Key Projects and Research

Key Projects and Research


Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology Research Centre (ADMT)

ADMT works closely with world leading technology providers and regional industries on future ICT-enabled manufacturing execution. By focusing on data-driven digital-integrated manufacturing execution and exploiting the geographical position in one of the most important manufacturing regions in the world, ADMT has developed the world’s first Tele-immersive Digital Manufacturing platform (TiM) as its vision for the affordable and autonomous factory of the future through its close links with the regional prime manufacturing companies in aerospace, automotive, food, nuclear, and submarine sectors, and has brought in various world leading technology providers. In terms of communication infrastructure, TiM is the first and the only laboratory in the education sector having the latest industrial fault-tolerant networking system with adaptive security provided by Cisco. In terms of information technology, TiM is supported by an extensive range of innovative technologies in signal and image processing, 3D/4D computer vision, as well as interactive and immersive visualisation, which have been developed by ADSIP from synergistic research in the aerospace and medical sectors since the late 1990s.


Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP)

The Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP) is unique in research and development of innovative signal and image processing, 3D/4D computer vision, radiation effects and instrumentation, as well as interactive and immersive digital environments through cross-fertilisation of ideas, exchange of results, and integration of approaches among multiple academic disciplines and application sectors. Funded extensively by a diverse range of grant bodies and industry, ADSIP has led and collaborated with top research centres and world leading companies in a wide range of cutting edge research projects for various sectors such as aerospace, environment, manufacturing, medical, nuclear and submarine.

CVCL at Sochi

Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL)

UCLan’s award-winning Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL) is noted for its work in developing community cohesion and active citizenship projects. The Centre works across a number of key areas, with students looking to gain an advantage through our accredited volunteering opportunities. Voluntary, community and faith organisations looking to collaborate on projects, training, CPD or student volunteers and individuals with a passion for making a lasting impact on society whilst developing highly transferrable skills for education, employment and life on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.


Future U

Future U is a £2m funded outreach project to encourage young people who would not normally choose to go to University to consider the benefits Higher Education in all of its forms including degree apprenticeships, part time study, foundation degrees & distance learning.  It is a collaboration between four Universities and six Colleges locally and 260 institutions nationally to provide impartial advice and activities to young people aged 13 – 18 in targeted areas across the whole of Lancashire.  The aim for us is to explore opportunities in education, employment and the community to help the young people of Lancashire to fulfil their potential and widen their aspirations.

We offer a range of different activities ranging short, one-off interventions to longer term, in depth programmes centred around different industry areas and their related HE opportunities.

Perhaps you work in industry or the community and would like to offer your expertise or facilities to support young people in Lancashire.  Or maybe you are volunteer or work in a community initiative and work with young people in the local areas who would benefit from what Future U has to offer.  Then you could get involved.

Your “Future U” is whatever you make it and the Future U project is here to help work out what you want it to be!  We’re all about Higher Education and how it helps you in your career and your community.  We won’t try and tell you what’s best for you, instead we just want to make sure you know about all the opportunities that are out there like…

Degree apprenticeships
Foundation Degrees
Part Time or Distance Study

We offer lots of opportunities for young people aged 13 – 18, from simple advice and guidance, to mentoring and longer term activities around your interests.

Future U is here for your child to show them all the opportunities that are out there for them and how Higher Education can be the key to unlocking their full potential.  We understand that your child won’t always ask the same questions as you and that there are things you may be worried about in regards to HE such as…

Living away from home

There is lots of support out there to help you and your child overcome these potential barriers but it can be hard to know where to turn and so the Future U project is here to give you the answers and put you in touch with the right people.

Do you have pupils who have the potential to go to University and be successful but don’t think it’s the place for them?  Or that they could afford it?  Or they don’t want to move away from home?  Maybe your pupils don’t understand the many different careers they could go into if they carried on studying your subject beyond school, college or sixth form?

The Future U project could be the answer.  With our £2 million of HEFCE funding we can offer a whole range of activities and support both inside and outside of school.  We could come in and talk to your pupils about the kinds of support that is available to support them with any of the barriers that may be discouraging them from considering HE.  We can deliver subject specific activities to fit into your curriculum that will open their eyes to the wide variety of career and study options that they could progress on to in your subject specialism.

Twitter: @LancsfutureU
Facebook: @LancashirefutureU

Prof Nita Friere - Freire Institute


The Freire Institute is an organization for transformative community-based learning with its academic office at UCLan. In its work, people’s social knowledge and life experience become the raw material for education. The Freire Institute develops tools and approaches based on the work of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, whose work has inspired many social movements and educational programmes around the world.

Educational programmes are organized around the themes of: popular education and critical pedagogy; community organizing and empowerment; the social and solidarity economy; culture, identity and belief; policy and politics; and globalization and change. The Freire Institute is currently engaged in a grassroots research project which seeks to develop a powerful tool for community-based pedagogy.  It recently held an international conference at UCLan’s campus in Cyprus.

The Freire Institute’s patron is Professor Ana Maria Araújo Freire (Nita Freire), who was not only married to Paulo Freire but his collaborator on many works.  She taught History of Education in Brazil in Colleges and Universities in the city of São Paulo for many years, including a course on the Pedagogy of the Oppressed within the Paulo Freire Chair for doctorate and master’s students at PUC/SP after Paulo Freire died. Nita compiled and edited three of Paulo’s books after his death and wrote an award-winning biography of Paulo Freire.