Cross Atlantic connection forged

25 March 2014

Rachel Atkinson

UCLan signs MoU with the University of South Carolina Aiken


The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has joined forces with an American University to help bolster educational links across the Atlantic between West Cumbria and South Carolina.

Representatives from UCLan’s Westlakes Campus and the University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) via videolink on Monday, 24 March, to confirm the new relationship. This followed visits between the two campuses last year by Dr Sandra Jordan, Chancellor of USCA, and Professor John Fyfe, Trustee of UCLan’s Samuel Lindow Foundation.

The two universities will focus on academic development and research and the initial collaboration will be centred around business and project management. An early outcome will be an international conference on project management involving the international URS organisation which has bases around the world including Sellafield, in West Cumbria, and South Carolina.

Rick Wylie, Samuel Lindow Academic Director at UCLan, said: “UCLan, from its Westlakes Campus, is embedded in the local community and economy where we build upon and the work of Westlakes Research Limited which has worked to advance education in West Cumbria for over two decades. We are proud to be engaged within West Cumbria as a globally recognised and internationally connected University. Our worldwide reputation is based on strong foundations within the North West and Westlakes is at the heart of that.” 

USCA Connection

(Photo courtesy of Rob Novit, Aiken Standard)

"We are proud to be engaged within West Cumbria as a globally recognised and internationally connected University"

He added: “We are delighted to celebrate this collaboration with USCA. We see it as an exciting partnership which represents a significant contribution to the internationalisation and employability agendas for UCLan and West Cumbria.”

USCA is home to more than 3,200 students. Chancellor Dr Jordan added: “As globalisation continues, it is increasingly important that USC Aiken work with universities abroad to enhance academic development. We are extremely pleased to collaborate with UCLan to strengthen educational opportunities on our campus.”

The signing ceremony was witnessed at Westlakes Campus by colleagues from some of the organisations with whom UCLan Westlakes works to deliver a diverse applied academic programme in West Cumbria. These included Nuclear Management Partners, Britain’s Energy Coast, the Howgill Family Centre, Allerdale Borough Council and the West Lakes Academy School of which UCLan is a sponsor along with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Sellafield Limited.