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UCLan is ranked as one of the UK’s highest risers in national league table

04 June 2014

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Guardian University Guide highlights UCLan strengths  

The Guardian University Guide for 2015 has named the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as one of the UK’s most improved universities having leaped 20 places to 67th position out of 116 universities. In the North West UCLan is ranked 5th out of 11 universities.

The Guardian’s table, renowned for focusing on the aspects of the university experience which are deemed to be of greatest importance to students, ranks UCLan 15th in the UK for assessment feedback. The University has also risen 17 places in relation to satisfaction with teaching.

Five UCLan subject areas appear in the UK top twenty, namely: Architecture; Art; Fashion and Textiles; Sports Science; Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism. Three subject areas recording rises of 20 or more places, namely: Drama and Dance; Economics; and English and Creative Writing.

Professor David Asch, UCLan’s Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor said the results of this latest league table highlight UCLan’s commitment to delivering an excellent student experience.

“It’s extremely encouraging that we are rated highly in a number of areas important to students,” he explained. “For example, in terms of the academic feedback we provide for students’ work, we rank in the UK’s top 15.

“It’s extremely encouraging that we are rated highly in a number of areas important to students,”

“Similarly, we have also performed well in terms of the financial investment we make per student through access to sector leading library and computing services and top-of-the-range sport and leisure facilities.”

In the Guardian’s write up on UCLan the paper says: “UCLan is one of the country's largest universities, with 35,000 students, and it aims to provide an excellent experience for every single one of them. It seems to be working as it is consistently rated in the top 10 modern universities in the country. UCLan ranks in the top three nationally for the number of graduate start-up businesses and is number one in the region”.

Professor Asch added: “This year we have five subject areas ranked in the national top 20 together with large rises for a number of others. Our focus on embedding employability skills into every one of our degree programmes is proving popular with students and reflects our improved position within the latest National Student Survey where the University achieved its highest ever overall satisfaction score of 84%.

The University is hosting its next open day open day on Saturday, 21 June. Tours of the campus, various talks on accommodation, academic advice and finance will be available from 9.00am until 3.00pm. For open day information visit the University’s website.