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The University of Central Lancashire is the international, multi-campus University tracing its roots back to 1828 and leading the way in modern learning today.

We’ve spent £200 million on transforming our Preston Campus to give it a world-class makeover. This includes a stunning brand-new Student Centre and University Square at the heart of campus, social spaces and a whole lot more.

Our new £60m Student Centre brings all the advice and support teams under one roof, providing second-to-none support. It’s a stunning space designed to support every step of the student journey. The University Square will become an exciting hub of activity, a focal point for community events and an iconic gateway linking together the city and the University.

Whoever you are, wherever you are in life, there’s always a way.

Where opportunity creates success.

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Leading the way in modern learning

Today we’re one of the UK’s largest universities with a staff and student community approaching 38,000. Our employment-focused course portfolio with over 350 undergraduate programmes, nearly 200+ postgraduate courses and rich array of CPD courses means we offer you the skills and experience that industry needs.

​Building on last year's impressive rise of 27 places, we’ve climbed a further 5 places in the Complete University Guide 2021 and are now ranked 70th out of 130 institutions. And we’ve been ranked first for the money invested into student wellbeing services according to the 2020 Student Welfare League Table.

We have been awarded Silver in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Our TEF Silver rating is based on high quality teaching, excellent teaching facilities and the good careers that our graduates go on to discover.

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Our graduates

We’ve always believed in helping people to seize every opportunity to flourish in education, at work and for life. Through the combination of academic excellence and real-world teaching, we inspire people to transform their lives by seizing opportunities and achieving things they never thought possible.

Our graduates achieve outstanding results and are highly employable. Over 69% of our students graduate with a First or 2:1 while 95.5% of our graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduating (​Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018). Discover what our talented graduates are doing now.

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A global University

Our community is made up of students from more than 100 countries around the world. And we are partnered with 123 institutions across the globe making us a truly international University.

We are ranked in the top 7% of universities worldwide (Centre for World University Rankings 2021-22).

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Multi-campus University

We started life in Preston and have since grown the number of our UK campuses. As well as Preston, we are also based in Burnley (East Lancashire) and Westlakes (West Cumbria). We were honoured to establish the first British University in Cyprus in 2012 having been granted an academic license by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

Our ambitious Campus Masterplan vision is to create an attractive and inviting, world-class campus compatible with our status as one of the UK’s largest universities. A core principle of our plan is to integrate our campus seamlessly with the rest of the City, benefitting current and future generations of students, staff, visitors and the wider community.

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Our research

On the world stage, our research teams work collaboratively with major international organisations, from the United Nations and the World Health Organisation to the European Space Agency and NASA. Whether it’s helping to produce the world’s first photograph of a Black Hole, advising the Government on the potential fire risks to those living in high rise tower block, or supporting the wellbeing of those living with dementia, our researchers are delivering accessible and impactful research that is relevant to society.

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Connecting with business

Our University is Lancashire’s largest provider of graduate level qualifications and we have established links with global businesses, police constabularies, NHS trusts and more than 1,000 regional enterprises across a variety of sectors.

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Proud of our roots

In 1828 the University of Central Lancashire was founded as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. Our motto ‘Ex solo ad solem’ means ‘from the earth to the sun’; and remains an important part of who we are today. We help people from all walks of life to achieve their potential.

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Investing in your future

Right now, our Preston Campus is undergoing a radical transformation as our £200m masterplan project nears completion. Our vision to create a world-class campus for the benefit of students, staff and the whole community is becoming a reality.

Our brand-new Student Centre, which has just opened, looks out over our new University Square, which will become an exciting hub of activity, a focal point for community events and an iconic gateway linking together the city and the University.

Our new £35m Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC), which opened in 2019, has become a hive of innovation, bringing together University researchers, industry experts, local businesses and students in a spirit of collaboration and discovery. Crucially, we see the EIC helping the region’s businesses to link-up with us to deliver the benefits of what has become known as the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ in areas such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and 3D printing.

Our mission

We’re proud of our mission and we take it seriously. Since being founded as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge in 1828, our educational ethos has brought life-changing learning to local people, this remains at the heart of our mission.

Our institution motto ‘Ex solo ad solem’ translates to ‘From the Earth to the Sun’. It means helping talented people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential. We create positive change in our students, staff, business partners and wider communities, enabling them to develop their full potential by providing excellent higher education, innovation and research.

We are a proud civic anchor too, committed to adding social value and playing our role in the economic prosperity of the places in which we are based; sourcing products and services locally, boosting jobs and economic growth.

We pride ourselves on universally supporting our people, being actively liberating, inherently innovative and proudly spirited to face whatever life throws at us. These values are woven into the fabric of who we are and will always be.