UCLan hosts a wide range of research groups, which may reside within a specific academic school or may be interdisciplinary. Current research groups are listed here alphabetically.
ADMT was established in 2008 by expanding the research of the Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP) in the manufacturing domain.
The mission of the Allied Health Research Unit is to increase our understanding of Allied Health Practice and improve the quality of life of patients treated by Allied Health Professionals.
What bonds us together is our belief that quality research offers a substantial route to an informed understanding on practice and theory, which is both of value to the trade as much as the aspiring connoisseur.
Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre has worked with more than 120 companies and universities in 20 countries in a wide range of research projects funded by EU government bodies, national research councils and industry.
An independent political science research unit, the mission is to make an original and independent contribution to policy and its implementation.
Research is characterised by methodologically rigorous quantitative epidemiological research in key strategic areas including cancer, stroke, obesity, musculoskeletal health and oral health.
The study of past societies is a hugely exciting, revealing endeavour which incorporates a wide range of skills and techniques.
Biological Materials is producing world leading research at the physical life science interface that have important scientific, economic and social impact
The regional Neurosurgery Unit at Royal Preston Hospital has eight consultants and each year sees between eighty and ninety cases of glioma, with a 55% mortality at one year.
The group is led by Professor Kinta Beaver and works closely with clinical partners in the NHS.
CASES unite research relating to sport and exercise related to physiology, biomechanics, technology, nutrition, psychology and wellness.
Provides support for policy, research, learning and local practice in community engagement and social inclusion.
The Centre for Energy and Power Management (CEPM) is a product of the UCLan-BAE Systems Strategic Partnership, launched in 2009 to contribute to the University’s vision.
The UCLan Fire Research Laboratory has a wide range of experimental methods and many years of experience in understanding the burning behaviour of all types of materials.
We particularly focus upon the development of therapeutic interventions and roles and relationships that promote good service delivery and partnership working
Since its establishment in 1993, it has gained a reputation for excellence in applied philosophy, particularly in bioethics and global ethics.
The Centre manages a number of projects which explore, support and promote the teaching-research nexus at UCLan and beyond.
The Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) is part of the University’s investment in research excellence to reinforce its position as a leading research and knowledge transfer institution in England’s North West.
The Centre for Waste Management (CWM) was established in 2002 to provide a focus for existing waste/environmental research, consultancy and course provision at the University.
Since its inception in 2003, the ChiCI group has managed seven successful PhD completions, has completed five externally funded projects and has hosted two international conferences.
Mainly focussing on the key areas of child protection, children’s rights, looked after children and a range of evaluations of major initiatives
The Children’s Critical Care Nursing Group focuses on improving nursing care delivery, preventing deterioration and optimising outcomes of the critically ill and deteriorating child in hospital.
The Children’s Pain group focuses on the experience, assessment and management of children’s pain and other symptoms.
The Stroke and Older People’s Research team is located in the Clinical Practice Research Unit (CPRU), the only nurse led stroke research unit in the UK.
The study of human cognition within the School is characterised by applied research with a strong theoretical basis.
Collaborative engagements consist of a cluster of research projects with a broad reach across creative communities.
The Computational Physics Group is based within the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences.
The Connect Research centre is developing a programme of strategically focused international research activity on preventing violence and harm across the life course.
Through our diverse perspectives and specialist interest on creativity we cover a broad range of methodologies and practices.
Research in the group aims to design and analyse new drugs, and to develop new nanocarrier-based medicines (nanomedicines) for the delivery and targeting of therapeutic agents in the treatment of inflammatory diseases, cancers, infections, asthma and diabetes.
The ERG was founded by Drs Kevin Butt and Chris Lowe and has worldwide members and associates.
Involved in projects related to electronic & digital art including practice-based research into the historical context of video art and new media practice.
This research group focuses on developing new understandings and exploring new possibilities in areas relating to novel and emerging interactive digital technologies
The group explores emotions, credibility and/or deception in socio-cultural, professional and forensic contexts.
The extragalactic astrophysics group is at the forefront of the highly marketable computational, theoretical, and observational fields of galaxy formation and evolution.
The dispersion of nanoscopic fillers to form polymer nano-composites with improved mechanical properties and fire behaviour illustrates the potential and diversity of nanoscience.
Forensic Anthropology concerns the identification of human remains for medico-legal purposes.
UCLan’s Forensic Genetics Group uses dedicated laboratories with the latest equipment to develop high quality research.
The Forensic Psychology Research Group has several key areas of activity.
Functional Materials at UCLan is internationally recognised with our staff awarded visiting chairs and regularly invited to present at international conferences
This group researches Human Computer Interaction in its broadest sense: looking at how technology can be improved.
The Centre has a broad focus on enhancing health and well-being across the lifespan.
Our group provides methodological expertise to support the generation, translation, and implementation of best evidence for innovation in health care, and for understanding the determinants of health.
Established in 2001, the Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit aims to support the holistic and integrated development of healthy settings.
The Illness, Complex Health Care Needs and Disability Research Group focuses on exploring and enhancing service delivery.
A curatorial partnership between the School of Art Design and Performance UCLan and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery Preston City Council to influence the development of the city.
