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UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) is one of the UK’s largest universities, offering 400 degree courses across 20 academic schools. The university has recently embarked on a £200 million redevelopment of its facilities, including the construction of a £30 million Engineering Innovation Centre. In 2015, it opened one of the UK’s newest medical schools.

Key Facts


  • #111 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
  • #99 in the Complete University Guide 2024
  •  #15 for Dentistry (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024)

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 20,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 5,000

Year founded

  • 1828

  • In 2018, the Centre for World University Rankings estimated Central Lancashire to be in the top 3.7 percent of all worldwide universities.  
  • The university’s roots stretch back to 1828 and it has established partnerships with a variety of high-profile organisations, including Nasa. There is also sector-leading stroke research with the Department of Health and work on nutritional science with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • There was some world-leading research in all 16 subject areas that were assessed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. 
  • UCLan is consistently in the UK’s top three for the number of graduate start-ups, with 77% still trading after three years.  
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