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

Prof. Dame Caroline Watkins

Professor. Dame Caroline Watkins

Caroline is the only nursing professor of stroke care in the UK. Caroline leads the internationally renowned Clinical Practice Research Unit (CPRU) for stroke research as well as having numerous Director roles in the region.

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International exhibit comes to UK for the first time

UCLan combines art and science at exhibition 

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has opened a unique exhibition that aims to explore the relationship between art and science.

Entitled ‘Threads – Dialogue between art and neuroscience’, the display was opened in the new Social Space in Foster Building with several members of the University’s art and science staff invited to witness the grand unveiling.

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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

Research Events

Details of forthcoming inaugural lectures and other events of interest to the wider research population.

Research Social MEdia

Research Social Media

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The Conversation

Articles on The Conversation written by UCLan researchers.

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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