Our Campus Masterplan vision is to create an attractive and inviting, world-class campus compatible with UCLan’s 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.
Developing a skilled workforce which meets local, national and international needs is also a central pillar to our development plans. Over the 10 year lifespan of the project we anticipate investing £200 million, helping to create jobs, kick-start regeneration and attract inward investment into the City.
Since beginning life in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has developed into one of the UK’s largest universities. We have a flourishing network of highly valued international partners across the globe but it is in the City of Preston where we have created our heart and honed our values over a period of nearly 200 years.
We are proud to be a part of the city’s heritage and now we want to take the next steps in our evolution as described in our Masterplan. By investing in the region of £200 million over the coming decade we plan to create a truly inspiring educational environment which blends world-class teaching and learning facilities with green and accessible spaces for the benefit of all.
We will deliver a centre of learning where people of all interests and backgrounds can feel at ease, comfortable in their physical surroundings and supported in their academic, social and business aspirations. We will create an environment which welcomes communities and businesses to work with us to help regenerate the area and encourage inward investment.
We believe our investments will be transformational for both the University and Preston.
I am delighted that our vision for the future of the University is shared and supported by our partners Preston City Council (PCC) and Lancashire County Council (LCC). We will continue to work closely with both these key stakeholders to ensure the city and the region benefit from the tremendous cultural and economic benefits that our plan will deliver.
During the winter and spring of 2015 we launched our exciting development plans through a variety of channels that included the delivery of 64,000 information postcards to addresses throughout Preston. We also listened to the views of well over 1000 members of the local community who attended a series of public engagement events, held within UCLan and the city centre.
We now have a wealth of information and ideas which have informed our final Masterplan document (available for download on this website). I want to reassure you that as our plans begin to turn into reality we remain committed to engaging with neighbours and the wider stakeholder community, listening to any concerns along the way and acting upon them.
We strive to be good neighbours, we care about the community in which we sit and our desire is to create something of which we can all be proud.
Together, we think we can create something very special for the University, for the City of Preston, and for the economy of the North West as we turn our exciting aspirations from blueprint into reality.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mike Thomas
UCLan's proximity to the city centre offers unique opportunities and welcomes communities and businesses to work with us to deliver inward investment and economic regeneration.