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

UCLan joins €6.5m initiative to fund student mobility

UCLan joins €6.5m initiative to fund student mobility 

Six PHDs available in health, energy and social policy thanks to new European Union funding.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will be providing more opportunities at doctoral level for students as part of the University Alliance’s Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) following a multi-million euro award from the European Union. 

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Hidden dangers of legal highs revealed

Hidden dangers of legal highs revealed

UCLan academic has found damning evidence for the effects of many legal highs, including the infamous ‘spice’.

A team of researchers from the UK, Italy and the USA, led by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has found hidden dangers in numerous legal highs, which are not always obvious to users.

UCLan’s Professor Colin Davidson and his team have studied dozens of these so-called legal highs, including ‘spice’, which only burst onto the UK drug scene around eight years ago. These drugs are named as such because they are newly synthesised, widely available on the internet and up until 2016, were legal.

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UCLan astronomy expert will be star turn at Hoghton Tower event

UCLan astronomy expert will be star turn at Hoghton Tower event

The wonders of the night sky will be shared in a special event organised by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Hoghton Tower.

Stargazing at the Tower, on Sunday 11 November, will see UCLan Professor of Astrophysics Donald Kurtz share his expert knowledge of astronomy and cosmology in Hoghton Tower’s magnificent Banqueting Hall.

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Articles on The Conversation written by UCLan researchers.

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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