Faculty of Science and Technology

Faculty of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Science and Technology strives to be internationally recognised for excellence in teaching and research; providing an unrivalled student experience to equip confident and skilled graduates for lifelong achievement in the global market. We produce world-leading research and have an excellent track record of working with industry, the business community and the public sector to provide innovative solutions to a range of real-world problems.  

The Faculty comprises four schools, with over 4000 students and 300 members of staff on campus. We have a wide range of courses in subjects such as archaeology, biology, chemistry, computing, engineering, forensic science, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, policing and psychology.

The Faculty offers a broad course portfolio at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and current supports over 170 research students undertaking PhD, MPhil or MSc by Research programmes across these discipline areas.

Staff within the Faculty were submitted to eight different Units of Assessment in the REF 2014 exercise, and produced research that was ranked as world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

In addition, the Faculty franchises programmes to partner institutions all over the globe, including Oman, Hong Kong, Mauritius and China.

Shaping the future of engineering skills development within the North West. The Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) is a state-of-the-art facility, equipped to the highest quality standard, on the Preston Campus.  The facility will also become a regional hotbed for promoting collaboration and knowledge transfer between University researchers, industry experts, businesses and students, resulting in higher education provision in Lancashire which more closely reflects the economic priorities of the business community.

Find out more about the Faculty below, select the links to learn more about the schools within the Faculty or contact us to find out more.

School of Engineering

School of Engineering


Executive Dean :
Director of Academic Development: Dr Peter Robinson

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences


Acting Head of the School of Engineering: Peter Robinson
Head of the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences: Professor Gary Bond
Head of the School of Physical Sciences and Computing: TBC
Dean of the School of Psychology: Professor Linden Ball

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Contact Us

Faculty of Science and Technology
University of Central Lancashire

Telephone: +44 (0)1772 201 201

School of Psychology

School of Psychology


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The Faculty of Science and Technology is recognised internationally as a leader in collaborative, practice-engaged research that is addressing global challenges. The Faculty makes a substantial contribution to all six of the University Research Themes:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Citizenship, Society and Justice
  • Lifelong Health and Wellbeing
  • People, Place and Environment
  • Sustainability, Business and Enterprise
  • Transformative Sciences and Technology

In addition, members of the Faculty are part of the UCLan Research Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change and the UCLan Research Institute for Global Health and Wellbeing (LIFE), as well as several UCLan Research Centres.

Staff in the Faculty of Science and Technology have research expertise in the following main areas:


This research area brings together theoretical and experimental work on topics relating to Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mathematics, Materials Science, and Fire and Hazards Science. To find out more please contact Professor Robert Walsh.


This research area integrates scientific and technological expertise that is focused on important contemporary topics in Autonomy and Systems Integration, Digital Manufacturing, Intelligent Machines and Maintenance, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analysis, Clean Growth (including Waste Management) and Human Factors. To find out more please contact Professor Ian Sherrington.


This area focuses on research that aims to make a personal, societal and economic difference in relation to Child-Computer Interaction, Human-Computer Interaction and Information Systems and Games and Gaming. For more information please contact Professor Janet Read.


Research in this area has a firm emphasis on scientific analysis and encompasses work on Archaeology, Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Genetics .  To find out more please contact Professor Vicki Cummings.


The strategy for this area is to provide Evidence-Based Policing research by combining academic rigour with outcomes that directly impact real-world policing within the UK and internationally.   To find out more please contact Ian Palmer.


This area has a focus on addressing both theoretical and applied issues through evidence-based research and multidisciplinary collaboration. Key research strengths relate to the topics of Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience, Forensic Psychology and Quality of Life. To find out more please contact Professor Jane Ireland.



Research in relation to criminal justice encompasses a broad range of disciplines from both within and outside the Faculty of Science and Technology, including policing, forensic psychology, forensic science, criminology, nursing, social policy, social work and law. Much of this research falls under the remit of the UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership, which is led by the Faculty of Science and Technology. For more information please contact Jayn Pearson at JPearson2@uclan.ac.uk.