The University of Central Lancashire is going global – and is evolving every minute of every day. They are now one of the largest universities in the UK with more than 32,000 students, 500 undergraduate courses and 180 postgraduate courses.
Around 70% of UCLan’s students come from the North West and the University is proving to be a vital heartbeat to the region’s booming regeneration. It employs 3,000 people, has a turnover of £120m a year and contributes £300m to the regional economy.
Further afield, UCLan is making its mark too. In China and Hong Kong, it is the leading UK university in terms of students studying on its programmes in-country. It also has strong links with India, the Middle East, Malaysia, Vietnam and Nigeria.
The University is in the heart of the UK’s newest city, Preston, and is a key element in the shaping of this exciting city’s bright future.
It has invested £60m on new campus developments – including the £15.3m ‘media factory’ to aid work in art, design and performing arts plus help graduates get a helping hand in business.
The University is also getting its teeth into the region’s dental crisis with the launch of the £5.5m School of Dentistry and the first School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Lancashire, which both opened in September 2007.
UCLan also has its finger on the pulse of research, with £10m recently pumped into boosting research, creating ten major international research areas including, among others, digital technology, diversity and mental health and investment in the Lancashire Business School.
And in a UK university first, UCLan has launched a Foundation Degree in Nuclear Decommissioning, in a direct response to the UK Government’s pledge to spend £50 billion on the clean-up of the UK’s nuclear facilities.
People thrive there – and they are proud that 95% of their students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. That’s higher than virtually every other North West university and equal 32nd across the UK.
UCLan continually produces students equipped to thrive in a modern, ever-changing world.