Our innovative academics produce high-quality international and world-leading research that addresses today’s challenges. Our programmes support and nurture our postgraduate research students and early career researchers. We put research, innovation, and knowledge exchange at the centre of everything we do.

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Research Themes

Our research fits under six broad themes, ranging from arts and culture to transformative science and technology.

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Research Institutes

Our Research Institutes, first established in 2018, enhance the quality of our research environment and create more opportunities to achieve world- leading impact through their activities.

  • Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change

    We are well placed to respond to urgent and profound questions concerning a sustainable future and relationships between individuals and communities.

  • Institute for Global Health and Wellbeing

    The UCLan Research Institute for Global Health and Wellbeing (LIFE) brings together researchers from across the University in order to enhance and enable health and wellbeing research that is globally relevant.

  • Jeremiah Horrocks Institute

    The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute was originally established in 1993 as the University’s Centre for Astrophysics. The Institute builds on a long tradition of astronomy in the Preston area dating back to the early 17th century with the pioneering work of the father of English astron…

Research Centres

Our Research Centres, first established in 2019, help us grow and develop our research activity in diverse areas, providing a vibrant and active environment to nurture our early career researchers and attract collaborators who can contribute to, and benefit from, the impact of the research.

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  • Research and Enterprise Service (RES)

    Our skilled and knowledgeable staff provide a professional, effective and holistic offering for researchers to support them in their research and enterprise journey, from ideas and training to funding, dissemination and knowledge exchange.

  • Research Excellence Framework

    The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the process for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education institutions. The REF uses a process of expert review with sub-panels for each of 34 Units of Assessment (UOAs) working under the guidance of four broad main panels…

  • Research strategy and policy

    Our research culture is ambitious, inclusive and supportive. Our focus is on the continuous enhancement of the quality, scope and capacity of our research activities, in particular the development and evidence based achievements of our research staff and students.


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