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University of Central Lancashire climbs up the THE Student Experience charts.

Increase of eight places in Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has risen up the ranks in the latest national league table to assess student experience.

UCLan was ranked equal 51st in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Student Experience Survey, an increase of eight places from 2016, out of an overall 122.

Key areas of success for the University include being ranked 14th and 15th for ‘good support and welfare’ and ‘good sports facilities’ respectively.  It was rated 20th for having a ‘good library and opening hours’ and came 27th for its ‘centralised and convenient facilities’.

Now in its 10th year, the THE Student Experience Survey gathers the views of around 15,000 full-time undergraduate students across the UK on a range of aspects related to their student experience.  This includes academic experience, university facilities, societal experience, student welfare, accommodation, industry connections, security and the Students’ Union.

Liz Bromley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate), said: “We are delighted to have risen several places in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Student Experience Survey table.

“This poll is particularly important to us because it is driven by student opinion and they choose the factors important to them in a top-quality university experience.  Our students’ opinions really matter and play a key part in the University’s developments.  Our £8.5 million social spaces project, one of the first projects within the UCLan £200 million Masterplan, is a great example of this; it is now well underway and will provide a place for staff and students to come together in a relaxed environment.

“By investing in the University and listening to what our students want, we will continue to attract students to Lancashire from all over the world, creating a highly skilled workforce and inward investment that can only be to the benefit of Preston and the North West.”

UCLan Students’ Union President Sana Iqbal added: “The University, the Students' Union and students work collaboratively to ensure that UCLan is a great place to study. It's great to see the improvement in rankings of the THE Survey as a testimony to true partnership.”

This poll is particularly important to us because it is driven by student opinion and they choose the factors important to them in a top-quality university experience. Students’ opinions really matter and play a key part in the University’s developments.

Lyndsey Boardman | 24 March 2017