The UCLan School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors delivers exceptional teaching, research and consultancy in the areas of sport and exercise, physiotherapy, nutritional sciences and food safety, the outdoors, tourism, hospitality and event management.
Our academic team consists of dedicated professionals with an active research profile, many of whom also have strong links with industry and relevant professional organisations. We continue to perform well in the National Student Survey, The Sunday Times, The Times Good University Guide and The Guardian’s University Guide. We have consistently remained at the top of the league table for hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism, currently ranking third nationally in The Times Good University Guide.
The School’s comprehensive provision of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes extends learning out from the classroom into the real world. Our students, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, gain in-depth subject knowledge, as well as developing a wide range of personal and transferable skills, highly valued by today’s employers. As a student within the School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors, you can also take advantage of a wide range of work experience opportunities, including 48-week placements in the UK and around the world, shorter placements and internships, a host of volunteering opportunities and much more.
We have nurtured relationships with a wide range of partner organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and internationally. These include Disney, Marriott International and Wigan Warriors to name but a few. Through our international partnerships, our students can also take up opportunities to work or study abroad or participate in a range of activities with an international flavour on campus.
The School’s research activity is expanding rapidly, and includes research that was judged as world-leading in the recent Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 and the School looks forward to the outcome of the Research Excellence Framework in 2014.
The highly acclaimed Institute for Dark Tourism Research was opened during the last year, with Director Dr Phil Stone in high demand from the media.
Dr Sarah Hobbs led UCLan’s involvement in a collaborative project to assess equine surfaces for London 2012, while Dr Nicola Lowe built on her award-winning work with the Abaseen Foundation and secured a Wellcome Trust Grant for a research project into healthcare development in NW Pakistan.
Colleagues in the Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences have successfully secured the prestigious 2013 annual conference of the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences.
The School has well over 100 students studying on postgraduate research programmes, including over 30 students undertaking a new vocationally focused Professional Doctorate programme.
The School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors continues to go from strength to strength, with a strong focus on providing a superlative student experience in an excellent academic and research environment, producing an innovative culture throughout the School.