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.

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 850 research students enrolled currently

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More than 100 Professors & Readers working at the university

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Over 900 research or knowledge transfer-active members of staff

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Over £6 million received in total research income per year

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396 postgraduate research qualifications awarded over the last 5 years

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Spotlight on Research News

The Lancet: Caesarean section use has almost doubled globally since 2000

The Lancet: Caesarean section use has almost doubled globally since 2000

Globally, the number of babies born by caesarean section (C-section) almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 – from 12% to 21% of all births – according to a Series of three papers published in The Lancet and launched at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) World Congress in Brazil.

Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have contributed to this global Series, published today, as well as new World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on optimising C-sections.

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Hidden Histories – 'Alternative Futures'

Hidden Histories – 'Alternative Futures'

Whittingham Lives announces the opening of its exhibition ‘Hidden Histories – Alternative Futures’ at the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library from Saturday 13 October to Sunday 25 November.

In partnership with Lancashire Archives, the Harris and Lancashire County Museum Service, the exhibition forms part of a wider two-year arts and heritage project exploring the history and legacy of Preston’s Whittingham Asylum, from its opening in 1873, through to its final demolition in 2016.

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University to launch new Centre for the Study of Compassion

University to launch new Centre for the Study of Compassion

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has announced the launch of a new centre to support interdisciplinary research focused on compassion, mentoring and building community resilience.

Thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, the new Centre for the Study of Compassion will officially launch on 17 October.

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Examples of high quality research

iconIlluminating and applying “The Dark Side”: Insights from elite team leaders - Journal of Applied Sport Psychology


iconPriming analogical reasoning with false memories - Memory & Cognition

iconWorkplace flexibility practices and corporate performance - British Journal of Management


icon Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): Gas Fueling of Spiral Galaxies in the Local Universe - The Astronomical Journal

icon  Respiratory effect of beta-blockers in people with asthma and cardiovascular disease - BMC Medicine


icon Speech rhythm: a metaphor? - Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: B

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