Research at UCLan

Quality Research, Transdisciplinary impact and global reach

The University of Central Lancashire has a growing and vibrant community of academic innovators producing 4* quality outputs including in Science – 14 Nature and Nature series papers and in Medicine - 15 Lancet and Lancet series papers since 1 January 2014. We produce high quality international and world-leading research across an expanded range of other disciplines ranging from the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. We receive substantial funding to broaden our research, innovation and enterprise activities which have economic and social impact.

Professor Janusz Jankowski
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Professor of Medicine

High Quality Research

Our high quality research with trans-disciplinary impact and global reach including specific details about our research themes, groups, staff and facilities.

Research Institutes

Our Research Institutes will enhance the quality of the research environment and create more opportunities to achieve world leading impact through their activities.

Research Services 2018

Research Services is structured into five units. Our purpose is to support UCLan academics with their research careers and to support the University in its research ambition.

Grants and Funding Unit (GFU)
Lead - Gillian Chew: Grants and Funding Manager

Ethics and Integrity Unit (EIU) 
Lead - Emma Sandon-Hesketh: Head of Ethics & Integrity Unit

Research Excellence Unit (REU)
Lead - Alexis Holden: Head of Research Services

Researcher Development Unit (RDU)
Lead - Emma Sandon-Hesketh: Head of Researcher Development Unit

Scholarly Communications Unit (SCU)
Lead - Alexis Holden: Head of Research Services

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In the top 800 universities globally : THE World University Rankings 2018

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Over 800 research students enrolled currently

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More than 100 Professors & Readers working at the university

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Over 600 research or knowledge transfer-active members of staff

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Spend over £22,000,000 per year in research

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393 postgraduate research qualifications awarded over the last 5 years

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Spotlight on Research News

UCLan nursing lecturer honoured for health visiting best practice on global scale

UCLan nursing lecturer honoured for health visiting best practice on global scale

An Associate Professor from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been recognised for her contribution to health visiting practice on an international scale. 

Dr Karen Whittaker, a Reader in Child and Family Health, was honoured at the annual Journal of Health Visiting Awards, which recognises the innovative and inspiring work being carried out by health visitors and teams to improve outcomes for children and families across the UK.

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Research reveals lack of focus on children following domestic homicides

Research reveals lack of focus on children following domestic homicides

Current reviews provide limited information on children’s needs or their future care

The largest analysis so far of domestic homicide cases in England and Wales has revealed the importance of taking into account children’s experiences and providing them with the right level of support in the aftermath of domestic homicide, which can often inflict long-term harm on children’s lives. 

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Research article about d/Deaf prisoners wins national award

Research article about d/Deaf prisoners wins national award

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) academic has won an inaugural prize for her research into the experiences of both medically deaf and culturally and linguistically Deaf prisoners (d/Deaf).

Dr Laura Kelly, a Lecturer in criminology, received the Prison Service Journal Outstanding Article of the Year 2017 for her work entitled Suffering in Silence: The unmet needs of d/Deaf prisoners.

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Research Events

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Examples of high quality research

icon SkydancerPlex: A novel STR multiplex validated for forensic use in the hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) - Forensic Science International: Genetics

icon Assessment of an incentivised scheme to provide annual health checks in primary care for adults with intellectual disability: a longitudinal cohort study - The Lancet Psychiatry

icon More than sense of place? Exploring the emotional dimension of rural tourism experiences - Journal of Sustainable Tourism

icon The range of thresholds for diameter 2 in random Cayley graphs - European Journal of Combinatorics

icon Preventing Domestic Abuse for Children and Young People (PEACH): A Mixed Knowledge Scoping Review - Project Report. National Institute for Health Research, London, UK

icon Making meaning”: Communication between sign language users without a shared language - Cognitive Linguistics

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