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Students give UCLan thumbs up in latest league tables

28 April 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Staff-student ratio, support services and facilities rank highly  

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been named as one of the top modern universities in the North West in a league table solely driven by student opinion.

The 2015 Whatuni Student Choice Awards league table has given UCLan a score of 4.1 out of a possible five and ranked the institution as 64th out of an overall 113 in the category of University of the Year, making UCLan the second top modern university in the North West overall.

The Whatuni Student Rankings are based on averages taken from thousands of reviews submitted by students and published on whatuni.com and cover ten categories: Accommodation, City Life, Clubs and Societies, Courses and Lecturers, Job Prospects, Students’ Union, University Facilities, Support Services, International, and an Overall rating which counts towards the University of the Year title.

“UCLan was the best decision of my life. The lecturers and tutors are really passionate about what they do."

UCLan scored particularly well in the University Facilities and Support Services categories ranking 21st and 31st respectively overall.

One student wrote: “UCLan was the best decision of my life. The lecturers and tutors are really passionate about what they do, and if you have any problems or queries, they are really understanding and helpful.”

Another added: “Excellent! I am loving every minute of my life here. Students’ Union is really helpful, facilities are good. The course is well taught and the lecturers are supportive and helpful.”

The Whatuni ratings come at the same time as the Complete University Guide 2016 results are released with UCLan coming 4th out of 67 in the modern university grouping nationally for academic services spend and 10th in the same group for student-staff ratio. It also came 6th in the subject category of Librarianship and Information Management and in the top 20 nationally for Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering.

“We always strive to provide an excellent student experience and UCLan’s ratings in both of these league tables reflect this ongoing commitment."

Professor Gai Murphy, UCLan Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), said: “We always strive to provide an excellent student experience and UCLan’s ratings in both of these league tables reflect this ongoing commitment.

“League tables are a great way to learn more about the universities that people may be thinking of applying to but we would always encourage them to visit the campus and meet the staff and students. We run Open Days and Applicant Days throughout the year and would be delighted to welcome potential students to our campus and to Preston.”