In 1828, the University of Central Lancashire was founded in Preston as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping talented people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential.
Amongst its programme portfolio of some 400 undergraduate and 200+ postgraduate courses, UCLan has been at the forefront of developing degrees in emerging disciplines such as Fashion and Forensic Science to more recent additions such as Dentistry and, new for 2015, undergraduate Medicine which is being delivered in the UK’s newest Medical School.
Our ambition is to deliver an environment which supports the production of accessible knowledge and information to realise impacts of relevance to society. We are innovative and entrepreneurial in our approach to research and knowledge exchange which maximises our positive social, environmental and economic impact locally, nationally and globally. We have a growing and vibrant community of academic innovators, nurturing postgraduate students and early-career researchers, producing high quality international and world-leading research.
We offer a one stop service to help you progress to a successful future. Whatever stage of study you are at, or whatever your future aspirations are we can help. We are a friendly and experienced team with expertise in a wide range of areas. Please take advantage of all the services we offer. It's always advisable to visit us sooner rather than later in your University journey.Other careers resources around the university include our Students' Union Opportunities Centre, for jobs and volunteering opportunities, and Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, for assistance with starting your own business and consultancy work.
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From academic help to dealing with personal difficulties our range of services from our Student Support Hubs will provide you with the help you need throughout your time at UCLan and beyond. Whatever the issue, our Hubs below are there with information and contacts regarding the support or facilities you require.
UCLan is dedicated to ensuring that all our students enjoy high standard accommodation throughout their stay at the University.
There are around 2200 accommodation places in University owned and leased halls of residence.
Students will live in flats in University owned and leased halls which include a kitchen diner and some, a communal area. They have the option of non-ensuite or ensuite bedrooms, which are priced accordingly.
There are around 700 computers, including Apple Macs, in the Library. You will also find computers, including Apple Macs, in other buildings and study spaces on campus. You can also borrow laptops from the Laptop Loan area on the Ground Floor of the Library during staffed hours.
The Library has a dedicated training team who provide support and training for students.
The staff at the University’s Medical Centre are able to provide students with a caring and confidential service on a wide range of medical matters. The Medical Centre is available to help whether you are feeling ill, want family planning advice, concerned about sexual health or need information on vaccinations for a trip abroad.
The city of Preston, the home of our main Campus, is located in the heart of the North West. Preston is the administrative capital of Lancashire, has an estimated population of 130,000, excellent transport links, fantastic countryside, as well as a bustling, compact city centre. Preston has the friendly feel of a traditional Lancashire town, with a proud history. You’re close to the rolling countryside of the Ribble Valley, the striking Trough of Bowland, Blackpool, Morecambe Bay and the Southern Lakes.
UCLan Sports Arena offers a variety of activities and high quality facilities for both students and the community to enjoy recreational and competitive sport.
The Students’ Union registered charity, run independently from the University and represent over 26,000 students. When you enrol as a UCLan student you automatically become a member of the Students’ Union and with that comes some great benefits.Our mission is to ‘make life better for students’ and we try to do this every day through our wide range of activities, services and events. At the heart of our work are four key aims and that is to represent, support, inspire and connect you, to ensure you get the most out of your student adventure!Even though the Students’ Union is based at Preston campus, we are accessible to all UCLan students. No matter where you are studying, there is something for everyone!
During COVID we did not have access to the usual learning materials, buildings with practical equipment, etc. Studying online has been hard, but due to the situation, the University has been doing everything they can.
I gain so much knowledge about marketing and how to be a successful researcher.
There were times when the course seemed a little all over the place and some of the modules were a little disappointing/not as varied as I wanted, but so far the lecturers have been very helpful and have gone above and beyond to create a good experience for me. I've learned a lot.
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