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UCLan Energy

Dr John Whitton 

Welcome to UCLan Energy, the home of all energy related research and teaching at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).A world-class institution, UCLan became the first modern university in the UK to be listed in the QS World Rankings. A total of 18 subject areas are ranked in the UK top 20, with many of our courses accredited by professional and statutory bodies. As a student here, you’ll benefit from energy courses based on the latest academic research, with input from businesses – a combination that makes our graduates highly sought after by employers.

Dr John Whitton
Head of UCLan Energy
Kirkham Building, Room KM002
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE

Telephone: +44 (0)1772 894211
Email: JWhitton@uclan.ac.uk

Expertise and Subject Areas

UCLan Energy research reflects our multi-disciplinary approach between the natural, engineering and social sciences and our links to employers. UCLan Energy is a leader in UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (CASE). These awards provide funding for PhD studentships where businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice for PhD research We have researchers working on intelligent energy management systems and energy storage but also energy demand behaviour and the relationship between energy infrastructure and local communities. In addition, we have recently been successful in Horizon 2020 – the largest of the EU Research and Innovation programmes. The History of Nuclear Energy and Society project (HoNESt) will seek to explain the historical and social experience in a variety of EU countries and comprises23 partner institutions across Europe. UCLan Energy are leading the social science work packages.

We boast a range of undergraduate and post graduate energy courses, from Energy and Renewable Energy Engineering, to Building Services Engineering. Student and employer feedback has led us to supplement our engineering based course with energy related courses from other disciplines such as Energy Law, Energy and Environmental Management and Energy and Sustainability.


Experimental: Dynamometer for generator testing, Pyranometers for solar radiation measurements, PV installations, Thermal Imaging Camera, Environmental Chamber
Computational: Matlab/Simulink, ANSYS and SciLab for wind turbine blade design and CFD, GH WindFarmer and WAsP for wind farm design, PVsyst for photovoltaic system design, and Labview for system monitoring

Courses and Postgraduate Study






  • Human Science Aspects of Intelligent Energy Management Systems.
    Llinos Brown, Supervisors Dr John Whitton (UCLan), Lesley Alger (BAE Systems)
  • Private Carbon Governance Initiatives to Encourage Climate Change Mitigation via the Defence Sector.
    Robert MacWhannell, Supervisors Dr John Whitton (UCLan), John Golightly (BAE Systems)
  • Strategic Decision Making for a Sustainable Nuclear Fuel Cycle.
    EPSRC CASE Award with National Nuclear Laboratory
    Ioan Parry Supervisors Dr John Whitton (UCLan), Colette Grundy (NNL)
  • Perception of Domestic Energy Consumption and Behaviour in the UK and Nigeria – A Comparative Study.
    Gbemisola Banjoko, Supervisors Dr John Whitton (UCLan), Dr George Ogola (UCLan)
  • The Design and Implementation of a Renewable Energy Smart Grid.
    Josephine Abah, Supervisors Dr Chris Hill(UCLan), Dr Matt Stables(UCLan)











  • Ioan Parry
  • Llinos Brown
  • Gbemisola Banjoko
  • Vanaja Rao
  • Matt Timperley
  • Robert MacWhannell
  • John Riley


IsWindTech, Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), innovative research-backed project on small wind turbines.

Horizon 2020: History of Nuclear Energy and Society (HoNESt)

A Spanish led consortia of which UCLan Energy is a member has been successful in their application to Horizon 20:20: The History of Nuclear Energy and Society (HoNESt).

The project brings together leading social scientists and historians from across the EU to carry out a three-year interdisciplinary analysis of the experience of nuclear energy development and its relationship to contemporary society. HoNESt will first collect extensive historical data from over 20 countries. These data will be jointly analysed by historians and social scientists, in order to improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying decision making and associated citizen engagement with nuclear power. By applying backcasting techniques, HoNESt will bring novel content to the debate on sustainable nuclear engagement futures and will strategize and plan how these futures can be achieved. HoNESt will engage key stakeholders from industry, policy makers and civil society in a structured dialogue as a method of introducing the findings of the project into the public debate on nuclear energy. UK partners include the Science Museum and University of Sheffield. Dr John Whitton is leading the social science work packages.