Research at UCLan

Quality Research, Transdisciplinary impact and global reach

Our ambition is to deliver an environment which supports the production of accessible knowledge and information to realise impacts of relevance to society. We are innovative and entrepreneurial in our approach to research and knowledge exchange which maximises our positive social, environmental and economic impact locally, nationally and globally. We have a growing and vibrant community of academic innovators, nurturing postgraduate students and early-career researchers, producing high quality international and world-leading research.

High Quality Research

Our high quality research with trans-disciplinary impact and global reach including specific details about our research themes, groups, staff, facilities and our 6 new overarching UCLan Research Themes.

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 2019

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) 

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

Researcher Development Unit (RDU)
Lead - Carol Walton: Researcher Development Lead 

Scholarly Communications Unit (SCU)
Lead - Annette Ramsden: Scholarly Communications and Repository Manager

Research Services

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In the top 3.7% of universities worldwide (The Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2018/19

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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 800 research or knowledge transfer-active members of staff

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Annual total research income of £6.9 million

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450 postgraduate research qualifications awarded over the last five years

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Spotlight on Research News

UCLan Dental Professor made CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

UCLan Dental Professor made CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

A paediatric dentist and University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) professor has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his dedication to a career spanning more than 40 years.

Professor of Paediatric Dentistry Richard Welbury has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for “services to paediatric dentistry, dental education and safeguarding of children.”

The 64-year-old, who has taught paediatric dentistry at UCLan for the last four years alongside clinical work as an Honorary Consultant at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said he was “stunned and humbled” to be made a CBE.

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Tired and overworked employees pose huge risk to business’ data

Tired and overworked employees pose huge risk to business’ data

Today’s working environments are making it impossible for employees to make the right decision 100% of the time when faced with a potential cyber threat on email, reveals a new report from cybersecurity company Tessian. 

The report - Why Do People Make Mistakes? - presents findings from a new survey, conducted by Tessian, in which 1,000 UK employees were asked about their working environment and practices. Additionally, the report includes insights from UCLan’s cyber-psychologists Dr Helen Jones, and Professor John Towse, Lancaster University, which further explains how certain factors in the workplace can cause people to make suboptimal decisions, leading to dangerous behaviour on email.

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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) examines the future of music law with Peter Hook and Judge Jules

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) examines the future of music law with Peter Hook and Judge Jules

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is set to host The Present and Future of Music Law Conference, which aims to explore the challenges faced by the law in catching up to the changing nature of the music industry.

The day-long event will host a cast of experts including people from the music industry, legal practice, and academics. Panellists include Ann Harrison, author of ‘Music: The Business’, Peter Hook, co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, and Jules O’Riordan, best known as Judge Jules who, having spent decades influencing popular music culture as a DJ and producer, continues to impact the future of music as an entertainment lawyer.

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Research Events

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Examples of high quality research

iconDriving and sustaining culture change in professional sport performance teams: A grounded theory - Psychology of Sport and Exercise


iconFigures of terror: The “zombie” and the Haitian Revolution - Atlantic Studies: Literary, Historical and Cultural Perspectives

iconFish for the city: meta-analysis of archaeological cod remains and the growth of London’s northern trade - Antiquity


icon A combined microRNA-based targeted therapeutic approach to eradicate glioblastoma stem-like cells. - Journal of Controlled Release

icon  SMEs and Certified Management Standards: The Effect of Motives and Timing on Implementation and Commitment - Business Ethics Quarterly


iconAn online programme to reduce depression in patients with multiple sclerosis: a randomised controlled trial - The Lancet Psychiatry

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