Research Strategy and Policy


UCLan’s research strategy addresses the research ambitions and aspirations of a world-class modern university. At its core, the strategy is inclusive, supportive and ambitious, recognising and responding to the different challenges and opportunities of the research environment.

Above all, we aim to boost the quality, scope and capacity of our research activities: invigorating everything we do with genuine evidence-based claims to be world-class; and focusing particularly on the enhancement of each member of staff’s abilities and range of activities. In this context, our key objectives are:

  • to significantly enhance the research standing of the University
  • to focus our research on specific world-leading areas and cross-cutting interdisciplinary themes
  • to maximise our external income
  • to strengthen our research community (academics, research students and undergraduates)
  • to develop our research infrastructure

The University’s Strategy 2015-2020 includes details of our current research strategy.

Open Research

UCLan is committed to increasing the visibility, use, impact and benefits of publically funded research conducted  by the university’s community by supporting the fundamental principles of Open Access in providing free and unrestricted access to its research outputs and their underpinning data. UCLan hopes to promotes discovery, citation, sharing and collaboration of its research by embracing Open Research with the development of its institutional repositories; CLoK and UCLanData

If you require guidance on any issues relating to Open Research please contact the Scholarly Communications Unit (SCU) situated within Research Services at: (open access queries) (Research Data Management queries)


Responsible use of research metrics is a policy area that has been rapidly rising up the Higher Education agenda in recent years with increasing pressure from policy makers and funders for institutions to develop responsible metric statements.

The University of Central Lancashire believes in fair and responsible use of metric indicators in the assessment of research and performance, recognising that application and usage can be complex and problematic, and not uniformly applicable across all disciplines. Quantitative evaluation should support (and not replace) qualitative, expert assessment.

This Responsible Use of Research Metrics statement sets out ten key principles based on the Leiden Manifesto that UCLan will use to inform how metrics are used in measurement of research activity across the University.  An Action Plan and Monitoring Framework are being developed to support the implementation of the Responsible Use of Research Metrics at UCLan.