The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is one of the UK's most innovative and fastest growing institutions, offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses along with a fantastic student experience. It is a modern university located in Preston, Lancashire, with a history of education reaching back almost 200 years to its foundation in 1828.
UCLan is an employment-focused institution, which prepares its students to build meaningful career pathways and secure competitive job roles across future-oriented job sectors. There are over 350 undergraduate and more than 200 postgraduate degrees to choose from, and many programmes have work placements integrated into the course content, ensuring students have ample opportunity to gain hands-on experience before graduation. UCLan has a worldwide partnership network of over 120 institutions and organisations, which contribute to the success of its graduates.
The University supports a dynamic, and highly international population of approximately 38,000 students and staff, forming a welcoming and inclusive community of learners representing more than 100 countries from around the world. Students are distributed across four campuses: the main campus in Preston, additional campuses in Burnley and Westlakes and a fourth international campus in Cyprus.
Preston is the best city in North West England in which to live and work, according to a recent report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the thinktank Demos (Demos-PWC Good Growth for Cities Index 2021). It has also been named as the second best city in the UK for graduates to live (Comparethemarket.com, 2022). Preston is a buzzing student city, which also offers beautiful green spaces to relax and unwind in. And the city's great transport links are a gateway to the North West and beyond.
The Preston Campus has recently benefitted from a £200m investment. A brand-new Student Centre at the heart of campus opened in late 2021. This follows a new £35m Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC), an advanced and state-of-the-art teaching and research facility.