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UCLan one of region’s top risers in latest league table

23 September 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

University climbs eleven places in Sunday Times Good University Guide

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is one of the North West’s highest risers in the latest university league table published by the Sunday Times.

According to the Sunday Times Good University Guide, published on the 21 September, UCLan has climbed 11 places up the ranking from 88th to 77th place out of 123 making it the second biggest improver in the region.

A key factor in UCLan’s success is the amount it spends on facilities in relation to the number of students; making it the second highest in the region in this category. The University also scored well in the student to staff ration category rising from 66th to 50th.

In terms of subject ranking, UCLan scored particularly well in subjects related to hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism and was graded third in the country. It also made big improvements in its ranking for nursing and sports science by climbing 24 and 28 places respectively.

UCLan Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas said:

“This is an extremely encouraging result. By climbing eleven places in this year’s table we are the second highest risers in the North West."

“At £1,836, our facilities spend per student is comfortably the second highest in the region, reflecting our long-standing reputation for providing students with an excellent university experience.

“We are continuing to make significant investments into teaching and research, with a focus on vocational course areas such as engineering, science and medicine. Our students make a key input into where we spend our money. For instance in recent years, it is through student advice that our library, which is open 24/7, has been completely redesigned and refurbished.

“These investments are bearing fruit. Last month UCLan equalled its highest ever result in the National Student Survey (NSS) with an overall satisfaction score of 84%.”

The Sunday Times Good University Guide said: “Central Lancashire has always been one of the most enterprising post-1992 universities. The University fosters in its students the same entrepreneurial spirit that characterises its management.

“UCLan ranks in the top two universities nationally for the number of graduate start-ups it has incubated and first for the number still trading after three years (around 70%). It works with a wide variety of industrial partners and many undergraduate programmes are directly linked to them.”