27 April 2012
A national student experience survey has ranked the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) among the UK’s top ten high performing modern universities.
The Times Higher Education (THE) asked more than 14,000 full-time undergraduates from universities across the UK to rate their experiences on campus taking into account a wide range of factors including teaching, facilities and social life.
The results, published in a comprehensive ranking table, place UCLan in 38th position overall, up three places on last year, and second in the North West. 105 universities appear in the overall rankings.
UCLan ranks in the top ten overall for good library and library opening hours (5th) and good personal relationship with teaching staff (9th). In the North West, UCLan features in the top four for 20 of the 22 aspects and takes the top spot for helpful/interested staff, good Students’ Union, good industry connections, and good library and library opening hours.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Dave Phoenix said the results highlighted the University’s commitment to creating a superlative university experience where students thrive.
“Independent endorsement of our educational provision, particularly from students, is important and we are therefore delighted to have improved our position in this survey.
“Over the last five years we have undergone a £100 million campus development programme to upgrade teaching, learning and leisure facilities. Crucially our students have played a key part in the formation of our plans and we continue to act on their feedback. For instance, the major refurbishment to our award-winning library was shaped by student views and so we’re delighted to see our library facilities and opening hours once again being ranked in the UK’s top ten.”
“Independent endorsement of our educational provision, particularly from students, is important and we are therefore delighted to have improved our position in this survey."
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor added: “Good personal relationship with teaching staff is also a critical factor in the provision of a high quality educational experience so to achieve a top ten ranking in this category is testament to the dedication and commitment of staff across the University.
“In the last few years we have been increasing our focus on research informed teaching alongside the launch of new areas such as dentistry, architecture and pharmacy. It is through these investments that we intend to enhance the standing of the University and move further up both national and international tables in the coming years.”