History, Affiliations & Rankings
With a high research output, the University of Central Lancashire is a public university that received its university status in 1992. The university, commonly known as UCLan, was founded in 1828 as an Institute for the Diffusion of Knowledge. UCLan is one of the largest universities in the UK. Situated in the city of Preston, Lancashire, England, UCLan is the 19th largest university in the UK on the account of student numbers.
Infrastructure, Campus & Courses
UCLan offers over 400 undergraduate and more than 200 postgraduate programmes across 20 different academic schools. The urban setting of the university makes it feasible for students to access all the facilities that a city has to offer. The main campus of UCLan is located at a walkable distance from Preston City Centre. Other campuses of the University of Central Lancashire are situated in Cumbria and Lancashire. The university also has an overseas campus in Cyprus that opened in 2012. This made UCLan the first British university in the country to open an overseas campus.
Accomplishments & Alumni
Apart from UCLan’s focus on its students’ practical skills, it is also known highly for its research orientation. 16 subject areas offered at the University of Central Lancashire were termed as ‘World Leading’ by the Research Excellence Framework in 2014.
Student Diversity & Visiting Companies
One of the high priorities of UCLan is to maximise employability for its graduates by furnishing them with apt skills and providing them with course content that meets the latest business needs. For this, the university also has strong links with employers like Rolls Royce, British Aerospace and Cisco Systems. The university also offers business incubation training and facilities to its graduates. UCLan has encouraged and helped over 1,000 of its graduates for their start-ups in the last five years alone, making it the second-highest figure in the same category in the UK.
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