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The scope of UCLan’s research activity is far-reaching - from working with NASA on solar dynamics, with the Department of Health on sector-leading stroke research, with industry on cutting-edge digital media projects and collaboration with the Football Association, Professional Golfers Association and International Olympic Committee on sport and exercise science research. Find out more about the world-leading research with real-world impact that our research staff undertake.

Our research is presented under a number of themes and related groups that build a rich picture of the excellence, breadth and depth of our innovation and high quality.

You can browse our A-Z listings of themes and groups. Each grouping page contains details of the projects, staff and facilities related to that area of research.

Alternatively, you can search for details on all of our themes, groups, researchers, and projects using the search box in the top right of this page.

Key achievements as mentioned on our homepage are :

  • Winners of the Times Higher Education Awards 2016 for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts for our Global Sound Movement Project
  • Winners of the Digital Innovation Award at the Guardian University Awards 2017 for our online resource that provides vital training to clinicians caring for stroke patients
  • Professor Lubaina Himid MBE wins the Turner Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious art awards.
  • A leading research institution whose 16 subject areas in which our research was assessed were judged to contain ‘world-leading’ elements in REF2014
  • The Centre for World University Rankings 2018/19 (CWUR) has placed UCLan in the top 3.7% of universities worldwide.
  • Awarded a four-star rating out of a possible five in the distinguished QS World Rankings, which lists 850 elite universities around the globe
  • Our Head of Planning and Insight authored a report in January 2018 explaining the three main UK university rankings

A Guide to UK League Tables in Higher Education

Sally Turnbull, Head of Planning and Insight, Corporate Development at the University of Central Lancashire, is the author of a new report published in January 2018: A Guide to UK League Tables in Higher Education.  This report has been jointly published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA).

The paper looks at what goes in to making up the three main UK university rankings, which are published by The Times and Sunday Times, the Guardian and the Complete University Guide. It considers the similarities and differences between them and the caveats that  prospective students, policymakers and higher education providers should be aware of when using them.

The paper is freely available and can be downloaded from the HEPI website.