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

What happens after death?

What happens after death?

Fans of TV programmes such as Silent Witness, Bones and CSI can discover the real-life science behind what happens to bodies after death at a free event hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The University will welcome a world-renowned expert in taphonomy – the science of what happens to organisms after they die - on the 24 January.

Professor Shari Forbes from Three Rivers University in Quebec, Canada, will discuss human decomposition and explain the physical, chemical, and biological reactions that take place in the human body after death.

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UCLan academic helps make galaxy cluster discovery

UCLan academic helps make galaxy cluster discovery

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) academic has been involved in a scientific discovery revealing that the number of galaxy clusters in the universe has been underestimated by a third.

Dr Roger Clowes, Reader in Astrophysics at UCLan’s Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, contributed to an international study led by Luis Campusano of the University of Chile, which identified 207 clusters of which approximately a third were previously unknown.

The discovery was made through the re-examination of data from the study of 191,440 galaxies from a survey conducted in 2003.

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Grenfell Tower panels 55 times more flammable than least combustible materials available, study reveals

Grenfell Tower panels 55 times more flammable than least combustible materials available, study reveals

The first in-depth study of the cladding and insulation used on Grenfell Tower has uncovered significant differences in flammability and smoke toxicity between the products used and least combustible products available, helping to explain the rapid spread of flames within the tower’s façade.

Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) showed that that the polyethylene-filled aluminium composite material (ACM) panels used on the tower were 55 times more flammable than the least flammable panels tested. Smoke released when burning polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation was also found to be 15 times more toxic than current fire-safe insulation products, with just 1kg of burning PIR insulation being sufficient to fill a 50m³ room with an incapacitating and ultimately lethal mix of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide gas.

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Research Events

Research Events

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Research Social MEdia

Research Social Media

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Articles on The Conversation written by UCLan researchers.

Examples of high quality research

iconDriving and sustaining culture change in professional sport performance teams: A grounded theory - Psychology of Sport and Exercise


iconFigures of terror: The “zombie” and the Haitian Revolution - Atlantic Studies: Literary, Historical and Cultural Perspectives

iconFish for the city: meta-analysis of archaeological cod remains and the growth of London’s northern trade - Antiquity


icon A combined microRNA-based targeted therapeutic approach to eradicate glioblastoma stem-like cells. - Journal of Controlled Release

icon  SMEs and Certified Management Standards: The Effect of Motives and Timing on Implementation and Commitment - Business Ethics Quarterly


iconAn online programme to reduce depression in patients with multiple sclerosis: a randomised controlled trial - The Lancet Psychiatry

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