Shaping the future of engineering skills development within the North West. The Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) is a state-of-the-art facility, equipped to the highest quality standard, on the Preston Campus.

While enhancing Lancashire’s position as one of the most renowned engineering and manufacturing regions in the UK, the EIC will establish the University as one of the UK’s leading universities for engineering innovation by driving new discoveries and developments in emerging fields such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, drone technology and The Internet of Things.

The facility will also become a regional hotbed for promoting collaboration and knowledge transfer between University researchers, industry experts, businesses and students, resulting in higher education provision in Lancashire which more closely reflects the economic priorities of the business community.

“Our aim for the EIC is to help ensure we are at the forefront of the new ‘digital’ industrial revolution; supporting new generations of engineers and shaping the future of skills development.

“What we’re also enthused about is the excitement and willingness of industry partners to get involved from a variety of sectors including automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, and energy. Our strong links with industry ensure our course portfolio and research is aligned with the current and future demands of business, enabling us to develop sought-after graduates who thrive in the workplace.”

-Professor Ian Allison, Executive Dean, UCLan Faculty of Science and Technology

Research is at the heart of UCLan’s mission to work in partnership with businesses, the wider community and other educators. We actively promote research innovation, creativity and a research culture based on quality and excellence. Engineering research expertise at UCLan is spread across a distinct set of specialist subjects, ranging from nuclear to tribology. Our research collaborations touch every continent, and projects have attracted funding from several research councils, the EU and a range of charities and businesses.

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Inspiring a generation

Inspiring a generation

Did you know that by 2020 one in five graduates will need to become an engineer? The EIC aims to close the skills gap by inspiring a generation - producing an increase of hundreds of locally trained graduates per year in areas including aerospace, mechanical and energy technologies and engineering. Find your course inspiration

Investing in Innovation


UCLan is currently ranked 7th for the number of interactions with SMEs since 2008*. The EIC will boost levels of innovation through increased knowledge exchange activity with business, both SMEs and larger business, both nationally and internationally.



We are investing up to £200m over a 10 year period in our Preston Campus. The EIC forms an key element and focal point in the Masterplan, providing a long-term asset for the area to support industries that underpin the Lancashire economy.