Researchers are actively involved in promoting computer sciences within schools, reflecting upon their discipline and exploring technological innovations within course delivery.
The Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR) is a world-leading academic centre for dark tourism scholarship, research and teaching.
i² e² seeks to make an impact on the practice of entrepreneurship and small business management.
Encourages the conduct and dissemination of high quality academic research into organisations, work and employment.
Focuses on the enhancement of performance, either directly or by developing providers and systems to bespoke needs.
An international centre of excellence for research on finance and development.
The Institute of Local and Family History was founded in 2001 to provide training, resources and courses for those with an interest in the history of families and communities in Lancashire, the north west of England, and beyond.
The Institute aims to advance knowledge about travel for leisure and tourism.
The School of Language, Literature and International Studies has expertise in English language teaching and training and research interests in the broad area of instructed second language acquisition.
The International Football Institute (IFI) links UCLan in research partnership to the National Football Museum, England – the world’s leading museum for association football (soccer).
Our vision is that IIGE becomes a nationally and internationally recognised golf education institute which utilises its research, industry links, staff work placements, and student cohorts.
iINSAFSs has been established to advance and promote the development of teaching and research within the field of food and nutrition.
A multi-disciplinary research institute, primarily based on the social sciences and cultural studies approaches to sport, which seeks to encourage the development of collaborative research projects.
The Jost Institute for Tribotechnology has been established to provide a centre of excellence of international standing for industrially relevant research, teaching and knowledge transfer within the area of tribotechnology.
The Journalism Research Group is led by the School’s Research Director, Peter Anderson.
The Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) has been set up to manage health related trials for UCLan and external organisations.
Aims to encourage and facilitate research into the interaction between economic, business and public policy, broadly defined.
Engaged in research projects and publications related to the use of digital technologies and new media in education in general and in the areas of language and literacy in particular.
Literature and Cultures staff are internationally respected scholars with particular expertise in American literature and culture
We aim to act as cultural brokers to encourage a sense of belonging and contribution to the culture, while strategically engaging in curatorial collaborations, major collection interventions and public exhibition projects
The MAINN Unit is an interdisciplinary group that focuses upon complex political, cultural, psychosocial and economic influences upon maternal and child nutrition and nurture.
The University of Central Lancashire’s School of Journalism and Digital Communication established the Media Innovation Studio in 2012.
The group is focused on fundamental studies of and therapies for a range of diseases including cancer, dermatological conditions and infectious diseases.
The groups focus is on understanding structure function relationships of amphiphilic bioactive molecules and the design of new biomaterials
Synthesis, properties and applications of nanoparticles, nanostructured materials and nanocomposites are being investigated.
Developing nanocarrier systems for nasal delivery aiming to treat local nasal and systemic diseases.
The objective of NSNF (National Stroke Nursing Forum) is to promote the advancement of Stroke Nursing within United Kingdom.
Networked systems and security impact on many aspects of the modern world.
Part of the research involves studying the molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release.
The Parenting Research Group focuses on promoting parenting and parenting self-efficacy through the use of health visiting and children’s centre services delivered in the home and community settings.
Interests in pharmacy services and education, with particular attention to innovative approaches to professional and moral development.
Our research in European philosophy focuses on continental ontology and on the utopian strand in critical theory.
The Photography research group includes members who are writers and artists as well as photographers.
The PRU was established in 2005, responding to service user demands for holistic thinking in health and welfare
The regional history research group at UCLan is of very long standing and combines the scholarship of a number of staff and postgraduate students.
The Research in Childbirth and Health group has a specific interest in understanding ‘what works well’, in the complex, real world of clinical practice and service organisation, especially where unexpectedly positive outcomes are achieved
RUSL brings together UCLan researchers whose work straddles the theoretical-applied spectrum.
The broad aims of the unit are to combine materials and processes, craft and industry, in order to challenge existing narratives of form, surface and material, thereby extending the aesthetic and functional repertoire of these materials.
The social welfare group combines the work of several historians working in the fields of the history of education, temperance, and welfare.
The research carried out by the solar group focusses on studying the Sun and how the Sun's activity affects the Earth.
The stellar astrophysics group studies the stars and how they effect their environments.
Fabrication of nanostructures and their surface patterning with chemicals and bio-chemicals in the nanometer length has a fundamental importance in nanotech and nanobiotechnology.
The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation is concerned with promoting and researching participation, inclusion and empowerment
The Oral Dental Sciences Research Group (ODSRG) is a laboratory based programme of work led by Professor Stjohn Crean.
The School of Language, Literature and International Studies has been developing English language tests for over ten years and currently produces examinations for its own examination board, UCLanEB, as well as for other awarding bodies.
Quantification of particle size distribution of nanoparticles, and the use of biochemical (enzyme assays) and biological (cell culture) models for quantification of nanoparticulate toxicity
UCRU is focused upon the pursuit of cutting-edge research in the field of Cybercrime.
The institute for international and comparative law’ produces research of doctrinal, interdisciplinary and policy-related types. It also engages in the world of law, law enforcement and policy outside academia, including consultancy work.
Decommissioning of facilities that are considered to be part of the UK nuclear legacy is not straightforward.