Jonathan Blake Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC News
  • Amy Molyneaux Fashion Designer (co-owns label PPQ with Percy Parker)

Notable Staff / Professors @ UCLAN

  • Professor Soo Downe Professor of Midwifery, received OBE, prestigious awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2011
  • Angela Murphy Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) received OBE, prestigious awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2011 for her services to Higher Education
  • Caroline Watkins — the only nursing professor of stroke care in the UK, contributes significantly to stroke service development, at a local and national level, through the North West Stroke Task Force, as an advisor to the Department of Health on the implementation of the National Stroke Strategy, and as Project Lead for DoH of the new UK Forum for Stroke Training
  • Professor Anthony D'Emanuele Chair in Pharmaceutics and Head of the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire. Before arriving at UCLan, Tony was a Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester. Tony has been a visiting scientist at the Department of Pharmacy, University of São Paulo and also the Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tony has been invited to give over 70 lectures, has received six awards, has one patent, and is the author of over 120 publications. Tony has supervised over 30 research students. Tony was Chairman of the UK-Ireland Controlled Release Society
  • Jane Ireland Lecturer in forensic psychology, Assoc. Fellow - British Psychological Society - Chartered Forensic Psychologist Accredited Expert Witness (Court Appointed Consultancy), 2002 , Chair- BPS Division of Forensic Psychology, 2006
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  • Dr. Mohammed El Said Lecturer in International Trade Law, qualified solicitor under the Jordanian Bar Association, worked as a consultant with leading media organizations in the Middle East and for other international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Professor Michael Cavadino studied law at Oxford University and criminology and socio-legal studies at the University of Sheffield. He was awarded his doctorate in 1984 for his research into the operation of the Mental Health Act
  • Professor Richard Taylor studied law at Oxford University and the London School of Economics and qualified for the Bar before joining the Law Department at the University of Central Lancashire. He has written numerous books and articles on copyright, criminal law and the law of contract and co-authored a series of books on criminal justice legislation in the 1990's commencing with a book on the Criminal Justice Act 1991 and concluding with one on the Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • Professor Keyuan Zou Professor of International Law at the Lancashire Law School of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), United Kingdom. He specializes in international law and Chinese law

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