Strategy & environment

Research Strategy and Policy


UCLan’s research strategy addresses the research ambitions and aspirations of a world-class modern university. At its core, the strategy is inclusive, supportive and ambitious, recognising and responding to the different challenges and opportunities of the research environment.

Above all, we aim to boost the quality, scope and capacity of our research activities: invigorating everything we do with genuine evidence-based claims to be world-class; and focusing particularly on the enhancement of each member of staff’s abilities and range of activities. In this context, our key objectives are:

  • to significantly enhance the research standing of the University
  • to focus our research on specific world-leading areas and cross-cutting interdisciplinary themes
  • to maximise our external income
  • to strengthen our research community (academics, research students and undergraduates)
  • to develop our research infrastructure

The University’s Strategy 2015-2020 includes details of our current research strategy.

Open Access

UCLan is committed to increasing the visibility, use and impact of UCLan research by supporting the Open-Access principle of providing free and unrestricted access to research outputs. The University has an approved Open Access Policy (.docx, 30Kb). All staff engaged in Research Activities will be affected by the Policy. If you have any comments, concerns or queries about the policy please contact the Chair of the Open Access Steering Group, Jonathan Westaway. If you wish for guidance on how to access the university Repository CLoK please contact the Repository Manager, Helen Cooper.

The UCLan Open Access Policy is currently under review to take into account funder requirements and recent changes in the HEFCE Open Access requirements for the Post 2014 REF.

Research Data Management Policy

The university has an approved Research Data Management Policy. All staff engaged in research activities will be affected by the policy. If you have any comments, concerns or queries please email the Research Data Manager, Jill Evans, at


Are you a researcher or postgraduate student funded by EPSRC? Are you about to submit a grant application to EPSRC? New EPSRC policy on research data will affect how you manage and share your data. View a summary of the policy or read the full expectations. If you have any queries about how to comply with EPSRC expectations contact Jill Evans at